The One-Year Format

The one-year format makes for an intensive learning experience, but one that saves students money on tuition and housing compared to two-year public policy programs. Students pay tuition for three semesters (summer, fall, and spring), instead of four; and they save on rent, as the program takes just 12 months to complete. The program also involves a lower opportunity cost because it allows graduates to re-enter the workforce more quickly.

Schedule for the 2018-19 Academic Year

Required Program Orientation: May 29, 2018

Summer 2018: 

May 30, 2018 – First Day of Summer Classes

August 10, 2018 – Last Day of Classes

August 13, 2018 – August 17, 2018 – Final Exams

Fall 2018: September 4, 2018 – December 10, 2018 (Fall exam period runs from December 14, 2018 – December 21, 2018)

Spring 2019: Mid-January 2019 – to mid-May 2019. 

Commencement: May 2019

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