Criteria for Graduate-Level Course Work
Graduate course work focuses on advanced disciplinary content, usually as an extension of the discipline content presented at the undergraduate level. When graduate work introduces basic concepts, it typically introduces discipline content that is not offered at the undergraduate level and is dependent upon knowledge acquired at the undergraduate level. In addition, introductory graduate course work may be delivered in an accelerated way to develop a knowledge base for an individual who possesses an undergraduate degree in another field or for individuals who seek to broaden their undergraduate preparation.
Graduate course work employs instructional methods that require more self-directed learning on the part of the student. Course work will require extensive use of campus learning resources including the university library, specialized laboratories, and computing facilities. Course work is more specialized and program-specific, which contributes to the student’s career goals and various enhancements leading to certification, licensure and career advancement.
Graduate course work shall be taught only by graduate faculty or by other qualified faculty as determined by the Graduate Council. Course work shall be taught in formats that allow adequate reflection and integration of learning.
Numbering of Courses
Courses numbered 7000–7990 are open only to graduate students. Courses numbered 5000–6990 may be taken by graduate students for graduate credit, provided they have not taken the courses at the undergraduate level.
Because courses numbered 5000–6990 are open to both undergraduate and graduate students, graduate students are expected to do work of higher quality than is expected of undergraduates. In addition, the work is expected to be more detailed and thorough, and include projects not regularly assigned to undergraduates.
After corresponding with an advisor, graduate students register in their Student Center of PASS (Pioneer Administrative Software System). Graduate students are allowed to register for up to six credits during the summer sessions and up to nine credits during the fall/spring semesters. If a student wants to take more credits (up to 8 credits during summer sessions and up to 12 credits during fall/spring semesters), the student must contact his or her advisor for approval. A graduate student who wants to appeal an advisor’s decision should contact the director of the School of Graduate Studies. A graduate student who wants to take more than 8 credits for the summer session or 12 credits for the fall/spring semesters will need the additional approval (beyond the advisor’s approval) of the director of the School of Graduate Studies.
Note: If a graduate student does not have an assigned graduate advisor but is attending as a special (non-degree seeking) student, the director of the School of Graduate Studies’ approval replaces the advisor’s approval.
For fee purposes, nine credits constitute a full load during the fall and spring semesters and five credits during the summer session. Full-time status for other purposes, such as financial aid, may be defined differently.
Any student considering dropping a course should contact their advisor before dropping a course. The advisor will review the potential impact on financial aid and academic progress. To review the Distance Education Drop/Refund policy, deadlines, and fees, visit www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education/withdraw-drop.
Students enrolling for independent study should download the appropriate forms from the Distance Learning web site (www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education). The student must complete the form and obtain all required signatures before registering for the course. A student may register for more than the maximum number of independent study credits allowed by a department; however, the student may only apply the maximum number of independent study credits allowed by a department toward a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Undergraduate Students Enrolled in Graduate Classes
Senior undergraduate students are eligible to take graduate courses numbered 5000–6990 for graduate credit if:
- they do not have an earned bachelor’s degree
- they are in their last semester as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville
- they have applied to graduate
- they are eligible for admission to the graduate program in full standing (undergraduate grade point average must be 2.75 or higher)
- they limit their total credit load to a maximum of 15 credits including graduate courses. (A majority of the credits they take must be for undergraduate courses)
- they secure the approval of the director of the School of Graduate Studies
Undergraduate students should register for the undergraduate courses through undergraduate registration procedures and for the graduate courses through graduate registration procedures.
Undergraduate fees are charged for the undergraduate classes, and graduate fees are charged for the graduate classes. Graduate classes do not count toward the undergraduate plateau (12–18 credits) and undergraduate classes do not count toward the graduate plateau (9–12 credits).
Note: Graduate credits cannot be applied toward completion of an undergraduate degree.
The graduate registration form is available online at
Graduate Students Enrolled in Undergraduate Classes
Graduate students may take graduate and undergraduate classes concurrently. Undergraduate fees are charged for the undergraduate classes and graduate fees are charged for the graduate classes. Graduate classes do not count toward the undergraduate plateau (12–18 credits) and undergraduate classes do not count toward the graduate plateau (9–12 credits). Students should register for the graduate courses through graduate registration procedures and the undergraduate courses through undergraduate registration procedures.
Note: Undergraduate credits cannot be applied toward completion of a master’s degree.
The graduate registration form is available online at