Enrollment Status and Limits
Student enrollment status is defined only on a quarterly basis in most of the programs of the seminary. This applies especially to enrollment verification for loan deferment. In addition to the following definitions, there are special guidelines which apply to certain classes and certain programs. Contact the Registrar’s Office for details. If you don’t know whether you need to be full- or half-time for deferment of your loans, contact the Office of Financial Aid. Please note that for all purposes except new loans and grant-in-aid, Field Education registrations in the School of Theology are all considered as four units, regardless of the number of units for which they were registered (even zero units). For all purposes, only registrations in a particular quarter are counted. Work registered in a previous quarter but not yet completed is not counted as current enrollment.
Maximum Load. For master’s-level programs, the maximum load is 20 units in any quarter. For doctoral students in the School of Psychology, the maximum load is normally 16 units per quarter.
Full-time Study. For most master’s-level programs, the minimum full-time study load is 12 units per quarter. For the MAGL program, the minimum full-time study load is 8 units per quarter. For PhD students in the School of Theology, 6 units at the 800-level per quarter is full-time. In the PhD programs of the School of Intercultural Studies, 6 units at the 800-level per quarter is full-time, and in the English DMiss/DICS program,12 units per quarter at the 700- or 800-level is considered a full-time study load. For doctoral students in the School of Psychology, the minimum full-time study load is 12 units per quarter.
Half-time Study. At the master’s level, 6 to 11 units per quarter constitutes half-time study status; this is also true of the psychology doctoral programs. For MAGL students, 4 to 7 units constitutes half-time. Half-time status for SIS PhD programs is defined as 3 to 5 700- or 800-level units per quarter, and for the English DMiss/DICS program half-time is defined as 6 to 11 700- or 800-level units per quarter; for the PhD in Theology, it is 3 800-level units.
Three-quarter-time Study. For students receiving veterans’ benefits, 8 master’s-level units per quarter constitutes three-quarter-time study status. The same is true of psychology doctoral classes. Three-quarter-time status for the SIS PhD program is 4 700- or 800-level units, and the English DMiss/DICS program is defined as 9 700- or 800-level units per quarter; for the Theology PhD program, it is 4 800-level units.