Nine hours per academic semester constitutes a full-time class load, with twelve hours constituting the recommended maximum class load. Permission of the advisor, Graduate Program Committee Chair or Department Chair, and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research are required to take more than 12 hours. Approval will not be granted for enrollment in more than 15 graduate hours.
During the 12-week summer term, a student may enroll in a maximum of 6 hours per each four-week segment, a maximum of 9 hours per each eight-week segment, and no more than 12 graduate hours for the entire twelve-week session.
|Registration Requirements for Financial Aid|
|Academic Year or Summer Session|
|Full Time||9 or more credit hours|
|3/4 Time||6-8 credit hours|
|1/2 Time||4-5 credit hours|
At UNK, the semester credit hour is the unit used to measure course work. UNK adheres to the Carnegie unit for contact time, i.e., a minimum of 750 minutes or 15 contact hours for each credit hour awarded.
The number of credit hours assigned to a course quantitatively reflects the outcomes expected, the amount of time spent in class, and the amount of outside preparatory work expected for the class. According to federal regulations, a credit hour is defined as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that reasonably approximates:
This credit hour policy applies to all courses at all levels (graduate, postgraduate and undergraduate) that award academic credit regardless of the mode of delivery. Academic units are responsible for ensuring that credit hours are awarded only for work that meets the requirements outlined in this policy.
The expectation of contact time inside the classroom and student effort outside the classroom is the same in all formats of a course whether it is fully online, a blend of face-to-face contact with some content delivered by electronic means, or one delivered in lecture or seminar format. Courses that have less structured classroom schedules, such as research seminars, independent studies, internships, practica, studio work, or any other academic work leading to the award of credit hours, at a minimum, should clearly state learning objectives, expected outcomes and workload expectations that meet the standards set forth above.