Master's and Educational Specialist Continuous Enrollment Policy
Summer-Only students are required to enroll continuously for a minimum of 3 units during consecutive summers until the coursework and thesis requirements are met. After that, they may enroll for 1 unit.
Doctoral Continuous Enrollment Policy
- A student admitted to a doctoral program must register each Fall and Spring semester for a minimum of 3 graduate units from original matriculation until the completion of all course requirements, written and oral comprehensive exams, and 18 dissertation units. When these requirements are met, doctoral students not on financial assistance and/or needing to maintain appropriate visa status, must register for a minimum of 1 unit of dissertation credits each semester until final copies of the dissertation are submitted to the Graduate Student Academic Services Office. If only the Final Oral Exam (the defense) is completed during the summer or winter term, the student has maintained continuous enrollment, and has fulfilled all 18 required dissertation credits, registration is not required.
- Students receiving funding such as assistantships, fellowships, loans, grants, scholarships or traineeships may be required by their funding source to register for more than 1 unit to meet full-time status requirements, and should check with their program advisor regarding such requirements to ensure that they remain qualified for funding.
- Doctoral students who have maintained continuous enrollment and are taking only comprehensive exams during either Summer or winter term do not have to register for graduate credit during that summer or winter session.
- Doctoral students who have maintained continuous enrollment, fulfilled all their other degree requirements as well as the 18 hours of dissertation and were enrolled in the prior semester may defend in the summer or winter term without registration. If, however, a student needs library privileges in the final semester, enrollment is required.
Unless excused by an official Leave of Absence (which may not exceed one year throughout the student’s degree program), all graduate students are subject to the Continuous Enrollment Policy and must pay in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees in order to remain in the program. If the student fails to obtain a Leave of Absence or maintain continuous enrollment, he or she will be required to apply for re-admission, to pay the Graduate College application fee, and pay all overdue tuition and fees, including cumulative late penalties. Tuition or registration waivers can not be applied retroactively. Any student considering re-application should first check with the Graduate Student Academic Services Office Office to see whether additional work or updated forms will be necessary.
Please note that "continuous enrollment" is not the same as "full time enrollment" for financial aid purposes. Please refer to
Full-Time Graduate Student Status.
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