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Chapter Five – A

1. Enrollment Policy Overview

a. Master’s Degree Students

All master’s degree students are required to enroll for a minimum of 2 credits every fall and spring semester until they complete all of their degree requirements (see Section A.2 of this policy). Graduate leave is available to those degree-seeking students who are in good standing but who must be away from campus for personal reasons (see Section A.6 in this policy). Students in official internship leave status (see Section A.7 in this policy) are not required to register for credit unless their program requires it. If master’s degree students do not register for credit or go into approved graduate leave or internship leave status, their absence is unapproved. Such students may reenroll and pay a nonrefundable processing fee if they are absent for no more than two consecutive semesters, excluding the summer (see Section A.3 in this policy). Reenrollment also requires departmental approval and is not guaranteed. Students who are absent for three consecutive semesters, excluding the summer, will be discontinued from the Graduate School (see Section A.4 in this policy).

b. Doctoral Students

Prior to preliminary exams: Prior to taking preliminary exams, all doctoral students are required to enroll for a minimum of 2 credits every fall and spring semester until they complete all of their degree requirements (see Section A.2 in this policy). Graduate leave is available to those students who must be away from campus for personal reasons (see Section A.6 in this policy). Students in internship leave status (see Section A.7 in this policy) are not required to register for credit unless their program requires it. If doctoral students do not register for credit or go into approved graduate leave or internship leave status, their absence is unapproved. Such students may reenroll and pay a nonrefundable processing fee if they are absent for no more than two consecutive semesters ,excluding the summer (see Section A.3 in this policy). Reenrollment also requires departmental approval and is not guaranteed. Students who are absent for three consecutive semesters, excluding the summer will be discontinued from the Graduate School (see Section A.4 in this policy).

After successful completion of preliminary exams: After successful completion of preliminary exams, doctoral students are expected to continue to enroll for research credits each semester until they defend their degree. There is a three-year time limitation from the date of the preliminary exam to degree completion. Students who have taken their preliminary exams, have met all of their program requirements except completion of their dissertation, and do not have the funding to register for two or more research credits will be placed into Continuous Doctoral Status for a limited number of semesters. Students in Continuous Doctoral Status will be charged a $50/semester administrative fee and will have limited access to University resources. See Section A.2.a in this policy for detailed information about Continuous Doctoral Status.

c. Non-Degree-Seeking Students (Credential and Graduate Certificate Students)

Non-degree-seeking students who are absent for one semester or consecutive semesters not exceeding four (excluding the summer) must complete the reenrollment form, obtain program approval, and pay a nonrefundable processing fee before the student can register for classes. A non-degree seeking student who is absent for five consecutive semesters (excluding the summer) is required to reapply and pay a nonrefundable application fee to the Graduate School if he/she wishes to be considered for readmission to a credential or certificate program. See Section A. 5. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for Graduate Leave.

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