Minimum and Maximum Credit Loads

Graduate students and advisors should be guided by the Graduate College policy on minimum and maximum credit loads.

Guidelines for Registration in Independent Study Courses

Students who are qualified to do independent study are eligible to enroll in Independent Study (595) courses. Registration in an Independent Study course provides the opportunity for the student to carry out a planned learning activity under the direction of a faculty member. A description of the activity must be developed by the student and approved by the supervising faculty member and the appropriate academic department authorized signatory. The student must complete a Learning Contract for Independent Study. The form must be provided to the Graduate Student Services Office prior to registration.

Repeated enrollment for credit in an Independent Study course is permissible. However, no more than 8 hours of Independent Study can be applied towards a master’s or Certificate of Advanced Study degree, and no more than 12 hours toward a doctorate except with the approval of the College of Education Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

Guidelines for Registration in Thesis/Dissertation Hours

Registration in thesis/dissertation research hours for on-campus or in absentia students, after the completion of the required coursework, is required. The student must obtain approval by the advisor/director of research and submit it to the Graduate Student Services Office prior to registration. This registration typically occurs after the course work is completed and before the time limits are reached.

Grading System

Graduate students and advisors should be guided by the Graduate College policy on the grading system.