Number of Classes
The normal rate of work is 16 to 18 credit hours in a semester. Most classes at Brandeis are four credits, though classes such as science labs, theater practicum, and muscial performance classes are generally two credits. PE carries no credit. If a student complete 4 four-credit classes at Brandeis (with a passing grade) he or she will have enough credit hours to graduate Brandeis in eight semesters.
A student may choose to take an additional class and/or lab without an increase in tuition (a total of 5.5 classes). If a student thinks that he/she needs to be in 6 courses, they can contact their class advisor/dean to discuss the petition process. The option to take six courses in a semester is only available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
The minimum load that a student may take in one academic year is 7 courses, with 3 being the minimum in any given semester. There is no standard part-time status at Brandeis. If a student thinks they need to be in less than 3 courses, especially for health or medical reasons, they should contact their class advisor to discuss the petition process.
Senior Reduced Status
Seniors who have completed all graduation requirements by the end of their 7th semester, but wish to remain at Brandeis for an additional semester, may petition to spend an eighth semester at the senior reduced rate. If approved, this program will allow the student to take 1, 2, or 3 courses and pay tuition on a per course basis.