Registration takes place online through CAESAR prior to each academic quarter. Students should see the Academic Calendar for relevant registration dates including the last day to add or drop classes. CAESAR contains the most up-to-date class information.

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Graduate Course Load

Graduate students must be registered full-time (3 units or more) for each quarter of residency. Full-time registration ensures students remain in good academic standing, and are eligible for financial aid, including scholarships. Students are able to register for 4.5 units through CAESAR but must contact Graduate Services to register for additional units. Students may register for up to 5 units without incurring additional tuition charges. Registration for more than 5 units must be approved by Graduate Services and the student’s faculty advisor, and incurs additional tuition charges.

Some courses might require permission numbers to enroll. Students must contact the course instructor to obtain permission numbers. Other courses, such as independent studies and doctoral continuation, require registration through Graduate Services. For information on independent studies, and to apply, please see the Petition for Independent Study form.

Registration Changes and Permission Numbers

Adding classes, or changing class sections, must be completed within the first week of the quarter, or the deadline listed on the Academic Calendar.

Students are responsible for making any registration changes by the University’s designated deadlines found on the Academic Calendar. Registration changes are made through CAESAR. 

Dropping Courses

Students are responsible for dropping their own courses, and speaking with their advisor to understand the implications of dropping courses. Courses are dropped through CAESAR, and must be dropped before the deadline found on the academic calendar. Students should review their registration in CAESAR before the drop deadline to ensure their courses are correct. Students who are registered incorrectly for courses, and who do not drop any incorrect courses prior to the deadline, may receive a W (Withdrawal) or F (Fail) in those courses.


Students are allowed to withdraw from the University for reasons ranging from medical issues to professional opportunities. 

Students who withdraw are allowed to return to the Bienen School of Music within one calendar year of the withdrawal date without having to re-audition or re-apply for admission, as long as the student withdrew in good academic standing. If a student has withdrawn for one calendar year or more, the studio/program faculty may choose to require a performance audition for re-admission to the studio/major program. Music Studies faculty also may require an interview and portfolio of completed work for re-admission. After returning from a withdrawal, students are not guaranteed applied study with their previous studio teacher.

For withdrawals from individual courses, please check the Academic Calendar for drop information and deadlines, and contact Graduate Services prior to dropping any course after the first week of classes.