Graduate Program Area

Graduate Academic Calendar

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

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 2016
2 Friday August 2016 degrees awarded
12 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

20 Tuesday

Fall quarter on-campus and online classes begin

23 Friday

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 2016
15 Saturday

Application for Readmission for winter quarter due

Application for admission for winter quarter due

28 Friday

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

November 2016
4 Friday Application for a Degree due to the SPS Registrar’s Office to receive a December degree
14 Monday Registration for winter quarter opens in CAESAR
23 Wednesday Thanksgiving break begins for all on-campus and online classes at 6:00pm (No sync sessions for online classes)
24 Thursday Thanksgiving Day: Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes)
25 Friday Day After Thanksgiving: Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes)
26 Saturday Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes)
28 Monday All on-campus and online fall quarter classes resume
December 2016
2 Friday Thesis Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm for students completing 590 Thesis to receive a December degree
3 Saturday Last day of fall quarter for on-campus classes
4 Sunday Last day of fall quarter for online classes
12 Monday Fall quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
16 Friday December 2016 degrees awarded
19 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 2017
3 Tuesday Winter quarter on-campus and online classes begin
6 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.
13 Friday

Application for Readmission for spring quarter due

Application for admission for spring quarter due
16 Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day; no classes (No sync sessions for online classes)
February 2017
3 Friday Application for a Degree due to the SPS Registrar’s Office to receive a March degree
10 Friday Last day to drop a class for winter quarter. No tuition adjustments for drops.
20 Monday Registration for spring quarter opens in CAESAR
March 2017
3 Friday Thesis Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm for students completing 590 Thesis to receive a March degree
12 Sunday Last day of winter quarter for online classes
13 Monday

Last day of winter quarter for on-campus classes

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

20 Monday Winter quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
24 Friday March 2017 degrees awarded
27 Monday Spring quarter on-ground and online classes begin
31 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.
April 2017
10 Monday Registration for summer quarter opens in CAESAR
14 Friday

Application for Readmission for summer quarter due

Application for Admission for summer quarter due

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

May 2017
5 Friday

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

12 Friday

Thesis Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm for students completing 590 Thesis to receive a June degree

29 Monday Memorial Day; Northwestern University closes (No sync sessions for online classes)
June 2017
3 Saturday Last day of spring quarter for on-campus classes
4 Sunday Last day of spring quarter for online classes
5 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
12 Monday Spring quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
16 Friday

June 2017 degrees awarded

Commencement for all Northwestern graduates and School of Professional Studies Convocation Ceremony
19 Monday Summer quarter on-campus and online classes begin

23

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 2017
1 Saturday Saturday classes meet. Northwestern University closes Tuesday, July 4
4 Tuesday Independence Day; Northwestern University closes (no sync sessions for online classes)
5 Wednesday

Registration for fall 2017 quarter opens in CAESAR

14 Friday

Application for program transfer for fall 2017 quarter due

Application for Readmission for fall 2017 quarter due

Application for admission for fall 2017 quarter due

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

28 Friday

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

August 2017
11 Friday Thesis Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm for students completing 590 Thesis to receive an August degree
26 Saturday Last day of summer quarter for on-campus classes
27 Sunday Last day of summer quarter for online classes
30 Wednesday Summer quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm
September 2017
1 Friday August 2017 degrees awarded