In the program, students work together in a cohort or a group of peers over the three-semester sequence. We believe that the skills of learning and working collaboratively and cooperatively are critical to society and the work-force in the twenty-first century. In the cohort, students get to know one another; they build relationships with one another and with their faculty. When they are encouraged to listen deeply to each other and to enter into another's world, they are able to fill in gaps in their understanding. As students relate their experiences, those experiences become the text for learning as much as the theorists in the assigned reading. By looking through the different lens of their cohort peers, students can begin to understand ways of knowing they may have never considered. Through the relating of experiences and interaction, students discover there are many ways of approaching and expressing learning.
Unlike a traditional class where students come and go every 10 to 15 weeks, students in a cohort remain together for the duration of their program. This format has several advantages. Students develop deep, lasting relationships and professional networks. The cohort model also provides students with support in terms of completing their degree.