Policies and General Information
Enrollment Policies and Procedures for Graduate Students
The university requires that F-1 Visa students file an immunization record with the Center for Health and Wellbeing at the time of first enrollment. Appropriate forms are emailed directly to newly enrolled students through the Office of International Education and/or the Center for Health and Wellbeing.
Consult the Academic Calendar and the Registration Schedule for registration dates. Students register for courses at the time and in the manner designated by the university registrar. Early registration is encouraged for both new and presently enrolled graduate students.
Students should consult with their program advisor before using web registration. All charges for the ensuing semester must be paid, or otherwise provided for, before registration is complete.
Graduate Course Levels
Courses which may apply towards a graduate program are numbered 200 and above. Not all 200 level courses are for graduate credit; check Courses Approved for Graduate Credit website. Courses numbered 400 or above are limited to candidates for doctoral degrees; courses numbered 300 to 399 are limited to graduate students unless special permission is given by the appropriate department or program.
Normally, full-time graduate students enroll for nine to twelve credit hours per semester. Maximum enrollment is fifteen credits per semester and nine hours summer. Enrollment in excess of the normal full-time course load requires written approval from the advisor and the dean of the Graduate College.
Courses may be taken for audit; however, tuition for the credit hours is charged as for courses for credit. Under no circumstances will graduate credit or a grade be allowed for audited courses. A student wishing to audit a course must meet minimum levels of performance set by the instructor at the time of registration in order to receive an audit grade on a transcript. Tuition scholarships funded by the Graduate College do not cover tuition for audited courses.
Physical Education Classes
Students may not enroll in physical education classes without prior approval by the dean of the Graduate College. Graduate College tuition scholarships do not cover tuition or any fees for physical education activities.
Courses may be added or dropped only during the first five days of instruction of the semester. If you are interested in enrolling in a class during the second week of Add/Drop, you will need to contact the instructor and request permission to register. If the instructor agrees, s/he will submit an electronic override for you. You then will be able to register yourself in the course. After the first week of classes an instructor may refuse admission to a course if material (such as laboratories) cannot be made up and the loss of this work would seriously affect the quality of the educational experience of the student seeking to enter the course. Faculty are not required to give make-up examinations, papers, or quizzes. No drops are allowed after the second week of classes except in cases where a student is enrolled by administrative error and has never attended the course. The add/drop window for summer courses is determined by course length and start date.
Withdrawal from Courses
From the end of the tenth day of instruction until the second business day after the 60% point in the semester, students may withdraw from courses. Students who wish to withdraw fill out the course withdrawal form, consult with their advisor, and submit the form to the instructor for signature. The student is then responsible for delivering the form to the registrar's office no later than 4 p.m. on the second business day after the 60% point in the semester. Students give a copy to their dean for information purposes. The instructor also records the withdrawal grade (W) on the final grade sheet which is submitted to the registrar.
Between the second business day after the 60% point in the semester and the last day of classes, withdrawal requires students to petition the dean of the Graduate College explaining that they are unable to continue in the course due to circumstances beyond their control. Such a petition must contain conclusive evidence, properly documented, of the situation which prevents completion of the course. Acceptable reasons do not include dissatisfaction with performance in a course or with an expected grade, with the course or the instructor, or the desire to change a major or program. If the petition is approved, the withdrawal procedure follows the process described above. The withdrawal window for summer courses is determined by course length and start date.
Accelerated Master’s Degree Programs (AMPs)
Highly qualified UVM undergraduates may be accepted into some UVM graduate programs prior to their senior year of undergraduate study. This Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) option is available for admission to UVM graduate programs in accountancy, animal sciences, biology, biostatistics, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, curriculum and instruction, electrical engineering, historic preservation, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, microbiology and molecular genetics, nursing, physics, public administration, and statistics. Students must apply formally and be accepted to the AMP prior to taking courses that will count to the master’s degree. Please consult the program listings for details.
Undergraduate Enrollment for Graduate Credit (non-accelerated master's students)
UVM senior undergraduates may enroll for graduate credit at UVM under the following circumstances: the course must be available for graduate credit; total enrollment including the graduate course must not exceed twelve credit in the semester in which the course is taken; the course must not be computed as part of the bachelor's degree; permission to seek such graduate credit must be requested of the dean of the Graduate College in writing by the dean of the undergraduate college or school prior to enrollment for such credit. Such graduate credit is limited to six credits. It can be used only at UVM if and when the student is admitted to a UVM graduate program and only if the course is judged appropriate by the student's advisor for the graduate program. Generally, other institutions will not accept such credit, earned before award of the bachelor's degree, in transfer to their graduate programs.
Students whose academic progress is deemed unsatisfactory at any time may be dismissed from the Graduate College by the dean upon consultation with the student's department or program. In addition, students may be dismissed if (a) they receive two grades or more below a B (3.00), or (b) they receive a U (Unsatisfactory) in Thesis or Dissertation Research or Seminar.