Graduate Academic Load
A full-time graduate course load is nine or more hours per semester (fall and spring) and six or more during the summer 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 12 hours for full-time status during the summer session. Students should plan their academic loads with recognition of the constraints on their time and other resources. Certain assistance programs such as financial aid, veterans administration programs, and certain scholarship programs require minimum loads for eligibility. For information on requirements for financial aid and veterans administration programs, refer to the Financial Information section of the catalog.
Students who wish to take more than 15 hours must present to the Graduate School written approval from the student’s program director. 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.