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Graduate Student Registration

Minimum Registration

Unless on approved Leave of Absence, all graduate students in graduate degree and certificate programs must register continuously for a minimum of 3 graduate credits until their degree or certificate is granted or until their status as a credential-seeking graduate student is terminated. See the complete Registration Requirements section of the catalog for more details. To apply for an approved Leave of Absence, use the Leave of Absence form.

Full-time Registration

The full-time course load for a graduate student, including course work and thesis credits, ranges from 9-16 credits per term. All Graduate Assistants must enroll for a minimum of 12 credits during each term of their appointment during the academic year or a minimum of 9 credits during summer. All students enrolling for at least 9 credits are advised to register for their maximum allowable credits each term, using thesis credits to increase their loads to the allowable maximum. Check with your program or the Graduate School for further information.

International Student Registration

International students are advised to contact an international advisor in the International Student and Faculty Services office to determine the number of credits required to maintain visa status.

Special Registration Requirements

  • Graduate Assistants: All Graduate Assistants must register for and complete a minimum of 12 credits each term of their appointment (except during Summer term, when they must enroll for 9 credits). Audit registrations and enrollment in OSU Extended Campus courses may not be used to satisfy these enrollment requirements.
  • Other: Other minimum term registration requirements may be necessary to qualify for Veteran's benefits, etc.