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 2017-18 Academic Year

Required Program Orientation: May 30, 2017
Summer term: 

May 31, 2017 – First Day of Summer Classes

August 11, 2017  -Last Day of Class

August 14-18     -Final Exams

Fall term: September 4, 2017 – December 15, 2017 (Fall exam period runs from December 18, 2017-December 22, 2017)
Spring term: Mid January 2018 – to mid-May. 
Commencement: May 2018

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