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Credits and Credit Hours
What are credit hours?
What is the relation between course and credit hour?
What are credit hours?
In simplistic terms, credit hour is the basic unit of measurement that count towards award of degree either bachelors or Masters. Every degree would have its own set of requirements for credit hours…i.e. for instance, to obtain a bachelors degree usually schools may require anywhere from 110 to 140 credits depending on school…similarly for Masters, it may be anywhere from 30 to 39 or more depending on program.

What is the relation between course and credit hour?
A course is measured in terms of credit hours. Based on the amount of work load and instruction hours, a course is assigned certain number of credits. Basic courses may be like 1 credit or 2 credits in Undergrad. As you take higher level ones in Undergrad, they may be range 3 to 4 credits. In masters most of the courses are either 3 or 4 credits.

Credit hours or units represent a mathematical summarization of all work completed, and are not the same as the actual classroom contact or instructional hours.
Here are further guidelines.