Section 3.4: Enrollment Definitions | Kent State University

Section 3.4: Enrollment Definitions

A full-time graduate student is one registered for 8 to 16 hours in any one semester, with 16 hours being the maximum number that may be carried per semester.  A part-time graduate student is one taking less than 8 hours in one semester.  For summer, enrollment may be fulfilled in one or more sessions within the summer term.  Students in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree may be required to be registered for more than 16 hours.

A graduate student who has entered into candidacy and is within the University’s maximum time and credit hour limits for completion of the degree may carry a program of one or more graduate-level credits involving research (Dissertation II) under the direction of the candidate’s dissertation advisor, and will be considered as full-time.


  • Full-time enrollment:  8-16 credit hours
  • Three-quarter-time enrollment:  6-7 credit hours
  • Half-time enrollment:  4-5 credit hours
  • Less-than-half-time enrollment:  1-3 credit hours