Use the Credit Overload Petition to request an increase in your credit limit.

Petitions for Fall will open in JULY.

**The first day of classes is the deadline to petition for a credit overload for each semester**


In the fall and spring semesters, if you want to take more than 19 credits, you must request a credit overload using the Credit Overload Petition. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Chemistry students can register for up to 20 credits without a credit overload petition.

In order to qualify for a credit overload, the student must:

  • Have already successfully completed at least 1 semester at UMass
    • Students interested in a credit overload should apply after 1st semester grades are posted. 
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Not have any outstanding incompletes on their record


  • Exceptions to the policy (GPA, credits, etc.) may be considered with an advisor’s written recommendation.
  • If approved for a credit overload, students are not allowed to register for the extra courses via SPIRE until late July for fall semester and late November for spring semester. 
  • No overloads over 25 credits will be allowed.
  • Credit overloads will not be approved for the current semester for work done previously (fall, winter, spring, summer). 

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