Policy 215.00 – Student Academic Load And Enrollment Status

This Replaces
File: 215.00 215.00
Date: 5/21/14 10/16/12

ORIGINATOR: Associate Vice Provost & Registrar

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 Master of Business Administration (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 for at least six (6) semester hours per term in their degree program are considered full-time. DM students who register for three (3) semester hours in their degree program shall be considered half-time.
    2. Given the time commitment required for graduate study, 6 semester hours per term is the maximum recommended load for graduate students.  Students who have a compelling need to take more than 6 credits per term may submit to their advisors a written request to take 3 additional credits or one additional course. Students pursuing the DM; MBA; or Master of Science (MS) in cybersecurity, cybersecurity policy, data analytics, or digital forensics and cyber investigation cannot take course overloads.
    3. Students (except those in the MBA; MS in cybersecurity, cybersecurity policy, data analytics, or digital forensics and cyber investigation; or DM programs) who have a compelling need to take more than 6 semester hours per term may submit to  their advisor  a written request to take  3 additional semester hours or one additional course. All requests for exceptions to the maximum recommended course load are subject to approval by The Graduate School Dean’s Office.
    4. Students who have previously been on academic probation, have any previous grades of C or F, have any current grades of I, or who are non-degree or certificate-seeking are not eligible to take more than 6 credits. 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 to the Office of the Dean in the Undergraduate School at least one month before the beginning of the semester or term.