- 5.0 credits/year describes a full-time undergraduate course load at my school.
- 5.0 credits/2 years describes a full-time graduate course load at my school.
- Students may not enroll in more than 3 credits/term (6/year or 1 extra class/term).
- 400 level courses at my school can count as a 0.5 credit toward either an undergraduate degree or toward a master's degree.
- An undergraduate student may take a full course load of 400 level courses.
My attempt to answer my question:
- Perhaps graduate courses require twice the work that undergraduate courses do.
- But if that were the case, then one could take mostly 400 level courses and do nearly half as much work as she would do if she took graduate courses.
- Perhaps 400 level courses require the same amount of work (say twice as much) as lower level graduate courses require.
- But if that were the case, then an undergraduate student who enrolled in a full course load of 400 level courses would have enrolled in a course load equivalent to 5 credits/term when the university calls 3 credits/term an overload and prohibits students from enrolling in more than 3 credits/term.
So why would a full-time master's program require a half-time course load?