When possible, WU likes to have personal, face-to-face contact with students. “Blended delivery” means that courses are taught through a mix of personal onsite instruction and online interaction.
We realize that some full-time professionals have schedules that do not permit them to attend face-to-face sessions, so they may need to study fully on-line.
The minimum time taken to finish the graduate program in international education depends on the number of units taken each semester. However, the program is designed so that students can finish within three semesters. The first and second semesters start with an online orientation to that semester’s coursework units, the practicum, and the major project. If possible, WU runs a face-to-face group at a location central to each cohort of students. Then during semester by distance, WU runs the coursework units, the practicum units, and starts students on the major project. WU also does a mid-semester visit to a location central to each cohort of students.
In the final semester, students do their major project through distance education, including a mid-semester meeting. If students can’t finish by the end of this semester, they can ask for an extension. During the block running at the time, students meet together for a colloquium and present their projects. We then hold graduation on the last night of the block.