GLS Dates and Deadlines

For complete registration and drop/add deadlines, see the University Registrar's calendar.


      Fall 2019

      For New Students

      GLS Events

      Courses & Registration

      • First day of class

        • Crime and the City (LS780-88) Thorne -- Monday, August 26
        • Self in the World (LS750.02/03) Wicker -- Wednesday, August 28/Thursday, August 29
        • Sex, Death & Money (LS770-83) Malouf -- Thursday, August 29
      • Drop/Add ends -- Friday, September 6
      • Fall Break -- Saturday, October 5 - Tuesday, October 8
      • Bookbagging begins for Spring semester - Monday, October 21
      • Spring Registration begins -- Wednesday, October 30
      • Spring Registration ends -- Monday, November 11
      • Thanksgiving Break -- Wednesday, November 27 - Sunday, December 1
      • Graduate classes end -- Tuesday, November 26
      • Graduate reading period -- Wednesday-Tuesday, November 27-December 10
      • Final examinations begin -- Wednesday, December 11, 9:00 AM
      • Last day of semester -- Monday, December 16

      Master’s Projects

      • MP planning session (required during course five) -- Sunday, September 8, 2:00-5:30pm, GLS House
      • MP Proseminars
        • Session I -- Tuesday, September 10, 6:00-8:30pm, GLS House
        • Session II -- Tuesday, October 22, 6:00-8:30pm, GLS House
      • MP proposal workshop (for Spring projects) -- Sunday, October 20, 2:00-4:00pm, GLS House
      • Proposal meeting deadline (for Spring projects; contact GLS early in semester with supervisor availability) -- Friday, October 11
      • Proposal submission deadline (for Spring projects) -- Friday, October 25
      • "Apply for Graduation" deadline (for December graduation) -- Friday, October 25
      • Last Day to Hold Master's Exams (no exceptions) -- Monday, December 2  (note that Wednesday, Nov. 27-Sunday, Dec. 1 are not available due to the holiday)

      Academic Support 


      Spring 2020

      For Prospective Students

      • GLS Information Sessions (TBA)

      For New Students

      • GLS Orientation - No official orientation during Spring semester, but GLS staff are always available to answer questions.

      GLS Events

      • Ideas & Conversations - TBA
      • Graduation/commencement [Spring only]
        • Exemplary Project Reception and Reading - first week of May
        • GLS Hooding Ceremony - Saturday, May 11; afternoon
        • Duke University Ceremony - Sunday, May 12

      Courses & Registration

      • First day of class - Wednesday, January 8
      • MLK Holiday - Monday, January 20
      • Drop/Add ends - Wednesday, January 22
      • Summer Registration begins - Monday, February 17
      • Spring Break - March 7-15
      • Fall Bookbagging begins - Monday, March 30
      • Fall Registration begins - Wednesday, April 1
      • Fall Registration ends; Drop/Add begins - Friday, April 10
      • Graduate classes end - Wednesday, April 15
      • Graduate reading period - Thursday-Sunday, April 16-April 26
      • Last day of semester - Saturday, May 2

      Master’s Projects

      • MP planning session (required during course five) - Sunday, January 26, 2:00-5:30pm.  GLS House
      • Apply to graduate deadline (for May graduation) - Saturday, January 25
      • MP Proseminars
        • Session I - TBA, 6-9pm
        • Session II - TBA, 6-9pm
      • Proposal meeting deadline (for Summer projects; contact GLS early in semester with supervisor availability) - Friday, March 13
      • Proposal submission deadline (for Summer projects) - Friday, March 27
      • Last day master’s exams can be held (for May graduation) - Tuesday, April 14
      • Exemplary MP nomination deadline - Mid-April TBA

      Academic Support


      Summer 2019

      For Prospective Students

      • GLS Info Sessions - TBA 

      Courses & Registration

      • Classes begin - Wednesday, May 15
      • Last day of semester - Sunday, August 11

      Master’s Projects

      • Master's Project Planning Session (required during course five) - Sunday, June 2.  2:00pm-5:30pm, GLS House
      • Proposal meeting deadline (for Fall projects; contact GLS early in semester with supervisor availability) - Friday, June 14
      • Proposal submission deadline (for Fall projects) - Friday, June 28
      • Apply to graduate deadline (for September graduation) - Monday, June 17
      • Last day master’s exams can be held (for September graduation) - Friday, August 2