The Weekend format is an innovative approach to adult learning that provides an alternative way of being a graduate student for professionals with complex work and personal schedules. It redistributes the weekly coursework for a traditional fifteen-week semester into six intensive weekends of class instruction. The weekends are non-consecutive and are scheduled two to thee weeks apart. Each weekend of instruction in the Weekend format is the equivalent of more than two weeks of coursework in a traditional or evening format. The adult who attends the Weekend format prepares for this intensive learning experience well in advance of the actual two days spent on campus. The Weekend format offers time for students to balance school, career and family responsibilities. Although it is not an accelerated program, the Weekend format allows students to complete the Master of Arts in Humanities degree in less than two years.
On class weekends, full-time graduate students enrolled in two courses attend classes all day Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon. Each course meets for seven-and-one-half consecutive hours on the weekend. Students who do not wish to be full time can register for only one course.