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 dates and registration deadlines on our calendar.  For more information on the refund schedule, please see the Refund Schedule at the Student Finance website where you can also utilize the Withdrawal Calculator.

Applications are accepted year round and are reviewed by the faculty admissions committee once per quarter. The exceptions are the full-time Accelerated MA in Public Policy and Administration and Accelerated MS in Data Science programs which review applications in December and January for the following fall quarter program start. Applicants will be notified of their admission status approximately four weeks after the deadline.

 

2023–24 Academic and Holiday Calendar

Archived academic calendars from previous years can be found here

LAST UPDATED: January 12, 2024
September 2023

1

Friday

August 2023 degrees awarded.

4

Monday

Labor Day; Northwestern University closed

5

Tuesday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register form (for 499, 579, 580) and Thesis Registration form (for 589 and 590) and all other special registration requests for Fall Quarter registration by 5pm. Please visit the Canvas course site for your program for guidelines on proposals for independent studies, practicum, and thesis.

Deadline to submit the Application for Tuition Remission for MFA courses.

18

Monday

Students who drop a class after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition.

19

Tuesday

Fall Quarter on-campus and online classes begin.

25

Monday

End of Fall Quarter registration period in CAESAR. Students may not add a class after this date.

October 2023

13

Friday

Application for readmission for Winter Quarter due.

Application for admission for Winter Quarter due.

27

Friday

Last day to drop a Fall course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript)

Last day to submit a Graduation Application for December graduation

November 2023

13

Monday

Registration for Winter Quarter opens in CAESAR.

22

Wednesday

Thanksgiving Break begins at 6PM (No sync sessions for online classes).

23

Thursday

Thanksgiving Break (No sync sessions for online classes).

24

Friday

Thanksgiving Break (No sync sessions for online classes).

25

Saturday

Thanksgiving Break (No sync sessions for online classes).

26

Sunday

Thanksgiving Break (No sync sessions for online classes).

December 2023

8

Friday

All thesis requirements and approvals due by 5pm for students completing 590 Thesis to receive a December degree.

9

Saturday

Official end of quarter (does not affect graduate course end dates).

11

Monday

Fall quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580) and Thesis Registration form (for 589 and 590) and all other special registration requests for Winter Quarter registration by 5pm. Please visit the Canvas course site for your program for guidelines on proposals for independent studies, practicum, and thesis.

Deadline to submit the Application for Tuition Remission for MFA courses.

15

Friday

December 2023 degrees awarded.

22 Friday Winter Recess, Northwestern University closed
25 Monday Winter Recess, Northwestern University closed
26 Tuesday Winter Recess, Northwestern University closed
27 Wednesday Winter Recess, Northwestern University closed
28 Thursday Winter Recess, Northwestern University closed

29

Friday

Winter Recess, Northwestern University closed

January 2024

1

Monday

New Year's Day, Northwestern University closed

2

Tuesday

Students who drop a class after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition.

3

Wednesday

Winter Quarter on-campus and online classes begin.

9

Tuesday

End of Winter Quarter registration period in CAESAR. Students may not add a class after this date.

12

Friday

Application for readmission for Spring Quarter due.

Application for admission for Spring Quarter due.

15

Monday

Martin Luther King Jr. Day; no classes (No sync sessions for online classes).

February 2024

2

Friday

Last day to submit a Graduation Application for March graduation

9

Friday

Last day to drop a Winter course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript)

19

Monday

Registration for Spring Quarter opens in CAESAR.

March 2024

8

Friday

All thesis requirements and approvals due by 5pm for students completing 590 Thesis to receive a March degree.

11

Monday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580) and Thesis Registration form (for 589 and 590) and all other special registration requests for Spring Quarter registration by 5pm. Please visit the Canvas course site for your program for guidelines on proposals for independent studies, practicum, and thesis.

Deadline to submit the Application for Tuition Remission for MFA courses.

16

Saturday

Official end of quarter (does not affect graduate course end dates)

18

Monday

Winter Quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

22

Friday

March 2024 degrees awarded.

24

Sunday

Students who drop a class after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition.

25

Monday

Spring Quarter SPS on-ground and online classes begin

29

Friday

End of Spring Quarter registration period in CAESAR. Students may not add a class after this date.

April 2024

5

Friday

Last day to submit a Graduation Application for June graduation.

8

Monday

Registration for Summer Quarter begins.

15 Monday

Application for program transfer for Fall Quarter due.

Application for Readmission for Fall Quarter due.

Application for admission for Fall Quarter due.

May 2024

3

Friday

Last day to drop a spring course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript).

10

Friday

All thesis requirements and approvals must be complete for students completing 590 Thesis to receive a June degree.

27

Monday

Memorial Day; Northwestern University closes (No sync sessions for online classes).

June 2024

3

Monday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580) and Thesis Registration form (for 589 and 590) and all other special registration requests for Summer Quarter by 5pm. Please visit the Canvas course site for your program for guidelines on proposals for independent studies, practicum, and thesis.

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

Deadline to submit the Application for Tuition Remission for MFA courses.

8

Saturday

School of Professional Studies Convocation Ceremony

Official end of quarter (does not affect graduate course end dates)

9

Sunday

Commencement for all Northwestern graduates

11

Tuesday

Spring Quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

14

Friday

June 2023 degrees awarded.

16

Sunday

Students who drop a Summer class after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition.

17

Monday

Summer Quarter on-campus and online classes begin.

19

Wednesday

Juneteenth; Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes).

21

Friday

End of Summer Quarter registration period in CAESAR. Students may not add a class after this date.

July 2024

4

Thursday

Independence Day; Northwestern University closed (no sync sessions for online classes).

12

Friday

Last day to submit a Graduation Application for August graduation

15

Monday

Application for program transfer for Fall Quarter due.

Application for Readmission for Fall Quarter due.

Application for admission for Fall Quarter due.

Registration for Fall 2023 quarter opens in CAESAR.

26

Friday

Last day to drop a summer course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript).

August 2024

9

Friday

All thesis requirements and approvals due by 5pm for students completing 590 Thesis to receive an August degree.

24

Saturday

Last day of Summer Quarter for on-campus classes and online classes (Sat. night).

 

27

Tuesday

Summer quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

30

Friday

August 2024 degrees awarded.

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