Benefits of 8-Week Courses

What are the advantages for taking 8-week courses at MCC?

Shorter Time Frame

  • Get the same # of credits in 8-weeks instead of 16-weeks.
  • Some students may be able to complete more courses each semester than in a traditional 16-week course schedule, which will lead you faster to earning your degree!

Change in Status

  • Part-time students can take four 8-week courses each semester to be considered full-time students with financial aid benefits


  • Take two classes each session rather than 4-5 classes at the same time.
  • Focus on just two subjects at one time.


Studies show

  • Students are more successful when they can focus their attention on fewer subjects at one time.
  • By the 9th week of a 16-week course, students start to drop classes, get bored or overwhelmed, or just stop coming to class.
  • Since classes meet more often each week, students spend more time with their professors in the shortened timeframe.

Schedule Flexibility

  • Stay on track to graduate sooner.
  • For students with more responsibilities like a job and family, focusing on two classes each session fits into their schedule better.
  • You don’t have to wait a full semester to get back on track. Say you are late registering for the Fall 1 semester; you don’t have to wait until Spring to get on track. You still have Fall 2 to get started on degree.

For more information: Highlander Central in the Enrollment Services Center • 254-299-8622