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For Beginning & Continuing Students

To Consider for Registration Purposes:

Case I

You are, or want to be, a GTA, GLA or GRA:

  • If you are a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Lab Assistant (GLA), or Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), you must be registered for at least 12 credit hours in the summer, and 18 in the fall and spring.
  • Typically, a new GTA, GLA or GRA student tackles three graduate seminars each semester, for a total of 9 credit hours. So, where do the remaining 9 credit hours come from?
    To comply with this total of 18 credit hours, many students are signed up for Research 8895; the maximum number of credit hours for this course is 9. Please note: credit hours for 8895 do not count towards the degree; they are meant to keep the student moving through the semesters while working on the non-Thesis, conferences, the M.A. reading list, etc.
  • You are strongly encouraged to audit graduate classes, particularly if you already completed your courseload but are working on your Thesis or MA exams. To register as audit, fill out an Audit form from the One Stop Shop and have the instructor or department chair sign the form. Then return the form to One Stop Shop so they register you.

Case II

You are none of the above:

  • There is no common student profile or pace at MCL. If you are none of the above and wish to move faster/slower through the program, you may register for as many (or as few) courses as you wish. The minimum credit hours you must register for to be in good standing is 6. During your last semester, and only when all you have pending is the Thesis, you may be signed up for only one credit hour, provided that in the previous two semesters you had registered for a total of five.
  • “Continuous enrollment”, mandated by the Registration Office, requires registration for a total of six credit hours in any three consecutive semesters. The complete policy can be found here:

Other important details

  • Students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Courses in which a student earns a grade of “B-” or lower do not count toward graduation. If you receive a “B-” or lower in a required course, an equivalent course will have to be re-taken for credit, and a grade of “B” or better obtained in that course.
  • A new student can transfer up to 6 credit hours from an equivalent degree. Permission from the Graduate Director is required. Please fill in the Transfer of Credit form as soon as you begin the MA program.
  • Students are required to submit online a new Application for Graduate Assistantships:  Laboratory, Research, or Teaching Assistantship  before the beginning of each new semester.  To apply please go to the Employment Opportunities.
  • Graduate seminars are scarce during the summer semester. Do not be surprised if only one or two are available. Should you be in town, you can take that seminar, which might be on-line, and make the most of your time by writing your Thesis or non-Thesis paper and working on your reading list. Many faculty members are on top of their research agendas and/or in summer abroad programs for graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Thesis or non-Thesis? It is important that you decide early in the game whether you will be writing a Thesis or a non-Thesis paper, since that will determine the total number of graduate courses to take. Please consult the Thesis/non-Thesis section.