Full-Time / Part-Time / Non-Residency / Leave of Absence are included. All Whiting School of Engineering graduate students will register for courses with credits.
Some things to know:
• The Mechanical Engineering degree requirements do not change, even with credits assigned to courses.
• Degree requirements are still counted by number of courses, not number of credits.
• All Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) graduate-level courses (.600-level or higher) have credits assigned to them. Visit the Whiting School’s “Graduate Credit Hours” page for more information, including what to do if registering for a course that lists no credits.
• Audited courses do not count toward the credit load or the degree, but for those who pay tuition, audited courses are charged tuition per credit.
“ALL-COURSE” MASTER’S STUDENTS
Students taking the “all-course” master’s degree are not eligible for non-residency status.
“ESSAY” MASTER’S STUDENTS
Whiting School graduate students are eligible for non-residency status when all degree requirements except the writing of the master’s essay are complete. The essay research must be finished before the non-resident status can be requested.
Whiting School graduate students are typically granted only one semester of non-residency with the expectation that the essay will be written, read, and approved in that semester. The Whiting School will consider exception requests for an additional semester of non-residency.
Non-resident students pay only 10% of the full-time tuition but will still have all the privileges of full-time students such as access to campus services and faculty advising.
Non-resident students cannot enroll in courses and would lose the Whiting School’s financial support for health insurance. The department could choose to cover health insurance charges, but that is not guaranteed.
Non-resident students are automatically enrolled in health insurance, but can waive the insurance, if eligible for waiver by proof of enrollment in another health insurance plan with similar coverage.
To maintain non-resident status, students will have to register for non-resident status each semester and provide a letter explaining their progress toward the degree’s completion.
HOW TO OBTAIN NON-RESIDENT STATUS
- Contact Academic Program Manager Mike Bernard to confirm eligibility for non-resident status.
- Complete the Non-Resident Status form and deliver it to Mike, who will send it to the Whiting School Academic Affairs office for review and approval.
- If the Non-Resident request is denied, a student may be eligible for part-time status.
- Graduate Residency and Registration Policies
- Graduate Board Forms, which include the Non-Resident Application and the Non-Resident Annual Report
- Whiting School of Engineering Policy on Health Insurance page (select the Health Insurance tab)