Study Load

Academic terms are broadly defined by the designations: fall, spring, and summer (sometimes titled Summer B). Sessions of varying numbers of weeks are offered within each term. Enrollment in all sessions within one term form a student’s enrollment status for study load standards, financial aid eligibility, and prior student loan deferment purposes. All units earned through Azusa Pacific University, regardless of the number of weeks in the session in which they are taken, are semester units. See the Academic Calendar for specific term and session information.

For professional bachelor’s degree completion programs, enrollment status is calculated as:

Fall, Spring, or Summer 

  • 6-8 units is half-time status
  • 9-11 units is three-quarter-time status
  • 12 or more units is full-time status

For the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MFT) program, enrollment status is calculated as:

Fall or Spring 

  • 4 units is half-time status
  • 5-6 units is three-quarter-time status
  • 7 or more units is full-time status

Summer 

  • 3-4 units is half-time status
  • 5 units is three-quarter-time status
  • 6 or more units is full-time status

For nursing master’s degree and credential/certificate programs, enrollment status is calculated as:

Fall, Spring, or Summer 

  • 3-4 units is half-time status
  • 5 units is three-quarter-time status
  • 6 or more units is full-time status

For the Master of Social Work (MSW) program and masters degrees within the School of Theology: Azusa Pacific Seminary, enrollment status is calculated as:

Fall or Spring 

  • 4-5 units is half-time status
  • 6-7 units is three-quarter-time status
  • 8 or more units is full-time status

Summer 

  • 3-4 units is half-time status
  • 5 units is three-quarter-time status
  • 6 or more units is full-time status

For teaching credential/certificate programs, enrollment status is calculated as:

Fall, Spring, or Summer 

  • 6-8 units is half-time status
  • 9-11 units is three-quarter-time status
  • 12 or more units is full-time status

For all other master’s degrees and certificate/credential-only programs not mentioned above, enrollment status is calculated as:

Fall or Spring 

  • 5-6 units is half-time status
  • 7-8 units is three-quarter-time status
  • 9 or more units is full-time status

Summer 

  • 3-4 units is half-time status
  • 5 units is three-quarter-time status
  • 6 or more units is full-time status

For doctoral and clinical fellowship programs, enrollment status is calculated as:

Fall, Spring, or Summer 

  • 3-4 units is half-time status
  • 5 units is three-quarter-time status
  • 6 or more units is full-time status


With certain restrictions, students at the dissertation level are considered full time if enrolled in any one of the following courses:

EDUC 777Dissertation2
EDUC 794Dissertation Research3-6
EDUC 795Dissertation Research3
GDMN 790Ministry Project4
GDMN 792Ministry Project Continuation0
GNRS 733AResidency IA1
GNRS 733BResidency IB1
GNRS 733CResidency IC1
GNRS 734AResidency IIA1
GNRS 734BResidency IIB1
GNRS 734CResidency IIC1
GNRS 735Translational Research Project Seminar3
GNRS 780Doctoral Seminar I: Elements of a Proposal and IRB Application3
GNRS 781Doctoral Seminar II: Developing a Grant Proposal3
GNRS 782Doctoral Seminar III: Writing for Publication3
GNRS 783Doctoral Seminar IV: Developing Professional Presentations3
GNRS 784Dissertation Seminar V2-4
GNRS 798Continuous Doctoral Study0
HED 790Doctoral Seminar in Research Studies2
HED 791Dissertation Proposal I1
HED 792Dissertation Proposal II1
HED 794Dissertation Research I3
HED 795Dissertation Research II3
PPSY 731Dissertation Development1
PPSY 745Dissertation I1
PPSY 746Dissertation II1
PPSY 747Dissertation III1
PPSY 748Dissertation IV1
PPSY 750Predoctoral Internship1
PPSY 752Predoctoral Internship0
PPSY 755Dissertation V1
PPSY 756Dissertation VI1
PPSY 787Dissertation Continuation0
PPSY 795Dissertation Continuation3