Important Dates and Notices

The following is a list of important dates for the current academic year for the Graduate Division of Religion.  Please review and mark these dates on your calendar.  For further information or concerns, please contact Wendy Parrinello, Administrative Assistant, Graduate Division of Religion at: wparrinello@drew.edu or 973-408-3410.

General Dates

Matriculation: September 9, 2015 | February 3, 2016
Reading Week: October 19 – 23, 2015
Spring Break: March 4 – 11, 2016
Holy Week: March 21 – March 25, 2016

GDR Colloquia

There will be no GDR Colloquia in Fall 2015. The next GDR Colloquium will take place, Spring, 2016.

Comprehensive Exams

October 12 – 15, October 19 – November 5, 2015
January 4 – 21, 2016
March 1 – 17, 2016
August 1 – 11, August 15 – 18, 2016

TA Workshops

September 1, 11:15 am – 1:00 pm: Workshop I: Leading Discussions Effectively
September 8, 11:15 am – 1:00 pm: Workshop II: Leading Discussions of Difficult Topics
September 15, 11:15 am – 1:00 pm: Workshop III: Assessment and Grading
September 22, 11:15 am – 1:00 pm: Workshop IV: Dealing with Diversity

Academic Standing Committee Area:

September 4, 2015
October 9, 2015
October 30, 2015
December 4, 2015
February 5, 2016
March 4, 2016
April 1, 2016
May 6, 2016

Academic Standing Committee

September 23, 2015
October 21, 2015
November 18, 2015
February 17, 2016
March 23, 2016
April 27, 2016

Prospectus

For academic year 2015-2016, review and final approval of dissertation prospectuses will be the sole responsibility of dissertation committees.  The student and the dissertation committee will continue to use the Dissertation Prospectus Form (which is available on the GDR website).  The completed form, together with a copy of the approved prospectus, should be submitted to wparrinello@drew.edu.

Language Examination Information

Language examinations and their grading (for GDR students) will be coordinated by the GDR Administrative Office. You may schedule an exam by contacting wparrinello@drew.edu

The Fall 2015 through Spring 2016 examination dates are as follows:

  • Friday, October 16, 2015 (note: last date to schedule exam is September 25, last day to cancel without a fee is October 2, 2015.)
  • Friday, January 15, 2016 (note: last date to schedule exam is December 18 2015, last day to cancel without a fee is January 1, 2016.)
  • Friday, March 12, 2016 (note: last date to schedule exam is February 19, last day to cancel without a fee is March 5, 2016.)
  • Friday, August 12, 2016 (note: last date to schedule exam is July 16, last day to cancel without a fee is July 30, 2016.)

If you take a course at the Princeton University Graduate School Summer Language Program or the CUNY Graduate Center Language Reading Program and pass with a grade of B or higher, you do not need to take an additional test at Drew for the language in question; certification of successful completion of the course should be sent by the school directly to the GDR Office – wparrinello@drew.edu

Visit the Language Resources page for a brief overview of language exams. For more detailed information about language requirements, examination procedures, and completion of language exams, please refer to the GDR Regulations Section XIV, or the GDR Student Handbook topics on language exams: I. Basics; X. Language Requirements.

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