Graduate Catalog 2004-2005
Credit Hour Load
A full-time graduate student is defined as a student registered for eight semester hours.
A graduate assistant is required to register for a minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit per semester during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year unless otherwise exempted by the departmental graduate coordinator and the graduate dean designate. Graduate students who receive an assistantship stipend during the summer term must enroll in a minimum of nine graduate credit hours during that term. Audits do not count toward minimum registration loads; GRAD 600 may. Graduate assistants completing a master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation should consult their advisers for appropriate registration requirements.
The maximum registration of a graduate student across all summer sessions is 12 hours of regular classes or workshops. With the permission of the dean designate of the Graduate College, a graduate student may add arranged courses to receive credit for more than 12 hours (but usually not more than 15) across all summer sessions.
Excess credit hour loads (beyond 18 hours in an academic semester or beyond the 12-hour limit for summer) require approval from the dean designate of the Graduate College. An excess credit fee of $50 is charged beginning with the 19th hour and continuing for every hour thereafter.