Program Structure

Two nontraditional formats allow busy professionals to pursue the degree while keeping full-time jobs. A variety of instructional methods, including both individual and group projects, are used in courses in both formats. An introductory on-campus course required for students in both formats provides opportunities for orientation to program mission, content, and instructional methods and for meeting faculty and other students. Students in both formats complete a mentored thesis project structured as a work of scholarship suitable for publication.

  • On-campus Intensive Format: Students come to Chicago to participate in all-day face-to-face class sessions during the first two (for a core course) to three (for a core course plus a concentration elective) weeks in May and/or August, then return home to complete each course’s final paper or project.
  • Online Format: Students participate in web-based asynchronous, semester-long courses, typically organized in weekly modules. They come to Chicago for one week each summer to participate in face-to-face synthesis activities.

Upon application, students are asked to choose either on-campus or online as their preferred participation option. Once admitted, students will be given registration preference in courses in the program format to which they are admitted. Nonetheless, students may register for elective courses in either option as long as room is available.