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.
New and reentrant graduate students may register with the School of Graduate Studies, 106 Brigham Hall, after the class schedule is available. The registration form is available online at www.uwplatt.edu/graduate-studies/registration-form.
Continuing graduate students register online through the academic tools self-service area https://kb.uwplatt.edu/page.php?id=33900.
New graduate students or students returning after an absence of one or more semesters cannot register online; they must complete the registration form online at www.uwplatt.edu/graduate-studies/registration-form. This form is interactive - simply fill in the information, hit the “Submit form” button and follow the email instructions. The system will email the completed forms to the School of Graduate Studies office, 106 Brigham Hall, for processing. When the form is received in the School of Graduate Studies office they will reply to the email to let the student know the forms were received. The School of Graduate Studies will then register the student for the courses indicated and will notify the student by email that the registration was completed.
Graduate students are allowed to register for six credits during the summer sessions and nine credits during the fall/spring semesters. In order to register for additional credits, (up to 8 credits during summer sessions and 12 credits during fall/spring semesters), students must have approval of their advisors. Approval may be sent to the School of Graduate Studies office by mail, fax, email, or in person. Permission must include the student’s name, semester the course is to be taken, course number, and the advisor’s signature. A graduate student who wishes to appeal an advisor’s decision should contact the department or school chair. A graduate student who wishes to add 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.
No credit will be given for unapproved overloads. Students who enroll for an overload without permission will be required to drop sufficient courses and/or credits to comply with the prescribed load limit.
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.
Class schedules are viewable online at https://passexpress.uwplatt.edu/app/catalog/classSearch.
To contact the School of Graduate Studies call 608.342.1322, fax 608.342.1389, or email email@example.com.
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.
All course changes must be cleared officially with the School of Graduate Studies office. Normally students are not permitted to add courses after the fifth day of classes.
Students may drop a course before it begins or during the drop-add session at the start of each semester without the instructor’s signature.
Students who drop a course during the period from after the 10th instructional day of the term through the end of the eighth week of that term will be charged a drop fee of $15 per course. Drop fees must be paid before the form is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies office, 106 Brigham Hall.
If a student registered in a course withdraws from that course before the 10th day of class, that course will not be recorded on the student’s transcript.
If a student registered in a course drops that course any time after the 10th day of class, but before the end of the eighth week of classes, a notation of “withdrawn” will appear on the student’s transcript.
Students may drop a course until the end of the eighth week of classes. Students dropping at a later date are given the grade F; only in extraordinary circumstances and with the consent of the instructor and the director of the School of Graduate Studies may students withdraw at a later date and receive a grade other than F. Students receiving educational entitlement from the Veterans Administration must report to the VA if they fail or withdraw from all courses after mid-term when enrolled in two or more unit subjects.
Students enrolling for independent study may obtain an independent study form and instruction sheet from the School of Graduate Studies office, 106 Brigham Hall; or online at www.uwplatt.edu/graduate-studies/special-class-activity.
A student may register for more than the maximum number of independent study credits allowed by a subject area. However, the student may only apply the maximum number of independent study credits allowed by a subject area toward a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Please check the online graduate catalog to determine the maximum number of credits for an independent study in the subject area.
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