Instructional Schedules and Formats

Cohort Study


Students seeking the M.B.A., M.Ed., Ed.S and Ed.D. degrees may follow schedules organized in a cohort format. The format has a number of features that make it particularly well-adapted for individuals to pursue advanced study while simultaneously working as full time professionals.


Within the cohort format, students generally take courses consecutively, one course at a time, rather than several courses simultaneously. Classes in the cohort format meet weekly (for periods of from six to twelve weeks, depending upon the course or degree sequence).


An additional unique feature of the cohort format is that students move through the sequence of courses within the cohort, with the same students with whom they started study. Thus, a cohort consists not only of a series of courses, but also of a specific group of students who have moved through the set of courses together as a cohesive unit. The cohort format requires a high degree of student involvement, rigorous student participation, and sustained student contributions.



Revised 06/27/2012