Answered By: Abigail Caraccio
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2017     Views: 1262

Some degree programs are offered in more than one format, and students are able to apply for a specific format during their initial application to the University.

A KAM-based program relies primarily on Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs) - large, scholarly papers demonstrating one’s academic mastery of a subject, but may also require a Foundations course and a Research sequence, in addition to Academic Residencies. Students in a KAM-based program may be able to substitute a set of courses for a KAM (contact a Student Success Advisor for more specific information on this topic), but if this happens, the student is still considered KAM-based.

A mixed-model program relies on a mixture of KAMs and courses (in addition to the Foundations and Research courses) to complete the degree requirements.

A Course-based program does not allow or require a student to complete a KAM. Instead, the courses (and residencies, practicums, etc.) are outlined in the initial plan of study.

If you have started the program in one format and are interested in changing to another format, you should contact your Student Success Advisor for more information.

Please note: It is only possible to switch formats if the University is still admitting students in your degree program to that format. Some degree programs have phased out the KAM-Based and Mixed-Model formats and are offering only the Course-Based program formats. Additionally, changes in program format can only be effective at the start of a quarter.


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