NWR: How long did it take you to get your degree?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 17
2582 posts
Sugar bee

My bachelors took me 5 years, largely because I didn’t realize I was missing a certain general ed credit and screwed up my first set of transfer applications because of it, requiring me to wait to reapply for transfer until the next year. (I went from community college to a 4 year.) I also worked throughout so I always took just enough credits to be full time. 

FWIW, it felt like I was taking forever and I even debated quitting after the first round of transfer rejections (based on the technicality of not having one required class). But looking back, taking a little longer hasn’t hindered me at all. I did all the honors programs available, did internships and jobs to build connections, and graduated with an excellent GPA and minimal student loans. I was offered a job in my field before I graduated and I’m at a top grad school now, so taking a little longer than usual didn’t hold me back. 

Post # 18
2450 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve read several research sources indicating that many if not most bachelor’s level students take longer to acquire their degrees than previous generations of students.

I think you can relax and be proud of what you’ve accomplished so far.

Post # 19
2937 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

lunarfairy :  Don’t feel down bee, you need to take care of yourself and you will get there soon! I have also worked (albeit part-time) throughout each of my degrees, so I completely understand how stressful that can be. I think I can also relate to the feeling of taking foreverrr to finish university, I have two degrees currently, and am about to embark on two more before I can start my career (clinical psychologist). I won’t graduate until I’m 31/32. Here is my timeline:

BA in psychology, finished in 4 years (age 21)

MSc in educational psychology (UK), finished in 1 year (age 22)

MA in clinical psychology, will take 2 years (graduate at 27)

PhD in clinical psychology, will take 3 years, plus 1 year residency (plus hopefully maternity leave! graduating at 31/32)

Hang in there bee 🙂 you can do it! xx

Post # 20
627 posts
Busy bee

I did a BA in environmental management, which I finished in 3 years. Next year I’ll be doing my masters, which is supposed to take 1.5 years but it’ll be 3 years for me because I’m working full time. So not excited for 3 more years…

Post # 21
60 posts
Worker bee

Took me 6 years to get my Bachelors. I changed majors once and just overall wasn’t in a rush. I finished my Masters in 3.5 years. I had LOTS of roadblocks to getting my Masters. Wouldn’t necessarily have done things any differently.

Post # 22
2510 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My undergrad took me 4.5 years, and I had a baby during the last year. I also studied abroad one summer. 

My graduate is taking me 2.5 years, and I graduate this December. 

Post # 23
986 posts
Busy bee

I have a BS in Neuroscience and took the standard 4 years. I changed majors twice, but stayed within the same general area (biology, premed) which is why I was still able to finish “on time”. I took around 15-16 credits for 7 semesters and had to take 18 one semester (due to changing majors). I also finished my 46 credit masters degree in 2 years taking ~12 credits per semester. 

I know some people who graduated in 3.5 years (psychology) and others who took up to 6 years (engineering). Then I also know others who have just been downright lazy and are in school 7+ years for no real reason other than to bs (and bcus their parents are still footing the bill). I echo PP’s sentiments in that we each have our own path, the most important thing is to just try and grind it out. 

Post # 24
3254 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

4 years

Post # 25
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

4 years for my BA and 1.5ish for my MS

Post # 26
527 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Most undergrad degrees in Australia are 3 years long, and I have about 9 months to go on my Bachelor of Information Technology. That will put me at almost 4 years to complete.

I work full-time as well so I have taken a few breaks which extended my total time to graduate.

Post # 27
13848 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have a BA in political science that took me 3 years to earn and a MA in criminology that took 3 years as well. 

Post # 28
1013 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

My medical degree was 4 years – but many former classmates of mine didn’t pass their exams somewhere along the way and would have to repeat a year – maybe 30% or so or my original class took 5+ years to finish. One guy who graduated in my class took 8 years to finish.

I wouldn’t stress or beat yourself up over it. It happens to a lot of people for many different reasons. Keep your eyes on the finish line and never give up!

Post # 29
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I was off on medical leave nearly 2 years in between my 2nd and 3rd year of college. At the time, it felt awful, like I was so far behind. But now, 5+ years after I got my degree, it doesn’t make a difference at all, and very few people in my professional life even know. Plus, I met my husband my final year of college; he was a masters student at the time 🙂

Post # 30
8 posts

I’ll be on 5.5 years when I hopefully finish this spring! I have days were I’m really down about taking so long especially when others ask me when I will be done or are surprised at how long I’ve been going. I fell on very hard financial times that also included family issues. It caused me to be out of school for almost a year. I try to remind myself that the important things isn’t how long it takes but that it gets done. 

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