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 or advanced graduate certificate student who has completed less than twenty-four graduate credits. G1 students must register for 12 credits per semester.
  • G2-Advanced master's or advanced graduate certificate student who has completed twenty-four or more graduate credits. G2 students must register for 9 credits per semester.
  • G3-First year PhD graduate student who has completed less than twenty-four graduate credits. G3 students must register for 12 credits per semester.
  • G4-Advanced PhD graduate student who has completed twenty-four or more graduate credits. 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.

To be considered full time, all students in any summer term must register for zero (0) or more credits. Students who do not register in a summer class with zero (0) or more credits cannot have full time status.

A G1 will be automatically converted to a G2 when the student has completed and received grades for 24 or more graduate credits at Stony Brook; a G3 will be automatically converted to a G4 when the student has completed and received grades for 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.

The maximum number of credits a Graduate Student may register for is 18. If students wish to enroll for more than 18 graduate credits, they must get the permission of their Graduate Program Director and the Graduate School. Once they have received written permission they will be allowed to register for more than 18 graduate credits at the Registrar’s Office.  

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.

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