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Fin15h. Take 15 credit hours each semester to graduate in 4 years.


Taking 15 credit hours costs the same as 12; that’s like getting a class for free! Earn your degree on time to reduce college expenses and begin your career.

Finish in 4!

A Bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 124 credit hours (or about 41 classes). Students should take 15-16 credit hours (or about 5 courses) each fall and spring semester to complete their degree in eight semesters, or no fewer than 30 credit hours (or about 10 classes) a year, to complete their degree over four years. 

  • For an Associate degree, complete a minimum of 62 credit hours,  or about 20 classes.
  • For a Bachelor’s degree, complete a minimum of 124 credit hours, or about 41 classes.

What is a credit hour?

Most college courses are worth 3 credit hours but can range from 1 credit hour to 5 credit hours or more. For every 1 credit hour, a student will have, on average, 3 hours of weekly coursework for a full semester, 15-week session. For a full semester 3-credit course (the most common course offering), students may expect to spend about nine hours a week on the course, whether it’s online or in-person. If the course is a sprint course (less than 15 weeks), the same amount of time will need to be committed to the course, condensed into fewer weeks. (source)

1 college credit represents approximately 1 hour spent in a classroom and 2 hours spent on homework each week. 

1 hour of classwork + 2 hours of homework x 15 weeks of classes = 1 credit hour. 1 hour of classwork + 2 hours of homework x 15 weeks of classes = 1 credit hour.
Check out What’s My Class Standing? to see how the number of credit hours earned moves you closer to your graduation goal.

Start with the end in mind

By coming to the Miami University Regionals, you set a goal to earn a degree.  Advisors are here to help you create a balanced schedule so you can stay on track to graduation. Make an appointment with us, call 513-727-3440. 

Explore Recommended Course Plans and review your Degree Audit frequently to ensure your progress to complete your degree requirements is on track. The Miami University Bulletin offers academic policies, program requirements, and course descriptions.

Not sure what to major in? 

Regular advising throughout your academic career will help ensure timely completion of requirements.

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Consider all of your options. Taking Summer and Winter classes can help you graduate on time. Consult with the One Stop to discuss if your financial aid will cover courses in summer and winter. Also, summer is a great time to participate in an internship while also earning college credit. 

We understand 15 credit hours may not be possible for everyone because of work, family, or other obligations. Advisors can help you customize your graduation plan to earn a degree within an achievable timeline. 

Option 1 - Fall 15/Winter 0/Spring 15/Summer 0
Option 2: Fall 9/Winter 3/Spring 9/Summer 9
Option 3: Fall 12/Winter 0/Spring 12/Summer 6
Option 4: Fall 12/Winter 3/Spring 12/Summer 3
You can do this and Miami Regionals is here for your Academic Support (TLC), Wellbeing (Counseling), Access Accommodations (SDS), Career Planning (Career Services), and more.