Reservation of Work by Undergraduates for Graduate Credit


Except in the circumstances noted under Upper-Division Undergraduates in Graduate Courses, undergraduates are normally barred from graduate courses.  However, a degree-seeking undergraduate student may reserve courses for graduate credit (.pdf) 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 semester hours of course work toward an undergraduate degree.
  • The student may not register for more than fifteen semester hours if the course is reserved in a long semester or for more than twelve semester hours if the course is reserved in the summer session.
  • No more than twelve semester hours may be reserved for graduate credit.
  • All courses reserved for graduate credit must be approved by the twelfth class day of a long semester or the fourth class day of the summer session 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.  Get the form online.
  • A student who has a bachelor's degree may NOT reserve courses for graduate credit.

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.

An undergraduate student enrolled in a graduate course is subject to all university regulations affecting undergraduates.

A student who reserves courses for graduate credit must be admitted through regular channels to a graduate program at The University of Texas before the credit may be applied toward a graduate degree.  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.


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