Student enrollment status is defined on a quarterly basis in most of the programs of the seminary. One unit of credit is defined as an academic designation denoting a minimum of 30-40 hours of classroom experience, academic preparation and research. In addition to the following definitions, special guidelines for enrollment certification pertain to certain classes and programs. Contact the Registrar’s Office for details. It is important to note that work continued under a grade of Incomplete or Hold does not constitute enrollment beyond the quarter of registration. In all cases described below, all courses, in any of the three schools, on the Pasadena campus, at Regional Campuses, and in any other way that Fuller offers courses, are counted toward the minimum and maximum load.
Full-time Study. For master’s level programs, both degree and nondegree, the minimum full-time study load is twelve (12) master’s-level units per quarter. The maximum study load is twenty (20) units in any quarter.
In the PhD program in the School of Theology, six (6) units per quarter of doctoral-level work is considered a full-time study load, and in the PhD program in the School of Intercultural Studies, eight (8) units per quarter.
For Doctor of Ministry students, twelve (12) units in any given quarter constitutes full-time enrollment for that quarter and the following quarter. The maximum study load is twenty-four (24) units in any twelve-month period.
For doctoral students in the School of Psychology, the minimum full-time study load is twelve (12) units per quarter. For Clinical Psychology students, the maximum academic load is sixteen (16) units in any given quarter (including the Summer Quarter).
Half-Time Study. Six to eleven (6-11) units per quarter constitutes half-time status at the master’s level, and in the doctoral programs in the School of Psychology. Half-time status for School of Intercultural Studies PhD students is defined as four to seven (4-7) doctoral-level units per quarter. For students in the School of Theology PhD and ThM programs, half-time status is defined as three to five (3-5) doctoral-level units per quarter. In DMin programs, four to eight (4-8) units in any given quarter constitute half-time enrollment for that quarter and the following quarter.
Three Quarter-Time Study. For students receiving veteran’s benefits, eight (8) master’s-level units per quarter constitutes three quarter-time study status. The same is true of psychology doctoral classes. Three quarter-time status for School of Intercultural Studies PhD programs is defined as six (6) 800-level units per quarter, and for PhD Theology students, four (4) 800-level units per quarter.