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Full-time Graduate Student

Enrollment Requirements

A full-time degree-seeking graduate student must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters (6 credit hours during the summer term). A half-time graduate student must be enrolled in at least 5 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters (3 credit hours during the summer term).

As stipulated below, graduate students may petition to take fewer credit hours and maintain full-time graduate student status. Students must meet the eligibility guidelines to submit the petition (Form 14 – Graduate Equivalent Full-Time Status Waiver) and satisfy at least one of the four conditions below:

  1. Master’s degree students who have completed all required course work as listed on their approved Plan of Study, and are only enrolled in thesis credits, may petition to be classified as full-time graduate students with an enrollment of at least 3 credit hours.
  2. Doctoral degree students who have advanced to candidacy and have completed all required course work as listed on their approved Plan of Study, and are only enrolled in dissertation credits, may petition to be classified as full-time graduate students with an enrollment of at least 3 credit hours.
  3. All graduate students who have completed all course work and thesis/dissertation credits as listed on their approved Plan of Study, and are only enrolled to satisfy continuous enrollment requirements to complete their thesis or dissertation, may petition to be classified as full-time graduate students with an enrollment of at least 1 credit hour.
  4. Under exceptional circumstances, graduate students in their last semester of study, as verified by their approved Plan of Study, may petition to be classified as full-time graduate students with an enrollment of the remaining credits hours needed to complete their degree.

The following eligibility guidelines must first be satisfied prior to submitting the petition to seek full-time graduate student status. A separate petition must be submitted for each term in which this status is being sought. The student must have:

  1. an approved Plan of Study on file in the Graduate College.
  2. maintained continuous enrollment during the previous 12-month period.
  3. enrolled in the minimum number of credit hours as stipulated by one of the four applicable conditions above.
Graduate Equivalent Full-Time Status Waiver: This form is to be completed by graduate students enrolled in fewer than nine credit hours in the fall and spring terms and six credit hours in the summer term who are requesting to be certified as equivalent to full-time. Submit Form 14 – Graduate Equivalent Full-Time Status Waiver to the Graduate College for approval after obtaining other required signatures.
March, 2013

 

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