June 15, 2007, Newsletter Issue #59: How Long Does it Take to Get a Bachelorís Degree?

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Penn State World Campus Tip: It typically takes four years to obtain a bachelorís degree but some students may be able to complete the online courses in less than four years. Likewise other students may find it takes them longer than four years to complete their bachelorís degree requirements. Some schools may have limitations on the amount of time which can elapse before course credits become invalid. This restriction prevents students from taking too long to complete the degree requirements.

Although most students complete their bachelorís degree requirements in four years, there are some students who do so in less time. For example, students who take one semester off to complete an internship may take extra courses during other semesters to ensure they still graduate after four years despite taking one semester off from active coursework. Students pursing a bachelorís degree online may also find it possible to earn a bachelorís degree in less than four years. This is because the learning is largely self directed which enables the student to complete coursework at an accelerated pace. Again, there will likely be limitations on the number of credit hours taken each semester.

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