Enrollment & Registration

Credit Units

The unit of credit is the semester hour, which represents a period of weekly study for a semester.  The number of credit hours is shown in parentheses after the course title within the course description.

Course Numbering System

Graduate courses will have a designated 500 or 600 level number.

500-level designation will be used for graduate courses which allow for the possibility of having a cross-listed 400 level equivalent undergraduate course. 500 level graduate courses must have additional academic components required beyond the 400 level cross-listed course as described in the course syllabus.

The 600 level designation is used for graduate-only courses.

Whether or not the course description lists it as a prerequisite, all graduate level courses (500+) can only be taken by students admitted to the Graduate School. Senior undergraduate students desiring to take courses for graduate credit may take up to six total credit hours of graduate-level courses (500 level) for graduate credit during only the last two semesters before receiving the bachelor’s degree, provided they are admitted as Non-Degree Seeking Students (For more information see the section on Non-Degree Seeking Students.)

Each course bears a number that identifies its level, as follows:

500-599Graduate-level courses (senior level undergraduates may apply to enroll in 500 level courses)
600-699 Graduate-level courses

Departments may offer special topics courses without prior approval of the Graduate Council in order to experiment with innovative methods, content or to take advantage of visiting faculty. Course numbers 596-599 and 696-699 are reserved for assignment to special topics courses. These offerings require approval by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Description of Course

All courses and detailed description are listed within the offering academic department. Before the opening of each term, a class schedule is available on-line at griff.vn/schedule which lists the specific courses to be offered that term with the time of meeting, the building, and the room number. The University reserves the right to cancel, without notice, any course listed in the catalog or in the class schedule for any term.

Semester Designation

Each course indicates the semester(s) in which it is normally offered, however course availability is subject to staffing changes and student enrollment:

Graduate Student Course Load

Graduate students admitted as degree seeking or who have provisional admission are required to take a minimum of one graduate course per academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer). International students are required to be full-time.

Academic Status

For the purpose of academic status at Missouri Western, the following will be applied to graduate students:

During each regular academic semester

  • 8 or more credits = full time student
  • 5-7 credits = half-time time student
  • Less than 5 credits = part-time student

During each summer academic semester

  • 5 or more credits = full time student
  • 3-4 credits = half-time time student
  • Less than 3 credits = part-time student

Maximum Course Load

Graduate students are allowed to take a maximum of twelve credits per academic semester. To enroll in more than 12 credits in one semester the student must submit a Request for Overload form, with approval of the academic advisor and program director, to the Graduate Dean for final decision.

Registration and Change of Class Schedule

Refer to the on-line class schedule at griff.vn/schedule for detailed information on registration.

Currently enrolled students are encouraged to register early for classes. An alternate PIN is required for registration. The start of the registration period is announced in the academic calendar at www.missouriwestern.edu/acadaff/calendars and student's are sent communications to their Missouri Western email account.

New and returning students will be notified by the Admissions Office of dates for registration. More information can be found in the class schedule at griff.vn/schedule and in the appropriate term's online Registration Guide, www.missouriwestern.edu/registrar/registration.

Registered students may, at anytime prior to the first day of the term, drop any or all classes resulting in a reduced fee assessment. Registered students may also add or drop classes according to the add/drop schedule found in the appropriate term's online Registration Guide, www.missouriwestern.edu/registrar/registration. A special fee is assessed for adding or dropping classes once the term has started.

Late Registration is held once classes have begun. The Late Registration Schedule can be found in the appropriate term's online Registration Guide, www.missouriwestern.edu/registrar/registration. Degree-seeking status may only be declared on the first day of Late Registration. A special fee is assessed for Late Registration.

Alternate PIN

A 4-digit Alternate Personal Identification Number (PIN) is distributed by advisors and academic departments to currently enrolled degree seeking students for the purpose of registration. The Alternate PIN changes before each registration period.

Withdrawal from the University

Prior to the official first day of the term, students may drop all classes on-line or by notifying the Registrar's Office in writing. As of the first day of the term students who, for any reason, find it necessary to completely withdraw from the University are required to notify the Registrar's Office, Eder Hall 102, in writing (include name, student I.D. number, last date of attendance, signature and contact information). The effective date of withdrawal will be the date on which the written notification is received by the Registrar's Office.  After the withdrawal deadline a student must petition the Admissions and Graduation Committee, through the Registrar's Office, to withdraw from all or individual classes. Only documented situations, beyond the control of the student will be considered. Failure to submit a formal request for a withdrawal will result in the student receiving failing grades.

Repeating Courses

Students are permitted to repeat any course. (When a course is repeated, the original grade remains on the transcript but is excluded (E) from the GPA calculation and the most recent grade is included (I) in the GPA. Topics and related format courses which change in content on a semester to semester basis do not apply in this regard.

Auditing a Class

Graduate level courses cannot be audited or taken for Credit/No Credit or the A/CR/U option. Thesis courses, however, can be taken Pass/Fail.