Credit Hour Policies

Dip.Th., B.Th., M.Div., and M.M.B.

The “credit hour” represents the fundamental unit of measurement of student workload for a given course.   In a 15 week semester, a one credit hour course will have approximately 15 in-class hours (each class period being 60 minutes in length).

A work load ratio of 2:1 is expected. Thus, a one-credit hour class would require at least 2 hours of out-of-class work each week. Spread over a 15 week semester, that would approximate 30 hours of out-of-class work per credit. In summary, a credit hour corresponds to 45 hours of total work over the course of a semester. Course workload calculations appear in each course syllabus.

Th.M.

A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement. In a 15 week semester, a one credit hour course will have approximately 15 in-class hours (each class period being 60 minutes in length).

Given the advanced academic nature of Th.M. studies, a work load ratio of 3:1 is expected. Thus, a one credit hour class would require at least 45 hours of out-of-class work. Spread over a 15 week semester, that would approximate 3 hours of out-of-class work each week.  In summary, a credit hour corresponds to 60 hours of total work over the course of a semester.

D.Min.

A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement. In a fifteen week semester, a one credit hour course will have approximately 15 in-class hours (each class period being 60 minutes in length).

Given the nature of D. Min. studies, as a professional post-graduate program, a work load ratio of 3:1 is expected. Thus, a one hour class would require at least 45 hours of out-of-class work. In the D. Min’s modular system, that would approximate 3 hours of out-of-class work each week. In summary, a credit hour corresponds to 60 hours of total work over the course of a semester.

Ph.D.

A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement. In a doctoral (Ph.D.) course of study, each credit hour involved in the individually-designed program of study will equate to approximately 15 in-class hours (each class period being 60 minutes in length).

Given the advanced academic nature of research Ph.D. studies, a work load ratio of 4:1 is expected. Thus, a one credit hour class would require at least 60 hours of student work in a semester. Spread over a 15 week semester, that would approximate 16 hours of student work each week.

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