Graduate Policies & Procedures


The number of academic units for which an assistant may register each term is determined by the department in light of the student’s assistantship duties, program of study, and compensation. A department may set a maximum number of units for which its assistants may register.

Research assistants whose assigned research is part of their thesis research may be permitted to register for thesis units without regard to the maximum. In recognition of their research experience, research assistants in some departments may be granted credit other than thesis credit toward the master’s or engineer’s degree. This credit will not be counted against the maximum.

In some departments, teaching assistants may receive limited degree credit for their teaching, which will not be counted against the maximum registration they may carry. In addition, a department may allow assistants to register for one language subject, or in other subjects as listeners, without the units being counted against the maximum.