2023-2024 Samford University Graduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Samford University Graduate 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 2023-2024 for
Most Graduate Programs (excluding Divinity and Law*)

Calendar dates/deadlines are subject to change.

 Fall Semester 2023

August 21 Classes Begin for ALL Graduate programs* (Monday)
August 22 University Convocation
August 25 Last day to add or drop a Fall course(s) (Friday)
September 4 Labor Day Holiday (University Closed)
October 9 - 10 Fall Break (Monday-Tuesday) (Graduate and professional programs may elect not to observe this)
October 15 Deadline for Graduate Graduation Application for Spring or Summer 2024
October 18 Registration begins for Spring semester and Summer terms
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
November 2 Last day to withdraw from a Fall course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Fall courses without academic penalty
November 22 - 24 Thanksgiving Holidays (University Closed Nov 23-24; no classes meet Nov 22)
November 30 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
December 1 Study Day (Friday)
December 4 - 7 Final Exams (Monday-Thursday)
December 9 Fall Commencement (Saturday)
December 12 Final Grades Due (Tuesday)

 Spring Semester 2024

January 3 Classes Begin for Pharmacy APPEs (Wednesday)
January 8 Classes Begin for ALL Other Graduate programs* (Monday)
January 9 University Convocation (Tuesday)
January 12 Last day to add or drop a Spring course(s) for ALL programs (Friday)
January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (University Closed)
March 4 - 8 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)
March 15 Deadline for Graduate Graduation Application for Fall 2024
April 1 Easter Monday (University Closed)
April 4 Last day to withdraw from a Spring course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Spring courses without academic penalty
April 18 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
April 19 Study Day (Friday)
April 22 - 25 Final Exams (Monday-Thursday)
April 26 - 28 Commencement Ceremonies (Friday-Sunday)
April 30 Final Grades Due (Tuesday)

 May Term 2024 (3 Weeks)

May 6 Classes Begin (Monday)
May 8 Last day to add or drop a May Term course(s) (Wednesday)
May 13 Last day to withdraw from a May Term course OR to completely withdraw from ALL May Term courses without academic penalty
May 27 Memorial Day Holiday (University Closed)
May 29 Last Day of Classes (Wednesday)
May 30 Final Exams (Thursday)
June 3 Final Grades Due (Monday)

 14-Week Summer Term 2024 for Graduate CHS
 (for Pharmacy & Physician Assistant Studies)

May 6 Classes Begin (Monday)
May 8 Last day to add or drop a 14-Week Summer Term course(s) (Wednesday)
May 27 Memorial Day Holiday (University Closed)
June 19 Juneteenth Holiday (University Closed)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)
July 10 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
August 8 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
August 9 Final Exams (Friday)
August 12 Final Grades Due (Monday)

 12-Week Summer Term 2024 for Graduate CHS
 (excluding Pharmacy & Physician Assistant Studies)

May 13 Classes Begin (Monday)
May 15 Last day to add or drop a 12-Week Summer Term course(s) (Wednesday)
May 27 Memorial Day Holiday (University Closed)
June 19 Juneteenth Holiday (University Closed)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)
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 31 Last Day of Classes (Wednesday)
August 1 - 2 Final Exams (Thursday-Friday)
August 6 Final Grades Due (Tuesday)

 Summer III Term 2024 (10 Weeks)

June 3 Classes Begin (Monday)
June 5 Last day to add or drop a Summer III (10-Week) course(s) (Wednesday)
June 19 Juneteenth Holiday (University Closed)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)
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
August 8 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
August 9 Final Exams (Friday)
August 12 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 2023-2024 for
Environmental Management, Grad Law (Online Only)

Calendar dates/deadlines are subject to change

 Fall Term A 2023

August 21 Classes Begin for Fall Term A (Monday)
August 25 Last day to add or drop a Fall Term A course(s) (Friday)
September 4 Labor Day Holiday (University Closed)
September 11 Registration re-opens for Fall Term B (Monday)
September 14 Last day to withdraw from a Fall Term A course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Fall Term A courses without academic penalty
September 14 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in Fall Term A
October 6 Last Day of Classes for Fall Term A (Friday)
October 9 - 11 Final Exams for Fall Term A (Monday-Wednesday)
October 13 Final Grades Due (Monday)
October 15 Deadline for Graduate Graduation Application for Spring or Summer 2024

 Fall Term B 2023

October 16 Classes Begin for Fall Term B (Monday)
October 18 Registration begins for Spring Terms A & B and Summer Terms
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
October 20 Last day to add or drop a Fall Term B course(s) (Friday)
November 9 Last day to withdraw from a Fall Term B course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Fall Term B courses without academic penalty
November 9 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in Fall Term B
November 22 - 24 Thanksgiving Holidays (University Closed Nov 23-24; no classes meet Nov 22)
December 1 Last Day of Classes for Fall Term B (Friday)
December 4 - 6 Final Exams for Fall Term B (Monday-Wednesday)
December 9 Fall Commencement (Saturday)
December 12 Final Grades Due (Tuesday) 

 Spring Term A 2024

January 8 Classes Begin for Spring Term A (Monday)
January 12 Last day to add or drop a Spring Term A course(s) (Friday)
January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (University Closed)
January 24 Registration re-opens for Spring Term B (Wednesday)
February 1 Last day to withdraw from a Spring Term A course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Spring Term A courses without academic penalty
February 1 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in Spring Term A
February 23 Last Day of Classes for Spring Term A (Friday)
Feb 26 - 28 Final Exams for Spring Term A (Monday-Wednesday)
March 1 Final Grades Due (Friday)

 Spring Term B 2024

March 4 Classes Begin for Spring Term B (Monday)
March 4 - 8 Spring Break (Monday-Friday) (Some academic programs may choose not to take this break)
March 8 Last day to add or drop a Spring Term B course(s) (Friday)
March 15 Deadline for Graduate Graduation Application for Fall 2024
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 1 Easter Monday (University Closed)
April 4 Last day to withdraw from a Spring Term B course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Spring Term B courses without academic penalty
April 4 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in Spring Term B
April 19 Last Day of Classes for Spring Term B (Friday)
April 22 - 24 Final Exams for Spring Term B (Monday-Wednesday)
April 26 - 28 Commencement Ceremonies (Friday-Sunday)
April 30 Final Grades Due (Tuesday) 

 May Term 2024 (3 Weeks)

May 6 Classes Begin (Monday)
May 8 Last day to add or drop a May Term course(s) (Wednesday)
May 13 Last day to withdraw from a May Term course OR to completely withdraw from ALL May Term courses without academic penalty
May 13 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
May 27 Memorial Day Holiday (University Closed)
May 29 Last Day of Classes (Wednesday)
May 30 Final Exams (Thursday)
June 3 Final Grades Due (Monday)

 Summer I Term 2024 (5 Weeks)

June 3 Classes Begin (Monday)
June 5 Last day to add or drop a Summer I course(s) (Wednesday)
June 18 Last day to withdraw from a Summer I course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Summer I courses without academic penalty
June 18 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
June 19 Juneteenth Holiday (University Closed)
July 2 Last Day of Classes (Tuesday)
July 3 Final Exams (Wednesday)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)
July 8 Final Grades Due (Monday) 

 Summer II Term 2024 (5 Weeks)

July 10 Classes Begin (Wednesday)
July 12 Last day to add or drop a Summer II course(s) (Friday)
July 24 Last day to withdraw from a Summer II course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Summer II courses without academic penalty
July 24 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 8 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
August 9 Final Exams (Friday)
August 12 Final Grades Due (Monday)

 Summer III Term 2024 (10 Weeks)

June 3 Classes Begin (Monday)
June 5 Last day to add or drop a Summer III (10-Week) course(s) (Wednesday)
June 19 Juneteenth Holiday (University Closed)
July 4 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)
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 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
August 9 Final Exams (Friday)
August 12 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.