Graduate Student Handbook

Registration Information

Students must be registered in any semester in which they plan to enroll in classes, teach (whether in funding or not), use the libraries and other campus resources, take qualifying exams, defend theses and dissertations, and/or graduate. The table below outlines the minimum numbers of credit hours students need in order to register. Some students will register for more than these minima, depending on circumstances. For example, students may need to enroll in more credit hours to comply with the specifications of their financial aid or fellowship packages.

Fall or spring semesters Summer A Summer B Summer C

Full-Time students not on Appointments or receiving fellowships of more than $3150 per semester





Full-time students receiving teaching assistantships





Part-time students not receiving fellowships or assistantships (absolute minimum registrations)






Typical course loads for full-time graduate students are 3 courses for students who are not teaching and 2 courses for students holding Teaching or Research Assistantships. Because these course loads do not equal in credit hours the minimum requirements for registration, students will need to request and be enrolled in supplementary credit hours. These are the options and restrictions for supplementary hours:

The Graduate School usually allows MA and MFA students to transfer up to but no more than six hours of work done elsewhere, with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator.

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