Semester Course Load Information

What's your grad student status? Full-time, three-quarter-time, and half-time all have different credit requirements. Find out more below.

Course Loads

Most graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and Sawyer Business School (SBS) must be enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester to be considered full-time, between 9-11 credits per semester to be considered three-quarter-time, and at least 6 credits per semester to be considered half-time.

All international students are required to enroll in at least 12 credits per semester in residence.

Graduate SBS students may take up to 15 credits in the fall and spring semesters with the exception of full time MBA students who may take up to 17 credits in the first semester. Graduate CAS students, however, may not exceed 12 credits (nine for the PhD in Economics program) in the fall and spring semesters.

Summer Modules

SBS graduate students (except online MBA students) may take a maximum of 15 credits during an entire summer semester but may not exceed 7.5 credits in any one or combination of the following sets of summer modules: Module A, Module 1, and Module 3; or Module A, Module 2, and Module 3.

Online MBA and CAS graduate students may take a maximum of 12 credits during an entire summer semester but may not exceed six credits in any one or combination of the following sets of summer modules: Module A, Module 1, and Module 3; or Module A, Module 2, and Module 3.

Excess Course Petition

Permission is required to exceed the normal full-time course load in any one term for all graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences and Sawyer Business School.

Tuition Information

For a current listing of full-time, part-time, and excess tuition rates, please visit the Office of the Bursar.