Academic Deadlines

Calendars are subject to change as deemed necessary in the judgement of the University's administration.

Contact the Office of the Registrar at 270.809.5630 or msu.registrar@murraystate.edu with any questions.

Apply to Graduate Deadlines & Commencement Dates

All students must submit an application (via myGate, Academics tab) and pay the graduation fee in order to receive a degree and a diploma. 

Undergraduate Application Deadlines:

  • March 1 for August applicants
  • April 1 for December applicants
  • October 1 for Winter applicants
  • November 1 for May applicants

Graduate Application Deadlines:

  • February 15 for May applicants
  • March 15 for August applicants
  • September 15 for December applicants
  • October 15 for Winter applicants

Check out the list of key commencement dates
View additional graduation and commencement information .

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Advance Scheduling Calendar

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Winter 2020

Classification Last Name Schedule Date Schedule Time
Graduate/Post-Bacc A-Z 26-Oct 8:00 a.m.
Senior A-Z 26-Oct 8:00 a.m.
Junior A-Z 26-Oct 8:00 a.m.
Sophomore A-Z 26-Oct 8:00 a.m.
Freshman A-Z 26-Oct 8:00 a.m.

Spring 2021

Classification Last Name Schedule Date Schedule Time
Graduate/Post-Bacc A-Z 4-Nov 8:00 a.m.
Senior A-D 5-Nov 2:30 p.m.
Senior E-L 5-Nov 8:00 a.m.
Senior M-R 5-Nov 10:00 a.m.
Senior S-Z 5-Nov 12:30 p.m.
Junior A-D 6-Nov 12:30 p.m.
Junior E-L 6-Nov 2:30 p.m.
Junior M-R 6-Nov 8:00 a.m.
Junior S-Z 6-Nov 10:00 a.m.
Sophomore A-D 9-Nov 10:00 a.m.
Sophomore E-L 9-Nov 12:30 p.m.
Sophomore M-R 9-Nov 2:30 p.m.
Sophomore S-Z 9-Nov 8:00 a.m.
Freshman A-D 10-Nov 8:00 a.m.
Freshman E-L 10-Nov 10:00 a.m.
Freshman M-R 10-Nov 12:30 p.m.
Freshman S-Z 10-Nov 2:30 p.m.

Summer 2021

Classification Last Name Schedule Date Schedule Time
Graduate/Post-Bacc A-Z 5-Apr 8:00 a.m.
Senior A-D 6-Apr 2:30 p.m.
Senior E-L 6-Apr 8:00 a.m.
Senior M-R 6-Apr 10:00 a.m.
Senior S-Z 6-Apr 12:30 p.m.
Junior A-D 7-Apr 12:30 p.m.
Junior E-L 7-Apr 2:30 p.m.
Junior M-R 7-Apr 8:00 a.m.
Junior S-Z 7-Apr 10:00 a.m.
Sophomore A-D 8-Apr 10:00 a.m.
Sophomore E-L 8-Apr 12:30 p.m.
Sophomore M-R 8-Apr 2:30 p.m.
Sophomore S-Z 8-Apr 8:00 a.m.
Freshman A-D 9-Apr 8:00 a.m.
Freshman E-L 9-Apr 10:00 a.m.
Freshman M-R 9-Apr 12:30 p.m.
Freshman S-Z 9-Apr 2:30 p.m.

Fall 2021

Classification Last Name Schedule Date Schedule Time
Graduate/Post-Bacc A-Z 5-Apr 8:00 a.m.
Senior A-D 6-Apr 2:30 p.m.
Senior E-L 6-Apr 8:00 a.m.
Senior M-R 6-Apr 10:00 a.m.
Senior S-Z 6-Apr 12:30 p.m.
Junior A-D 7-Apr 12:30 p.m.
Junior E-L 7-Apr 2:30 p.m.
Junior M-R 7-Apr 8:00 a.m.
Junior S-Z 7-Apr 10:00 a.m.
Sophomore A-D 8-Apr 10:00 a.m.
Sophomore E-L 8-Apr 12:30 p.m.
Sophomore M-R 8-Apr 2:30 p.m.
Sophomore S-Z 8-Apr 8:00 a.m.
Freshman A-D 9-Apr 8:00 a.m.
Freshman E-L 9-Apr 10:00 a.m.
Freshman M-R 9-Apr 12:30 p.m.
Freshman S-Z 9-Apr 2:30 p.m.

 

Deadlines by semester

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Summer 2021 Academic Calendars and Deadlines

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Payment, Refund, and Residency Dates

Add/Drop/Audit Calendar

Session Last Day to Add Class Last Day to Change from Audit to Credit2 Last Day to Drop without a Grade3 Last Day to Drop4 or Audit5 Schedule Change Fee ($50) Begins
1st 2-Week (SA) May 10-21 10-May 10-May 10-May 19-May 11-May
2nd 2-Week (SB) Jun 7-18 7-Jun 7-Jun 7-Jun 16-Jun 8-Jun
1st 5-Week (SF) May 25-Jun 25 26-May 26-May 26-May 20-Jun 27-May
2nd 5-Week (SH) Jul 6- Aug 6 7-Jul 7-Jul 7-Jul 1-Aug 8-Jul
10-Week (SK) May 25 - Jul 30 27-May 27-May 27-May 21-Jul 28-May
6-Week (EC1) May 10-Jun 18 11-May 19-May1 19-May 12-Jun 12-May
 6-Week (EC2) Jun 21 - Jul 30 22-Jun 22-Jun 22-Jun 24-Jul 23-Jun
ESL (E3) Jun 9 - Jul 30 Contact the ESL Office Contact the ESL Office Contact the ESL Office Contact the ESL Office

  Contact the ESL Office

2Contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance, msu.registration@murraystate.edu, 270.809.5630.
3Drop via myGate; no grade assigned.
4Drop via myGate; "W" grade assigned.
5Submit signed form to Office of the Registrar, 113 Sparks Hall, msu.registration@murraystate.edu.

Holidays & Celebrations Calendar

  • May 24: Memorial Day - Classes dismissed, offices closed.
  • July 5: Independence Day, Observed - Classes dismissed, offices closed.

Grades Calendar

Session Final Grade Submission by Instructor Opens Final Grade Submission Due1 By 10 a.m. Final Grades Posted to Student's Academic Record2
1st 2-Week (SA) May 10-21 19-May 25-May 26-May
2nd 2-Week (SB) Jun 7-18 16-Jun 28-Jun 29-Jun
1st 5-Week (SF) May 25-Jun 25 23-Jun 28-Jun 29-Jun
2nd 5-Week (SH) Jul 6-Aug 6 4-Aug 9-Aug 10-Aug
10-Week (SK) May 25-Jul 30 28-Jul 9-Aug 10-Aug
6-Week (EC1) May 10-Jun 18 16-Jun 28-Jun 29-Jun
6-Week (EC2) Jun 21-Jul 30 28-Jul 9-Aug 10-Aug
ESL (E3) Jun 9-Jul 30 28-Jul 9-Aug 10-Aug

1Final grades are due 48 hours after each final exam with the ultimate deadline as stated above.
2Grades are viewable on student's myGate, Academics tab (Grade channel, Transcript link, and RACR degree audit for undergraduate students). Academic standing is updated after the semester is over.

  • May 17: Last day to submit Academic Suspension Appeal form for the May 19, 2021 hearing.
  • May 19: Academic Suspension Appeal hearing via Zoom. Students who submit appeal form will be contacted with details.

Fall 2021 Academic Calendars and Deadlines

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Payment, Refund, and Residency Dates

Add/Drop/Audit Calendar

Session

Last Day to Add Class1:

Last Day to Change from Audit to Credit2

Last Day to Drop without a Grade3

Last Day to Drop4 or Audit5

Schedule Change Fee ($50) Begins

Full Semester (FS)
Aug. 17-Dec. 10 (includes finals)
23-Aug 23-Aug 23-Aug

19-Nov

24-Aug
First Half Semester (1ST)
Aug 17-Oct. 6
19-Aug 19-Aug 19-Aug 29-Sep 20-Aug
Second Half Semester (2ND)
Oct 11-Dec 3
13-Oct 13-Oct 13-Oct 26-Nov 14-Oct
10-Week (10W) 
Aug 17-Oct. 22
19-Aug 19-Aug 19-Aug 12-Oct 20-Aug
First 5-Week (5A) 
Aug 17-Sep 20
18-Aug 18-Aug 18-Aug 15-Sep 19-Aug
Second 5-Week (5B) 
Sep 21-Oct 26
22-Sep 22-Sep 22-Sep 21-Oct 23-Sep
Third 5-Week (5C) 
Oct 27-Dec 3
28-Oct 28-Oct 28-Oct 28-Nov 29-Oct
First Weekend (CA) 
Aug 20-Dec 3
23-Aug 23-Aug 23-Aug 19-Nov 24-Aug
Second Weekend (CB) 
Aug 27-Dec 3
30-Aug 30-Aug 30-Aug 19-Nov 31-Aug
First 7-Week (EC1) 
Aug 17-Oct 1
18-Aug 20-Aug 20-Aug 25-Sep 19-Aug
Second 7-Week (EC2) 
Oct 11-Nov 30
13-Oct 13-Oct 13-Oct 24-Nov 14-Oct
ESL First Half Semester (E1) 
Aug 20-Oct 15
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ESL Second Half Semester (E2) 
Oct 22-Dec 10
Contact the ESL Office Contact the ESL Office Contact the ESL Office Contact the ESL Office Contact the ESL Office

 1Late registration fee ($100) begins August 2021 (TBD).
2Contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance, msu.registration@murraystate.edu, 270.809.5630.
3Drop via myGate; no grade assigned.
4Drop via myGate; "W" grade assigned.
5Submit signed form to Office of the Registrar, 113 Sparks Hall, msu.registration@murraystate.edu.

Holidays & Celebrations Calendar

  • September 6: Labor Day - Classes dismissed, offices closed.
  • October 7-8: Fall Break - Classes dismissed, offices closed.
  • November 16: Senior Breakfast for all December 2021 baccalaureate and graduate degree candidates. 
  • November 24-26: Thanksgiving - Offices closed.

Final Examination Calendar

Exam Day For classes that meet at: Exam Time
Monday, December 6 8:30 a.m. MWF 8:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. TR 10:30 a.m.
2:30 p.m. MWF 1:30 p.m.
Monday evening Same as regular class time
Tuesday, December 7 9:30 a.m. MWF 8:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. MWF 10:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. TR 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday evening Same as regular class time
Wednesday, December 8 9:30 a.m. TR 8:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. MWF 10:30 a.m.
2:00 p.m. TR 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday evening Same as regular class time
Thursday, December 9 8:00 a.m. TR 8:00 a.m.
4:30 p.m. MWF 8:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m. MWF 10:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. MWF 1:30 p.m.
Thursday evening Same as regular class time
Friday, November 20 7:30 a.m. MWF 8:00 a.m.
3:30 p.m. TR 8:00 a.m.
3:30 p.m. MWF 10:30 a.m.

Grades Calendar

Session Midterm Grades Open for Instructor Submission1 Midterm Grades Due Final Grade Submission by Instructor Opens Final Grade Submission Due at 10 am2 Final Grades Posted to Student's Academic Record3
Full Semester (FS) Aug. 17-Dec. 10 29-Sep 11-Oct 29-Nov 13-Dec 14-Dec
First Half Semester (1ST) Aug. 17-Oct. 6 - - 29-Sep 11-Oct 12-Oct
Second Half Semester (2ND) Oct. 11-Dec. 3 - - 29-Nov 13-Dec 14-Dec
10-Week (10W) Aug. 17-Oct. 22 29-Sep 11-Oct 18-Oct 13-Dec 14-Dec
First 5-Week (5A) Aug. 17-Sep. 20 - - 29-Sep 11-Oct 12-Oct
Second 5-Week (5B) Sep. 21-Oct. 26 29-Sep 11-Oct 22-Oct 13-Dec 14-Dec
Third 5-Week (5C) Oct. 27-Dec. 3 - - 29-Nov 13-Dec 14-Dec
First Weekend (CA) Aug. 20-Dec. 3 29-Sep 11-Oct 29-Nov 13-Dec 14-Dec
Second Weekend (CB) Aug. 27-Dec. 3 29-Sep 11-Oct 29-Nov 13-Dec 14-Dec
First 7-Week (EC1) Aug. 17-Oct. 1 - - 29-Sep 11-Oct 12-Oct
Second 7-Week (EC2) Oct. 11-Nov. 30 - - 29-Nov 13-Dec 14-Dec
ESL first Half Semester (E1) Aug. 20-Oct. 15 - - 29-Sep 18-Oct

19-Oct

ESL Second Half Semester (E2) Oct. 22-Dec. 10 - - 29-Nov 13-Dec

14-Dec

1Midterm grades are required for all 100 and 200-level undergraduate courses are available to view on the student's myGate as soon as the instructor submits them.
2Final grades are due 48 hours after each final exam with the ultimate deadline as stated above.
3Grades are viewable on student's myGate, Academics tab (Grade channel, Unofficial Transcript link, and RACR degree audit for undergraduate students). Academic standing is updated after the semester is over.

  • August 8: Last day to submit Academic Suspension Appeal form for the August 11, 2021 hearing.
  • August 11: Academic Suspension Appeal hearing via Zoom. Students who submit appeal form will be contacted with details.
  • September 15: Last day to submit a grade appeal for a Spring or Summer 2021 course.
  • September 15: Last day to request a Spring or Summer 2021 grade change due to a computation or submission error.
  • October 15: Last day to change a Spring or Summer 2021 grade of I (Incomplete).

Winter 2020 Academic Calendars and Deadlines

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Payment, Refund, and Residency Dates

Add/Drop/Audit Calendar

Session Last Day to Add Class1 Last Day to Drop without a Grade2 Last Day to Drop3 or Audit4 Schedule Change Fee ($50) Begins
Winter (WT)  Dec 14-Jan 6 Dec. 14 Dec. 14 3-Jan Dec. 15

1Late registration fee ($100) begins December 15.  Last day to register for Winter semester via myGate is December 2. Registration continues through the Office of the Registrar; payment will be required at time of registration. Contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance, msu.registration@murraystate.edu or 270.809.5630.
2Drop via myGate; no grade assigned.
3Drop via myGate; "W" grade assigned.
4Submit signed form to Office of the Registrar, 113 Sparks Hall, msu.registration@murraystate.edu.

Holidays & Celebrations Calendar

  • December 15 – January 3: Offices closed.
  • December 24 – 25: Classes dismissed, offices closed.
  • December 31 – January 1: Classes dismissed, offices closed.
  • January 4 - Offices reopen at 8 a.m.

Grades Calendar

Session Final Grade Submission by Instructor Opens Final Grade Submission Due at 10 am1 Final Grades Posted to Student's Academic Record2
Winter (WT) Dec 14-Jan 6 4-Jan 8-Jan 9-Jan

1Final grades are due 48 hours after each final exam with the ultimate deadline as stated above.
2Grades are viewable on student's myGate, Academics tab (Grade channel, Unofficial Transcript link, and RACR degree audit for undergraduate students). Academic standing is updated after the semester is over.

Spring 2021 Academic Calendars and Deadlines

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Payment, Refund, and Residency Dates

Add/Drop/Audit Calendar

Session

Last Day to Add Class1:

Last Day to Change from Audit to Credit2

Last Day to Drop without a Grade3

Last Day to Drop4 or Audit5

Schedule Change Fee ($50) Begins

Full Semester (FS)
Jan. 19-May 7

Jan. 25 Jan. 25 Jan. 25 Apr. 19 Jan. 26
1ST Half (1ST) 
Jan. 19- Mar. 11
Jan. 21 Jan. 21 Jan. 21 Mar. 3 Jan. 22
2ND Half (2ND)
Mar. 12 - May 4
Mar. 16 Mar. 16 Mar. 16 Apr. 27 Mar. 17
10-Week (10W) 
Jan. 19 - Mar. 26
Jan. 21 Jan. 21 Jan. 21 Mar. 16 Jan. 22
5-Week (5A) 
Jan. 19 - Feb. 21
Jan. 20 Jan. 20 Jan. 20 Feb. 16 Jan. 21
5-Week (5B) 
Feb. 22 - Mar. 28
Feb. 23 Feb. 23 Feb. 23 Mar. 23 Feb. 24
5-Week (5C) 
Mar. 29 - Apr. 30
Mar. 30 Mar. 30 Mar. 30 Apr. 25 Mar. 31
Weekend (CA)
Jan. 22 - Apr. 30
Jan. 25 Jan. 25 Jan. 25 Apr. 19 Jan. 26
Weekend (CB)
Jan. 29 - Apr. 30
Feb. 1 Feb. 1 Feb. 1 Apr. 19 Feb. 2
7-Week (EC1) Jan 19 - Mar. 5 Jan. 21 Jan. 21 Jan. 21 Feb. 26 Jan. 22
7-Weekend (EC2) Mar. 15 - Apr. 30 Mar. 17 Mar. 17 Mar. 17 Apr. 23 Mar. 18
ESL (E1) 
Jan. 20-Mar. 12
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ESL (E2) 
Mar. 17 - May 7
Contact the ESL Office Contact the ESL Office Contact the ESL Office Contact the ESL Office  

1Late registration fee ($100) begins January 9, 2021.
2Contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance, msu.registration@murraystate.edu, 270.809.5630.
3Drop via myGate;  no grade assigned.
4Drop via myGate; "W" grade assigned.
5Submit signed form to Office of the Registrar, 113 Sparks Hall, msu.registration@murraystate.edu.

Holidays and Celebrations Calendar

  • January 18: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honored; Campus Closed.
  • February 24: Non-Instructional Study Day; Campus Offices and Services open.
  • March 30: Non-Instructional Study Day; Campus Offices and Services open.

Final Examination Calendar

Exam Day For classes that meet at: Exam Time
Wednesday, May 5 11:30 a.m. MWF 8:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. TR 10:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. MWF 1 p.m.
2:00 p.m. TR 3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. MWF 6:00 p.m.
Monday evening Last Day of Class Instruction
Thursday, May 6 9:30 a.m. MWF 8:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m. TR 10:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. MWF 1:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. TR 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. TR 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday evening Last Day of Class Instruction
Friday, May 7 8:30 a.m. MWF 8:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. TR 10:30 a.m.
2:30 p.m. MWF 1:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. MWF 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. MWF 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday evening Last Day of Class Instruction

Grades Calendar

 

Session Midterm Grades Open for Instructor Submission1 Midterm Grades Due Final Grade Submission by Instructor Opens Final Grade Submission Due at 10 am2 Final Grades Posted to Student's Academic Record3
Full Semester (FS) Jan. 19 - May 7 Mar. 5 Mar. 17 Apr. 30 May 10 May 11
1ST Half (1ST) Jan. 19-Mar. 11 - - Mar. 8 Mar. 16 Mar. 17
2ND Half (2ND) Mar. 12 - May 4 - - Apr. 30 May 10 May 11
10-Week (10W) Jan. 19 - Mar. 26 Mar. 5 Mar. 17 Apr. 30 May 10 May 11
5-Week (5A) Jan. 19 - Feb. 21 - - Mar. 8 Mar. 16 Mar. 17
5-Week (5B) Feb. 22-Mar. 28 Mar. 5 Mar. 17 Apr. 30 May 10 May 11
5-Week (5C) Mar. 28-Apr. 30 - - Apr. 30 May 10 May 11
Weekend (CA) Jan. 22-Apr. 30 Mar. 5 Mar. 17 Apr. 30 May 10 May 11
Weekend (CB) Jan. 29-Apr. 30 Mar. 5 Mar. 17 Apr. 30 May 10 May 11
7-Week (EC1) Jan. 19-Mar. 5 - - Mar. 1 Mar. 16 Mar. 17
7-Week (EC2) Mar. 15-Apr. 30 - - Apr. 26 May 10 May 11
ESL (E1) Jan. 14-Mar. 12 - - Mar. 8 Mar. 16

Mar. 17

ESL (E2) Mar. 25-May 7 - - Apr. 30 May 10

May 11

1Midterm grades are required for all 100 and 200-level undergraduate courses are available to view on the student's myGate as soon as the instructor submits them.
2Final grades are due 48 hours after each final exam with the ultimate deadline as stated above.
3Grades are viewable on student's myGate, Academics tab (Grade channel, Unofficial Transcript link, and RACR degree audit for undergraduate students). Academic standing is updated at the end of the semester.

  • January 11: Last day to submit Academic Suspension Appeal form for the January 13, 2021 hearing.
  • January 14: Academic Suspension Appeal hearing via Zoom. Students who submit appeal form will be contacted with details.
  • February 15: Last day to submit a grade appeal for a Fall or Winter 2020 course.
  • February 15: Last day to request a Fall or Winter 2020 grade change due to a computation or submission error.
  • March 15: Last day to change a Fall or Winter 2020 grade of I (Incomplete).

Tentative Future Semesters

Future semester calendars are subject to change. Refer to the tentative academic calendars on the Provost's website.

Calendar FAQs

What if I can't meet a deadline due to a major accident, illness, etc?
By not waiting until the last day, many problems can be avoided. However, in the event of a crisis, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Why do I need to check the University Calendar?
Although you may not think you need to know many of these dates, situations frequently arise that cause you to need them later.

How can I keep track of all of the University's dates and deadlines?
Some suggestions are: add the "Academic Calendar" to your own Google Calendar; write down important dates in your planner (you can purchase a planner at the University Bookstore that includes many of these dates); request that your family/friends also add the "Academic Calendar" to their Google calendar; and review the calendar at least once a month to check for upcoming dates.

What if my advisor, teacher, or a friend tells me "not to worry" about some deadline or that they will "take care of it" for me?
Registering, dropping classes, adding classes, filing appeals or withdrawing from school are all your responsibility. Always check with the Office of the Registrar for exact information on policies, procedures, or deadlines.