Graduate Program Area

Important Dates

Below you will find important dates for graduate programs at SPS. 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 2014
1 Monday Labor Day; Northwestern University closes (No sync sessions for online classes)
3 Wednesday Summer quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
5 Friday August 2014 degrees awarded
8 Monday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register form (for 499, 579, 580, 589, 590) and all other special registration requests for fall quarter registration by 5pm

Deadline to submit the Application for Tuition Remission for MFA courses

23 Tuesday Fall quarter on-campus and online classes begin
29 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 2014
15 Wednesday

Application for Readmission for winter quarter due

Application for admission for winter quarter due

31 Friday

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

November 2014
7 Friday Application for a Degree due to the SPS Registrar’s Office to receive a December degree
17 Monday Registration for winter quarter opens in CAESAR
26 Wednesday Thanksgiving break begins for all on-campus and online classes at 6:00pm (No sync sessions for online classes)
27 Thursday Thanksgiving Day: Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes)
28 Friday Day After Thanksgiving: Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes)
29 Saturday Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes)
December 2014
1 Monday All on-campus and online fall quarter classes resume
5 Friday Master's Degree Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm to receive a December degree
6 Saturday Last day of fall quarter for on-campus classes
7 Sunday Last day of fall quarter for online classes
15 Monday Fall quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
19 Friday December 2014 degrees awarded
22 Monday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580, 589, 590) form and all other special registration requests for winter quarter registration by 5pm

Deadline to submit the Application for Tuition Remission for MFA courses

January 2015
5 Monday Winter quarter on-campus and online classes begin
9 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 Thursday

Application for Readmission for spring quarter due

Application for admission for spring quarter due
19 Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day; no classes (No sync sessions for online classes)
February 2015
6 Friday Application for a Degree due to the SPS Registrar’s Office to receive a March degree
13 Friday Last day to drop a class for winter quarter. No tuition adjustments for drops.
23 Monday Registration for spring quarter opens in CAESAR
March 2015
6 Friday Master's Degree Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm to receive a March degree
14 Saturday Last day of winter quarter for on-campus classes
15 Sunday Last day of winter quarter for online classes
16 Monday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580, 589, 590) form and all other special registration requests for spring quarter registration by 5pm

Deadline to submit the Application for Tuition Remission for MFA courses

23 Monday Winter quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
27 Friday March 2015 degrees awarded
30 Monday Spring quarter on-ground and online classes begin
April 2015
3 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.
6 Monday Registration for summer quarter opens in CAESAR
15 Wednesday

Application for Readmission for summer quarter due

Application for admission for summer quarter due
17 Friday Application for a Degree due to the SPS Registrar’s Office to receive a June degree
May 2015
8 Friday

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

15 Friday

Master's Degree Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm to receive a June degree

18 Monday Registration for fall 2015 quarter opens in CAESAR
25 Monday Memorial Day; Northwestern University closes (No sync sessions for online classes)
June 2015
6 Saturday Last day of spring quarter for on-campus classes
7 Sunday Last day of spring quarter for online classes
8 Monday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580, 589, 590) form and all other special registration requests for summer quarter by 5pm

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

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

June 2015 degrees awarded

Commencement for all Northwestern graduates. School of Professional Studies Convocation and MA, MFA and MS Hooding Ceremony
22 Monday Summer quarter on-campus and online classes begin

26

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 2015
3 Friday Independence Day; Northwestern University closes (No sync sessions for online classes)
4 Saturday Independence Day; Northwestern University closes (no sync sessions for online classes)
15 Wednesday

Application for program transfer for fall 2015 quarter due

Application for Readmission for fall 2015 quarter due

Application for admission for fall 2015 quarter due
17 Friday

Application for a Degree due to the SPS Registrar’s Office to receive an August degree

31 Friday

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

August 2015
14 Friday Master's Degree Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm to receive an August degree
29 Saturday Last day of summer quarter for on-campus classes
30 Sunday Last day of summer quarter for online classes
September 2015
2 Wednesday Summer quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
4 Friday August 2015 degrees awarded