Course Load Guidelines — How Many Courses Should You Take?
Only you can know the amount of coursework you can fit into your daily schedule. Determining how many courses to take in a semester could be based on many factors, including: work and family responsibilities; deployments; planned vacations; expenses; prior commitments, and social engagements. In general, we make the following recommendations.
- 12 credit hours in a 16-week semester is considered the minimum full-time course load.
- For 8-week courses: 2 courses the first 8 weeks and 2 more the second 8 weeks is the recommended full-time schedule.
- During an average week, expect to spend 9 to 10 hours completing coursework for each 16-week course, or 15 to 18 hours per week for each 8-week course.
- It is recommended that new students begin with just one course at a time.
- 6 credit hours per 16-week semester is considered full time.
- During an average week, expect to spend 10 to 15 hours completing coursework for each 16-week course, or 18 to 22 hours per week for each 8-week course.
- It is recommended that new graduate students begin with just one course at a time.
Course Overload Limitations
Taking more than 15 undergraduate credit hours or 12 graduate-level credit hours at the same time in a 16-week semester is considered a course overload. To do this, you must obtain permission from the Registrar's office and meet these requirements:
- You must have completed at least 30 undergraduate credit hours or 9 graduate-level credit hours.
- You must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or graduate GPA of 3.5.
- You cannot have any current courses on extension.
Generally, no course overload greater than 19 undergraduate credit hours or 15 graduate-level credit hours will be approved.
Depending on how you pay for school, you may be required to take a minimum amount of credits per semester. Read Student Status by Credit Hours for FSA or VA Educational Benefits Definition of Full-Time Status, or view the Student Handbook to understand the definition of full-time status when paying for school using Veterans Benefits or Federal Student Aid.