Enrollment and Registration

A schedule of courses for the coming term and registration information is available on the TU website. Only students admitted to a graduate program without conditions may register for 700- and 800- level courses except with special permission from the graduate program director.

Class Attendance Policy

  1. Students are expected to attend all classes. Consistent attendance offers the most effective opportunity for students to understand concepts, materials and expectations of those courses in which they are enrolled. Although some courses do not use attendance as a criterion for grading, there are others where in-class participation is an integral part of the course. Examples include, but are not limited to, seminars and courses that require public speaking, laboratories, language learning, group discussion, and student teaching. Frequent absences from these types of courses, whether excused or unexcused, may affect the final grade. Faculty members who use absences as a factor in grading must explain in the course syllabus what effect even an excused absence might have on the evaluation of a student’s work.
  2. It is the policy of TU to excuse absences of students for the following reasons:
    • Illness or injury when the student is unable to attend class.
    • Death of a family member (see the Student Bereavement Procedure on the website).
    • Religious observance where the nature of the observance prevents the student from attending class.
    • Participation in university activities at the request of university authorities (e.g., intercollegiate athletics, forensics teams, Dance Company, etc.).
    • Compelling verifiable circumstances beyond the control of the student. Students requesting an excused absence must provide documentation to the instructor two weeks prior to the scheduled absence when known in advance or as soon as possible when not known in advance.
  3. Absences that do not fall into any of the categories outlined in item No. 2 are unexcused. Faculty may set a limit on the number of unexcused absences.
  4. Students who are absent from class are responsible for any missed work, assignments or assessments (e.g., quizzes, tests, papers, etc.). Faculty members are required to allow students with documented excused absences to make up missed work or assignments when this is feasible. When the nature of the assignment makes this impossible, faculty should attempt to make a reasonable adjustment of the assignment. Students are expected to be available for the entire week of exams, as the dates of exams may change because of extenuating factors.

Students who will be representing TU at events, conferences or other official activities should obtain a Notification of Absence from Class Form from the Office of Student Activities, University Union 217, to be given to their instructors to verify the excused absence. Students are encouraged to notify faculty of anticipated class absences as soon as they learn they will be missing class. Faculty should use discretion regarding making up missed assignments and the ramifications of missing certain class periods.

Students who fail to appear for the first two class sessions or the first session of evening classes, may forfeit their space in class. Instructors have the right to release these spaces to other students wishing to add the class to their schedules by requesting that the Registrar's Office drop these students from the course. However, in most cases students will not be dropped from a course for non-attendance and will earn an FX grade for non-attendance if they do not withdraw themselves from the course.

Students may not attend a class until they are registered for the class and they must satisfy all financial obligations to the institution before they register. Family members, including children, of students are not permitted to attend classes. On rare occasions, this might be permitted if related to a course activity such as a presentation.


Enrollment Services Center, Room 245, Registrar's Office, 410-704-2007

Students are expected to register for courses on a regular basis. Degree candidates who have not enrolled within the past academic year must apply for reenrollment and pay a $25 processing fee through the Registrar’s Office (see the special policy on continuous thesis registration under Graduation Requirements).

The deadlines for reenrollment are August 15 for the fall term and January 15 for the spring term. Graduate non-degree students who have missed one fall or one spring term must complete a new application via Admissions. Students in Towson Learning Network (TLN) programs taking closed contract courses are exempt from these policies.

Degree students who do not enroll in courses for graduate credit for 2 academic years, will be removed from the program by the Registrar's Office. Students who desire to take graduate courses after this action must initiate the application process as a new applicant via Admissions.

Full-Time and Part-Time Status

Graduate students in master’s or post-baccalaureate certificate programs who register for 9 or more graduate units in either the fall, spring or summer term are considered full time. Students who register for 6 to 8 units are half-time and students who register for fewer than 6 units are less than half-time and therefore ineligible for financial aid. Graduate students in doctoral programs who register for 6 or more graduate units in either the fall, spring or summer term are considered full time. Doctoral students who register for 3 to 5 units are half-time and students who register for fewer than 3 units are less than half-time and therefore ineligible for financial aid.

Auditing Courses

Students may audit courses that carry graduate credit with the written consent of the instructor. Any graduate student may audit a course through the 600 level. Courses at the 700 level may be audited only by students admitted to a degree program. Audited courses appear on the student's record as AU and may not be used to repeat a course for which credit has already been earned. Audited courses may not count as part of the unit load or be applied toward the master’s degree. The regular tuition rate applies to audited courses.

Cross-Listed Courses

An equivalent, cross-listed course taken previously for undergraduate credit may not be repeated for credit at the graduate level.

Undergraduate Course Enrollment

Undergraduate course enrollment on the graduate career will not calculate into a student's graduate term or cumulative statistics on the student's academic record. Completed undergraduate courses on the graduate record will display the earned grade on the transcript but will not count toward the graduate record. Graduate students completing undergraduate courses where a grade has been rendered should be considered as having completed the course but not earning credit toward the graduate degree.

Inter-Institutional Registration (IIR)

Enrollment Services Center, Room 245, Registrar's Office, 410-704-2007

Students admitted to graduate programs are eligible to take courses at other University System of Maryland institutions. Units earned at a host institution will be placed on the student’s Towson University record with the grade earned per TU's grading policy. Tuition and fees for any such courses will be paid at TU. IIR registration regulations and forms can be found on the Registrar’s webpage. The form must be signed by the Registrar’s Office after appropriate approval is obtained. Inter-institutional enrollment is not available for the minimester or summer sessions. Students interested in IIR should contact the TU coordinator at interinstitutional@towson.edu.