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10/23/14 10:42 A

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I definitely recommend the 6 hour course load. It depends on the program, but in ours, it would be impossible to do 9 hours and work that many hours and sleep. You can always add more hours next semester if you find that it's manageable. emoticon

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10/20/14 9:17 A

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I agree - having at least one day off so that you can focus on school work is really helpful. I currently have two days each week that are unscheduled. I use one for reading and writing, and the other I use to catch up on chores and errands. Even so, I still manage to feel like I'm falling behind schedule most weeks.

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10/18/14 2:55 P

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I am in my last year in my Masters program, and I also work part time at an unrelated job. In my experience I've found that 6 credits and working 3-4 days a week to be a good balance. I always try to make sure that I have one day off a week to catch up on work for my degree, which, toward the end of the semester can really make a difference. That might not be an option for you, but I just wanted to relay my own experience for whatever it might be worth.

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10/7/14 9:15 A

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No problem! I'm glad that I could be of help.

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10/6/14 9:54 P

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Thanks for your advice! Studying during work isn't an option for me, so I think I may very well take your suggestion and try out 6 hours my first term to see what juggling it and work is really like. I really want to be FT so I can finish sooner, but I don't want to overwhelm myself. I think you're definitely right on several points, and I can't thank you enough for taking the time to respond!

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10/6/14 1:55 P

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Hi! I'm also a new graduate student - I just started the first semester of my MA in Art History in August. I currently am enrolled in 9 hours and I work PT at an unrelated job. I work 16 hours each week, plus I volunteer 4 hours per week at a museum. The only way that I am able to balance FT school, PT work, and volunteering is that I bring my books to work and read when I don't have any customers. I can tell you that grad classes can be extremely time consuming, depending on what you're studying. Since your job is in the same area as your Master's, I'd say go with 6 credit hours and keep your job, at least the first semester. You can always take on 9 hours next semester if you want to. I hope this helps!

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10/5/14 11:47 P

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I was just admitted to grad school, and I'm trying to decide how many hours to sign up for. I work PT, so I'm debating on taking 6 hrs or 9 hours. (It's a 57 hr dual Masters, so the sooner I finish, the better.) Since I'm presently working in the area of my Masters, I've been told by almost everyone that it'd be best to keep my job.

I have no idea what to expect from Master courses. How possible is it to take 9 hrs and work? Is it better to take 6 hours? If I try to take 9, I'll finish in just over 2 years. If I take 6, I'll finish in 3 years. (This is assuming year round, including summers.) Have any of you tried to work (PT or FT) and take courses FT? (That's what I really want to do, so I can finish sooner, but I don't want to take so many courses that I get overwhelmed and fail, either. ) Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!


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