The Graduate Catalog outlines policies for enrollment and registration. We summarize those positions here and clarify where Department policies differ.
Students must be registered for 2 of the 3 core semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer); Fall enrollment is mandatory. Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment will be considered inactive an will have to apply for readmission. If a student must take a break for any reason, it is recommended they apply for a leave of absence; a student can be on leave for a year (cumulatively) before they become inactive if the leave is approved.
Students admitted to the program will meet with the Graduate Coordinator to be welcomed to the program, plan their initial semester, identify any missing prerequisites, and to be released for registration. During this first semester, students should identify a potential major professor who will guide them through the rest of the program; this major professor will be in a student’s research area for Thesis M.S. and all Ph.D. students or from a focus area for a non-Thesis student. In following semesters, the student will meet with their major professor for registration release.