The School for Professional Studies follows an academic calendar of five, eight-week terms with classes meeting once per week. There is also a four-week intersession available in the spring, and two-week and four-week intersessions available in the summer, which allow students to earn more credit hours or to take extended breaks during the spring and summer months.
Typically, the largest breaks between terms include two to three weeks in May, two to three weeks in August and three to four weeks in late-December/early-January.
Classes meet once per week. However, during the fall and spring terms, each class will usually meet one additional class session during one of the weeks in the term. This allows for the ninth class meeting during an eight-week time frame. Every effort is made to alternate those weeks within the calendar to avoid creating consecutive weeks of doubling of classes.
Recognizing the need for working adults to be with family around the holidays, SPS makes every effort to avoid class sessions during holidays as well. This necessitates doubling of classes in some terms more than others.
Observed holidays include Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the following Friday, Christmas break through January 1, Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. The eight-week terms do not observe the fall and spring breaks incorporated into the full semester academic calendar.
2013-14 Academic Calendar - School for Professional Studies
- Weeknights: 5:30-9:30PM | Saturdays: 8AM-12PM (Saturday double-ups: 8AM-5PM)
- Dates in bold are Friday sessions and Saturday double-up sessions.
- Online classes begin the first day of the term