Course Credits

Graduate classes at Rider University may follow a 14-week semester or an accelerated 7-week schedule.  Rider uses the true number of minutes per hour-long session; i.e., a one-hour meeting is actually 60 minutes.  Three-credit classes meet for 60, 90, or 180 minutes, corresponding to, respectively and typically, 3, 2, or 1 meeting per week. 

In the College of Arts and Sciences all performance courses receive credit as follows:

  • all ensembles receive 1 credit;
  • other performance-based courses receive 1-3 credits;
  • a full-semester Student Teaching experience receives 12 credits;
  • applied music instruction receives 1-3 credits.