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 considered 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.