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Is full-time or part-time study best for you?

Requirements for admission and achievement of degrees are identical for both full-time and part-time students. Both full-time and part-time students take the same courses, taught by the same faculty members. To accommodate both groups, most graduate-level courses in our department are offered in the evening.

Making the final decision on whether or not to attend full-time or part-time should be considered carefully, and faculty advisers can help you determine which is best for you. If you decide to attend part-time, then you should be sure to apply as a part-time student. Your enrollment status will be taken in consideration if you apply for extra time to complete your degree.

Full-time Students

For those of you who are experiencing a career transition and have plenty of free time, you may take on a full, academic workload. Full-time students are expected to take nine hours of class each semester. 

For some full-time students, graduate assistantships are available. Assistantships require 20 hours of work each week in the department in assistant teaching, research, communications and/or technological applications.

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, let the director of the program know.


Part-time Students

Many of our graduate students are engaged in careers which require the majority of their time. So, pursuing a degree part-time works best for them.  Part-time students at the graduate level normally take two courses per semester. Our programs can be catered to your schedule.

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