Academic Level

Full-Time Students

Students admitted for full-time study to the Graduate School will usually register for either 12 or nine credit hours per semester based on their academic level. Responsibility for certifying the full-time status of graduate students rests with the Office of the Registrar. Incoming full-time graduate students are classified as G1, G2, G3, or G4 depending on the program to which they have been admitted and their previous graduate training.

  • G1-First year Master’s student. G1 students must register for 12 credits per semester.
  • G2-Advanced Master’s student who has completed twenty-four or more graduate credits or a Master’s degree in a closely-related graduate degree program at Stony Brook University are coded as G2. G2 students must register for 9 credits per semester.
  • G3-First year Doctoral student. G3 students must register for 12 credits per semester.
  • G4-Advanced Doctoral student who has completed twenty-four or more graduate credits or a Master’s degree in a closely-related graduate degree program at Stony Brook University are coded as G4. G4 students must register for 9 credits per semester.
  • G5-Advanced graduate student enrolled in a doctoral degree program that has been advanced to candidacy for the doctoral degree by Day 10 of a semester or term. G5 students must register for 9 credits unless instructed otherwise.

A G1 will be automatically converted to a G2 when the student has completed 24 or more graduate credits at Stony Brook; a G3 will be automatically converted to a G4 when the student has completed 24 or more graduate credits at Stony Brook; Incompletes are not completed credits. The conversion of G4 to G5 is an administrative change that is done by the program and the Graduate School upon advancement to candidacy.

 

Part-Time Students

Incoming part-time students admitted to the Graduate School will register for no more than 11 credit hours per semester. Programs may, in consultation with the dean of the Graduate School, regulate the proportion of part-time students in their graduate program.

Part-time students are classified as G1, G2, G3, or G4 depending on the program to which they have been admitted and their previous graduate training.

• The academic level of a G1 or G3 student who has completed 24 credits of coursework at Stony Brook is changed to G2 or G4, respectively.