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Post-baccalaureate programs offer a unique opportunity for targeted study to advance your career or prepare for graduate or professional school.

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Post-baccalaureate Programs

Important Dates

Application deadlines for post-baccalaureate programs and the SPS academic calendar, including quarter dates and registration deadlines, are detailed below. 

Application Deadlines — Post-baccalaureate Programs

  • Fall quarter: August 1
  • Winter quarter: November 1
  • Spring quarter: February 1
  • Summer quarter: May 1

Application Deadlines — Professional Health Careers Programs

  • Fall quarter: June 1
  • Winter quarter: November 1
  • Spring quarter: February 1
  • Summer quarter: March 1

*Note: Due to the sequential format of the science courses, pre-medicine, pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy and pre-nursing students may only apply for the summer or fall quarters.

Quarter Dates

Academic Calendar



Fall 2016


JULY 5 Registration for Fall 2016 begins
AUGUST 19 Last day to submit incomplete work for Spring 2016
29 Registration for Fall 2016 ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT
30 Late registration for Fall 2016 begins; $75 late registration fee applies
SEPTEMBER 20 Fall 2016 quarter begins
25 Last day to add a Fall 2016 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections in CAESAR
30 Last day to add a Fall 2016 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections with Change of Registration Form
 OCTOBER 28 Last day to submit incomplete work for Summer 2016
28 Last day to drop a Fall 2016 course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript. Requests for withdrawal can be initiated until the final day of the term.)
NOVEMBER 4 Last day to submit Program Completion Form for fall Post-baccalaureate completion
  14 Registration for Winter 2017 begins at 8:30 a.m. CDT
  23 Thanksgiving vacation begins; no classes through November 26
28 Classes resume
 DECEMBER  10 Last day of Fall 2016 quarter
  11 Registration for Winter 2017 ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT
  12 Late registration for Winter 2017 begins; $75 late registration fee applies
  13 Grades for Fall 2016 available through CAESAR

Winter 2017


JANUARY 3 Winter 2017 quarter begins
  8 Last day to add a Winter 2017 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections in CAESAR
  13 Last day to add a Winter 2017 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections with Change of Registration Form
  16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes in session
FEBRUARY 3 Last day to submit Program Completion Form for winter Post-baccalaureate completion
10 Last day to drop a Winter 207 course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript. Requests for withdrawal can be initiated until the final day of the term.)
  17 Last day to submit incomplete work for Fall 2016
20 Registration for Spring 2017 opens at 8:30 a.m. CDT

Spring 2017


MARCH 5 Registration for Spring 2017 ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT
  6 Late registration for Spring 2017 begins; $75 late registration fee applies
  19 Last day of Winter 2017 quarter; spring break begins
  21 Grades for Winter 2017 available through CAESAR
27 Spring 2017 quarter begins
APRIL 2 Last day to add a Spring 2017 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections in CAESAR
  7 Last day to add a Spring 2017 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections with Change of Registration Form
  10 Summer Session 2017 registration opens
14 Last day to submit Program Completion Form for spring Post-baccalaureate completion
MAY 5 Last day to drop a Spring 2017 course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript. Requests for withdrawal can be initiated until the final day of the term.)
  19 Last day to submit incomplete work for Winter 2017
  29 Memorial Day, no classes in session
JUNE 11 Last day of Spring 2017 quarter
  13 Grades for Spring 2017 available through CAESAR

Summer 2017


  16 Northwestern Commencement / School of Professional Studies Convocation
  19 Summer Session 2017 begins; late registration for Summer 2017 begins
  23 Late registration for Summer 2017 ends
 JULY
3 Last day to submit Program Completion Form for summer Post-baccalaureate completion
4 Independence Day, no classes in session
5 Registration for Fall 2017 opens at 8:30 a.m. CDT
AUGUST
26 Summer Session 2017 ends