Course Loads and Course Overloads
A full-time load of graduate coursework or any combination of graduate and undergraduate coursework is 9 credit hours per semester. A student may take up to 12 credit hours per semester without permission. However, graduate assistants and graduate research assistants are expected to carry a reduced load (i.e. less than 12 hours per semester). In any instance, overloads must be approved by the Graduate Dean. In no case shall overloads exceed 16 graduate hours or 18 hours where undergraduate courses are at least one-half of the course load. Very few overload requests for 16 graduate hours are granted, and situations leading to their approval have been preapproved by the Committee on Graduate Studies. Audited courses are considered a part of a student's course load. A person working more than 30 hours per week is expected to carry a reduced load. In all cases, the graduate student is urged to register for only that number of hours which he or she can successfully complete.