Registration and Enrollment

 

Registration and Enrollment

Graduate School's detailed course registration information

Academic calendar

Adding Courses: 

  • Searching for classes:  remember to select the "graduate" career; this is important when looking at 5000 level courses which offer both an undergraduate and graduate section. You need to select the graduate section in order to receive graduate credit for the course.
  • Courses may be added through online registration through 1st Friday of term.
  • Instructor permission is required to add a course after the 1st Friday. Permission to enroll received via email may be forwarded to the Graduate Program Coordinator.  Note:  Only accepted from OSU email accounts.
  • Adding a class after the 2nd Friday requires instructor permission as well as Graduate School permission (via petition).
  • Students will be assessed a $100 fee for each course added after the 2nd Friday of the term.
  • Instructor permission is required to add a course for the following reasons:
  • that is in conflict with another course you have scheduled
  • that you do not meet the prerequisites for
  • that requires instructor permission (independent study hours)
  • permission to audit a course (grade of R)

Instructor permission may be on a course enrollment permission form or via email (from OSU email accounts only).

Dropping Courses:

  • Courses may be dropped through online registration up through the 4th Friday of the term.
  • Dropping a course after the 4th Friday requires advisor approval. Permission to drop via email may be forwarded to the Graduate Program Coordinator (note: only accepted from OSU email accounts).
  • The last day a course can be dropped is the 10th Friday of the term

Full Time Status:

The minimums for full time enrollment based on the term and type of student are listed below. It is recommended that students enroll in more than the minimums, up to 18 hours in Autumn/Spring or 12 in Summer. Please note that tuition costs between 8 and 18 hours are the same; enrolling in more than 18 hours will incur additional costs.

Autumn (Aug-Dec) and Spring (Jan-Apr) Semesters

     8 hours:  all master's and pre-candidacy doctoral students including graduate associates and international students
   12 hours:  fellows
     3 hours:  post-candidacy students
     4 hours:  federal financial aid purposes
     6 hours : veteran’s benefits purposes
   20 hours:  maximum credit hour load without approval of the Graduate School

Summer Semester (May-Jul)

     4 hours:  all master's and pre-candidacy doctoral students including graduate associates and international students
     6 hours:  fellows
     3 hours:  post-candidacy students
     4 hours:  federal financial aid purposes
     4 hours:  veterans’ benefits purposes
   12 hours:  maximum credit hour load in summer term (May-July) without approval of the Graduate School

     ~ May Session
             Note: up to 3 credits of May-only courses included in Spring tuition if enrolled full-time in Spring
             Note: Self-funded and post-candidacy students eligible to graduate in Summer if enrolled for 3 May-only credits
             4 hours:  maximum credit hour load without approval of the Graduate School

     ~ Summer Session (7-weeks in Jun-Jul)
             Note: enroll for any hours beyond May session hours

Research (ENR 8998) or MENR Project (ENR 7888) credit hours

  • 1 credit hour = 2 hours/week spent on research/project
  • Use as “fill in” after you’ve scheduled your course work
  • Register under your faculty advisor’s class number. Click on “Additional Search Criteria” to search by instructor's last name.
  • Select the desired number of hours

Returning from a Leave:

Whether you’ve been gone one term or many years, if you are in good standing and haven’t been enrolled, the saying goes, “Once a graduate student at Ohio State, always a graduate student”  -- even if you’ve graduated and are returning for post-degree coursework or to pursue a new degree program. Follow the steps below that apply to your situation.

Not enrolled for at least one term but less than two years:

  • Complete the Reactivate Enrollment Eligibility form
          Note: No need to get the Graduate Studies Committee chair signature.
  • Submit to the Graduate School via fax, scan/email, or in person
  • Follow the Graduate School’s Course Registration instructions

Not enrolled for two years or more:

  • Complete the Reactivate Enrollment Eligibility form
  • Submit to the SENR Graduate Program Coordinator for the Graduate Studies Committee chair’s signature via fax, scan/email, or in person
  • Confirm that the signed form has been submitted to the Graduate School
  • Follow the New Student To Do List instructions
  • Follow the Graduate School’s Course Registration instructions

Note: If you are a post-candidacy graduate student who was originally admitted prior to Autumn 2008 and you reactivate enrollment after Autumn 2008, you will be required to follow the Graduate School's continuous enrollment rule as a condition of reactivation.

Planning to take post-degree coursework:

  • Complete the Reactivate Enrollment Eligibility form
  • Submit to the SENR Graduate Program Coordinator for the Graduate Studies Committee chair’s signature via fax, scan/email, or in person
  • Confirm that the signed form has been submitted to the Graduate School
  • Follow the New Student To Do List instructions
  • Follow the Graduate School’s Course Registration instructions

Planning to pursue another graduate degree:

This applies to two situations:

  • You are not planning to complete the degree in Environment and Natural Resources in order to pursue a degree in another graduate program at The Ohio State University, or
  • You have graduated with an ENR degree and now wish to pursue a new degree in ENRGP or another graduate program at The Ohio State University.
  • Consult with the Graduate Program Coordinator and/or Graduate Studies Committee chair of your intended program regarding the transfer process. Note:This is now an internal process with a specific graduate program’s Graduate Studies Committee and will not go through the Graduate Admissions process.
  • Complete section 1 of the Transfer of Graduate Program form
  • Submit the original form (no copies please) to the Graduate School
  • Submit additional paperwork to the intended program for review by the Graduate Studies Committee
  • You will receive a notice from the Graduate School regarding the decision.
  • If the transfer is approved, follow the New Student To Do List instructions

 

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