How long does the program take to complete?
This is depends on how many courses a student can complete within their own schedule. The entire program consists of 16, 3-credit courses. So, for example, if during Year 1 a student takes 3 courses in Fall, 3 courses in Spring, and 2 courses in the summer, they will have completed 8 out of 16 courses. If they were to repeat this same course load in Year 2 and have fulfilled all of the core, elective, interreligious, language, and MA thesis requirements, they could in theory complete the entire program in 2 years.
Some students who are working, have family obligations, etc. may opt to take a slower pace. For example, if a student were to instead take, during Year 1, 2 courses in Fall, 2 courses in Spring, and 1 course in the summer, they will have completed 5 out of 16 courses. If they repeat this pattern for two more years and add an extra summer course in along the way, they could in theory complete the program in 3 years.
Some students may still wish to spread their course load out a bit further, and would thus extend their time commitment into 4 years if they so wish.