Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Course Load

Course load limitations for graduate students apply to any combination of all courses taken on-campus, off-campus, or on-line while an individual is enrolled as a graduate student in a graduate degree program, a non-degree certification program, or any combination thereof.  

Full Time/Half Time/Less than Half Time/Overload Enrollment  

Fall, Spring, and Summer: Full-time enrollment is considered 9 or more credit hours for graduate students. Half time enrollment is 5-8 credit hours. Less than half time enrollment is 4 credit hours or less. 

An overload is more than 17 credit hours for Fall and Spring terms and 12 credit hours for the Summer term. Overload limitations apply to work completed in both on-campus and off-campus programs. The signed Graduate Credit Overload Permit Form ( must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, 3002 Carter Hall or faxed to 970-351-1870. 

The Interim term has a 4 credit hour limit; no overload will be permitted.  

A graduate student with a GPA lower than 3.0 may not petition for an overload.