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Annual tuition
the course fee fixed by the Corporation of the University for a given academic year.
Tuition Unit
one-eighth of the annual tuition.
Full-time enrollment
registration for 3 - 5 courses, or as defined by the Graduate School.
Part-time enrollment
registration for fewer than three courses, or as defined by the Graduate School.

Graduate School

1. Tuition Requirements for the Master's Degree -- The minimum total tuition that must be paid for a master’s degree is an amount equal to one annual tuition payment (eight tuition units). Some multi-year master’s programs have either a higher total tuition requirement or an eight unit requirement sparsed out for more than 2 semesters. If the Graduate Council approves a standard program leading to a master’s degree that requires fewer than four courses per semester, but more than one year of the equivalent of full-time enrollment, or in the event that the normal enrollment pattern is not consistent with the normal academic year (e.g., the MAT and MFA programs), students officially enrolled in such programs will be charged at the rate per semester as set forth by the Graduate Council or by approval of the Dean of the Graduate School for the length of the program.

2. Tuition Requirements for the Ph.D. -- Ph.D. students must pay tuition for the equivalent of three years of full-time study. Students who have fulfilled the tuition requirement, but not the academic requirements for their degree, continue to pay full-time tuition until their academic work has been completed. After the residency requirement has been met, Ph.D. students may continue to enroll in additional course work and receive academic credit.

3. Terminal Masters students who need to extend their enrollment beyond their set tuition unit requirements will be charged at the full-time tuition rate. If the student is enrolled ONLY in a thesis preparation course, the Graduate School will post a scholarship to student account equal to 3 units of tuition, leaving the student responsible for self-funding 1 unit. If a student is in the position where they take more courses than the standard for their program beyond the set tuition requirements for the program they will be charged full tuition and be expected to self-fund. Students can contact the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Graduate School to petition to have their tuition rate lowered, but their enrollment status (full-time, part-time, less than part-time) will be adjusted accordingly and could result in loan repayment and loss of benefits.

4. The tuition requirement must be satisfied prior to the awarding of a degree and no portion thereof will be waived. However, Ph.D. candidates who have completed all academic requirements for the degree but have spent without interruption less than the equivalent of three full years in residence, may appeal to the Graduate Council for a reduction in tuition requirements.

Subject to conditions established by the Graduate School, candidates for the Ph.D. degree may earn up to two master's degrees with no further payment of tuition beyond the minimum of twenty-four units required for a doctorate. One of the master's degrees must be in the field of the Ph.D. (unless approved by the Graduate School) and the other in a related or complementary field. The second master's degree must be approved both by the department of the Ph.D. and the department of the second master's. See also Advanced Degree Programs.

5. The total tuition required for a degree will be reduced by one tuition unit for each semester course of transfer credit (to a maximum of one tuition unit for a master's degree--two in Integrated Programs or in 14-course programs--and eight tuition units for a doctorate).

6. If a Ph.D. candidate applies to be awarded a degree prior to the normal accumulation of credit for the required minimum number of annual tuition payments, the unpaid balance of the minimum tuition requirement for the degree will be charged at the rate in effect during the year in which the requirements for the degree are completed.

7. The following students will be charged tuition at the rate of one tuition unit per course:
a) Part-time degree candidates enrolled for courses.
b) Special students.

8. For students enrolled in combined degree programs which include the M.D. degree, the tuition requirement for the M.D. degree covers the minimum total tuition requirement for 1 year of PhD. Study. (In short, rather than 24 units, 16 are required.)

9. No student may take examinations, use any of the facilities of the University, including the services of a dissertation or thesis advisor, submit a thesis or dissertation, or be a candidate for an advanced degree unless properly enrolled.

The status--full-time or part-time--of a student paying the enrollment fee only, will be determined by procedures established by the Dean of the Graduate School and the Registrar. In general, full-time enrollment will be understood to mean that at least 30 hours per week are being actively devoted to completion of degree requirements, half-time enrollment being understood to mean that fewer than 30 but more than 15 hours per week are being so spent.

10. In general, enrollment privileges, other than registration for courses, will be extended beyond the end of one academic year to the beginning of the next academic year (that is, over the summer months) without additional tuition charge. Official certification of a specific enrollment status (full-time or part-time) during all or part of this period, however, will be subject to conditions established by the Dean of the Graduate School and the Registrar in cooperation with the appropriate academic departments.

11. Readmission: Students who reenroll after an approved leave of absence or a withdrawal with the advance permission of the Dean of the Graduate School, including for the sole purpose of filing a thesis or dissertation, will be charged a readmission equal to 6.25% of half the annual tuition. Students who are withdrawn on the University's initiative for failure to register or some other cause will, if subsequently readmitted, be charged both the readmission fee and a re-enrollment equal to 6.25% of half the annual tuition . Students who reenroll after an approved leave of absence or a withdrawal with the advance permission of the Dean of the Graduate School for care of a newborn or newly adopted young child, or for other extraordinary circumstances, will not be charged a readmission fee.