McPherson College structures its academic terms on the semester academic model; that is, the fall and spring semesters take place during four-month periods (roughly, late August through early December and mid-January through early May).

Most students average around 15 hours per semester during the fall and spring terms, and because students must complete no fewer than 120 credit hours to graduate this leads to an average of 30 credit hours per year. Students should plan carefully and review their progress toward graduation with their advisor or the registrar’s office.