Registering for Classes

After corresponding with his or her advisor, graduate students register in their Student Center of PASS (Pioneer Administrative Software System).

Registration Policies

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.

Academic Load

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 eight credits during summer sessions or twelve 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 Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.  

A graduate student who wants to take more than eight credits for the summer session or twelve credits for the fall/spring semesters will need the additional approval (beyond the advisor’s approval) of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.  

Note: If a graduate student does not have an assigned graduate advisor but is attending as a special (non-degree seeking) student, the Associate Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs’ approval replaces the advisor’s approval.

Full-Time Status

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.  

Registration Fee

Students are charged a $35 registration fee per term.  

Degree Assessment Fee

Before the end of the term in which the degree is to be granted, the student must pay the $50 degree assessment fee as well as all outstanding debts to the university.

Course Changes

Normally students are not permitted to add or change courses after the fifth day of classes.

Dropping Courses

If a student registered in a course drops the 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 tenth week of classes, a notation of “withdrawn” will appear on the student’s transcript. 

All drops are subject to fees, and in some cases, fees may be required to be paid prior to dropping.  Students who drop a course during the period from after the 10th instructional day of the term through the end of the tenth week of that term will be charged a drop fee of $45 per course.

Only in extraordinary circumstances and with the consent of the instructor and the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs 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.  

On-Campus Students

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.  

Online Students

Any student considering dropping a course should contact their advisor before dropping a course.   

Independent Study

Students enrolling for independent study should contact their advisor for specific enrollment instructions. 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.