Courses at MSU Denver are divided into semesters. The main semesters are Fall and Spring. Full-semester classes are 15 weeks long. There is also an option for Summer classes (typically 8 weeks long), Winterim and MayMester Classes (2 weeks long), and other courses that do not follow a traditional schedule.

Important Dates- Fall and Spring

Though the particular deadlines for each term can be found on the academic calendar, there is a certain rhythm to time each semester and each year that you should be aware of. Typically, these dates concern two things: tuition and grades. Understanding when to roughly expect things to happen each term or each year can reduce uncertainty and help you plan ahead.

For each semester’s specific dates, visit:


  • Approximately 3 days before classes begin: Tuition due. If you opt into a payment plan, you may pay monthly throughout the semester
  • Approximately 1 week after courses begin: the last day to drop with a 100% refund. The longer you stay in a course, the less your refund will be. If you drop the course between 1 and 6 weeks, you will get 50% of your tuition back, after 6 weeks, you will not receive a refund.


  • Approximately 3 months after the course starts: Withdrawal deadline. You can withdraw from the course and receive a “W” on your transcript
  • Finals week: The week after classes end. Your schedule during finals week may be different from your normal schedule
  • Approximately 1 week after finals: Grades are available

Types of University Calendars

While the dates above give a general sense of the flow of time in a typical term or year at MSU Denver, you probably will need some specific dates to keep yourself on track. The university maintains a few different calendars that provide helpful information that is accurate to each term.

  • Academic Calendar: This interactive interface provides important dates and deadlines for students. In particular, it will tell you when terms start and end, when tuition is due, last date to withdraw from courses, when registration opens, and when grades are available.
    • Tip: At the beginning of each term, add these dates to your preferred calendar on your phone or in a paper planner.
  • Events Calendar: This calendar focuses on all the events happening around campus. You can use the checkboxes on the page to narrow down the events to things of interest to you, including social, health, wellness, athletic, academic and alumni events, workshops and trainings.