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Graduate Studies Enrollment


To define the enrollment categories and the maximum enrollment levels for graduate study at KU.

Applies to: 

All graduate students on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses

Policy Statement: 

All graduate students are expected to fit into one (1) of the following enrollment categories at all times while completing the credits required for the fulfillment of their degrees.

Graduate students are not normally permitted to enroll for more than 16 hours a semester or more than eight (8) hours in a summer session.


Leave of Absence



Post-comp Enrollment for Doctoral Candidates

Enrollment for Undergraduates

Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Level Courses

Co-enrollment (Seniors and Graduate Study)


Office of Graduate Studies

Approved by: 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Approved on: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Effective on: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Maximum enrollment, maximum hours, graduate hours
Change History: 

10/17/2023: Corrected link title from "Full-Time Enrollment" to "Enrolled."
07/18/2023: Updated links, approved by updated to Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.
03/09/2018: Updated missing required information.
10/17/2014: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing); added Keywords.
06/02/2009: Approved

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