(Closed) Grad school bees – how many hours/week do you study?

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I took 1-2 classes at a time in grad school and studied about 5 hours a week.  Well, did assignments, I never “studied”, lol.  I worked full time the whole time though.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m a full time, four course load, MBA student, and spend at leasat 36 hours a week in study – I put in three hours of study per credit hour, on average.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I graduated from law school which is much more rigorous and I was unable to handle a part time job while attending law school full time.  For 12 hours of classes (4 classes per semester), I spent between 20 and 30 hours outside of class preparing.  I would say to expect 2-3x’s the time spent in class.  So if you are registered for 6 credit hours you would expect to spend 12-18 hours outside of class reading, studying, and completing assignments each week.  Of course each class is different and some classes will be more intensive than others.

I am currently working full time and planning a wedding while taking 6 credit hours a semester of additional coursework online.  I find that I can complete the work no problem and it gives me a good escape from the stress of wedding planning.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My quick answer?  Not enough!  I’m in for my MAFM (masters in accounting and financial management).  I spend probably 5 hours total per week on one class.  I really should spend more though…

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I work full time and take two grad school classes each semester (I tried to take three once, but it was too much). Depending on the assignment, I spend 3-5 hours studying each week. It’s definitely doable, although it can be stressful, especially with wedding planning added to the mix.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@everyheart:  Anything is doable. Perhaps if you hire day of help, week before help that will help? I think youll be fine so good luck!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I worked full time & took 10 hours last semester for a MHR.  I quit my job (well, long story — they had ethical issues) and I am taking 12 hours this semester, not working.  I’d say last semester I did at least 15 hours of studying p/week.  Without a job, this should be MUCH easier.  I anticipate a lot of work, still, however!

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I just completed my Masters in Early Childhood Education while planning a wedding, working full time as a teacher and running a household. HECTIC! lol I took 3-4 classes a semester so I finished within a year and change. I wanted to be done way before starting a family one day  for sure, my fiance proposed this past April knowing I only had 2 smesters left. Good luck!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

I am going full time this semester (9 credit hours) for my doctorate degree while working part time. I spend too much time in the lab, and the rest doing hw and other projects. I say, you can take up to three classes and still keep a side job, but make sure to organize your time well. You don’t want to fall behind, which has happened to me for working full time and going to school. I still managed to do good.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Well, as of right now I’m on winter vacation (I go back tomorrow), but last semester i was taking one class, working 20 hours per week, and working on my thesis. So, I’d spend anywhere from 30-50 hours a week just doing grad school stuff. My MA is in Sport Psychology and I will be done this May, it will have taken me 2 years.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I go part time (2 classes per semester) – depending on how intense the reading is, I spend between1-5 hours per week studying or reading.  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m getting my MBA in Project Management and I take 3 classes. I do work and do academic research…

…honestly I never study.

I never studied for my Bachelor’s either.

I dunno…my classes just seem too easy for that. *shrug*

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I took 3 classes a semester and I worked full time. usually it was two night classes and one excellerated weekend/online classes. This was for an MBA.

Sundays (often 8-10 hours of combined group meetings and projects) and any exta time after work and before class was spent studying (which was about 3 hours Mon-Thurs). Usually the only free time I had was Friday night and Saturday. 

I also usually studied during my lunch hour for another 3-4 hours a week. 

So all combined about 20-25 hours a week for 3 classes.

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