Course Workload


Definition of Credit Hour

A “credit hour" is the unit by which an institution measures its course work. The number of credit hours assigned to a course is defined by the number of hours per week in class, or contact hours, and the number of hours allotted for class preparation. Each course offered at St. Vladimir’s Seminary is assigned an academic credit value based on the following ratio of contact hours to class preparation time, adjusted according to type of course:

  • One academic credit is assigned for each hour of instruction (of 50 minutes) per week for a fifteen-week semester, adjusted as appropriate for intensive courses and skills courses.
  • For each hour of instruction, it is expected that an additional 2–3 hours will be spent outside of class in reading, research, writing, and other preparation, based on the rate of 20–24 pages of reading per hour and 1/2 page (or 125 words) of writing per hour.

Guidelines for Assigning Work by Type of Course

Included in the fifteen weeks of instruction are thirteen weeks of classroom instruction, one reading week, during which time the onsite intensives of hybrid courses are also scheduled, and the final exam week. Some skills classes meet twice a week.

M.A. & M.Div. Courses
Number of Credits Number of Class Sessions
Minutes of Instruction per Week
Hours of Homework per Week
Total Pages of Reading Total Pages of Writing
Final Assignment
1 credit 10 75 3–4.5 300–350 8–10 Paper
1 credit 13 50 2–3 300–350 8–10 Paper
1 cr (skill) 13 100 1–2 150–175 4–5 Oral Exam
3 credits (core) 13

150

6–9

900–1050

24–30

Exam or Take-Home Final
3 credits (elective) 13

150

6–9

900–1050

24–30

Paper or Take-Home Final

Note: In-class exams are considered to be equivalent to papers and take-home exams of 8–10 pages.

Th.M. Courses & Seminars
Number of Credits Number of Class Sessions
Minutes of Instruction per Week
Hours of Homework per Week
Total Pages of Reading Total Pages of Writing
Final Assignment
3 credits 13 150 6–9 1200–1400 30–40 Paper