Graduate Academic Load
A full-time graduate course load is nine or more hours per semester once the add/drop period has ended. A part-time graduate course load is fewer than nine hours.
Federal financial aid regulations specify a minimum of nine hours for full-time status during the fall, spring and summer terms. Students should plan their academic loads with recognition of the constraints on their time and other resources. Certain assistance programs such as financial aid, veteran's administration programs, and certain scholarship programs require minimum loads for eligibility. For information on requirements for financial aid and veteran's administration programs, refer to the Financial Information section of the catalog.
Graduate students who wish to take more than fifteen hours must submit a Student Petition of Academic Policy. For information on the number of hours students must take in order to be eligible for financial assistance programs, refer to the Financial Information section of the catalog.