Graduate Semester Load

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 students must secure permission from the appropriate Associate Dean or Program Director and from the Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies to take more than 15 hours.

Policy Rationale

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

Definition of Glossary Terms

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