Registration Policies

Registration policies are summarized below. More detailed explanations of the policies appear in the Graduate School Bulletin. If the policies published on this page are in disagreement with those published in the Graduate Bulletin, the Graduate Bulletin takes precedence.

General Registration Requirements

Full-time registration for graduate students is 9 credit hours per term. Special cases outlined below include first-year international students who must receive special instruction to improve their language skills, and students who have completed most of their credit-hour requirements and are working full time on their thesis.

Full-time graduate students may register for an overload of up to 6 credit hours (up to 15 credit hours total) per term at no increase in tuition. Subject to written approval by their advisor and department head or division director, students may register for more than 15 credit hours per term by paying additional tuition at the regular part-time rate for all hours over 15. The maximum number of credits for which a student can register during the summer is 12.

Students may register at less than the required full-time registration, subject to the minimum registration requirements defined below, except for students meeting any of the following conditions.

  • International students subject to immigration requirements. This applies to international students holding J-1 and F-1 visas.
  • Students receiving financial assistance in the form of graduate teaching assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships or hourly contracts.
  • Students enrolled in academic programs that require full-time registration. Refer to the degree program sections of the bulletin to see if this applies to your particular program.

Students for whom any one of these conditions apply must register at the appropriate full-time credit hour requirement. If not required to register full-time, to remain in good standing, students must register continuously each fall and spring semester. Summer registration is not required for non-thesis students to remain in good standing.

Research Registration

In addition to completing prescribed coursework and defending a thesis, students in thesis-based degree programs must complete a research or engineering design experience under the direct supervision of their faculty advisor. Master students must complete a minimum of 6 hours of research credit, and doctoral students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of research credit at CSM. While completing this experience, students will register for research credit under course numbers 705 (M.S.) or 706 (Ph.D.) as appropriate. Faculty assign grades indicating satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress based on their evaluation of the student’s work.

Eligibility for Thesis Registration

Students enrolled in thesis-based degree programs who have completed the minimum course and research requirements for their degree will be considered to be pursuing their graduate program full time at a reduced registration level. In order to be eligible for this reduced full-time registration consideration, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. For M.S. students, completion of 36 hours of course and research credits combined.
  2. For Ph.D. students, completion of 72 hours of course and research credits combined.
  3. For all students, having approved Admission to Candidacy forms on file in the Graduate Office the semester prior to the one for which the candidate is applying for reduced thesis registration.
  4. Candidates for thesis-based degrees may not use more than 12 credit hours per semester in determining eligibility for thesis registration.

Transfer credits that have been accepted toward the degree count toward the 36 or 72 hour requirement. Students who are eligible for thesis registration will be considered full time if they are registered for 4 credit hours of research under course numbers 705 (M.S.) or 706 (Ph.D.) as appropriate. Faculty will assign thesis grades indicating satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress based on their evaluation of the student’s work.

 

Important Events and Deadlines

Academic Calendars

Admissions Deadlines

Admissions Information


Spring 2014 Semester

January 7
Graduate School Orientation

January 8
Classes Begin

January 10
Graduate Student Registration Deadline
(Late Fee will be assessed)

January 16
Thesis Upload Deadline
(to avoid spring registration)

January 23 (Census-Add/Drop Day)
Graduation Application due
Checkout card due
(to avoid spring registration)
Work Completion Form due
(to avoid spring registration)

March 20, 21
Graduation Salute

April 7
Thesis Upload Deadline

April 11
Checkout card due
Work Completion Form due

April 30
Graduation Practice

May 1
Admission to Candidacy due
for Reduced Registration effective Fall 2014, and
for Graduation Fall 2014

May 9
Commencement


Late spring checkout
for Fall 2014 Graduation

May 12
Thesis Upload Deadline
(to avoid summer registration)

May 16
Checkout card due
Work Completion Form due
(to avoid summer registration) 


Fall 2014 Semester

August 18
Graduate School Orientation

August 19
Classes Begin

August 22
Graduate Student Registration Deadline
(Late Fee will be assessed)

August 27
Thesis Upload Deadline
(to avoid fall registration)

September 3 (Census-Add/Drop Day)
Graduation Application due via Trailhead
Checkout card due
(to avoid fall registration)
Work Completion Form due
(to avoid fall registration)

October 23 (tentative)
Graduation Salute

November 1
Admission to Candidacy due
for Reduced Registration effective Spring 2015, and
for Graduation Spring 2015

November 10
Thesis Upload Deadline

November 14
Checkout card due 
Work Completion Form due

December 3
Graduation Practice

December 12
Commencement