On Campus Program

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Western's GDPA is highly accessible to students working full time in demanding careers because of the flexibility of its format. By charging only a basic tuition fee, concentrating each GDPA course into a one-week period, and allowing students to take as few or as many courses as they want to in any given year, the GDPA permits the student to move through the four on-campus courses in two to four years.

It is most common for students to take two courses in their first year and two courses the following year.  They then complete their final GDPA paper.

Some assignments will likely need to be submitted after the instruction for a given course is finished, and most readings and class preparation are to be done before classes begin. After the four courses, a short research report must be successfully completed prior to the Diploma being awarded.

The GDPA program has a pay per course tuition. There are five courses including a final research paper required to be completed for the GDPA. Western sets all fees & tuition costs before each term and the Tuition Fees Schedules are published by the Office of the Registrar and can also be found here on the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) website.