UMMC Policy and Procedure Manual E-SPH-GEN-GEN-PO-00047
Subject: SOPH Course Load
Revised Date: 7/20/2021 Effective Date: 12/6/2016
Prepared By:
Jeanna D. Wilkes
Approved By:
Natalie W. Gaughf

Reviewed By:
Sydney R. Murphy

John D. Bower School of Population Health

DOCUMENT TYPE: Policy

REVIEW PERIOD: 3 years

TITLE: Course Load

PURPOSE: To establish guidelines for official student course load in the John D. Bower School of Population Health.

POLICY: A full-time course load in the Bower School of Population Health is nine (9) credit hours per semester except for the summer term when one (1) credit hour minimum is sufficient. A doctoral student who is admitted to candidacy and is working on a dissertation may be classified as a full-time student while registering for one (1) credit hour. A masters student who has completed their coursework and is working on a thesis may be classified as a full-time student while registering for one (1) credit hour.

A part-time student is one who is enrolled in less than nine (9) credit hours per fall and spring semester.

Since some programs within the Bower School of Population Health allow for both full-time and part-time study, students should consult their program director to determine the criteria for maintaining full-time or part-time status within their program.

Listed below are the requirements that determine official student enrollment certification. This status may be utilized by the Office of Enrollment Management and for determining financial assistance.

MS Students

Enrollment

 

Full-time

Fall and Spring (9 hours +)

Summer (1 hour +)

Part-time

Fall and Spring (Less than 9 hours)

 

A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for a MS degree and must be completed six (6) years from the date of first registration in the degree program.

PhD Students

Enrollment

Pre-candidacy

Post-candidacy

Full-time

Fall and Spring (9 hours +)

1 hour +

Summer (1 hour +)

Part-time

Fall and Spring (Less than 9 hours)

1 hour +

 

A minimum of 60 credit hours (or 30 credit hours beyond a master’s degree in the same Bower School of Population Health degree program) is required for a PhD degree. Completion of a PhD degree must take no more than five (5) years following admission to candidacy.

Some programs may require more than 60 hours to meet the requirements for graduation.

SCOPE: All SOPH students

REFERENCES: University of Mississippi Medical Center [Intranet].  Good Academic Standing for Students. [Effective 22 April 2014].

University of Mississippi Medical Center [Intranet].  SOPH Student Progression Annual Review. [Effective 2016 December 06].