Schedule and time investment

A schedule designed for busy professionals

The schedule has been designed to make travel and time away from work and family manageable: there are a total of three residential sessions (May, July, September) over a period of four months. The weeks on campus are intense, but at the same time, extremely energizing and immediately rewarding.

Download a sample of the CAS schedule.

Overall workload

The total workload for the CAS amounts to 290 hours, consisting of 130 lectures and 160 hours of individual work preparing for courses, studying for and taking tests.

Pre-readings, tests and papers

Each course requires some pre-readings to ensure that all participants are on the same page and to guarantee a high level of engagement and an interactive learning experience.

The sessions at SMU and UCLA each requirea course paper, due one month after the end of each session. The session at USI is followed by three written tests, taking place online on Saturday and Sunday one week after the end of the session. Tests and papers are designed so that participants can show their ability to apply concepts instead of requiring details to be produced from memory. The tests are open book, meaning that a variety of sources, including course texts, can be consulted. Tests thus reflect a more realistic professional approach to a problem.