Strayer University credits are expressed in quarter hours. One quarter hour of credit is the amount of credit granted for the successful completion of ten contact hours per course. Quarter hours apply to both regular and mini-session courses.
The standard requirement for a 4.5 credit hour course is for students to spend 13.5 hours in weekly work, which includes in-classroom and out-of-classroom work regardless of delivery mode. For each week of a quarter, one hour of classroom or online course activity and a minimum of two hours of outside study/preparation time per credit hour are built into the design of each course. Using this formula, Strayer University course design meets applicable regulatory standards. This includes preparation, activities, and evaluation over ten weeks for a total of 135 hours of student work.