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Credit Load

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Purpose

To define the minimum and maximum credit load per semester for full-time academic work in a graduate program.

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Academic Goal

To inform students and advisers of appropriate course loads within the context of “normal progress” towards a degree.

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Scope

All graduate students.

Full-time participation in graduate study can involve a wide range of activities not limited to classroom activities in formal courses. The nature of these activities varies because of the diversity of programs throughout the University. Thus, full time participation in graduate study is associated with a range of credit loads.
Maximum Credit Load
The maximum number of credits a student can register for each semester without being required to request an exception.

Policy Statement

  1. The graduate student is responsible for ascertaining, through the adviser and/or program office, the range of total activity of his or her individual program that constitutes normal progress toward the degree.
  2. A graduate student who is registered for at least 9 credits in a semester is considered to be engaged in full-time academic work for that semester.
  3. The maximum credit load per semester for a student in a research degree program (Ph.D., M.A., M.S.) is 15 credits.
  4. The maximum credit load per semester for a student in a professional degree program is 21 credits. A college/school may set a college-wide lower semester credit limit, if desired.
  5. No student is permitted to count audited credits toward the minimum credit load for full-time or part-time status.
  6. Undergraduate courses taken to meet foreign language or English requirements do count in the total credit load.

Process

If a graduate student wishes to register for more than the maximum credit load in a semester, an exception must be granted through petition (with adviser’s approval) to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services.

Revision History

  • Approved by Graduate Council, January 16, 2019. Effective date: Fall 2019 (8/12/2019).
    • The maximum credit load per semester for students in a professional degree program was changed from 15 to 21 credits. The revisions also clarify that a college or school may set a lower credit limit for their unit. Research degree students (those students in M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. programs) are still limited to 15 credits per semester.
  • Adapted from Graduate Bulletin: June 2018.
  • Last known revision, March 2017.
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