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

  • Fall quarter: September 19, 2017
  • Winter quarter: January 8, 2018
  • Spring quarter: April 3, 2018
  • Summer quarter:  June 25, 2018

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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
11 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.
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. Students who drop a class after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition (with the exception of Saturday/Monday classes).
October 2017
14 Saturday

Application for Readmission for winter quarter due.

Application for admission for winter quarter due.
27 Friday

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

November 2017
3 Friday Application for a Degree due to the SPS Registrar’s Office to receive a December degree.
13 Monday

Registration for winter quarter opens in CAESAR.

22 Wednesday

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

23 Thursday

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

24 Friday

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

25 Saturday

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

27 Monday

All on-campus and online fall quarter classes resume.

December 2017

1 Friday

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

2 Saturday

Last day of fall quarter for on-campus classes.

3 Sunday

Last day of fall quarter for online classes.

11 Monday

Fall quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.

15 Friday

December 2016 degrees awarded.

18 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 2018

8 Monday

Winter quarter on-campus and online classes begin.

12 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.

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 2018

9 Friday

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

16 Friday

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

19 Monday

Registration for spring quarter opens in CAESAR.

March 2018

9 Friday Thesis Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm for students completing 590 Thesis to receive a March degree.
18 Sunday Last day of winter quarter for online classes.
19 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.
26 Monday Winter quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.
30 Friday March 2018 degrees awarded.
April 2018
3 Tuesday Spring quarter on-ground and online classes begin.
9 Monday

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.

Registration for summer 2018 begins.
20 Friday

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

May 2018
11 Friday Last day to drop a class for spring quarter. No tuition adjustments for drops.
18 Friday Thesis Completion Form and all supporting materials due by 5pm for students completing 590 Thesis to receive a June degree.
28 Monday Memorial Day; Northwestern University closes (No sync sessions for online classes).
June 2018
10 Sunday Last day of spring quarter for online classes.
11 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.
18 Monday Spring quarter grades due from instructors before 3pm.
22 Friday

June 2018 degrees awarded.

Commencement for all Northwestern graduates and School of Professional Studies Convocation Ceremony.
25 Monday Summer quarter on-campus and online classes begin.
29 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 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 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.
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.