Students should become familiar with the following information concerning status in regard to graduate loads to avoid problems with registration, financial aid, or academic status. In general:
Full-time status is 9-12 graduate hours.
Three-quarter time is 7-8 graduate hours.
Half-time is 5-6 graduate hours.
Graduate students may enroll in no more than 12 hours per semester (see Graduate Catalog under “Student Load”), but are strongly discouraged from attempting 12 hours. Students with assistantships may enroll in no more than 6 hours per semester. Requests to take an overload must be approved by the Graduate Advisor, Graduate Program Director, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Request for Overload Form is available online. Approval by the Graduate Advisor and Graduate Program Director is based on the student’s potential to complete the coursework successfully.