Credit Loads

A full program of study for all graduate students consists of 12 hours or more during a semester and 6 hours during an eight-week summer session. This is also the minimum credit load which must be carried in order to be certified as a full-time student (for loans, Immigration and Naturalization Service, fellowships, etc) or to hold a tuition and fee waiver from the Graduate College. Within the ranges shown below, a student is considered to be making normal progress towards a degree. Note that the minimum departmental requirement of eight hours each semester and twenty hours each calendar year can be satisfied in all cases. Additional infomration can be found in The Graduate College Handbook for Students, Faculty and Staff.

Graduate student with 25%-67% assistantships, except Fellows:

  • Fall and Spring terms: a minimum of 8 graduate hours
  • Summer term: a minimum of 4 graduate hours in thesis units or a course that meets for at least eight weeks (enrollment in a four-week course in the summer term will not fulfill the requirement for full-time registration)

Graduate Students with traineeships or waiver-generating fellowships (regardless of whether the student holds a concurrent assistantship) and graduate students with "stand-alone" tuition waivers:

  • Fall and Spring terms: a minimum of 12 graduate hours
  • Summer term: a minimum of 4 graduate hours in thesis units or a course that meets for at least eight weeks (enrollment in a four-week course in the summer term will not fulfill the requirement for full-time registration)

Graduate Students with 1%-24% assistantships and graduate students without assistantships:

  • Fall and Spring terms: a minimum of 12 graduate hours
  • Summer term: a minimum of 4 graduate hours in thesis units or a course that meets for at least eight weeks (enrollment in a four-week course in the summer term will not fulfill the requirement for full-time registration)
 

Contact

Program Administration:

lambrosatillinois [dot] edu (Prof. John Lambros)
Associate Head, Graduate Programs

tankatillinois [dot] edu (Staci Tankersley)
Program Coordinator, Graduate Programs

Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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