Policy 215.00 – Student Academic Load And Enrollment Status

This Replaces
File: 215.00 170.30, 215.00
Date: 10/16/12 6/10/10

ORIGINATOR: University Registrar and Vice Provost, Student Affairs

SUBJECT: Student Academic Load And Enrollment Status

  1. Introduction
    1. Students are advised to limit their course loads to conform with the demands of their employment and the time they have to prepare for courses.
    2. The Registrar's Offices of UMUC-Adelphi, UMUC-Europe, and UMUC-Asia provide the respective official certification of students' enrollment status. Statements of enrollment issued by other offices are unofficial.
    3. The definition of normal academic load may vary across different types of graduate programs, including the MBA, Doctor of Management, and executive master's degrees, according to their format.
  2. Graduate Programs
    1. General – Generally, graduate students are considered full-time if they are registered for at least nine (9) semester hours per term. Graduate students who are enrolled in six (6) semester hours per term are considered half-time.

      MBA Program – Graduate students who are enrolled in the MBA program are considered full-time when they register for at least six (6) semester hours per term in their degree program. MBA students who register for three (3) semester hours in their degree program shall be considered half-time.

      Doctoral Programs (DM) – Graduate students who are enrolled in the DM programs are considered full-time when they register for at least six (6) semester hours per term in their degree program. DM students who register for three (3) semester hours in their degree program shall be considered half-time.
    2. Students are advised to limit their course loads to conform with the demands of their employment and the time they have to prepare for class. Students under the general category above who work full-time, more than 20 hours per week, are generally limited to a half-time course load. Students under the general category who work full-time and wish to take more than 6 semester hours must submit a request in writing to Graduate Advising. Full-time students, except for those students who fall under the MBA or DM categories above or are otherwise prohibited by program restrictions, who work fewer than 20 hours a week must ask to take additional courses by submitting a request in writing to Graduate Advising.
    3. Students who have previously been on academic probation are cautioned against taking a larger course load. Graduate students are required to maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
  3. Undergraduate Programs
    1. Full-time status in a 17-week semester/term requires enrollment in at least 12 semester hours.
    2. Full-time status in a 14-week semester/term requires enrollment in at least 12 semester units.
    3. Half-time status in a 17-week semester/term requires enrollment in at least 6 semester hours.
    4. Half-time status in a 14-week semester/term requires enrollment in at least 6 semester hours.
    5. Full-time status in a 4 week semester/term requires enrollment in at least 3 semester hours.
    6. In no case may a student register for more than 18 semester hours in a 14-17 week semester or 6 semester hours in a 4-week semester/term without written permission from the appropriate academic unit. Written requests must be submitted at least one month before the beginning of the semester or term.