Academic Load

Undergraduate Students

20689442A full-time undergraduate load is considered 12 to 16 semester hours per semester. To finish the program within the usual four-year time frame, students should carry an average of 16 hours each semester.

Undergraduate courses typically require approximately 1.5 to 2 hours of study time outside the classroom for each hour in class. Students should consider family, employment, and church and ministry responsibilities when determining their semester load.

Undergraduates must have the Academic Dean’s permission to carry more than 16 hours in a semester. This decision depends primarily upon the student’s grade point average (GPA), according to the following guidelines:

18 hours 2.70 GPA

19 hours 3.00 GPA

20 hours 3.30 GPA

A new student’s high school GPA, a returning student’s GPA, or dramatic change-in-life circumstances may require a reduced load of 12 hours to be taken for one or more semesters. If the Academic Dean’s decision, or a student’s own decision, causes an average semester load of less than 16 hours, a student may not graduate on the original schedule. Any student who wants to get back on schedule should consider taking courses during the summer or winter modular or seek an overload later in his or her university career.

Graduate Students

A full-time graduate load is considered 9 to 12 semester hours per semester. To take more than 12 semester hours, students must get permission from the Academic Dean. As is true for undergraduates, both the student and the dean will consider many factors in choosing a course load. Note that graduate courses require more work outside class than do undergraduate courses. Depending upon personal reading speed and other academic abilities, students may need to spend three or more hours outside class for every hour in the classroom. If you enroll for more than 12 semester hours of graduate courses, you may find that you need to spend 50 hours or more each week to keep up with your academic requirements.