How long does it take to complete a degree or program?

Degree / Program Length

The length of time it takes to complete a degree depends on the number of hours taken per term/semester.

The Associate's degree is designed for students who seek a two-year degree and requires a minimum of 60 term/semester hours.

The Bachelor's degree is designed for students who seek a four-year degree and requires 120 - 124 term/semester hours.

The Master's degree requires a Bachelor's degree plus an additional 30 - 36 term/semester hours.

A semester is defined for hour limit purposes as a 16-week period, and a term is defined for hour limit purposes as a 9-week period.

Troy University courses on the Troy, AL campus are offered in three semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Troy University courses on the Dothan Campus, Montgomery Campus, Phenix City Campus, TROY Service Centers, and TROY Online are offered in five terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4, and Term 5.

Course Loads:

Refer to the “How many courses can I take per term” response for information about the number of courses that may be taken per term/semester.

Expiration of Credits:

Undergraduate credits taken at Troy University do not expire.

However, courses taken under a catalog which is over 8 years old may not count toward a degree and additional courses may have to be taken to graduate. Please check with your academic advisor if you are taking courses under an expired catalog.

Graduate credits taken at Troy University expire after 8 years.

More Information

More information can be found in the Academic Regulations section of the Undergraduate Academic Catalog or in the General Regulations section of the Graduate Academic Catalog.


To view all undergraduate and graduate academic catalogs that are available, please visit the Academic Catalogs web page.


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