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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Perkins School of Theology: Academic Calendar



Fall 2019

August

13–14, Tuesday–Wednesday: Intern orientation

17, Saturday: Houston Lay School

19, Monday: New Student Orientation (Houston)

19-24, Monday-Saturday: Houston hybrid classes meet face to face at Houston Methodist Hospital

23, Friday: New Student Orientation (Dallas)

22-23, Thursday–Friday: Late registration, 206 Kirby Hall, Registrar’s Office

23, Friday: Last day to withdraw from all classes without any tuition charge

26, Monday: First day of classes in Dallas

30, Friday: Last day to enroll, add courses or drop a course without grade record or tuition billing while remaining enrolled for the term.

30, Friday: Last day to file for December graduation

September

2, Monday: Labor Day - University holiday (offices closed and no classes)

9, Monday: Last Day to drop a course without academic record (tuition charges apply)/withdraw from university without academic record (withdrawal refund schedule applies)

13, Friday: Faculty conference

19, Thursday: Inside Perkins in Dallas

20, Friday: Divisional meetings, 11:30 a.m

30, Monday: Perkins faculty meeting, 9:30 a.m.

October

11, Friday: Divisional meetings, 11:30 a.m.

14-15, Monday–Tuesday: Perkins fall break (no classes)

17, Thursday: Inside Perkins in Dallas

21, Monday: Faculty as Guild, 9:30 a.m.

November

4, Monday: Perkins faculty meeting, 9:30 a.m.

4, Monday: 60% point of the term that federal financial aid has been earned if a student officially withdraws from SMU; prior to this date a partial calculated return to federal programs will be required. 

4-9, Monday-Saturday: Houston hybrid classes meet face to face at Houston Methodist Hospital.

4-22, Monday–Friday: Advance registration for Houston spring term and interterm

8, Friday: Last day to drop a class for fall term (grade of W)

8, Friday: Divisional meetings, 11:30 a.m.

9-22, Saturday–Friday: Advance registration for all Perkins spring term and interterm

11-12, Monday-Tuesday: Fall Convocation

12, Tuesday: Inside Perkins in Dallas

26, Tuesday: Last day to withdraw from the University (grade of W)

27, Wednesday: Perkins Thanksgiving recess (no classes)

28-29, Thursday–Friday: Thanksgiving holiday – University holidays (no classes and offices closed)

December

2, Monday: Perkins faculty meeting, 9:30 a.m.

3, Tuesday: Houston/Galveston information session (Houston)

5, Thursday: Advent worship service, Perkins Chapel, 4 and 8 p.m.

5, Thursday: Inside Perkins in Dallas (evening event)

9, Monday: Last day of classes in Dallas

10-11, Tuesday-Wednesday: Reading and writing period

11, Wednesday: Last day for submission of all written work, 5 p.m.

12-18, Thursday-Wednesday: Final examinations in Dallas

19, Thursday: Grades must be posted by noon

21, Saturday: Official University close of term and conferral of degrees

23-January 1, Monday –Wednesday: Winter break – University holidays (offices closed)

Jan Term 2020

January

1, Wednesday: New Year’s Day – University holiday (offices closed).

2, Thursday: First day of classes

2–14, Thursday–Tuesday: Perkins January interterm for masters and doctoral programs

3, Friday: Last day to enroll, add or drop a course without grade record for January interterm

3–10, Friday–Friday: United Methodist Certification in Christian Education, Children’s Ministry, and Older Adult Ministries

5–10, Sunday–Friday: Youth Ministry Certification Courses

6, Monday: Last day to drop a class or withdraw from the University for January interterm (grade of W)

6–9, Monday–Thursday: Perkins School of Youth Ministry

8, Wednesday: Doctor of Ministry Information Session

10, Friday: 60% point of the term that federal financial aid has been earned if a student officially withdraws from SMU; prior to this date a partial calculated return to federal programs will be required. 

14, Tuesday: Last Day of class (includes exam); conferral of degrees

Spring 2020

January

TBA: New Student Orientation (Dallas)

TBA: New Student Orientation (Houston)

TBA: Houston hybrid classes meet face to face at Houston Methodist Hospital

15, Wednesday: Last day to withdraw from all classes without any tuition charge

15-16, Wednesday–Thursday: Late registration, 206 Kirby Hall, Registrar’s Office

16, Thursday: First day of classes in Dallas

20, Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – University holiday (offices closed)

23, Thursday: Last Day to enroll, add a course, or drop a course without tuition billing while remaining enrolled for the term

24, Friday: Last day to file for May graduation

27, Monday: Perkins faculty meeting, 9:30 a.m.

30, Thursday: Last Day to drop a course without academic record (tuition charges apply)/withdraw from university without academic record (withdrawal refund schedule applies)

February

6, Thursday: Inside Perkins in Dallas.

14, Friday: Divisional meetings, 11:30 a.m.

18, Tuesday: Doctor of Ministry Information Session (Houston)

March

2, Monday: Perkins faculty meeting, 9:30 a.m.

13, Friday: Divisional meetings, 11:30 a.m.

14-22, Saturday–Sunday: Perkins and SMU Spring Break

26, Thursday: Inside Perkins (evening event)

26-28, Thursday-Saturday: Perkins Theological School for the Laity

31, Tuesday: 60% point of the term that federal financial aid has been earned if a student officially withdraws from SMU; prior to this date a partial calculated return to federal programs will be required. 

April

6, Monday: Perkins faculty meeting, 9:30 a.m.

6-24, Monday–Friday: Advance registration for Houston summer and fall terms

6, Monday: Faculty as Guild, 9:30 a.m.

9, Thursday: Easter recess (no classes)

10, Friday: Good Friday – University holiday (no classes and offices closed)

11-24, Saturday–Friday: Advance registration for all summer and fall terms

23, Thursday: Inside Perkins in Dallas

24, Friday: Last day to drop a class for spring term (grade of W) (*updated* 4/2/2020)

24, Friday: Last day to withdraw from the University (grade of W)

24, Friday: Divisional meetings, 11:30 a.m.

TBA: Houston hybrid classes meet face to face at Houston Methodist Hospital.

May

4, Monday: Last day of classes in Dallas

4, Monday: Perkins faculty meeting, 9:30 a.m.

5, Tuesday: Reading and writing period

5, Tuesday: Last day for submission of all written work, 5 p.m.

6-12, Wednesday–Tuesday: Final examinations in Dallas

15, Friday: Grades must be posted by noon.

16, Saturday: Commencement Convocation, 9:30 a.m., Moody Coliseum. Official close of term and degree conferrals.

16, Saturday: A Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements, 2 p.m., Highland Park United Methodist Church.

Summer 2020

May

18–August 4, Monday-Tuesday: Perkins full summer session (Houston only)

TBA: Houston hybrid classes meet face to face at Houston Methodist Hospital.

21, Thursday: Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without grade record for Summer (Houston only)

25, Monday: Memorial Day – University holiday (offices closed)

June

1–August 4, Monday–Tuesday: Perkins full summer session (Main Campus and Immersion Courses)

4, Thursday: Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without grade record for Summer (Main Campus and Immersion Courses)

4, Thursday: Last day to file for August graduation

6–13, Saturday-Saturday: FaithCalls Summer Academy

8–19 Monday–Friday: Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Pastoral Music classes meet (Dallas)

16 Tuesday: Doctor of Ministry Information Session

July

3, Friday: Independence Day – University holiday (offices closed)

5, Sunday: 60% point of the term that federal financial aid has been earned if a student officially withdraws from SMU; prior to this date a partial calculated return to federal programs will be required. (Houston only)

5–17, Sunday-Friday: Course of Study School

10, Friday: Last day to drop a class for summer (grade of W) (Houston only)

10, Friday: 60% point of the term that federal financial aid has been earned if a student officially withdraws from SMU; prior to this date a partial calculated return to federal programs will be required. (Main Campus and Immersion Courses)

16, Thursday: Last day to withdraw from the University for Summer (grade of W) (Houston only)

23, Thursday: Last day to drop a class for Summer (grade of W) (Main Campus and Immersion Courses)

29, Wednesday: Last day to withdraw from the University for Summer (grade of W) (Main Campus and Immersion Courses)

TBA: Houston hybrid classes meet face to face at Houston Methodist Hospital.

August

4, Tuesday: Last day of class (includes exam), official close of term and conferral of degrees

More information about the academic calendar for the Houston-Galveston program is available at www.smu.edu/Perkins/FacultyAcademics/housgal/schedules and from the program’s office in Houston.

Major Religious Holidays

(August 2019-August 2020)

Listing of religious holidays for use in requesting excused absences according to University Policy, Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities and Religious Holidays. For religious holidays not listed, the instructor or supervisor may contact the Office of the Chaplain.

Christian

Christmas: December 25, 2019

Good Friday: April 10, 2020

Easter Sunday: April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday (Orthodox): April 19, 2020

Hindu

Janmashtami: August 23, 2019

Dasera: October 7, 2019

Diwali: October 27, 2019

Jewish*

Rosh Hashanah: September 30, 2019

Yom Kippur: October 9, 2019

Sukkot/Simchat Torah: October 14-15, 2019

Hanukkah: December 23, 2019

Purim: March 10, 2020

Pesach (Passover): April 9-10, 2020

Shavuot: May 29, 2020

Muslim

Eid al-Adha: August 12, 2019

Islamic New Year: August 31, 2019

Ashura: September 10, 2019

Mawlid an-Nabi: November 10, 2019

Ramadan: April 24, 2020

Eid al-Fitr: May 24, 2020

* All holidays begin at sundown before the first day noted and conclude at sundown on the day(s) noted.

Tuition and fees payment due dates are set for each term by the Office of the University Bursar.