How many courses would I take each quarter?

A full time graduate course load is 12 units (and being full time is required of everyone who receives a TAship). Many students take more units per quarter simply because they want to take advantage of what is offered, though it is always a tricky balance between that and spreading yourself too thin. Graduate seminars are typically 4 units, though some less intensive courses may be 2 or 3 units. In addition, graduate students are expected to be working independently on their own creative and research projects, and often have teaching assistantship duties.