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Graduate Registration & Advising Policies

Graduate Registration

Students may register for courses through the online registration system during the registration period set in the academic calendar, usually beginning in November (for spring courses) and April (for fall courses). All students are provided with a registration appointment time, which is a designated date and time at which they may begin using the registration system. Students may continue to access this system to modify their schedules through the end of the add period. Because of the prescribed nature of the coursework in these programs, students in the MPS and MBA/MA programs will be registered by the School for Professional and Continuing Studies.

The Schedule of Courses is published twice per year prior to registration for the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the schedule for further registration instructions and details.

Important Considerations for Schedule Changes

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of degree requirements and the potential consequences that dropping/adding classes may have on their academic progress toward a degree. Dropping any required course could potentially delay graduation.

All students should be aware that a course load of 12-19.5 credits is considered full-time status. Any student who elects to drop below a 12-credit course load will be jeopardizing financial aid and scholarship monies, as well as student visa status for international students.

Any student wishing to take more than 19.5 credits in a semester will incur an additional tuition charge.

Students enrolled in the degree program are required to take a minimum of 6 credits per semester in order to be considered for financial aid. (continuing studies courses do not count toward the minimum 6-credit requirement.)

Graduate Student Advising

Academic advising is an important part of a student's experience and is integrated throughout all levels of a student's progress at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Academic advising for graduate students:

  1. Students in full-time MA, MFA and Post-Bac Certificate programs and the post-baccalaureate program are advised through the Office of Graduate Studies, in concert with each student's graduate director.
  2. Students in the full-time MAT, low-residency MAAE and MFAST, and the full-time intensive MACA programs are advised through the Center for Art Education, in concert with each student's program director.
  3. Students in the full-time MPS and MBA/MA programs are advised through the School for Professional and Continuing Studies, in concert with each student's program director. Due to the nature of the online learning environment, advising appointments may be phone or web-based.

Medical Withdrawal from Courses

A medical withdrawal may be requested when extraordinary circumstances, such as a serious illness or injury, prevent a student from continuing classes. This policy cover both physical health and mental health difficulties. In addition, requests may be made in extraordinary cases in which a significant personal situation (for example, the serious illness of a child or spouse or the death of a parent, child or spouse) prevents a student from continuing in classes. Medical withdrawals may be considered when incompletes or other arrangements with instructors are not available, or when other options are not possible. All requests require thorough and credible documentation.

Usually, consideration is for a complete withdrawal; application for less than a complete withdrawal requires additional documentation to justify the selective nature of the request. Students should contact the Office of Student Affairs to acquire appropriate forms to apply for a medical withdrawal. However, completing the application process does not guarantee or ensure approval; each case is reviewed individually. Students approved to withdraw from all classes and the semester may be placed on a leave of absence and will need to follow readmittance application procedures to return to MICA. Please refer to the readmittance Policy.

Schedule of Classes

A listing of class schedules, course descriptions, and requirements is provided by the Office of Enrollment Services and made available electronically. Students may obtain this material on the first day of the registration period. These dates are noted on the academic calendar.


Students may take a class for audit on a space-available basis with the permission of theinstructor. No credit is awarded; the student is not responsible for homework, exams, or reviews. Tuition is charged for each audited course. Students enrolled in class for credit may only change to audit status during the withdrawal period. Students may change from audit to credit status during the add period. No exceptions are made. It is required that students attend class meetings for courses they are auditing. Instructors must change the status of the auditing student to withdrawal (W) if the student fails to attend class.

Transfer Credits

Full-time MFA students may transfer a maximum of six (6) credits of graduate-level liberal arts coursework from another institution through the Office of Enrollment Services. Because of the specific sequence of courses required in the MAT, MAAE, MFACA, MPS, MBA/MA and MFAST programs, no transfer of credits will apply to these degrees.