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Academic Calendar

Important dates and deadlines.

MFA Creative Writing Calendars

Summer 2020

June 21 | Sunday | Last day to add or drop a course without penalty

June 24 | Wednesday | Registration opens for Fall 2020 programs by 5:00PM

July 29 | Wednesday | MFA Foreign Residency begins

August 7 | Friday | MFA Foreign Residency Concludes

Fall 2020

August 19 | Wednesday | Conferral of degrees

September 8 | Tuesday | MFA Practicum Course begins

September 13 | Sunday | Last day to add or drop a course without penalty

October 4 | Sunday | Last day for withdrawal from courses with W

October 19 | Monday | Registration opens for Spring 2021 programs by 5:00PM

November 25-27 | Wednesday-Friday | Thanksgiving Holiday

December 11 | Friday | Last day of Fall Session

December 29 | Tuesday | Deadline to submit application for January degree conferral

Spring 2021

January 2 | Friday | MFA Residency course begins

January 11 | Monday | MFA Residence course concludes

January 11 | Monday | MFA Practicum / Thesis Semester begins

January 18 | Monday | Conferral of degrees

January 19 | Tuesday | Last day to add or drop a course without penalty

February 9 | Tuesday | Last day for withdrawal from courses with W

March 25 | Thursday | Registration opens for Summer 2021 programs by 5:00PM

April 1 | Thursday | Deadline for submitting application for May graduation

April 2-5 | Friday-Monday | Easter vacation

April 16 | Friday | Last day of Spring Practicum / Thesis semester

May 21 | Friday | PM Baccalaureate

May 22 | Saturday | Conferral of degrees — AM Commencement Ceremony

August 15 | Sunday | Deadline to submit application for September degree conferral

Summer 2021

June 21 | Sunday | Last day to add or drop a course without penalty

June 24 | Wednesday | Registration opens for Fall 2021 programs by 5:00PM

July 28 | Wednesday | MFA Foreign Residency begins

August 7 | Saturday | MFA Foreign Residency Concludes

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