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Academic Load

A full-time load is considered to be 9-12 semester hours per semester. To achieve the completion of a program within the normal time frame, you should carry an average of 12 hours each semester.

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

You must have the Academic Dean’s permission to carry more than 12 hours in a semester. This decision depends primarily upon the your grade point average (GPA), according to the following guidelines:

12 hours 2.70 GPA
15 hours 3.00 GPA
18 hours 3.30 GPA

A new student’s bachelor degree GPA, a returning student’s GPA, or a 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 your own decision, causes an average semester load of less than 12 hours, you may not graduate on your original schedule.

If you want to get back on schedule, you should consider taking online courses during the summer semester, taking a course during the Winter Modular, or seeking an overload later in your college career.