REG 02.15.04 – Course Registration

Authority: Dean of the Graduate School

History: First Issued: June 1, 2002. Last Revised: May 25, 2012.

Related Policies:
NCSU REG02.15.05 – Graduate Registration and Residence Requirements

Additional References:
Graduate Administrative Handbook 3.1 
Graduate Administrative Handbook 3.16
Graduate Administrative Handbook 4.2 (D)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesThis link will open in a new window 
(USCIS)

Contact Info: Dean of the Graduate School (919-515-7956)

  1.  REGISTERING FOR GRADUATE COURSES

1.1  Graduate students should register for courses at the 500- through 800-level.  The 500- level courses are also open to advanced undergraduate students unless otherwise specified.  Students must have graduate or PBS standing to register for 700- and 800-level courses.  Depending on particular program requirements, a student may take 400-level courses for graduate credit provided that they are outside the student’s major.  However, no more than six (6) credit hours at the 400 level may apply toward the master’s degree requirements.  Students may not count 900-level courses toward a graduate degree program.

  1. REGISTRATION AS AFFECTED BY AN UNCONDITIONAL PASS OF A FINAL EXAM AND ETD REVIEW

2.1  Students who receive an unconditional pass of a final exam and complete an ETD review will not be allowed to register in the same degree program for semesters subsequent to the completion of the ETD review.  Students who are already registered in the same degree program at the time of the ETD review will have their registration cancelled.  Students who still have an active uncompleted degree program may continue to register in that program.

  1.  COURSE LOAD REQUIREMENTS

3.1  Fall and Spring Semesters

3.1.1  The full-time load for graduate students for fall and spring semesters is defined in NCSU REG02.15.05 – Graduate Registration and Residence Requirements.

3.2  Summer Sessions

3.2.1  Graduate students are not required to be registered in summer sessions.  If they are full time in the previous spring semester and are continuing their graduate study in the following fall semester, they are considered to be full time in the summer.  If a student needs to be registered, one credit hour is considered full time.

3.3  International Students

3.3.1  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires international students on F-1 and J-1 visas to carry a full-time course of study to remain in status.  Full-time status may be achieved with a combination of course work and a research or teaching assistantship.

  1.  RULES FOR CREDIT-ONLY COURSES

4.1  Courses at the 500- and 700-level are letter graded and cannot be taken for “credit only.”

4.2  Graduate students who take 400-level courses that are letter graded do not have the option of taking the courses for “credit only” if they intend for the course to be part of their Plan of Graduate Work.  It is appropriate for them to take selected 400-level letter-graded courses that are required by the program, but they will not be included in the Plan of Graduate Work for Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory (S-U) grade.

  1. REQUIREMENTS FOR AUDITING COURSES

5.1  Auditing

5.1.1  Graduate students wishing to audit a course must have the approval of their advisor and of the department offering the course.  While auditors receive no course credit, they are required to attend class regularly.  The degree to which an auditor must participate in class beyond regular attendance is optional with the instructor.  Should an instructor conclude that an auditor has failed to fulfill the stipulated requirements, the instructor is justified in marking “NR” (no recognition given for an audit) on the final grade report.

5.1.2  With the single exception of foreign language audits, all audit registration must fall within the maximum permissible course loads.

5.2  Noted Exception

5.2.1  Students registered for the 695 and 895 research course in their particular field must carry hours of credit and cannot be audited.

  1.  RETAKING A COURSE

6.1  It is possible for a student who has previously audited a course to retake the course for credit with their advisor’s approval.  Courses taken in this manner will be considered the same as any other course taken for credit in meeting degree requirements.