A student who wishes to withdraw (resign) voluntarily from
the University before the midsemester deadline must file a
resignation form in the Office of the Registrar. After midsemester, a
graduate student or undergraduate student enrolled in a graduate course
is not permitted to withdraw or to selectively drop courses;
in exceptional cases, however, a graduate student may submit to
the Dean of Graduate Studies a Petition to Withdraw after midsemester. (Students should use the special Petition to Withdraw for
this purpose.) If the petition is not approved, the student
remains responsible for all course work requirements.
Therefore, students should not discontinue class attendance or course assignments unless they
have been notified in writing that the Dean of Graduate Studies has
approved the petition to withdraw.
The maximum course load for full-time graduate students is
15 semester hours in a regular semester and 12 hours in a summer
session. Registration in excess of this maximum will be approved by the
Dean of Graduate Studies only in exceptional circumstances.
International students must be enrolled for a minimum of nine semester hours
to maintain their visa status.
Course Designation System
The example below provides an explanation of the
designation system of graduate courses at The University of Texas at Arlington.
5313 CARBONATE PETROLOGY (2-3)
1. The four-digit number (5313) is the
unique numerical designation for
the specific course listed.
a. The first digit (5) in the above example
denotes the level
of the course. Graduate
courses are designated 5 or 6.
b. The second digit (3) denotes the semester
hour credit of
c. The third and fourth digits (1 and 3) are
departmental designations and might or
might not have
2. The first number in parentheses following the
title indicates the class hours per week
devoted to lecture.
The second number
indicates the class hours per week devoted to
laboratory, practice or field work for the fall or
Each department or program has been assigned a unique
two-, three- or four-character prefix for use in course designations
on registration documents, transcripts and other University records.
For example, the Carbonate Petrology 5313 course described above
is taught in the Department of Geology and appears on student
records as GEOL 5313. The two-, three- or four-character prefix is given
in parentheses after the department or program name in the
catalog section describing academic departments and programs.