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Student Classification

A graduate student is classified as full-time if enrolled for nine or more credits   A graduate student, whether a master's candidate, a student in graduate standing, or a conditional graduate student, may be enrolled on a part-time basis only with the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Below are the definitions of various classifications of students in Fisk University Graduate Programs:

Full-time graduate students are enrolled for nine or more credits. Graduate students carrying fewer than nine credits are also regarded as full-time, however, if they are enrolled for Thesis Research, Thesis Seminar, or Thesis Preparation, or if they are engaged in an approved graduate practicum.  A graduate student, whether a master's candidate, a student in graduate standing, or a conditional graduate student, may be enrolled on a part-time basis only with the permission of the department.

Master’s Candidates are those who have completed approximately half of the requirements for the M.A. degree and have been formally admitted to degree candidacy and to thesis research by the graduate faculty of the particular graduate program.

Graduate Special Students are those who hold bachelor's degrees and are enrolled in the University but have not been admitted for study toward the master's degree and may or may not intend to seek degree candidacy.  Graduate special students often enroll in order to pursue undergraduate courses required as prerequisites to full graduate standing, and must have the permission of the instructor for enrollment in any courses at the graduate level (numbered 500 or above).  Graduate special students also may wish to pursue studies in those Fisk departments that do not offer the master's degree.

Conditional Graduate Standing is primarily used for students who seek a graduate degree but have not met the normal requirements for full graduate standing.  Students in conditional graduate standing may seek full graduate standing when the deficiencies have been corrected. Special conditions may apply to students in this status.  They are expected to attain a 3.0 GPA or better and may, in addition, be expected to pass a particular required course or demonstrate proficiency in a particular subject, in order to be placed in full graduate standing at the end of one semester of study.  Ordinarily, students may remain in conditional standing for no more than one semester.

Withdrawal and Leave of Absence

Withdrawal in good standing from graduate studies requires the student to file the normal withdrawal papers, obtainable from the Office of the Registrar.  A student who withdraws in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing with the University is normally permitted to re-enroll upon approval of a standard application for re-admission.  Absence for more than two years, however, may require the student to prepare a new study plan meeting new requirements as amended since the student’s initial matriculation. The procedure for withdrawal in good standing requires a written statement of the emergency to the Dean for Graduate Studies and the Provost, the Vice President of Student Life or the Director of University Counseling Services.  If the student is incapacitated, the Dean of Graduate Studies with the Provost, the Vice President of Student Life or the Director of University Counseling Services submits a letter on behalf of the student based on communication received from the student’s parents, family, etc., stating the effective withdrawal date to the Office of the Registrar.