Hello Puppymama. It varies quite a bit based on each course. Right now, I am in a research methods course and it is on the higher side of the workload. We have 2 discussion boards each week and you must make at least 3 replies to other students during the week. That is normally pretty easy. Most courses have 2 papers and 1 or 2 smaller assignments during the 8 weeks. The course I am in now is quite a bit more. 6 out of 8 weeks have written assignments due and 4 weeks have SPSS assignments that are quite time consuming. I would stay I am spending about 20 hours a week between reading assigned material, discussion boards, written assignments and other assignments. I would say that an average course is less...maybe 10 - 15 hours a week. I saw your other posts about the residencies. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but the residencies are pretty much time sinks in my opinion. I think GCU added them to bring a bit more legitimacy to the programs. If you can get some good one on one time with the instructors then they are very worth it. If you just sit through the seminars then they are not all that worth it. I guess they do a good job at making dissertation expectations and process clear. That said, they seem to offer them all over the USA to make it as easy as possible for people to attend. I chose to attend in Phoenix in order to have a bit more connection to the campus. Good luck in your choice and feel free to shoot me any more questions.