Although some courses have one- to seven-day class sessions on campus, the majority are only introduced during one and one-half to three hour sessions. Courses are designed to be completed off-campus during the 14-week fall or spring semesters. Students are expected to spend approximately 10 to 12 hours per week on each course.

Faculty maintain regular contact with students throughout the semester. Depending on the course, this may involve individual telephone discussions, conference calls, online synchronous discussions or asynchronous conversations. Typically, faculty and students communicate every two weeks.