Academic Calendar

LAST UPDATED: July 20, 2021

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.

2021–22 Academic Calendar

Archived academic calendars from previous years can be found here

LAST UPDATED: July 2021
September 2021

3

Friday

August 2021 degrees awarded.

7

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.

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

20

Monday

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

21

Tuesday

Fall Quarter on-campus and online classes begin.

27

Monday

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

October 2021

15

Friday

Application for readmission for Winter Quarter due.

Application for admission for Winter Quarter due.

29

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)

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

November 2021

15

Monday

Registration for Winter Quarter opens in CAESAR.

24

Wednesday

Thanksgiving Break (No sync sessions for online classes).

25

Thursday

Thanksgiving Break (No sync sessions for online classes).

26

Friday

Thanksgiving Break (No sync sessions for online classes).

27

Saturday

Thanksgiving Break (No sync sessions for online classes).

28

Sunday

Thanksgiving Break (No sync sessions for online classes).

December 2021

4

Saturday

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

11

Saturday

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

13

Monday

Fall quarter grades due from instructors before 1pm.

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580) and Thesis Registration form (for 589 and 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.

17

Friday

December 2021 degrees awarded.

January 2022

2

Sunday

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

3

Monday

Winter Quarter on-campus and online classes begin.

7

Friday

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

15

Saturday

Application for readmission for Spring Quarter due.

Application for admission for Spring Quarter due.

17

Monday

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

February 2022

4

Friday

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

11

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)

21

Monday

Registration for Spring Quarter opens in CAESAR.

March 2022

11

Friday

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

14

Monday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580) and Thesis Registration form (for 589 and 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.

19

Saturday

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

21

Monday

Winter Quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

25

Friday

March 2022 degrees awarded.

27

Sunday

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

28

Monday

Spring Quarter SPS on-ground and online classes begin

April 2022

1

Friday

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

8

Friday

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

11 Monday Registration for Summer Quarter begins.
May 2022

6

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).

13

Friday

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

30

Monday

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

June 2022

7

Tuesday

Deadline to submit the Intent to Register (for 499, 579, 580) and Thesis Registration form (for 589 and 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

Sunday

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

13

Monday

Spring Quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

Commencement for all Northwestern graduates.

17

Friday

June 2022 degrees awarded.

19

Sunday

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

20

Monday

Summer Quarter on-campus and online classes begin.

24

Friday

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

July 2022

4

Monday

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

15

Friday

Application for program transfer for Fall Quarter due.

Application for Readmission for Fall Quarter due.

Application for admission for Fall Quarter due.

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

18

Monday

Registration for Fall 2022 quarter opens in CAESAR.

29

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 2022

12

Friday

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

27

Saturday

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

 

29

Monday

Summer quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

September 2022

2

Friday

August 2022 degrees awarded.

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