How long to complete a degree?

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Of all the due dates, midterms and finals events crowding your busy student calendar, there’s always one that stands out. This is the date that orients all the others, like a sun anchoring the whole solar system: Graduation Day.

Knowing this date can help you stay motivated as you shorten the distance between you and that bright light at the end of the test-taking tunnel. So, how long will it take you to get there?

The short answer: It depends.

How fast you graduate depends on how many classes you take each session. At Columbia College, there are six class sessions each year and you can take up to nine credit hours in each (which usually means three classes). That means you could:

• Earn an associate degree in just over a year
• Complete a bachelor’s degree in two and a half years
• Graduate with your master’s in less than 12 months

So if your goal is to earn your degree as quickly as possible, you can do that. However, if you’d prefer to work toward your degree at a more flexible pace, you can do that too — it’s completely your call. The key is to find a workload that works for you. To help you fit college into your life, Columbia College offers online classes (anytime, anywhere) and evening classes at more than 35 locations nationwide.

Transfer credits and graduate faster

If you’ve taken college classes before, you may be able to transfer credits to Columbia College. We accept up to 90 hours of transfer credit, which is more than many schools. Here are a couple of other ways you can shorten the time to graduation:

• If you’ve never taken college classes before, you might be able to save time by taking CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) or DSST exams. Essentially, you’ll test out of certain classes by proving you already know the content. Your Columbia College academic advisor can tell you whether CLEP and DSST could give you transfer credit for your specific degree program.
• If you’ve served in the military, you could potentially earn academic credit for your military training and experience. Columbia College will even review your military transcripts upfront so you know how much credit you’ll receive (if any) before you even apply!

Managing your workload

Our eight-week class sessions also mean it’s easier to set your own pace and continue to adjust your workload as needed every eight weeks. You aren’t committed to your class schedule for several months, like with traditional semesters, so you can be responsive to the other needs in your life without losing momentum.

Learn more about getting started with your Edcor tuition discount at Columbia College.