The MSA is offered nights/weekends and is designed to be completed within one year. Students are admitted into a cohort (usually no more than 35 students). Cohorted-students will complete three classes per semester. Enrollment is guaranteed for every class, and the class schedule is set for the entire program. In comparison with other programs composed of part-time students, the cohort model increases retention and graduation rates among working adults. New cohorts will be admitted each fall.