Registration

Register for courses through the Howdy Portal.

Full Time

A graduate student (domestic or international) is considered full-time if he or she is registered for a minimum of:

  • 9 semester credit hours during a fall or spring semester
  • 6 semester credit hours during a summer semester

A Q grade or W grade does not count toward the certification of enrollment status.
Colleges and departments may impose additional semester credit hour requirements for a student holding an assistantship or fellowship which exceeds the minimum stated above.
Special considerations relate to “full time status” for an international student. Please refer to the information on this subject in the “Course Load Requirements for International (Non-Immigrant) Students with F1 or J1 Status” section.
A student who has financial assistance should consult Scholarships & Financial Aid, call (979) 845-3236 or visit http://financialaid.tamu.edu, for enrollment requirements.

Half Time

In order for domestic graduate students to be eligible for financial aid, they must be registered at least half-time.  Half-time registration means

  • Fall/Spring – 5 hours
  • 10 Week Summer – 3 hours
  • 5 Week Summer – 2 hours

Continuous Enrollment

A student in a graduate degree program requiring a thesis, dissertation, internship or record of study, who has completed all coursework on his/her degree plans other than 691 (Research), 684 (Internship) or 692 (Professional Study) is required to be in continuous registration until all requirements for the degree have been completed. If a student is registered only for zero credit 681, 684 or 685 course, this registration does not satisfy the continuous registration requirement for students in graduate degree program requiring thesis, dissertation, internship or record of study. Other courses, including 691 research hours, are not eligible for zero credit. The continuous registration requirement may be satisfied by registering either In Absentia or In Residence.Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

Excess Hours

Students are allowed to enroll for a maximum of 15 hours during the fall/spring semesters, 6 hours for each summer session, and 12 hours during the 10-week session. The Dean of the College can approve (and register) students for 18 hours (fall/spring), 9 hours (5-week summer sessions), and 15 hours (10-week session).  Registration in addition to the 18, 9, and 15 hours, respectfully, will require OGAPS approval and must be submitted on the Petition for Waivers or Exceptions through DPSS that includes the course prefix, number, section, hours and the semester. With the approval of the request, the course(s) will be added by OGAPS.

Examinations

Doctoral students must be registered during the semester they take any part of the preliminary examination and the final examination. Master’s thesis option students must be registered during the semester they take the final examination. Master’s non-thesis students are not required by OGAPS to be registered during the semester of their final examination if all course work on the degree plan has been completed. Students who are attempting to hold an exam between semesters must be registered in the semester immediately preceding the exam in order to be eligible to take the exam.  A department and/or college may have requirements in addition to the University. International students should consult with International Student Services regarding additional registration requirements.

Not Registering for Courses in Graduating Semester

If a master’s thesis option or doctoral student has completed ALL degree requirements, including being CLEARED by the Thesis Office, by the last day to add courses for a semester, the student is not required to register for courses but must apply for graduation and pay the diploma fee. This rule does not apply to students on assistantships, scholarships and fellowships. A department and/or college may have requirements in addition to the University. International students should consult with International Student Services regarding additional registration requirements.

Certification of Full-Time Enrollment

Graduate students may be certified as full-time with registration of less than the number of hours required for full-time enrollment for two reasons.

  • Students participating in student teaching, internships, and cooperative education programs who are enrolled in less than nine semester hours during a fall or spring semester or six hours during a summer semester may be eligible to be certified as a full-time student with the approval of the Dean of the College or his or her designee.
 
  • During their last semester prior to graduation, if a graduate student is enrolled at Texas A&M in all remaining hours needed to complete his or her degree, has applied for graduation and does not hold a graduate assistantship, he or she may be certified as a full-time student for that final semester even though he or she may be enrolled in less than nine semester hours during a fall or spring semester, or six hours in a summer semester. 

Please note: A Q grade or W grade does not count toward the certification of enrollment status.