Graduate Course Load

To maintain full-time status, students need to register for a minimum of 6 semester hours. The normal course load for part-time students is 3 to 5 semester hours. Students are encouraged to talk to their advisors when registering to determine the appropriate pace to complete their program. For students funding their programs with graduate assistantships, additional requirements may apply and a student in this situation should work with their advisor and graduate assistantship supervisor to understand employment terms and expectations around the duration of their graduate assistantship. Students who are in the essay or thesis writing stage of their program must enroll in the appropriate 0 credit course to maintain their enrollment status. During the summer, students may not register for more than 18 credits without the permission of the dean. Any graduate student who wishes to register for more than a normal course load must first receive approval from his or her advisor and the dean.