Should I consider deferring?

If you are experiencing a change in your schedule, you may be wondering if you should defer your cohort. Deferral may be the best option in some instances, however, there may be an alternative solution for you depending on the circumstances. Please review our Deferral Policy.

  • You may not need to defer if one of the following applies to you:
    • You will not be able to make progress on your studies for one or two weeks at a time, but anticipate being capable of catching up with your cohort upon your return. 
    • You are not available on the week your cohort begins.
    • You are concerned that you may not have enough time to devote to the program. In this case, our advisors can help you create a progress plan for success.
  • Deferral may be a good option for you if:
    • You have an unavoidable time commitment and a clear timeline for when you can restart (e.g. 3-month international work assignment without consistent internet access).
    • You do not anticipate any additional commitments hindering your progress in the next year.
    • You are confident in managing your time effectively upon your new cohort start date.

If you are considering deferral, please reach out to us at We also have members of the Student Affairs team available to meet with you to discuss your options. 

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