All M.S. programs employ a three-term format: Fall (16-week term starting in August), Winter (16-week term starting in January) and Summer (14-week term starting in May).
All Ph.D. programs employ a semester format, which includes two 16-week terms a year during course work. The fall term starts in August and the winter term starts in January. Students taking courses attend four cluster sessions per year, held quarterly over an extended weekend (Friday and Saturday) at the university. There is a third, 14-week summer term in which doctoral students can register for dissertation or possibly other courses.