Graduate students may take a maximum of 16 credits per semester or 10 credits per 10-week Summer Session. With the approval of the program director, a student may take a two-credit overload during a semester or a one-credit overload during the Summer Session. The Graduate School Credit Overload permit signed by the program director must be submitted to the Graduate School at the time of registration. Audits are considered to be part of student credit load.
Graduate students desiring to carry more than 18 credits must submit a Credit Overload Form to their program director, which will be forwarded to the Committee on Exception to Graduate School Policy for review and recommendation to the associate vice chancellor for a decision. When approval for the overload is given, the student may then register for the overload credits. Dual-level students who have not established a graduate record are expected to carry a graduate and undergraduate course load in combination that is equal to, or less than, 16 credits.
All students who are registered for more credits that have been approved, and do not have a Credit Overload permit on file, will have courses dropped from their program beginning with the last course added to bring their load in line with the approved maximum credit load.
- Students may not register as dual-level students without the approval of the coordinator for graduate studies and appropriate undergraduate program director.
- Undergraduate students are considered full time if carrying 12 or more credits.
- Graduate students are considered full time if carrying nine credits.
- Courses numbered "500" or greater are restricted to graduate students only.