The academic residency requirement is that you attend classes for three consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer). Most students meet this requirement in the first year as they take their initial 18 hours with their cohort.
All of our courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends for the convenience of working students. Core and concentration courses are typically offered on Monday and Thursday nights from 6:30 - 9:15pm.
Students from both majors are admitted in the fall of each year into a cohort. Students take the first 18 hours together — six hours in the fall, six hours in the Spring, and six in a 10-week summer session. After that, the students divide into their majors and take all concentration courses with the students from their cohort who have the same major. Electives are not taken as a cohort.
If a student expects not to be able to enroll for one or more semesters due to a leave of absence, the student should submit a request to the Graduate College. The request must be officially made by the program director. The student should forward a brief rationale for the requirement, the period of leave requested to the program director. If the student is in dissertation stage, then also include the dissertation chair. Granting of leave does not automatically extend students deadlines (for meeting candidacy or graduation).