Credit Hour Definition

The University’s calculation of credit hours for all credit-bearing courses and degree programs follows rules established by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education, which are consistent with the US Department of Education’s definition of a credit hour.

Section 9A:1-1.2 of the New Jersey Administrative Code provides that

“Semester credit hour” means 50 minutes of face-to-face class activity each week for 15 weeks (or the equivalent attained by scheduling more minutes of face-to-face class activity per week for fewer weeks in the semester) in one semester complemented by at least 100 minutes each week of laboratory or outside assignments (or the equivalent thereof for semesters of different length).