Once accepted into a degree program, a student is expected to enroll every semester
thereafter (excluding summer sessions) and make satisfactory progress toward the degree.
A student who does not enroll for one Fall or Spring semester must apply for readmission.
Submission of an application for readmission does not ensure acceptance. An application
for readmission may be rejected or additional requirements may be imposed on the student.
A readmitted student must follow the rules, prerequisites, and degree requirements
listed in the most current Graduate Bulletin.
Students writing a thesis or dissertation or engaged in a culminating or capstone
project must enroll on a continuous basis (Fall and Spring) until the thesis, dissertation,
or project is complete. Most programs require at least one culminating experience
course; see specific program requirements for details. A student must be enrolled
for at least 1 hour each Fall and Spring semester until the thesis, dissertation,
or project is complete. A student must be enrolled in the Summer semester if the thesis,
dissertation, or project will be completed then. Failure to so register will result
in the student being charged tuition for each semester he or she did not enroll.
The only exception to this policy is if the student's major professor is on leave
or otherwise unavailable. In such cases the approval of the appropriate college director
and the Vice Provost for Graduate Program is required. In the case of serious medical
circumstances, students may request a leave of absence, subject to the approval of
the program graduate coordinator, the college director of graduate studies, and the
Vice Provost for Graduate Programs. Retroactive approval will not be granted. A leave
of absence does not extend time limit to degree.
Admission to Non-Degree Status
Combination Senior: An undergraduate senior student may earn up to 12 hours of graduate credit while
enrolled on a Combination Senior/Graduate Non-Degree basis. The student must have
a total cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and must have filed with his or her Graduate
School Academic Advisor a plan for completing the bachelor's degree within two semesters.
Eligible students may enroll concurrently in undergraduate and select graduate courses.
Approval to register for graduate credit does not imply approval for admission into
a graduate program at the University or that the credit earned will be accepted towards
a graduate degree. After the bachelor's degree is awarded, a Combination Senior/Graduate
Non-Degree student must make formal application in order to be admitted to a graduate
degree program. Courses taken for graduate credit may not be used for both the baccalaureate
and graduate degree. Combination seniors are not eligible for graduate assistantships.
Graduate Non-Degree: This classification is for domestic students who wish to enroll in graduate courses
but who do not wish to pursue a graduate degree at the University or whose applications
are incomplete. Graduate non-degree applicants must show proof of having earned a
baccalaureate degree at the time of application. At the end of the first semester
of course work, the Graduate Non-Degree student may be required to furnish an official
transcript showing at minimum a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Academic units may restrict non-degree students to designated courses. Graduate Non-Degree
students who decide to matriculate for a degree must make application to the Graduate
School and must meet all admissions requirements. Master's students in programs requiring
36 credit hours or fewer are limited to 12 credit hours while in non-degree status.
Students in degree programs requiring more than 36 hours must take at least 2/3 of
the credit hours after acceptance into the program. Students should note that some
academic units count coursework toward a degree only after admission or have more
restrictive policies regarding the number of non-degree hours that count toward the
Before registering for a second semester of graduate level coursework, the non-degree
student is required to sign a release agreeing that additional coursework will not
apply to degree programs.
Non-degree students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in graduate courses in order to re-enroll
and are not eligible for graduate assistantships.