Students are expected to be enrolled full time for the duration of their studies at UT Southwestern. First-year students in the Division of Basic Science take 12 credit hours in the fall term, 12 credit hours in the spring term, and six credit hours in the summer term. In subsequent years they are enrolled in nine credit hours in the fall, nine credit hours in the spring, and six credit hours in the summer.

Typically, didactic course work is completed in the first two years, and then students are enrolled for research seminars or Journal Clubs totaling full-time enrollment equivalency. Course requirements for each Graduate Program are listed in the appropriate sections of this catalog.

Special Graduate Students

Under exceptional circumstances, individuals wishing to enroll in graduate courses for credit, but who have not been admitted as regular graduate students, may do so provided they:

  1. Complete the special student application form from the Office of Enrollment Services;
  2. Present satisfactory evidence of preparation for the course and secure written permission from the instructor of the course involved;
  3. Secure written approval of the Dean; and
  4. Pay all appropriate fees and costs.

Such special graduate students may enroll for no more than nine credit hours in one term, 18 credit hours in total. Registration will be permitted only if undue crowding of facilities will not result.

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Permission to audit a graduate course may be granted only under exceptional circumstances. An individual wishing to enroll as an auditor may do so if he or she meets the same four requirements stipulated for special graduate students. Auditors may enroll for no more than six credit hours in one term and nine credit hours in total. Auditors do not receive academic credit for courses in which they have enrolled.

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Concurrent Enrollment

UT System Institutions

A student concurrently enrolling at more than one of the three UT System components in North Texas (UT Arlington, UT Dallas, and UT Southwestern) may register and pay tuition and fees for all courses through the student’s home campus. Detailed procedures may be obtained from the Registrar of the student’s home campus. The concurrent enrollment agreement and waiver of specified fees apply only to students following the concurrent enrollment procedures specified by the Registrar of the home campus.

The charges for tuition at an appropriate rate, applicable laboratory fees, and general fees will be assessed and collected at the home institution for the other institution. Student services at the second institution will be made available to concurrently enrolled students paying the appropriate fees at the second institution. The three institutions have a reciprocal agreement for honoring parking permits. Details may be obtained from the police office of the home campus.

Concurrently enrolled students should report problems concerning registration, payment of fees, or other matters related to concurrent enrollment procedures to the Registrar of the home institution.

Other Public Institutions of Higher Education

When a student registers at more than one public institution of higher education in Texas, tuition is determined in the following manner:

  1. The student will pay the full tuition charges to the first institution at which he or she is registered.
  2. If the minimum tuition at the first institution is the same as or greater than the Medical Center’s minimum, the amount charged for tuition will be the hourly rate.
  3. If the minimum tuition at the first institution is lower than the Medical Center’s minimum, the amount charged for tuition will be the difference in the minimum charges, but in no case will the amount charged for tuition be less than the Medical Center’s hourly rate.

Other applicable fees will be charged. Students desiring to take advantage of the concurrent enrollment plan should bring a copy of the fee receipt from the other institution when registering at the Medical Center.

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Courses of Instruction

Graduate courses offered at UT Southwestern are listed under Program descriptions. The unit of measure for credit in graduate work is a credit hour. A four-digit system generally is used for designating courses, with the second digit indicating the number of credit hours. If the second digit is zero, this indicates the course is offered for varying hours of credit. Certain courses, such as research and seminar, may be repeated for credit.

A student who is admitted to a graduate program in UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences may apply for permission to take one or more courses on the campus of one of the private universities in Dallas or at any other component of The University of Texas System.

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