Year after year, one of the most common pieces of feedback from students who are new to an online degree program is that they are surprised by the amount of time it takes to succeed in their online courses.
Common misconceptions of online degree programs are that they are easy to complete or take less time than traditional college classes.
Through Arizona State University’s online programs, called ASU Online, undergrad and graduate courses are structured in seven and a half week sessions rather than 14-week semesters. For one session, a student should expect to spend six hours a week on coursework for every course credit.
In other words, if a student is signed up for two or three courses during a session and each course is worth three credits, that student should plan to spend between 36 to 54 hours a week on coursework.
This may seem daunting, particularly for students who work full-time jobs or have parental responsibilities in addition to their course work. But spending dedicated hours each week on assignments, reading and studying will allow students to stay on top of their work and avoid falling behind.