Instructional Credit Hours and Student Workload

Credit Hour Equivalency Chart

The credit hours and rigor of an online or hybrid course are equal to that of our face-to-face offerings. The chart below details how much in-class time needs to be accounted for in online coursework, depending on the length of the course and the credit hours of the course.

Credit Hours

  • University Standard for in-person classes
  • Divinity School Contact Hour Standard (for in-person classes)

Student Workload

Student workload includes both work completed to review course content as well as readings, assignments, projects, etc., but does not include time during synchronous sessions. Online instructional designers will help the instructor to calculate the number of hours. For a rough estimate, use the workload calculator at