Although students may submit their course requests, there is no guarantee that the student will be enrolled in their first choice. If a student has declared a "certificate" program preference, then we try our best to accommodate that request. A student's seniority in the program is also factored in. Both of these practices mirror the university’s "bump & balance" policy; that is, students may be bumped--using their major and class status-- from a course in order to not exceed the course's enrollment maximum.
Last spring semester we had capacity for approximately 100 students and over 80 enrolled, with most able to take their first choice, and we were able to maintain the seminar format for each course.
Our goal each semester is to offer a set of courses that are attractive for a number of reasons to all our students. We often hear comments like "I'd like to take them all" or "Can I sign up for more than one this semester." Another goal is to reach out to as many people in our community as we sensibly can. In this way, Vanderbilt’s MLAS program is the graduate program for Nashville’s adult learners.