The maximum semester load for full-time graduate students is twelve (12) semester credits. Overloads for students with grade point averages of 3.75 or better may be recommended by the academic advisor to the department head, and final approval must be given by the Graduate Dean on an individual basis. Academic course loads are defined to mean graduate or combinations of graduate and undergraduate credit hours. The Graduate Council has defined the full load for a graduate student as nine (9) semester credits. Graduate students may take up to 12 hours without receiving special permission.