Graduate Studies

Graduate Students Continuous Enrollment

Continuous enrollment requires that every graduate student must either be enrolled in coursework in his/her program (six credits per calendar year required), enrolled in GRS 601, 602, 701, or 702, or be on a formal leave of absence, approved by the student’s program chair and on file with the Office of Graduate Studies. The following courses aid students in maintaining continuous enrollment status.  Enrollment in any of these courses requires authorization as noted on the approval forms and by the Office of Graduate Studies.

GRS 601

GRS 601 is a noncredit course that allows the student continued access to university services, including USM computers, library, and recreational facilities. Registration for this course incurs applicable university fees for which the student is financially responsible. It is designed for students who are working on a capstone, thesis, or dissertation. GRS 601 does not grant a student part-time or full-time status for financial aid eligibility, university-funded fellowships, scholarships, graduate assistantships, loan deferment, or visa compliance. Enrollment in GRS 601 requires approval from the student's faculty advisor or the program chair and is typically limited to two semesters.

GRS 603

GRS 603 Research Completion is a 4.5 credit elective for all students finished with their course work but still working on completing their thesis or capstone. Students enrolled in this course are considered half-time for purposes of academic standing, graduate assistantships, university scholarships, visa compliance, and access to university programs and services. A student may register for this course no more than twice. Requires approval from the student's academic advisor and the Office of Graduate Studies.

GRS 701

GRS 701 is a 1-credit* course that permits doctoral degree candidates registered for less than 6 credits to retain eligibility for financial aid, university-funded fellowships, scholarships, graduate assistantships, student health insurance, loan deferment, visa compliance, and access to university services, including USM computers, library, and recreational facilities. Requirements include passing qualifying exams, receiving certification of adequate academic progress from the program chair and dissertation/capstone chair, and obtaining approval from the Office of Graduate Studies.

GRS 702

GRS 702 is a 1-credit* course for doctoral students who have passed their qualifying exams. GRS 702 allows the student continued access to USM computers, library, and recreational facilities. This course does not qualify the student for financial aid, university-funded fellowships, scholarships, graduate assistantships, loan deferment, visa compliance, or eligibility for USM student health insurance. Approval by the program chair is required for registration.

*GRS registrations are non-academic credit bearing courses.


GRS Enrollment Form


Leave of Absence Form