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Graduate Semester Load

Policy Information

Issuing Office

Registrar's Office

Affected Parties


Policy Language

Master’s-level graduate students are considered to be full-time when enrolled nine or more hours per semester. All doctoral graduate students are considered full-time with a semester load of six or more semester hours.

Graduate, post-graduate, and doctoral students who want to request overload must secure permission from the Registrar’s Office and may seek this approval by submitting a request at

Policy Rationale

To establish a consistent definition for full-time status by level.

Definition of Glossary Terms

None specified

Procedural Information


None specified


None specified


Exceptions are made on a case by case basis by the University Registrar or Provost.

Initial Approval Date


Date Approved


Date for Review