2018-2019 Samford University Graduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 15, 2019  
2018-2019 Samford University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Calendar and Critical Deadlines


Calendars for 2018-2019

Students are expected to know regulations and policies found in this catalog and the Student Handbook. Keeping abreast of the school calendar, critical deadlines, as well as all University communication is also the student’s responsibility.


Most Graduate Students

Semester System

Samford University operates on the semester (4-1-4) system, consisting of two four-month semesters (fall and spring), and a three-week term in January (Jan Term). The fall semester begins in late August and ends in mid-December. The spring semester begins in late January and ends in mid-May. The maximum number of credits allowed in a semester varies depending on the school or academic program.

Jan Term

Samford University offers a short term consisting of three weeks in the month of January called Jan Term. Interterm opportunities may include research in libraries or laboratories, contacts with visiting scholars, internships, externships, field trips, and more. The maximum class load allowed in Jan Term is typically two courses, not to exceed a total of six credits. Not all graduate programs offer classes in Jan Term.

Summer Terms

Summer term classes are split into two five-week terms, one 10-week summer term, and one 14-week summer term. The maximum number of credits allowed during the summer varies depending on the school or academic program, but is typically limited to 16 credits overall, with a maximum of eight in each five-week term.

Inclement Weather Statement

Inclement weather or other events beyond the control of the University that might cause risk or danger to students, faculty, and staff may occasionally result in changes to normal University operations, including cancellation of classes or events; the calendar schedule may be adjusted.

 


Calendar for Academic Year 2018-2019 for
Most Graduate Programs

 Fall Semester 2018

August 20 Selected graduate classes begin (PHRX prefix only)
August 27 Classes begin for all remaining graduate programs
August 27 P4 Clinical Rotations begin
August 28 University Convocation
August 31 Last day to add or drop a Fall course(s)
September 3 Labor Day Holiday (no classes meet)
October 1 Deadline for graduate Graduation Application for Fall 2018
October 8-9 Fall Break - Observance determined by each school/department
October 29 Registration begins for Jan Term and Spring Semester (tentative)
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
November 12 Last day to withdraw from a Fall course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Fall courses without ACADEMIC penalty
November 12 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current semester
November 21-23 Thanksgiving Break (no classes meet)
December 6 Classes end
December 7 Reading/Study Day
December 7 P4 Clinical Rotations end
December 10-13 Final Examinations
December 15 Fall Commencement
December 17 Final Grades Due

 

 Jan Term 2019

January 2 Classes begin
January 4 Last day to add or drop a Jan Term course(s)
January 11 Last day to withdraw from a Jan Term course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Jan Term courses without ACADEMIC penalty
January 11 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
January 17 Classes end
January 18 Final Examinations
January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes meet)
January 22 Final Grades Due

 

 Spring Semester 2019

January 3 Graduate CHS Classes begin
January 4 P4 Clinical Rotations begin
January 10 Last day to add or drop a Spring course(s) for Graduate CHS
January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes meet)
January 22 Classes begin for selected graduate programs
January 23 University Convocation (tentative)
January 28 Last day to add or drop a Spring course(s) for selected graduate programs
February TBD Deadline for graduate Graduation Application for Spring 2019
March 11-15 Spring Break (no classes meet)
March 26 Registration begins for Summer Terms and Fall Semester and Jan Term (tentative)
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
April 4 Deadline for graduate Graduation Application for Summer/Fall 2019
April 9 Last day to withdraw from a Spring course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Spring courses without ACADEMIC penalty
April 9 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current semester
April 19 P4 Clinical Rotations end
April 22 Easter Monday Holiday (no classes meet)
April 26 Graduate CHS Classes end (including Accelerated 2nd Degree Nursing)
April 29-May 2 Final Examinations for Graduate CHS classes
May 2 Classes end for selected graduate programs
May 3 Commencement for ALL CHS Graduate Programs (Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health)
May 6-9 Final Examinations for selected graduate programs
May 10-11 Fall Commencement for non-CHS Graduate Programs
May 14 Final Grades Due

 

Full Summer Term 2019 (14 Weeks)

May 13 Classes begin
May 13 P4 Clinical Rotations begin
May 17 Last day to add or drop a Full Summer Term (14-Week) course(s)
May 27 Memorial Day Holiday (no classes meet)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (no classes meet)
July 18 Last day to withdraw from a Full Summer Term (14-Week) course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Full Summer Term (14-Week) courses without ACADEMIC penalty
July 18 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 9 Classes end
August 12-15 Final Examinations
August 20 Final Grades Due
August TBD P4 Clinical Rotations end

 

 Summer III Term 2019 (10 Weeks)

June 3 Classes begin
June 6 Last day to add or drop a Summer III (10-Week) course(s)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (no classes meet)
July 24 Last day to withdraw from a Summer III (10-Week) course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Summer III (10-Week) courses without ACADEMIC penalty
July 24 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 8 Classes end
August 8 Final Examinations
August 12 Final Grades Due
 
NOTE: Some graduate programs offer classes in the Summer I & II Five-Week Terms. See the Undergraduate Catalog for calendar dates.

*Unless otherwise indicated, these calendar dates are applicable to students in the following graduate colleges/schools: Arts & Sciences, School of the Arts, Business, Divinity, Education, Graduate Law (not Juris Doctor), as well as Graduate CHS programs, even though they have different beginning and end dates, as noted.

CHS=College of Health Sciences (includes School of Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health)

Note about Graduation Application Deadlines: All students must complete the Application for Graduation to assure timely assessment of their graduation requirements. The form is accessible online through the Samford Portal.

Important Note: See the Financial Information section for payment due dates for each semester/term. Students who register AFTER the payment due date MUST make their payments IMMEDIATELY upon registration.

Inclement weather or other events beyond the control of the University that might cause risk or danger to students, faculty, and staff may occasionally result in changes to normal University operations, including cancellation of classes or events; the calendar schedule may be adjusted.

For the Beeson School of Divinity Academic Calendar, use the following link: http://www.beesondivinity.com/academiccalendar

For the Cumberland School of Law Academic Calendar, use the following link: https://www.samford.edu/departments/registrar/academic-calendar-law

For a calendar with dates specific to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, use the following link: http://www.samford.edu/pharmacy/student-services/