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  Graduate School–New Brunswick 2010–2012 Academic Policies and Procedures Registration and Course Information Minimum and Maximum Program Commitments in a Given Semester  

Minimum and Maximum Program Commitments in a Given Semester

The unit of credit used in registration at Rutgers is based in part upon a measure of time, with 1 credit equal to one class hour a week through a 15-week semester. For a 3-credit course, a qualified and competent student should require, on average, nine hours a week (in and out of classroom or laboratory) to carry out the work expected. One credit of laboratory requires three class hours of work per week. A full-time program is defined by the university as 9 credits per semester. The maximum program is normally 15 credits, although under some circumstances registration for a maximum of 18 credits is permitted upon recommendation by the student's adviser and with approval of the dean. Fellows and assistants also must register their appointments according to directions provided by the registrar at the time of registration and submit form RT100 to the Office of Student Accounts.

Students with part-time employment outside the university who average 16 or more hours per week may not register for more than 9 credits per semester. Students employed 30 or more hours per week may not register for more than 6 credits per semester. Employment of international students is restricted by federal regulations; international students should consult with the Center for International Faculty and Student Services before undertaking employment of any kind to ensure that their legal status permits it.

In interpreting conflicts about program limits, the dean's office generally regards 35 to 40 hours a week as a full-time commitment, whether it occurs through employment or through academic credits. The university assumes that the enthusiastic participant is apt to devote well above this amount of time and that formal commitments of time become more difficult to make as they approach the upward limit of 60 hours of commitments with some combination of academic study and employment.

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