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New Semester Calendar for Graduate Programs

Beginning in January 2023, graduate programs offered by the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Engineering will change from the 11-week term calendar to the University’s 15-week semester calendar. We have created this page to assist current and new WNE graduate students with planning for the change.

Courses for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the School of Law will continue to offer courses on the WNE 15-week semester calendar. The PhD in Behavior Analysis, MS in Applied Behavior Analysis, and MFA in Creative Writing will continue to be offered via the 11-week term calendar.

  • Graduate courses will continue to be offered via the 11-week term calendar for the Spring 2022 (April), Summer 2022 (July), and Fall 2022 (September) terms.
  • The new graduate calendar will include two 15-week semesters (Fall and Spring) and one 12-week semester in Summer.
  • Current and new WNE Students are encouraged to work with their advisors to build out their academic Timeline in Self-Service. This will be important to establish a projected completion time for your program and help you stay on track.

Semesters and Classes

How many semesters will be offered annually?

The new graduate calendar will include two 15-week semesters (Fall and Spring) and one 12-week semester in the Summer. The Fall semester runs from the end of August to December and the Spring semester runs from January to May. The Summer semester runs from the end of May to August. 

How long will individual classes last?

On-ground and online synchronous classes offered during the 15-week semesters in the fall and spring are typically three credits and meet 2 hours and forty minutes each week. Classes offered during the 12-week summer semester are typically three credits and meet 3.5 hours each week. Additional details for each course will be posted in Self-Service.

How many classes will I take each semester?

This will depend on your plan for finishing your program. As with the 11-week term, you will need to determine what will make the most sense for you based on other commitments such as work and family. Work with your advisor to build out your academic Timeline in Self-Service.

Course Registration

Will the registration process be the same?

Yes, graduate students will continue to use Self-Service to register. The 2022-2023 academic calendar includes the start of each Priority Registration Period and is posted on the academic calendar page.

Housing

How many courses will I need to enroll in to be eligible for on-campus housing?

Graduate students will need to enroll in at least 6 credits to be eligible for on-campus housing. Additional details regarding graduate student housing can be found here.

Student-Athletes

How many graduate courses will I need to enroll in to be eligible for a sports team?

Only full-time graduate and professional students who either graduated from WNE or another Division III institution with remaining eligibility will be permitted to participate in intercollegiate athletics. The minimum number of credits that will be required for full-time status are as follows:

  • Master’s and PhD: 6 credits
  • JD, PharmD, and OTD: 12 credits.

For additional details, please contact Ryan Guers, Assistant Director of Athletics – Compliance, at ryan.guers@wne.edu or 413-782-1377.

International Students

I’m an international student. Will I need to get an updated I-20?

Yes. If your program end date will change as a result of the new calendar, you will need to notify ISSS to receive an updated Form I-20 to reflect the new program end date.

Does this impact my F-1 student visa status?

No. You will maintain your active visa status as long as you remain in compliance with F-1 visa requirements.

How many courses will I need to take per semester to maintain a full-time course load?

Beginning Spring 2023 (January), F-1 visa holders will need to take a minimum of 9 U.S. credits (3 courses) per semester in order to maintain active visa status.

Am I eligible for summer vacation if Spring 2023 is my first semester at WNE?

Yes. International students who begin their graduate program in Spring 2023 (January) will be eligible for the annual summer vacation. You will not be penalized for taking the summer off.

Dual Degree Candidates

How will this impact my degree plan?

Candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy or Juris Doctorate Dual Degree Program with WNE should find that the new semester calendar will streamline the process for registering for courses and completing master’s degree requirements.

How will this impact my bill?

The billing process will remain the same for the dual degree programs.

Financial Aid and Billing

How will this impact my financial aid?

The process and eligibility requirements will remain the same for graduate students enrolled in a program offered within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Engineering. Students will need to enroll in at least three credits per semester to be eligible for federal student aid.

How will this impact my bill?

The process will remain the same. The key difference is that graduate students enrolling in courses year-round will have three billing periods versus four.