Dear all,

Looking through some of your records (particularly new students), I’ve noticed that some of you are enrolled in four courses for the Fall. This is NOT recommended. 9 credit hours, or three courses, is the standard course-load (plus or minus one or two). If you are hired as a graduate assistant and you need to be enrolled in 12 credit hours, we have a “filler” course, non-thesis research, that we use to get you up to 12 credit hours. If you take more than 3 courses per semester you will finish the program in less than 2 years, which may seem like a great idea but will make it difficult if not impossible to complete a thesis.

Take care,

Dr. Black