Adding or Dropping a Course

University Policy

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Policy

Students wishing to change their courses must fill out the University Add/Drop form, obtain their advisor’s signature, and return the completed form to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences office. A request for late registration in courses cannot ordinarily be granted after the first full week of classes.

The official University deadlines for adding and dropping classes can be found at the Registrar’s website.

No course may be added after the first two weeks of class.

A course dropped during the first five weeks of class will not appear on the student’s permanent record. After the first five weeks, a dropped course will appear on the student’s record as W, and the student will be charged for the course. No course may be dropped after the eighth week of class. For master’s students, Graduate School financial aid will not cover the cost of a course from which the student has officially withdrawn. For PhD students, Graduate School financial aid will cover the course if the withdrawal is approved by the Director of Graduate Studies; however, receipt of a W grade may affect satisfactory academic progress and the receipt of future merit-based fellowship aid.

Students who register for any course are held responsible for its completion unless they officially withdraw by the deadline date or change to the status of auditor within the first five weeks of class. Audited courses are not covered by GRS financial aid for master’s students. For PhD students, tuition for an audited course will be covered by scholarship if the course is approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. This course must be related to the dissertation research, or be considered as background or preparation for the dissertation research or topic. Courses at the 900 level may not be audited. Continuing students who are PhD candidates are entitled to officially audit one course each semester without further tuition charge.