Graduate students

Course Loads and Overloads, Graduate

Policy Number: 100324

Current Policy

Category: Academic » Enrollment

 

Policy

The minimum and maximum full-time course load for graduate students varies depending on the term:

 

Graduate Students

Term

Minimum Units

Maximum Units

Fall or Spring

9

16

Summer Pre-session or Winter Session

0

4

Five-week Summer sessions

0

6 per session

Mini-courses or Dynamically Dated
(DD) courses).

0

varies


Approval for Overload

Students may carry an overload (exceed maximum units in a term), only with the approval of their advisor, their department chair, and the associate dean of the Graduate College. (Exception: College of Education students will apply to their college's associate dean.)

To enroll for an overload, students must submit the appropriate approval form when they enroll. This form is available on the Registrar's Website.

Overloads above 21 hours for fall and spring terms, 16 hours for summer term, or 4 hours for winter term will not be approved for graduate students.

Students may be required to have a minimum grade point average before an overload is approved. The minimum recommended graduate GPA for carrying an overload is 3.0.

General Procedure

To enroll for an overload, students must submit the appropriate approval form when they enroll. This form is available on the Registrar's Website.

Special Circumstances

Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistants are generally employed only during Fall and Spring terms. For either of these terms, during such employment, the minimum full-time course load for graduate assistants is 9 units—and these units must count toward their degree requirements. The maximum full-time course load for graduate assistants during Fall or Spring terms is 12 degree-required units.


If a graduate assistant wishes to be enrolled in fewer than the required minimum units, the student must submit a Request for Exception to the Nine-Unit Registration Requirement, available on the Graduate College Website.

Students can petition for exception

Students may petition for an exception to any academic, non-grade-related, graduate regulation, in writing, to the associate dean of the Graduate College. The student’s letter of petition should be endorsed by his/her advisor and department chair.