Reservation of Work for Graduate Credit

Except in certain circumstances, undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin are barred from graduate courses.

A degree-seeking undergraduate student may reserve courses for graduate credit, however, under the following conditions:

  • The student must have a university grade-point average of at least 3.0.
  • The student must have completed at least 90 credit hours of coursework toward an undergraduate degree, but must not have completed the bachelor’s degree.
  • The student may not register for more than 15 credit hours if the course is reserved in the fall or spring term or for more than 12 credit hours if the course is reserved in the summer term.
  • No more than 12 credit hours may be reserved for graduate credit.
  • All courses reserved for graduate credit must be approved by the 12th class day of the fall or spring term or the fourth class day of the summer term by the course instructor, the student’s undergraduate adviser, the graduate adviser in the student’s proposed graduate major area, the dean of the student’s undergraduate college and the graduate dean.

A course reserved for credit may be listed in the student’s program of work for the master’s or doctoral degree. Because it was taken before the student entered the Graduate School, it is not included in the graduate grade-point average. A student who reserves courses for graduate credit must be admitted to a graduate program before the credit may be applied.

The university, by allowing a student to earn graduate credit while still an undergraduate, makes no guarantee of the student’s admissibility to any graduate program. An undergraduate student enrolled in a graduate course is subject to all university regulations affecting undergraduates.