Academic Year

Calendar Year: Berkeley College’s graduate calendar is organized on the semester system. The fall semester begins in September, followed by the winter semester in January, and the spring semester in April. Online MBA graduate courses are offered in a concentrated, seven-week format with courses beginning in week one and week nine of each semester. Online MSN graduate courses are offered over a 15-week semester.

A standard academic year (two consecutive semesters) is typically comprised of two terms totaling 30 weeks. This distinction is for financial aid purposes. The campuses are closed on some legal holidays. The current academic calendar specifies the exact dates.

Course Evaluation: Courses are evaluated in terms of semester hours of credit. Graduate courses are typically three semester hours of credit. A credit hour is an amount of work of not less than 50 minutes of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours (120 minutes) of out of class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.

Class Hours: Generally, on-site graduate courses are offered in the evening from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Graduate courses are also available online. The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program is offered in a synchronous online format with classes meeting Friday evenings and/or Saturday mornings. The program also includes two days of simulation that will be conducted on campus as well as clinical rotations conducted at off-site clinical facilities.