Policy on the Credit Hour and Program Length

Definition of a Credit Hour

Prescott College uses the semester credit hour for awarding of academic credit. The credit hour is defined by Prescott College in accordance with HLC Policy FDCR.A.10.020 (11/2020) and with the Federal Policy as follows:

A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than: 1) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of- class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or 2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in item (1) of this definition for other activities as established by an institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading toward to the award of credit hours. 34CFR 600.2`


Program Length

Prescott College requires a minimum of 120 semester credits for the bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 30 semester credits beyond the bachelor’s degree for the master’s degree. At least thirty credits of the 120 semester credits required for the bachelor’s degree must be in courses addressing and assessing the general education learning outcomes for which all undergraduate students must demonstrate competence. See the “Assessment of Learning” section for more detail. Students pursuing accelerated master’s degrees may receive graduate credits for approved graduate courses taken while an undergraduate and count those courses for both undergraduate and graduate credit and course requirements; at least 50% of the credits for the master’s degree must be in courses designed for graduate work.