Sep 26, 2020  
Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 
Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advising and Registration


Graduate students enroll for course work prior to the beginning of each session. Post-Baccalaureate students are allowed to register for undergraduate courses during the registration period for seniors. Late registrations are accepted through the add period for each main campus graduate session. The late registration fee begins on the first day of graduate classes. Five eight-week sessions are offered each year beginning in January, March, June, August and October.

Students may register online, at their campus location office or in the Enrollment Service Center.

Students who are fully admitted to a graduate degree program or with written permission from the respective graduate program coordinator may be eligible to enroll in undergraduate and graduate courses for which they have met the prerequisites. Students may enroll in undergraduate and graduate courses within the same session or semester; however, financial aid may be affected.


Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their advisor. The importance of the advisor/advisee relationship cannot be overemphasized. Both personal and academic concerns should be addressed at these meetings.

Course Load

Students may take a maximum of six graduate semester hours per session. Students taking fewer than three graduate semester hours (six undergraduate semester hours) per session are classified as part-time students. Students who desire to enroll in more than six graduate hours per session must obtain by written petition the permission of the appropriate graduate program coordinator and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean for Graduate Studies.

3 Graduate Semester Hours Full-time
1.5-2 Graduate Semester Hours Half-time
Below 1.5 Graduate Semester Hours Less than Half-time

MAT Post-Baccalaureate students may enroll in up to 18 semester hours of coursework per 16 week semester (not to exceed six hours of graduate coursework in any eight-week session).

Students desiring to take a course from a department outside the one to which they were admitted must obtain permission from the Chair of the Department for that course.

Registration through CougarTrack

Graduate Students have the ability to register via the web at Students should log into CougarTrack and click on the appropriate registration link. Students may choose an Express Registration format, used when the exact course number and section is known, or the Search and Register for Classes method allowing a search for classes based on specified criteria.

This method also allows students to view seat availability. Either method will place selected section(s) on a preferred sections list where students will complete the registration process. The student may choose to register from this screen immediately or in the future as sections will remain on the preferred section list until the student either removes a section or registers for it. It is important to note that the appearance of a section on this screen does not guarantee eligibility to register for the section or that a seat will be available. Eligibility screening takes place when the student actually registers. Students may return to this screen to complete the registration process by clicking on the Register or Drop Classes link.

If an error message is received during any part of the registration process, please make a note of the contents of the message and contact the appropriate office for assistance. Students may also contact the Office of the Registrar at (573) 875-7526 or (800) 231-2391 ext. 7526 during normal business hours. Students who have trouble logging into CougarTrack should call the Help Desk at (573) 875-4357 or (800) 231-2391 ext. 4357.

Adding a Course

Main Campus Graduate students may add courses through the first five days of the session. Forms are available in the Registration and Financial Services Office or courses may be added online. Courses are added to the student’s schedules if space is available. Note: Students registering for a graduate class at the Online Campus or at any of the Nationwide Campuses may not add classes once the session has started.

Dropping a Course

Graduate students may drop courses without academic record and financial liability through the first business day of the second week of the session. Drop forms are available in the Registration and Financial Services Office, or courses may be dropped online.

Audit a Course

Students who wish to audit graduate courses must be properly admitted to the Graduate Program and complete the Audit Approval Request Form.

Students may audit a regularly scheduled class for no grade and no credit; however, participation in the course is noted on their official records. Acceptable performance and attendance is defined by all instructors of the course. Audit enrollments do not fulfill requirements for course work for degree completion or financial aid awards. The cost to audit is $90 per semester hour.