(Closed) For my grad school Bees….how long did it take?

posted 5 years ago in College
  • poll: How long were you in/will you be in grad school?
    Part time program- Less than 1 year : (0 votes)
    Part time program- 1-2 years : (5 votes)
    5 %
    Part time program- 2-3 years : (12 votes)
    11 %
    Part time program- 3-4 years : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Part time program- More than 4 years : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Full time program- Less than 1 year : (4 votes)
    4 %
    Full time program- 1-2 years : (25 votes)
    24 %
    Full time program- 2-3 years : (19 votes)
    18 %
    Full time program- 3-4 years : (12 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    3241 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    There will be a lot of variation based on discipline and the level of grad school. I have my PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology, which required a dissertation and research project. So I was full-time for 7 years (with a move between universities because my mentor took a better job offer).

    Can’t tell you mine was worth it. Your experience may be very different.


    Post # 4
    9201 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Master’s degree in biology/ecology, full time for almost 4 years! So i have you beat for sure. (That’s fairly reasonable in my field though.) It was definitely worth it as I now have some publications and the elusive “real job” 🙂 Hang in there!!

    Post # 5
    4313 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Hard to answer… I started part time (2 classes) & then quit my job to go FT this semester.  I only need to complete 12 classes (MHRLR) and so I will be halfway done next week because I took 12 hours this Spring.  I am taking 9 hours in the summer online, and then 9 in person in the fall where I will finish.  So, a year and a half.  But that is very aggressive for this program.  Most people take 2 1/2 years.




    Post # 6
    5001 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    PhD in neuroscience, full time with a TA, 5 years. I was extremely motivated, nobody has ever finished my program in less than 5 years. It’s a marathon, and not for the faint of heart!!

    Post # 7
    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    This is my last week of my first semester. My program is 12 courses, which typically takes 2 years. I’m powering through though, and I’ll be done next spring (so done in 16 months). I’m taking three classes over the summer, which is unusual. I’m getting my MS in Library Science with a concentration in Archival Management. I certainly hope it’s worth it!

    Post # 8
    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I did a Masters Degree in Ethics in 2 years–I was the first person to do it so quickly (most people take 3-5), but they say most students hadn’t written anything the size of a thesis before, so that usually trips people up, and I wrote an undergrad thesis that was double the size, so my Master’s thesis was easy.

    The program overall was easy, though, so I’m not a very good indicator. I also didn’t have many classes to take as a pre-req, and most people entering the program have to take 3-5 undergrad courses first. 

    Post # 9
    13010 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    3 years (tonight is my last class!!) part time.  My program was 2 years fulltime, but I worked fulltime so I went parttime. 

    Post # 10
    490 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    Part-time master of public health, started summer 2010 and graduating spring 2014.  I work full-time and have taken one class every semester since I started.  I’m burned out!  Since I only have 2 classes to go, I’m finally taking a summer off this year!  So excited.  Despite being burned out, it will definitely be worth it in the end.  The worst part about it is that whenever I make a new friend in the program, they graduate and I’m still stuck there.

    Post # 11
    272 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m in a part time grad program that requires 36 credits (12 classes). Most people are in full-time professional positions and take 2 classes per semester, including summer semester, for a total of 6 semesters/2 calendar years.

    With wedding planning and the classes offered, I’ll be taking just 1 class this summer and 1 in the fall. This means adding an extra semester for me. Some people take 1 class at a time (would take 4 years), while others (mosly students who don’t have full time jobs) take 3 classes at a time and are done in 1.5 years.

    Post # 12
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    part time- 18 months- 60 Credit MBA


     I was technicallyin the part time program, but took a heavy course load, winter session, both summer sessions, intensives (saturday classes) and online courses where available so I finished in about 18 months.


    It helped that I worked at the college full time I attended so I didnt have a commute to class. This allowed me to get homework done when others were driving. I didnt have a life though for those 18 months for the most part


    ill add that the average part-time student at my college took between 3-4 years. The full time program was eithe 1 year executive style of a “regular” full time 2 years.


    3 years is fine!

    Post # 13
    3277 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’ll be working and in grad school full time, it’s a 2 year program for Speech Pathology and they don’t really allow extentions. 

    Post # 14
    34 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m about to graduate in May with a Masters in Art Therapy and I have to tell you it is absolutely worth it!

    I went full time for almost 3 years, but took a few years of classes before so I would be able to apply (my degree was in art, so I needed LOTS of psychology credits).  That’s the least amount of time you can do it in, but so many of my classmates are taking up to 6 years to finish.

    So in less than a month, I’ll be able to call myself a therapist!  Unfortunately, it will take me at least another year (1000 hours client contact) to be registered and 2 years on top of that (3000 hours) to be licensed.

    Post # 15
    2073 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I have an MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders (I’m a speech therapist). My grad program was 2 full years plus the summer in between so 5 semesters total.  There was no option for part time. It was tough but I do love my job. 


    Post # 16
    1090 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    MA in counseling; 2 years including 2 summers.

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