Cohort Programs

Two students in a cohort doing research

Some graduate programs at IUP utilize a cohort format, where students begin their program during the same semester, attend all required courses together, and complete the program as a group.

This format establishes an invaluable professional network among students, while also providing structure in terms of class schedule. Many, but not all of our cohort-model programs are designed for working professionals.

The list below includes all of our cohort-modeled programs, sorted by location, along with the nearest admission term for these programs. Learn more about application deadlines for our cohort-model programs.

Indiana, PA Campus

Administration and Leadership Studies (DEd)

Summer admission: (Public School cohort); Summer 2020 is the next start term.
Fall admission: (Higher Education cohort); Fall 2020 is the next start term.

Administration and Leadership Studies, Nonprofit and Public Sectors (PhD)

Every two years (even years); Summer admission only
Summer 2020 is the next start term
Application deadline: February 15

Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)

Fall 2019
Applications will be reviewed until all available seats in the cohort are filled.

Curriculum and Instruction (DEd)

Fall 2020


IUP Pittsburgh East (Pittsburgh Area)

Business (PhD)

Fall 2020

Business Administration, Executive Track (MBA)

Fall 2019

Curriculum and Instruction (DEd)

Fall 2019

Nursing (PhD)

Summer 2020

Nursing (DNP–PhD Pathway)

Summer 2020


Dixon University Center, Harrisburg, Pa.

Administration and Leadership Studies (PhD)

Every two years (odd years); Summer admission only
Summer 2019 is the next start term

Curriculum and Instruction (DEd)

Fall 2019

Nursing (PhD)

Summer 2019

Nursing (DNP–PhD Pathway)

Summer 2019


Distance Learning (Online Programs)

Criminology (MA)

Fall 2019

Safety Sciences (PhD)

Summer 2019


Johnstown — offered at Penn Highlands Community College

Business Administration, Executive Track (MBA)

Spring 2020


Northpointe Campus

Business Administration, Executive Track (MBA)

Spring 2020