This is the most up-to-date version (February 2018) of the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.
Manual of Rules and Regulations
Section II. Registration
Standard Schedule. Students registered in the Graduate College may register for no more than 15 semester hours in all courses eligible for graduate credit 100 (3000)-level or above. A maximum, graduate semester-hour registration will include all courses numbered 100 (legacy numbering) or 3000 (new renumbering) and above, whether they are offered as on-campus, extension, or workshop classes. In a schedule of mixed graduate and undergraduate courses, 2 hours of undergraduate credit may be substituted for 1 hour of graduate credit, with registration limited to a total of 18 semester hours. This equivalency applies to the calculation of academic load only. Graduate credit is not given for courses numbered under 100 (3000). In 2014 the summer session will expand to 12 weeks. The maximum registration for the twelve-week summer session is 12 semester hours. Corresponding maximums for the eight-week, six week and four-week summer sessions and the three-week winter session are 8, 6, 4, and 3 semester hours, respectively. The maximum semester-hour registration for work scheduled outside of a regular summer session will be arranged on a basis proportionate to that stated above with the approval of the Graduate College dean.
Nine semester hours in the regular semester constitute full-time registration. (Fellows are required to carry at least 9 semester hours during a semester as a condition of their appointments.) One-quarter-time and one-third-time appointees are permitted to register for the maximum 15 semester hours per semester and 12 semester hours during the twelve-week summer session.
Courses Not Included in Total Registration. In addition to a full schedule, a graduate student may register for offered courses as carrying zero semester hours credit.
Changes in Announced Credit. Graduate students may not register for more credit than that offered for in any course but may register for less credit, or no credit, by permission of the instructor. The number of courses a graduate student may take for limited or no credit is subject to the consent of the adviser and the approval of the dean of the Graduate College.
- One-half-time appointees may register for not more than 12 semester hours during a semester or 9 semester hours during the twelve-week summer session.
- Five-eighths-time appointees may register for not more than 10 semester hours during a semester or 7 semester hours during the twelve-week summer session.
- Two-thirds- and three-quarter-time appointees may register for not more than 9 semester hours during a semester or 7 semester hours during the twelve-week summer session.
* See Section VII.F. for information regarding graduate assistant overload appointments (those more than one-half-time/20 hours per week).
Retroactive Registration. No form of retroactive registration is permitted.
Registration for Part of a Session. A graduate student may register at any time during the semester or the twelve-week summer session for not more than 1 semester hour of credit for each of the remaining weeks of classes (not including the examination period) in the term. The total registration may not exceed the 15 semester hours permitted for a semester and the 12 semester hours permitted for the twelve-week summer session. Registration after the last day of the second week of a semester or the third day of the second week of a summer session is permitted only in courses involving special projects, readings, individual study, thesis, or research, with the signed approval of the instructor concerned and the Graduate College dean. Proportional credit limitations and deadlines for the four, six, and eight-week summer sessions will be established on a prorated basis.
Extramural Registration. After admission to a departmental program in the Graduate College, registration for work done off campus may be accepted for resident credit under the following circumstances:
- Traveling Scholar Program of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. (See Section III.)
- Research at approved locations under the direction of members of the graduate faculty of The University of Iowa.
- Fieldwork as part of a regularly scheduled course or research program.
- Courses taught off campus by members of the graduate faculty. (See Section X. D. and Section XII. C. for minimum semester hours required on campus for the master's and doctor's degrees.)
- Resident graduate credit from another Iowa Regents' university. (See Section V. B.)
- As many as 9 semester hours of graduate work taken at the Quad- Cities Graduate Center from faculty other than faculty of the Iowa Regents' universities, provided the work is acceptable to the student's major department for the specified degree.
Extramural registration does not count toward residence credit in the following circumstance: Course work transferred from another institution.
System of Course Numbers. Courses primarily for graduate students are numbered 200 (5000) or above in each department. Courses open to and carrying credit for both graduate and undergraduate students are numbered from 100 to 199 (3000 - 4999). A student must be enrolled in the Graduate College in order to earn graduate credit for course work numbered 100 (3000) or above. Courses below 100 (3000) are not accepted for graduate credit, irrespective of a student's classification. Graduate credit may not be earned for taking courses numbered below 100 (3000) by registering in such courses as readings, special projects, or independent study having course numbers of 100 (3000) or above.
Auditing of Courses. Upon approval of the instructor and the adviser, graduate students may audit courses for zero credit. Fee assessment for auditing courses is based on the number of hours for which the course is offered, with a minimum of 1 s.h. Auditing is permitted only for a student who is currently registered. See Section VI.C. for the marking system.
Dropping Courses. Graduate students may drop courses with the appropriate permissions as required by the registrar, and prior to the deadline date established by the dean of the Graduate College for each session and published by the registrar, After the deadline date, single courses may be dropped only with permission of the dean of the Graduate College.
Withdrawing Registration. Graduate students may withdraw their entire registration with the appropriate permissions as required by the registrar, and prior to the deadline date established by the dean of the Graduate College for each session and published by the registrar. After the deadline date, students may withdraw from the entire semester only with the permission of the dean of the Graduate College and documentation of extenuating circumstances, such as serious illness.