Definition of Full-Time and Part-Time
A graduate student is considered to be full-time with 9 or more units, two 4-unit courses, or four 2-unit courses. A student is considered part-time with a course loaded less than these minimums.
Ordinary course load: full-time master's degree course load, 12 units; full-time doctoral course load, 9 units.
Maximum course load without written permission from the Graduate Dean: 16 units for master's students, 12 units for doctoral students.
Exceptions to these maximum and minimum course loads must be requested in writing by graduate advisors and approved by the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies prior to enrollment for the semester.