Leave of absence
To maintain “good standing,” all graduate students are required to enroll in a minimum of 3 graduate credits each fall and spring semester until they graduate. International students may be required to enroll in 9 graduate credits each fall and spring semester depending on the requirements of their visa. All students holding assistantships (whether teaching or research assistantships) are required to enroll in a minimum of 6 graduate credits each semester they hold the assistantship.
Leave of absence
Students in good standing may request a leave of absence by completing a Leave of Absence Form available on the Graduate School’s website, during which time they are not required to maintain continuous registration. Usually, a leave of absence is approved for one or two semesters. The leave of absence request may be extended by the student filing an additional leave of absence form. Students applying for a leave of absence should not have any “incomplete” grades which could be changed to “F” and have a detrimental impact on their cumulative GPA. Requests for leave of absences must be received by the Graduate School no later than the last day of enrollment for the semester the leave is to begin.
Reinstatement to graduate standing
When a student has been absent for one semester or more without an approved leave of absence, she or he may request reinstatement via the Notice of Reinstatement to Graduate Standing Form. This form allows the program the option to recommend the student be re-admitted to their graduate program based on their previous admission or require the student to re-apply for admission which would require students to submit a new application for admission and pay the application fee. The Notice of Reinstatement to Graduate Standing must be received by the Graduate School no later than the last day of enrollment for the semester the reinstatement is to begin.
Please note: this represents the program handbook for the 2021-2022 academic year only. For an archived version of a previous year's handbook, or to obtain a hard copy of this current year's program handbook, please contact the program director.