The minimum course load to maintain a full-time graduate assistantship is 9 hours during Fall and Spring, and 6 hours during Summer.  Students not receiving an assistantship must be registered for a minimum of 1 credit hour during the semester of the Master’s final exam or the Doctoral general exam.  Doctoral candidates must maintain continuous registration for a minimum of 3 hours each semester (excluding summer) from the completion of the general examination to the end of the semester in which they graduate.  Students with graduate assistantships are expected to devote the majority of their time to their graduate studies and are strongly discouraged from seeking outside employment.