(Closed) Grad school bees, I need opinions on hours

posted 6 years ago in College
  • poll: How many hours did you take your first semester of grad school?
    6 : (13 votes)
    25 %
    9 : (13 votes)
    25 %
    other : (26 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @chouette:  My program is accelerated, so I actually took 12 credits each term, so unfortunately I can’t be of help, but I think 9 is the average “full-time.” While I understand you want to get back in the swing of things, it also depends on how they calculate tuition (is it per credit or based on halftime/full time?) because in my case, based on full time (9-12 credits) it was the same price for 12 as it was for 9, or if you’re half time, it might affect financial aid.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @chouette:  I went full-time always.

    Definitely be sure to investigate though if being part-time will affect any scholarship/fellowship/assistantship, tuition remission, or stipend. Also see how it affects how they cover your healthcare.  All those things can be dependent on maintaining full-time status so absolutely investigate before registering as part-time.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I took 12. It’s an accelerated program. 

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Our program is measured maybe differently; I took 5 courses per semester, 3 credits each. I had been out of school for a year and didn’t have any problem adjusting, although some of my colleagues did. Others are definitely right that you need to check how part-time status will affect a lot of important financial circumstances.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @chouette:  I went straight into my program from undergrad so it really felt no different. BUT I did not have a job or GA (again because of the accelerated). If you’re doing a GA I would consider less hours. 

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @chouette:  Personally I think if you were a hard working student in undergrad (2.5 years ago) and know what it takes to stay on top of homework/reading/time management, 9 credits should not be a problem. Only if you had been out of school for that period because you had medical/emotional or other issues you were having to deal with where it might be necessary to not throw yourself into a stressful situation, would I really suggest 6. But it’s your call. You can always add more/remove classes next semester.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee

    I was out of school for a little over three years before I went back for grad school. I did six credits, but I also worked full-time during that period.

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 1900

    When I was working on the course part of my degree I did full-time, 9 hours.

    Post # 12
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My program is for a masters and a PhD in 5 years (1 year is an internship). They require use to take 13-14 hours each semester. I am taking 7 hours this summer.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    In my experience, graduate school is easier than undergrad because you are so much more invested in what you’re studying.  I took four classes a semester until I was done; at my school it was one class = one credit so I don’t know how to tell you how many hours.  I was full-time, though.  Right now I am taking classes online for my special ed. certification and have three to take over the summer, which at this school is 9 hours.  I took 6 “hours” during the last semester and it was not a lot of work at all.

    Are you going to be working full-time?  If not, I’d take a full courseload.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I’ve been out of school for 7 years, and now i’m doing my MS and it’s 6 hours. The first few weeks, I drove my self crazy with the pressure I was putting on myself to get things done. But now, I’m good with 6 hours and I could do more, but with a full time job, I don’t want to. Good luck!

    Post # 15
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I took 6, but I worked full-time at the same time

    Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I took 6 credits, but I also worked 30 hours at my salaried job at the same time.  I don’t think one more class was physically possible!

    I had an 8 year gap in my schooling.

     

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