The nature of graduate study is such that the graduate student load should be lower than a normal undergraduate load. A graduate student is considered full-time if enrolled in 9 or more semester credit hours. Enrollment in fewer than 9 semester credit hours is considered part-time enrollment. Graduate students are encouraged to consider 12 semester credit hours a maximum load but may take up to 16 credit hours during fall, spring, or the entire summer. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the student's graduate advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School.