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How are your course credits determined?

Athabasca University credits reflect an amount of study time equal to that spent at a conventional university in formal classroom sessions. One (1) credit is defined as the equivalent of 1 hour of instruction per week for a 15-week semester. For every credit hour, students are expected to spend at least 2 additional hours per week in homework/preparation.

Most Athabasca University courses are either 3-credit (one semester) or 6-credit (two semesters), which corresponds to 3- and 6-semester hours of credit at conventional universities. Some programs offer 4-credit courses, which usually include a practicum. Browse our Courses and Programs for specific details.

For more information on course credits, contact the Office of the Registrar.