Enrollment Policies

Full-Time and Maximum Enrollment

Full-time enrollment for graduate students is nine semester hours during the fall and spring semesters and four semester hours during the summer sessions. Full-time enrollment for graduate assistants is considered 6 credit hours in fall and spring and 3 credit hours in the summer semesters.

Students may not carry more than 16 hours per semester for graduate credit or more than nine semester hours per summer session without the permission of the Graduate Dean. 


Enrollment During General, Comprehensive, or Final Examinations, or Defense

Students must enroll in at least two graduate credit hours during the semester in which they take the general or comprehensive examination, or when defending their thesis or dissertation. Thesis/dissertation students must maintain continuous enrollment in two credit hours of 5980 or 6980 until the final copies are deposited with the library.

Enrollment of OU Norman Undergraduate Students in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate juniors or seniors at the University of Oklahoma who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater may enroll in graduate level courses. Approval is required from the advisor, department, and the Graduate Dean.

In that all courses at the HSC require special permission, Norman campus students are advised to secure that permission from the HSC instructor before beginning the enrollment process. Once permission has been obtained, Norman campus student should contact the Office of Admissions and Records, Buchanan Hall, Norman campus. HSC courses will be listed on the Norman campus student's transcript. For further information, contact the Office of Admissions and Records, in Norman, 325-5983.

Health Sciences Center Students Enrolling in Norman Campus Courses

To enroll in Norman campus courses, Health Sciences Center students must receive permission from their HSC college. The HSC Admissions and Records process all enrollments, adding and/or dropping courses. Norman campus courses will be listed on the HSC student's transcript. For further information, contact the HSC Office of Admissions and Records, 271-2359.

Faculty and Staff Graduate Enrollment

To prevent a conflict of interest between the role of student and the role of faculty or staff, the following policy applies to all OUHSC faculty and staff enrolled in graduate course work and programs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. A faculty member may enroll in graduate course work as a Special Student. If the course work is in a department in which the faculty member has an appointment, the faculty member must enroll for audit. A faculty member may not enroll for credit and cannot be admitted into a degree program in a department in which he or she holds a faculty appointment or in an academic area of his or her faculty expertise. A full time faculty member cannot be paid as a graduate student or receive a student grant. Staff may enroll in graduate course work as Special Students according to the admission requirements of the course or program. A staff member may not enroll for credit in a course that is taught by a faculty member who has supervisory authority over the staff member's employment. An exception can be made by the Graduate Dean for a required course taught only by the faculty supervisor. If a staff member is admitted to a degree program within the academic unit in which he or she is employed, the following conditions must apply:

  1. The staff member 's work and responsibility as an employee must be different from his or her work and responsibility as a student.
  2. If the staff member is employed for research effort, the research activity for which the staff member receives payment as an employee cannot be used to meet thesis or dissertation requirements.
  3. The faculty member with supervisory responsibility for the staff member as an employee cannot chair the staff member's graduate committee.
  4. The criteria for the evaluation of the staff member as an employee must be identified and differentiated from the criteria for the evaluation of the staff member as a student.
  5. The evaluation of the staff member as a student must not be made by any person with supervisory responsibility over the individual as an employee.
  6. A full time staff member cannot be paid as a graduate student or receive a student grant


Auditor

Audit enrollment is for non-credit and used by students who want to take a class for information, not to count toward a degree. Enrollment as an auditor is permitted in all courses, subject to the approval of the instructor(s) and the dean of the college in which the course(s) is offered. Enrollment as an auditor must be completed by the last day of enrollment in any term.  Students enrolling as an auditor must meet course requirements as outlined by the instructor.