Are you eligible for full-time equivalency?
Graduate students registered for less than 12 credits may, in certain situations, be granted "full-time equivalency" by their schools or academic departments. Once the full-time equivalency is granted, you do not need to obtain part-time enrollment approval from the OGS. Typically, full-time equivalency is granted if one of the following applies:
- You are taking 8-9 credits of coursework, and working as a teaching or research assistant for your department
- You are taking coursework and doing internship or fieldwork hours as required by your degree program (the combination of coursework and internship hours must constitute a full course of study and be part of an officially-published sequence of study)
- You are completing or have fulfilled all coursework requirements and are working full-time on thesis or dissertation research (maintenance of matriculation)
Your department curriculum officially designates a credit load less than 12 credits (e.g., 8 or 9 credits) as full-time for your program. This designation must apply to all students in the program and must have the approval of your school's dean and the OGS.
- Students who are granted full-time equivalency must be designated as "full-time" or "fully-matriculated" by the University Registrar as reflected in NYU's Student Information System. In most cases you must request full-time equivalency from your department administrator. Please consult the OGS if you are unsure about your current enrollment designation.
Undergraduates must always be full-time by registering for and completing a minimum of 12 credits every fall and spring semester. However, a normal course of full-time study for undergraduates is typically 14-16 credits or more.