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Important Dates

Important Dates and 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. 

Academic Calendar

July 2018
4 Wednesday Independence Day; Northwestern University closes (no sync sessions for online classes).
5 Thursday Registration for fall 2018 quarter opens in CAESAR.
13 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.
27 Friday Last day to drop a class for summer quarter. No tuition adjustments for drops.
August 2018
10 Friday Thesis Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm for students completing 590 Thesis to receive an August degree.
September 2018
1 Saturday

Last day of summer quarter for online classes (Saturday night).

Last day of summer quarter for on-campus classes (Saturday only).

August 2018 degrees awarded.
4 Tuesday Summer quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

7

Friday

August 2018 degrees awarded.

17

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.

27

Thursday

Fall quarter on-campus and online classes begin. Online students start required pre-work on Monday, Sept. 24.

October 2018

3

Wednesday

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 (with the exception of Saturday/Monday classes).

15

Monday

Application for Readmission for winter quarter due.

Application for admission for winter quarter due.

November 2018

2

Friday

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

2

Friday

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

12

Monday

Registration for winter quarter opens in CAESAR.

21

Wednesday

Thanksgiving break begins for all on-campus and online classes at 6:00pm (No sync sessions for online classes).

22

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day: Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes).

23

Friday

Day After Thanksgiving: Northwestern University closed (No sync sessions for online classes).

24

Saturday

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

26

Monday

All on-campus and online fall quarter classes resume.

December 2018

7

Friday

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

8

Saturday

Last day of fall quarter for on-campus classes (Wed on-campus end Dec 12).

9

Sunday

Last day of fall quarter for online classes.

16

Sunday

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

17

Monday

Fall quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

21

Friday

December 2018 degrees awarded.

17

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 2019

7

Monday

Winter quarter on-campus and online classes begin.

11

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

Tuesday

Application for Readmission for spring quarter due.

Application for admission for spring quarter due.

21

Monday

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

February 2019

8

Friday

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

15

Friday

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

25

Monday

Registration for spring quarter opens in CAESAR.

March 2019

15

Friday

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

17

Sunday

Last day of winter quarter for online classes.

18

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.

24

Sunday

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

25

Monday

Winter quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

29

Friday

March 2019 degrees awarded.

April 2019

1

Monday

Spring quarter on-ground and online classes begin.

5

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.

 

12

Friday

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

15

Monday

 

Registration for summer quarter begins.

May 2019

10

Friday

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

17

Friday

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

27

Monday

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

June 2019

9

Sunday

Last day of spring quarter for online classes.

10

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.

Last day of spring quarter for on-campus classes.

16

Sunday

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

17

Monday

Spring quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

21

Friday

June 2019 degrees awarded.

Commencement for all Northwestern graduates and School of Professional Studies Convocation Ceremony.

24

Monday

Summer quarter on-campus and online classes begin.

28

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 2019

4

Thursday

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

5

Friday

Registration for fall 2019 quarter opens in CAESAR.

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.

27

Friday

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

August 2019

16

Friday

Thesis Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm for students completing 590 Thesis to receive an August degree.

31

Saturday

Last day of summer quarter for on-campus classes.

 

September 2019

1

Sunday

Last day of summer quarter for online classes.

 

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Summer quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

6

Friday

August 2019 degrees awarded.

 

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