2022-2023 Samford University Graduate Catalog 
    
    Feb 27, 2024  
2022-2023 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 Samford University 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 system, consisting of two four-month semesters: fall and spring. The fall semester begins in late August and ends in mid-December. The spring semester begins in January and ends in late-April. The maximum number of credits allowed in a semester varies depending on the school or academic program.

Fall and Spring Semesters and A/B Terms

For students in the online Environmental Management and Graduate Law programs, the fall and spring semesters are split into two eight-week terms: A and B. The typical mid-semester point for fall is mid-October and for spring is mid-March. The maximum number of credits allowed in a semester varies depending on the school or academic program.

Summer Terms

Summer term classes are split into one three-week May Term and, in the summer, two five-week terms (Summer I and Summer II), one 10-week term (Summer III), one 12-week summer term, and one 14-week summer term. The latter two terms are primarily reserved for specific graduate programs. The maximum number of credits allowed during the summer varies depending on the school or academic program.

May Term

As noted above, Samford University offers a three-week interterm called May 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 May Term is typically two courses, not to exceed a total of six credits. Not all graduate programs offer classes in May 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 2022-2023 for
Most Graduate Programs (excluding Divinity and Law*)

Calendar dates/deadlines are subject to change.

 Fall Semester 2022

August 29 Classes Begin for ALL Graduate programs* (Monday)
August 30 University Convocation
September 2 Last day to add or drop a Fall course(s) (Friday)
September 5 Labor Day Holiday (University Closed)
October 5 Deadline for Graduate Graduation Application for Spring 2023
October 10-11 Fall Break (Monday-Tuesday) (Graduate and professional programs may elect not to observe this)
October 19 Registration begins for Spring semester and Summer terms
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
November 10 Last day to withdraw from a Fall course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Fall courses without academic penalty
November 10 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current semester
November 23-25 Thanksgiving Holidays (University Closed Nov 24-25; no classes meet Nov 23)
December 8 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
December 9 Study Day (Friday)
December 12-15 Final Exams (Monday-Thursday)
December 17 Fall Commencement (Saturday)
December 20 Final Grades Due (Tuesday, 12 noon)

 Spring Semester 2023

January 3 Classes Begin for Pharmacy APPEs (Monday)
January 9 Classes Begin for ALL Other Graduate programs* (Monday)
January 10 University Convocation (Tuesday)
January 13 Last day to add or drop a Spring course(s) for ALL programs (Friday)
January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (University Closed)
February 1 Deadline for Graduate Graduation Application for Summer 2023
March 6-10 Spring Break (Monday-Friday) (Some academic programs may choose not to take this break)
Mid-March Registration begins for Fall semester (exact date TBA)
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
April 3 Deadline for Graduate Graduation Application for Fall 2023
April 6 Last day to withdraw from a Spring course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Spring courses without academic penalty
April 6 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current semester
April 10 Easter Monday (University Closed)
April 20 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
April 21 Study Day (Friday)
April 24-27 Final Exams (Monday-Thursday)
April 28-30 Commencement Ceremonies (Friday-Sunday)
May 2 Final Grades Due (Tuesday)

 May Term 2023 (3 Weeks)

May 3 Classes Begin (Wednesday)
May 5 Last day to add or drop a May Term course(s) (Friday)
May 16 Last day to withdraw from a May Term course OR to completely withdraw from ALL May Term courses without academic penalty
May 16 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
May 25 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
May 26 Final Exams (Friday)
May 29 Memorial Day Holiday (University Closed)
May 30 Final Grades Due (Tuesday)

 14-Week Summer Term 2023 for Graduate CHS
 (for Pharmacy & Physician Assistant Studies)

May 8 Classes Begin (Monday)
May 12 Last day to add or drop a 14-Week Summer Term course(s) (Friday)
May 29 Memorial Day Holiday (University Closed)
June 19 Juneteenth Holiday (University Closed)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)
July 12 Last day to withdraw from a 14-Week Summer Term course OR to completely withdraw from ALL 14-Week Summer Term courses without academic penalty
July 12 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 9 Last Day of Classes (Wednesday)
August 10-11 Final Exams (Thursday-Friday)
August 15 Final Grades Due (Tuesday)

 12-Week Summer Term 2023 for Graduate CHS
 (excluding Pharmacy & Physician Assistant Studies)

May 15 Classes Begin (Monday)
May 19 Last day to add or drop a 12-Week Summer Term course(s) (Friday)
May 29 Memorial Day Holiday (University Closed)
June 19 Juneteenth Holiday (University Closed)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)
July 12 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 12 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 2 Last Day of Classes (Wednesday)
August 3-4 Final Exams (Thursday-Friday)
August 8 Final Grades Due (Tuesday)

 Summer III Term 2023 (10 Weeks)

May 30 Classes Begin (Tuesday)
June 2 Last day to add or drop a Summer III (10-Week) course(s) (Friday)
June 19 Juneteenth Holiday (University Closed)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)
July 20 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 20 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 3 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
August 4 Final Exams (Friday)
August 7 Final Grades Due (Monday)

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/cumberlandlaw/calendars-and-schedules

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


Calendar for Academic Year 2022-2023 for
Environmental Management, Grad Law (Online Only)

Calendar dates/deadlines are subject to change

 Fall Term A 2022

August 29 Classes Begin for Fall Term A (Monday)
September 2 Last day to add or drop a Fall Term A course(s) (Friday)
September 5 Labor Day Holiday (University Closed)
September 19 Registration re-opens for Fall Term B (Monday)
September 22 Last day to withdraw from a Fall Term A course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Fall Term A courses without academic penalty
September 22 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in Fall Term A
October 5 Deadline for Graduate Graduation Application for Spring 2023
October 10-11 Fall Break (Monday-Tuesday) (Graduate and professional programs may elect not to observe this)
October 14 Last Day of Classes for Fall Term A (Friday)
October 17-19 Final Exams for Fall Term A (Monday-Wednesday)
October 19 Registration begins for Spring Terms A & B and Summer Terms
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
October 21 Final Grades Due (Monday)

 Fall Term B 2022

October 24 Classes Begin for Fall Term B (Monday)
October 28 Last day to add or drop a Fall Term B course(s) (Friday)
November 17 Last day to withdraw from a Fall Term B course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Fall Term B courses without academic penalty
November 17 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in Fall Term B
November 23-25 Thanksgiving Holidays (University Closed Nov 24-25; no classes meet Nov 23)
December 9 Last Day of Classes for Fall Term B (Friday)
December 12-14 Final Exams for Fall Term B (Monday-Wednesday)
December 16 Final Grades Due (Friday)
December 17 Fall Commencement (Saturday)

 Spring Term A 2023

January 9 Classes Begin for Spring Term A (Monday)
January 13 Last day to add or drop a Spring Term A course(s) (Friday)
January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (University Closed)
January 25 Registration re-opens for Spring Term B (Wednesday)
February 1 Deadline for Graduate Graduation Application for Summer 2023
February 2 Last day to withdraw from a Spring Term A course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Spring Term A courses without academic penalty
February 2 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in Spring Term A
February 24 Last Day of Classes for Spring Term A (Friday)
Feb 27-Mar 1 Final Exams for Spring Term A (Monday-Wednesday)
March 3 Final Grades Due (Friday)

 Spring Term B 2023

March 6 Classes Begin for Spring Term B (Monday)
March 6-10 Spring Break (Monday-Friday) (Some academic programs may choose not to take this break)
March 10 Last day to add or drop a Spring Term B course(s) (Friday)
Mid-March Registration begins for Fall Terms A & B (exact dates TBA)
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
April 3 Deadline for Graduate Graduation Application for Fall 2023
April 6 Last day to withdraw from a Spring Term B course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Spring Term B courses without academic penalty
April 6 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in Spring Term B
April 10 Easter Monday (University Closed)
April 21 Last Day of Classes for Spring Term B (Friday)
April 24-26 Final Exams for Spring Term B (Monday-Wednesday)
April 28 Final Grades Due (Friday)
April 28-30 Commencement Ceremonies (Friday-Sunday)

 May Term 2023 (3 Weeks)

May 3 Classes Begin (Wednesday)
May 5 Last day to add or drop a May Term course(s) (Friday)
May 16 Last day to withdraw from a May Term course OR to completely withdraw from ALL May Term courses without academic penalty
May 16 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
May 25 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
May 26 Final Exams (Friday)
May 29 Memorial Day Holiday (University Closed)
May 30 Final Grades Due (Tuesday)

 Summer I Term 2023 (5 Weeks)

May 30 Classes Begin (Tuesday)
June 2 Last day to add or drop a Summer I course(s) (Friday)
June 15 Last day to withdraw from a Summer I course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Summer I courses without academic penalty
June 15 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
June 19 Juneteenth Holiday (University Closed)
June 29 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
June 30 Final Exams (Friday)
July 3 Final Grades Due (Monday)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)

 Summer II Term 2023 (5 Weeks)

July 5 Classes Begin (Wednesday)
July 7 Last day to add or drop a Summer II course(s) (Friday)
July 20 Last day to withdraw from a Summer II course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Summer II courses without academic penalty
July 20 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 3 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
August 4 Final Exams (Friday)
August 7 Final Grades Due (Monday)

 Summer III Term 2023 (10 Weeks)

May 30 Classes Begin (Tuesday)
June 2 Last day to add or drop a Summer III (10-Week) course(s) (Friday)
June 19 Juneteenth Holiday (University Closed)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)
July 20 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 20 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 3 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
August 4 Final Exams (Friday)
August 7 Final Grades Due (Monday)

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.