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Matt Said,
May 1st, 2011 @11:18 am  

Traditionally bachelor’s degrees take around 4 years, a master’s takes an additional 2 beyond the bachelor’s, and a phd varies wildly depending on what you research in what subject, and whether or not you already have a master’s (a MS isn’t a prerequisite for a phd, and possibly a waste of time if you know for sure you want the phd).

For engineering degrees, 5 years for a bachelor’s is common, though 2 more for a master’s still seems typical. Engineering Phds, in my experience with people with them, seem rather quick, maybe 4 years normally. As compared to some phds in science subjects like physics which can take 5 or 6 on average.

If you take the minimum number of credit hours (12) to be a full time student, you probably won’t finish in 4 years, but it’s not hard to throw an extra class or two in as you go (and test out with AP tests!) For my physics degree I needed around 120 hours. 12 hours a semester for 4 years would’ve given me 96. I also tested out of two freshmen English and another writing class and a history class for 12 more free hours, then just a semester or two of 15 or 16 hours and I was done in 4 years.

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