College Cohort Program: What It Is and How It Benefits Students
What is a cohort program and what are the benefits of this format for a college degree program? Get the scoop from Saint Leo University.
When researching graduate degree programs, you may have found that some schools offer cohort programs. Since this isn't necessarily a mainstream term, you may be wondering what cohort means or how it could potentially benefit you as a student. Let's start by defining what a cohort program is.
A cohort program is one in which the students within that program all start and finish at the same time. This is different than other types of degree programs in that, in those, you may have classes that include students in their first year of the program and students in their third year, for instance. In a cohort program, all students progress through the program together, at the same pace.
Perhaps the best example of an educational cohort program is high school. When you start high school as a freshman, you're going to graduate with the same group of students four years later. (That is, minus the students who move or, for whatever reason, do not earn their high school diploma, of course.) This is similar to a college-level cohort program.
Choosing a university or college that offers a cohort degree program presents many benefits. They include:
When you pursue your graduate degree at Saint Leo University, you have access to a variety of cohort program options. Among them are a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), a Doctor of Criminal Justice (DCJ), and a Doctorate in Education (EdD) Leadership – School Leadership Concentration.
Saint Leo's Master of Social Work program is also a cohort degree program. What sets this particular program apart from others is that it offers multiple cohort tracks. You get to choose whether you follow a part-time or full-time track, for example, as well as having access to advanced standing tracks for both of these options. This enables you to join the cohort that is most suitable for you based on your specific situation and needs.
If you're interested in learning more about your cohort program options at Saint Leo, or if you have questions about whether this type of program is right for you, contact our Admissions office today. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff is here to answer your questions and help guide you when trying to decide the best way to achieve your career-related goals.