Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each term?

To be classified as a full-time graduate student, one must be enrolled in at least 9 total units over the span of a term (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Within each term, students take courses during two, eight-week sessions. For example, a full-time student may take 6 units during the eight-week Fall I session and 3 units during the eight-week Fall II session, for a total of 9 units over the term. Half-time students take at least 3-6 units every eight-week session. Most candidates are working adults and do not take classes full time. Academic advising will help you determine the ideal course load for your schedule.

How long is a term?

All courses are offered in accelerated eight-week sessions in fall, spring, and summer.

How many hours does each class session require?

Classes meet for approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes, once a week.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?

Students attend one evening per week for each enrolled course.

How many students will there be in my classes?

This varies depending on the campus and the particular class, but the average class size in this program ranges from 12–15 students.

Does APU require theses, dissertations, or capstone projects?

A capstone project with defense is required.

How soon can I finish this program?

The physical education degree can potentially be finished in one year. However, it can take longer; therefore, academic advising is highly recommended and especially helpful in determining what is suitable for the individual based on personal schedule and content of the current class.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.