2019-2020 Samford University Graduate Catalog 
    
    Nov 27, 2020  
2019-2020 Samford University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Calendar and Critical Deadlines


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 2019-2020 for
Most Graduate Programs

 Fall Semester 2019

August 26 Classes begin
August 27 University Convocation
August 30 Last day to add or drop a Fall course(s)
September 2 The University closed for Labor Day 
October 1 Deadline for graduate Graduation Application for Fall 2019
October 14-15 Fall Break - Graduate and Professional programs may elect not to observe this
October 23 Registration begins for Spring semester and Summer terms
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
November 13 Last day to withdraw from a Fall course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Fall courses without ACADEMIC penalty
November 13 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current semester
November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break (no classes meet)
December 5 All classes end
December 6 Study Day
December 9 Final Exams begin
December 13 Fall Commencement (Friday)
December 17 Final Grades Due

 

 Jan Term 2020

January 3 Classes begin
January 6 Last day to add or drop a Jan Term course(s)
January 8 Last day to withdraw from a Jan Term course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Jan Term courses without ACADEMIC penalty
January 8 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
January 16 Classes end
January 17 Final Exams
January 20 University is closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday 
January 21 Final Grades Due

 

 Spring Semester 2020

January 6 First day of classes for Graduate College of Health Sciences (CHS) programs
January 17 Last day to add or drop a Spring course(s) for Grad CHS
January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes meet)
January 21 Classes begin for selected graduate programs (non-CHS)
January 28 Last day to add or drop a Spring course(s) for all other graduate programs
March 1 Deadline for graduate Graduation Application for Spring 2020
March 9-13 Spring Break
March 18 Registration begins for Fall semester and Jan Term
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
April 3 Last day to withdraw from a Spring course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Spring courses without ACADEMIC penalty
April 3 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current semester
April 13 Easter Monday Holiday (no classes meet)
April 24 Classes end for Grad CHS and Pharmacy
April 27-30 Final Exams for Grad CHS and Pharmacy
April 30 Classes end for all other graduate programs (non-CHS)
May 1 Commencement for Grad CHS and Pharmacy
May 1 Study Day
May 4-7 Final Exams for all other graduate programs (non-CHS)
May 6 Final Grades Due for Grad CHS and Pharmacy
May 8-9 Commencement
May 12 Final Grades Due for all other graduate programs

 

 Full Summer Term 2020 (14 Weeks)
 for Pharmacy & Physician Assistant Studies

May 11 Classes begin
May 15 Last day to add or drop a Full Summer Term (14-Week) course(s)
May 25 Memorial Day Holiday (no classes meet)
July 1 Deadline for graduate Graduation Application for Summer 2020
July 3 Independence Day Holiday (no classes meet)
July 16 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 16 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 7 Classes end
August 10-14 Final Examinations
August 18 Final Grades Due

 

 Summer Term 2020 for Graduate CHS (12 Weeks)
 (excluding Pharmacy & Physician Assistant Studies)

May 18 Classes begin
May 22 Last day to add or drop a 12-Week Summer Term course(s)
May 25 Memorial Day Holiday (no classes meet)
July 1 Deadline for graduate Graduation Application for Summer 2020
July 3 Independence Day Holiday (no classes meet)
July 10 Last day to withdraw from a 12-Week Summer Term course OR to completely withdraw from ALL 12-Week Summer Term courses without ACADEMIC penalty
July 10 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 5 Classes end
August 6-7 Final Examinations
August 12 Final Grades Due

 

 Summer III Term 2020 for All Other Programs (10 Weeks)

June 1 Classes begin for all other programs
June 2 Last day to add or drop a Summer III (10-Week) course(s) (Tuesday)
July 1 Deadline for graduate Graduation Application for Summer 2020
July 3 Independence Day Holiday (no classes meet)
July 23 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 23 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 5 Classes end for all other programs
August 6-7 Final Examinations for all other programs
August 10 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/