Graduate Certificate Programs

Important Dates

Below you will find important dates for graduate programs at SCS. Prospective students should note the application deadlines, and current students can find quarter start times and registration deadlines on our calendar. 

Application Deadlines

  • Fall quarter: July 15
  • Winter quarter: October 15
  • Spring quarter: January 15
  • Summer quarter: April 15

If an application deadline falls on a weekend, supplemental materials will be due the next business day. Applications are accepted year round and are reviewed by the faculty admissions committee once a quarter. Applicants will be notified of their admission status approximately four weeks after the deadline.

Graduate Quarter Start Dates

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September 2013
1 Sunday Last day of summer quarter for online classes
2 Monday Labor Day; Northwestern University closes (No sync sessions for online classes)
5 Thursday Summer quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
6 Monday August 2013 degrees awarded
9 Monday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register form (for 499, 579, 580, 590) for fall quarter registration by 5pm

Deadline to submit the Application for Tuition Remission for MFA courses

24 Tuesday Fall quarter on-campus and online classes begin
30 Monday End of fall quarter registration period in CAESAR. Students may not add a class after this date. Students who drop a class after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition.
October 2013
15 Tuesday

Application for Readmission for winter quarter due

Application for admission for winter quarter due

November 2013
1 Friday

Last day to drop a class for fall quarter. No tuition adjustments for drops.

Application for a Degree due to the SCS Registrar’s Office to receive a December degree
11 Monday Registration for winter quarter opens in CAESAR
27 Wednesday Thanksgiving break begins for all on-campus and online classes at 6:00pm (No sync sessions for online classes)
28 Thursday Thanksgiving Day: Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes)
29 Friday Day After Thanksgiving: Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes)
30 Saturday Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes)
December 2013
2 Monday All on-campus and online fall quarter classes resume
6 Friday Master's Degree Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm to receive a December degree
7 Saturday Last day of fall quarter for on-campus classes
8 Sunday Last day of fall quarter for online classes
16 Monday Fall quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
23 Monday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580, 590) form for winter quarter registration by 5pm

Deadline to submit the Application for Tuition Remission for MFA courses

27 Friday December 2013 degrees awarded
January 2014
6 Monday Winter quarter on-campus and online classes begin
10 Friday End of winter quarter registration period in CAESAR. Students may not add a class after this date. Students who drop a class after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition.
15 Tuesday

Application for Readmission for spring quarter due

Application for admission for spring quarter due
20 Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day; no classes (No sync sessions for online classes)
February 2014
7 Friday Application for a Degree due to the SCS Registrar’s Office to receive a March degree
14 Friday Last day to drop a class for winter quarter. No tuition adjustments for drops.
24 Monday Registration for spring quarter opens in CAESAR
March 2014
7 Friday Master's Degree Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm to receive a March degree
15 Saturday Last day of winter quarter for on-campus classes
16 Sunday Last day of winter quarter for online classes
17 Monday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580, 590) form for spring quarter registration by 5pm

Deadline to submit the Application for Tuition Remission for MFA courses

24 Monday Winter quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
28 Friday March 2014 degrees awarded
31 Monday Spring quarter on-ground and online classes begin
April 2014
4 Friday End of spring quarter registration period in CAESAR. Students may not add a class after this date. Students who drop a class after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition.
7 Monday Registration for summer quarter opens in CAESAR
15 Monday

Application for Readmission for summer quarter due

Application for admission for summer quarter due
18 Friday Application for a Degree due to the SCS Registrar’s Office to receive a June degree
May 2014
9 Friday

Last day to drop a class for spring quarter. No tuition adjustments for drops

Master's Degree Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm to receive a June degree
19 Monday Registration for fall 2014 quarter opens in CAESAR
26 Monday Memorial Day; Northwestern University closes (No sync sessions for online classes)
June 2014
8 Sunday Last day of spring quarter for online classes
9 Monday

Last day of spring quarter for on-campus classes

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580, 590) form for summer quarter by 5pm

Deadline to submit Graduate Change of Registration form for non-SCS (WCAS) courses

Deadline to submit the Application for Tuition Remission for MFA courses
16 Monday Spring quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
20 Friday

June 2014 degrees awarded

Commencement for all Northwestern graduates. School of Continuing Studies Convocation and MA, MFA and MS Hooding Ceremony
23 Monday Summer quarter on-campus and online classes begin
27 Friday End of summer quarter registration period in CAESAR. Students may not add a class after this date. Students who drop a class after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition
July 2014
4 Friday Independence Day; Northwestern University closes (No sync sessions for online classes)
7 Monday Application for a Degree due to the SCS Registrar’s Office to receive an August degree
15 Monday

Application for program transfer for fall 2014 quarter due

Application for Readmission for fall 2014 quarter due

Application for admission for fall 2014 quarter due
August 2014
1 Friday Last day to drop a class for summer quarter. No tuition adjustments for drops
8 Friday Master's Degree Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm to receive an August degree
30 Saturday Last day of summer quarter for on-campus classes
31 Sunday Last day of summer quarter for online classes
September 2014
3 Wednesday Summer quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
5 Friday August 2014 degrees awarded
23 Tuesday Fall quarter on-campus and online classes begin