Students learn how to target, develop, and deliver political messages. The curriculum includes courses in ethics, leadership, and public policy, preparing students for ethical and informed public service.
During the capstone project, students create an in-depth plan combining their work in the program with their goals for service. This can take many forms, from a campaign plan for a district or state election to a strategic plan for a non-profit. Students are required to present their capstone to thought leaders and practitioners from the campaign, media, and non-profit spheres.
This year-round program includes five 8-week modules across the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students travel to San Francisco or Washington, D.C. at the beginning of each session to attend core classes and specialized workshops. Full-time students complete the program in 21 months and students on the accelerated track complete the program in 12 months.
|Intersession||Weekend in August|
|8-Week Module||Mid-August to Mid-October|
|Intersession||Weekend in October|
|8-Week Module||Mid-October to Mid-December|
|Intersession||Weekend in January|
|8-Week Module||Mid-January to Mid-March|
|Intersession||Weekend in March|
|8-Week Module||Mid-March to Mid-May|
|Intersession||Weekend in Late May or Early June|
|8-Week Module||Early June to Early August|
Over the course of 21 months, students on the full-time track take one 3-credit course per 8-week module and one 1-credit intersession course per semester.
Over the course of 12 months, students on the accelerated track take two 3-credit courses per 8-week module and up to two 1-credit intersession courses per semester.