There are many situations in which you may need approval before you can register. The following list provides details about how to gain approval to register under these circumstances.
DU prevents undergraduate students from registering before meeting with advisers by placing an alternate personal identification number (PIN) on their PioneerWeb accounts. Once you've completed your pre-registration advising session, your adviser will remove the alternate PIN. The Office of the Registrar cannot release this alternate PIN before that time.
If you want to enroll in courses at another institution while enrolled at DU, you must petition the Academic Exceptions Committee. We don't accept transfer credit for courses carried concurrently without prior permission. The total study load allowed may not exceed 19 quarter hours. Courses taken concurrently must not be available at the University of Denver.
If you're a graduate student who only needs to complete your thesis, dissertation or required internship, you must apply for continuous enrollment each academic year you conduct independent research and other academic work toward completing your degree. You also must register for continuous enrollment each quarter.
How to Apply and Register
To be eligible for continuous enrollment, complete the Continuous Enrollment Approval Form. Submit the form to your academic adviser and the dean of your school, college, division or institute. Refer to the form to see which, if any, other signatures are required for your program.
Once you're approved, you'll be able to register online for continuous enrollment through the remainder of the academic year. If you plan to graduate in summer, you must get approval for continuous enrollment during summer session, too.
You'll be bound by regular registration procedures, including our late-registration fee policy.
Course Numbers and Subject Codes
Full-time, active enrollment for students working on theses, dissertations or required internships:
- CENR 4600 — Master's-level continuous enrollment
- CENR 5600 — Doctoral-level continuous enrollment
For non-enrolled, active students working on theses or dissertations:
- CENR 4700 — Master's-level continuous enrollment
- CENR 5700 — Doctoral-level continuous enrollment
Failure to Register
If you fail to register for continuous enrollment for two consecutive quarters, you must apply for readmission. We'll charge you continuous enrollment tuition and technology fees for those two quarters. Until you're officially readmitted, you won't be eligible for continuous enrollment.
We offer some courses as a set, meaning you must register for both during the same term. When registering for these types of classes, you'll see a co-requisite notation following the course description. Find the two complementary courses, and register for both at the same time.
Course Pre-Requisites & Restrictions
You can always find course prerequisites by viewing the online class schedule. We list prerequisites at the top of each course description.
Transfer students: In some cases, courses you transfer here that are similar to our own won't meet our prerequisite standards. Please contact the Registrar Office for further information.
Credit & Course Load Approval
You're considered a full-time undergraduate student when taking at least 12 credit hours per quarter. Graduate students must take at least 8 credits per quarter to reach full-time status.
With approval, you can take a maximum of 20 credit hours per quarter. Undergraduate students are charged a flat rate tuition for up to 18 credit hours per quarter, and we'll generally charge you on a per-credit basis for anything above that amount. Please see the Office of Financial Aid and Bursar's Office sites for more information.
For every 45 credit hours you successfully complete, you move up into a new class. Seniors have completed at least 135 credit hours.
If you'd like to take more than a full course load, you must request approval from the appropriate office, which must provide its approval in writing. You may be approved to take up to the maximum of 20 credit hours per quarter.
In most cases, you'll seek approval from your adviser, but exceptions include:
- Undeclared undergraduate students wishing to take the maximum of 20 credit hours per quarter: Contact the Office of Academic Advising.
- Undergraduate students in the Daniels College of Business wishing to take more than 19 credit hours per quarter: Contact the Daniels College of Business Student Services Office.
- Graduate students wishing to take more than 18 credit hours per quarter: Contact the Office of Graduate Education.
- Undergraduate students in University College wishing to take more than 19 credit hours: Contact your college for approval, and to verify the tuition and fee structure.
These rules don't apply to the Sturm College of Law, which is on a semester schedule.
We grant approval based on grade point average (GPA), request rationale and work schedule. Please contact the appropriate office for overload signatures and forms using the table below.
Directed study allows you to substitute out-of-class study for a University of Denver class under extenuating circumstances. Students often apply for directed study when a course they need to graduate isn't offered during an upcoming term.
To apply for directed study, undergraduate students must complete the Application for Independent Study/Independent Research/Directed Study (also available at the Office of the Registrar on the ground level of University Hall). Graduate students can get the form from the Office Of Graduate Education.
The form isn't complete until it has all required signatures, as noted on the form. Once complete, return it to the Office of the Registrar (undergraduates) or the Office of Graduate Education (graduates).
- Pre-approval for directed study is required from both the instructor and department offering the course.
- There can be no change in the basic content of the course. In particular, this means the level, subject code, description, title, grading policy (A-F, P/NP), credits, and course content cannot differ from the permanent course.
- The responsibilities of the instructor of record are: a) see that the grades are submitted; b) see that the material is presented in full in a timely manner; c) approve the course of study; d) approve the credentials of other faculty involved; e) agree to assume responsibility if problems arise. The faculty member must have taught the permanent course or a related course prior to teaching a directed study.
Register for independent research if you're conducting research for your thesis or dissertation to complete your degree.
To register for independent research, fill out the Application for Independent Research and obtain signatures from the required faculty members, as noted on the application. Return it to the Office of the Registrar or the department in which you study. You'll work with the registrar to register for independent research (course numbers generally ending in "995").
Once you've registered for independent research, you must complete your research project within that quarter. Your project will appear on your transcript with the research topic as the course title.
During your independent research project, your instructor will:
- Approve the course of research
- Submit grades
- Once you've completed or ended the project, your instructor may use the A–F or pass/fail grading system.
- Approve the credentials of other faculty involved in your project
- Assume responsibility for any problems that arise
Independent study allows you to learn outside of a formal course. It's a great opportunity for anyone interested in more intensive study and inquiry.
If you're a non-business undergraduate student, you're eligible to take independent study if:
- You have a grade point average of at least 2.0.
- You were enrolled as a full-time student during the last quarter of classes.
- You agree to take at least one quarter hour of credit as independent study.
Graduate, non-business majors can take independent study if:
- You have a grade point average of at least 3.0.
- You have pre-approval from your adviser and instructor.
- You've met all other independent study requirements, as determined by an adviser within the college, school, department, program or institute in which you study.
Business majors can take independent study if:
- You have a grade point average of at least 2.4.
- You're a junior. (Transfer students must have completed at least 45 course credits at DU.)
- You were enrolled as a full-time student during the last quarter of classes.
- Independent study can't replace University of Denver courses. If you'd like to substitute outside study for a class, please visit our directed study page.
- You can take a maximum of five credit hours of independent study per quarter.
- Unless you're a student in our Honors Program, you can apply a maximum of 10 independent study credit hours to your degree requirements.
- You must complete your independent study project within the same quarter you started it.
- Because we assign upper-level credit to any independent study credit you earn, your project must meet upper-division standards of study.
You can't register online for independent study. Instead, undergraduate students must complete an Application for Independent Study (also available in the Office of the Registrar, on the garden level of University Hall), and obtain signatures from our office as well as any others listed on the form. Return your completed application to the registration desk in University Hall to complete your registration.
Graduate students must complete an Application for Independent Study (also available in the Office of the Registrar, on the garden level of University Hall), and obtain the advisor signature. Return your completed application to the registration desk in University Hall to complete your registration You'll register for course number 4991 if you're earning a master's degree, or course number 5991 if you're earning a doctorate.
If you're an undergraduate student who's completed at least 90 credit hours, you can register to earn up to 10 credit hours of internship or a cooperative education credit.
To get approval to use an internship for course credit:
- Contact the department through which you hope to earn credit to learn what requirements it enforces for internships.
- Contact the internship's faculty adviser and/or the director of internships and cooperative education to get approval. The approver(s) can provide you permission to register and begin working online by submitting an add/drop form to the Office of the Registrar.
Check in regularly with your faculty adviser and cooperative education instructor to complete assignments.
While you can't register for internships online, you can register for your experiential learning course in the Office of the Registrar when you submit your approval form. Check with the department offering your major to see how many internship credits you can apply toward your degree.
Linked courses pair a lecture with its unique, complementary laboratory session. You must register for the pair of class sessions at the same time to ensure you're taking them during the same term.
Be sure to read the linked course requirements carefully; you'll receive a registration error if your lecture and lab sessions don't match.
Prerequisites and Test Scores
In most cases, you can't register for the upper-level courses in a subject or degree program until you've completed its basic, lower-level courses.
- Some programs accept test scores in place of prerequisites.
- Some programs allow students to enroll in the prerequisite and upper-level course during the same quarter.
If you receive a "prerequisite or test score" error when registering for a class, you can request a prerequisite override by contacting the department that offers the course. Faculty can provide overrides by sending a signed add/drop form to the Office of the Registrar or with online approval. Once our office receives and confirms the override, officially registering for the course is your responsibility.
No-Credit Course Approval
With instructor approval, you may be able to take classes for no credit. While we charge you regular tuition for no-credit classes, you won't earn any academic credit or progress toward your degree, and your performance in the course won't affect your grade point average. We'll note the course on your academic record with a grade of "NC."
If you want to change a no-credit course to one that earns you credit, you must do so within the first five days of the quarter.
If you want to change a credit-earning course to a no-credit course, you must do so before the end of the sixth week of the quarter.
You'll receive a "repeat course" error when registering for a class you've already completed or one comparable to it. If you want to retake the course, you must get approval from the department or college offering your major or minor. We'll charge you regular tuition for the retaken course, regardless of what grade you earn.
Repeating Courses for Better Grades
In some cases, a department or school may require you to repeat a course for which you've earned a D or F. To gain full credit for the retaken course, you must receive a grade of C or better. Both grades earned for the course will be factored into your cumulative GPA.
Repeating Transferred Courses
You don't need to register for a University of Denver course if we accept credit you've earned from another school as a substitute. You may, however, want to check with the Office of the Registrar to see if the credit has been applied toward a requirement you need. If you want to take the course anyway, approval is required from the department offering it.
The University of Denver partners with the University of Colorado at Boulder to offer an Air Force or Army ROTC program. While you'll register for ROTC credit through DU, classes are usually held on the CU Boulder campus (Air Force ROTC) or CU Boulder, Colorado School of Mines or Metropolitan State of Denver (Army ROTC). The classes also run on the semester calendar rather than the University's quarter system.
You must work with Office Of the Registrar to ensure credits you've earned elsewhere are transferable. The University of Denver may accept credits you've earned at other colleges or universities when:
- The school provides courses that meet DU's academic standards.
- The subject matter of the course(s) is similar in scope to those offered at the University.
- You've earned a grade that DU deems acceptable.
For more information, see our transfer credit policy.
Undergraduates Registering for Graduate Courses
Undergraduate seniors whose academic achievement makes graduate-level work appropriate may request to enroll in graduate courses that are well suited to their programs of study. This policy applies to graduate courses with course numbers of 4000 and above. Some 3000-level courses are approved for either undergraduate or graduate credit. Undergraduate courses may not be taken for graduate credit.
Graduate Courses for Undergraduate Credit
Students must be classified as seniors with an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Approval of the course instructor, the chair or program director of the graduate program, the Office of Graduate Education, and the student's major advisor are required. Graduate courses taken for undergraduate credit may not be subsequently used to satisfy graduate requirements unless the student is in an approved dual undergraduate/graduate degree program.
Graduate Courses for Graduate Credit
Students who have been admitted to a DU graduate program do not require permission to register for graduate credit. Undergraduate students must be classified as seniors with an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Approval of the course instructor, the chair or program director of the graduate program, and the Office of Graduate Education are required. Courses taken for graduate credit may not be used to satisfy undergraduate requirements unless the student is in an approved dual undergraduate/graduate degree program.
|Activity||Required Signatures||Form Required|
Non-Business & Undeclared
(WITH FEWER THAN 90 HOURS)
(WITH MORE THAN 90 HOURS)
|Overloads||Over 19 hours
1.Advisor, Center for Academic Resources,
|Over 19 hours
1Advisor, Center for Academic Resources
|Over 19 hours
1. DCB Student Services
|Drop/add Form or Permit-Override on System|
|No-Credit Registration||1.Instructor||1.Instructor||1.Instructor||Drop/Add Form|
a 4000-Level Class
for Undergrad. Credit
|Not Allowed||Not Allowed||Form at the Center
for Academic Advising,
Driscoll South, RM 36
First Five Days
|None||None||None||Drop/Add Form or on-line|
Second Week of the Quarter
and Add –
After the Second Week of the Quarter
Center for Academic Advising , DUC36
Center for Academic Advising , DUC36
3.DCB Student Services
Until 6th Week of the Quarter,
Automatic “W” Given
After 6th Week of the Quarter,
“W” will be Given with Approval
Center for Academic Advising
Center for Academic Advising
2.DCB Student Services
|Independent Study or Research||1.Registrar
4.DCB Student Services
|Independent Study Form
(available in Registrar Office, University Hall, garden level)