Academic Credit Hour

For each hour you spend in the classroom, expect to spend an additional two hours working outside of the classroom.


Middlesex Community College’s policy on credit hours follows that of the U.S. Department of Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. A credit hour represents academic work requiring the equivalent of:

(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 for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.