Graduate students, how many classes do you take a semester?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I work full time and am enrolled in a program that has 8 week terms. I take one class per term. There are two terms in spring and fall, and one during the Summer. It works out really well for me.

Post # 4
12895 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Worked full time, took 2 classes per semester and 1 in the summer.

Post # 6
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I just started my master’s program. I work full time with overtime. This semester I’m taking 2 full courses and one 1 credit intro-to-the-program seminar. I’m planning on taking 2-3 classes per semester (including summer) to get the program done as fast as possible. 

Post # 8
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Aww I’m the slacker. I didn’t work. But, I did my Masters in a year. In the fall and winter semesters I took 3 or 4 classes per semester as well as working on my thesis, in the summer I spent the whole time writing my thesis and preparing to defend. 

Post # 10
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I took 4 a semester in my PhD program. I think it depends on how hard a school/program you choose. 4 classes in a MIT PhD program was pretty masochistic, but was standard.

Post # 12
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

When I was in grad school I did a double degree and took 4 classes a week at nights (my school was over an hour commute each way).   I also worked 3 jobs at the time, which amounted to anywhere between 40-60 hours a week. Looking back on it now, I don’t know how I did it and still had time to study/maintain a 4.0 and have a crazy active social life.  I find I’m more productive and have more time for things when I’m busier then when I have less to do.  I only work 40-50 hours/week now and I feel like i never have time to do anything!

I also graduated 2 semesters early, so I think it can be done!  What’s your degree?

Post # 13
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

My program is a cohort, meaning they have our schedule mapped out and while you can deviate from it you will be screwed with prereq’s later. 

I start in a few weeks, will be taking 4 classes, two theory, one ethics, and can’t remember the other. I’ll also be working part time but I work from home so my schedule is very flexible. 

Post # 14
237 posts
Helper bee

I just finished my Masters. I thought I would be much busier, so when we moved here I didn’t get a job. I did 3 classes a semester for 2 semesters, and the third (summer) sesmester was for writing my major research paper.

I was bored out of my tree. Each class was only an hour, one day a week.

Post # 15
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Laurenplusalex:  I take 3 classes/semester. Each class is 3 hours long, once a week. I also work 20 hrs/week. In the spring (my first semester) I also had a 60 hour internship, which worked out to about 6 hours/week. This summer, I took one 2 week long class that was 4 hours/day every day for 2 weeks. I then took 2 classes that were 3 hours/day, 2x/week for 7 weeks, so it was basically like taking 4 classes. I worked 20 hrs/week during those classes. I also continued to volunteer at my internship location for a few hours one day a week. During the fall I will only take 3 classes and work 20 hours.

So I think it’s totally doable to work 20-25 hours and take 3 grad classes!

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