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 2016-2017 Academic Year

Orientation: May 31, 2016
Summer term: June 1, 2016 – August 19, 2016
Fall term: September 6, 2016 – December 12, 2016 (Fall exam period runs from December 16, 2016-December 23, 2016)
Spring term: January 16, 2017 – May 1, 2017 (Spring exam period runs from May 5, 2017-May 12, 2017)
Commencement: May 17, 2017

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