How Long Is A College Semester ?

by Tim Grigson | Last Updated: February 16, 2020

Typical college semesters last a total of fifteen or sixteen weeks, although various courses and semesters take place more rapidly. Each class you take is measured by “credit hours,” which are about the amount of time you spend every week in that class.

You meet for one hour per credit hour in a typically scheduled course. You will meet approximately two hours a week in an accelerated program lasting eight weeks.

The majority of classes typically planned are three credit hours in total. Those meet three hours a week and earn three credits to complete your degree successfully.

Bachelor degrees usually require 120 credits to be completed for undergraduate students, while associate degrees generally require 60 credits.

Master’s degrees usually require between 36 and 54 credits for graduates while doctoral degrees typically require between 90 and 120 loans and a thesis.

In general, students must take a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits for classifying as a full-time student.

Students should usually take an average of 15 credit hours per semester, which are 16 weeks long, resulting in an average of 240 hours spent in school. The students can take double courses through many accelerated graduate programs, which enable them to graduate in half the usual time frame.