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Full-Time Status


Any student registered for 12 or more semester hours at the end of the Schedule Adjustment Period (first 10 days of classes) is consid-ered full time. Audited courses are not included in the calculation of credits for full-time status.

  • UMEI Program: Students enrolled in UMEI 001-004 are considered full-time students. Students enrolled in UMEI 005 (semi-intensive) must register for an additional 6-8 credits, appropriate to their program, to meet the full-time requirement.
  • ENCO/COOP: Students enrolled in Engineering Coop and Cooperative Education programs are considered full-time students.

Note: If a student with a scholar-ship or grant falls below the required 12 credit hours, the scholarship or grant may be cancelled. Students receiving financial aid are strongly encouraged to contact a financial aid counselor prior to dropping below full time status. Additional information may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid, Room 0102 Lee Bldg., 301-314-9000.

Graduate Students

The Graduate School uses a unit system to determine full-time or part-time student status. Please note that graduate units are different from credit hours. The number of graduate units per credit hour is calculated in the following manner:

Units per Credit Hour
2 *
5 *
Masters Research: 799
Pre-candidacy Doctoral Research: 898
Doctoral Dissertation Research 899

*Not applicable to Graduate degrees, and not included in cumulative GPA calculations.

To be certified as full time, a graduate student must be officially registered for a combination of courses equivalent to 48 units per semester. Graduate assistants holding regular appointments have full-time status if they are registered for at least 24 units in addition to the assistantship; holders of half-time assistantships are considered full-time if registered for 36 units. Audited courses do not generate graduate units and cannot be used in calculating full-time or part-time status.

Note: Graduate students are eligible to register for courses numbered 400 - 899. Courses with last digit of 8 or 9 can be repeated for additional credit.

International Students

International students on F-1 and J-1 student visas must maintain full-time status throughout each semester according to Federal regulations governing F-1 and J-1 students. Please contact an advisor in OIS at 301-314-7744 if you have any questions concerning full-time status.