M.S.W. Course Registration Nov 20, 2014
Dear M.S.W. Student:
This letter is in reference to Spring 2015 registration. Registration begins the week of December 1st. All registration is done through your my.fordham.edu account. See your date to register below. Please read this letter and the FYI carefully – registration errors are typically made when these recommendations are not followed.
There are several things that are important for you to do before registration:
- Check your Registration Status now. You will see the link under the Student Tab in my.fordham.edu. Clicking on that will tell you if you are on any holds – Bursar, Immunization, or Admissions. Please resolve any holds as soon as possible so that you can register at your appointed time.
- Do a degree audit, known as DegreeWorks. You will see this link under the Student Tab as well. This works if your concentration is correct. If it is not correct or if there is none listed, Lincoln Center and Molloy students should contact Mr. Johnny Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org , Westchester students contact Mr. Henry Davis at email@example.com and Online students contact Ms. Kathleen Rund at firstname.lastname@example.org. It takes a day for the correction to be reflected in DegreeWorks. An incorrect concentration will not stop you from registering. Other things to note in DegreeWorks - your graduation date was automatically generated when you began the program and will be adjusted in your final semester when you file for graduation, and if you completed a year of field placement the IP (In Progress) grade drops to the bottom and remains an IP even after your final grade is posted.
- Print out the schedule that applies to you – foundation, advanced, Lincoln Center, Westchester. You can find the schedules by clicking on the link in this email or by going to www.fordham.edu/gss, click on Current Students, click on MSW, then on the left you will see the link for Class Schedules. Most registration errors are made when students rely only on the web without looking at these schedules. Campus confusion and day of the week confusion often results. Note that Lincoln Center course sections are numbers and Westchester course sections are letters. Online and Fordham/Molloy hybrid students will receive a targeted email about those schedules. Students can access their plans of study on this website.
To avoid system overload, registration dates are staggered based on credits earned and campus. Please note the following:
- Lincoln Center and Westchester:
- 12/1 - 7:00 a.m. - Matriculated with a minimum of 27 earned credits
- 12/2 - 7:00 a.m. - Matriculated with 0- 26 earned credits
- 12/3 - 7:00 a.m.- Non-matriculated students
- Online: Registration was 11/17 – 11/30 per a previous e-mail from Ms. Rund.
- Fordham/Molloy hybrid began 11/12 per a previous e-mail from Ms. McKinnon.
- Fordham/Molloy On Campus: Register for Lincoln Center courses based on the dates above. You will receive an email from Ms. McKinnon in reference to the Molloy campus courses. Registration for those will begin 12/3.
Of course you can register after your assigned date but not before. You will click on Add or Drop Classes under the Student Tab to register. Please register during the week of December 1st as courses will be canceled or added based on registration. You can drop and add courses until the beginning of the spring semester.
IMPORTANT FACTS TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN REGISTERING:
It is not necessary to take Part II of a course with the same professor or in the same time slot as you took Part I. Therefore, there is no guarantee that you will have the same teacher as you did for part I. If you want to be with the same professor, it is your responsibility to register early.
All clinical majors taking Clinical Practice II must take Clinical Practice Seminar - SWGS 6415. (Do not confuse it with Integrative Seminar.)
Field Instruction is a year-long course. We have automatically registered you for the same course number and section you are registered for this fall. Therefore, you do not have to register for field instruction. This also applies to the EESSP students in Field Practicum Laboratory.
Our joint MSW/MPH degree program with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health Program began in September. If you are interested in this dual degree please contact Dr. Elaine Congress, Associate Dean for Continuing Education and Extramural Programs, at email@example.com. There is also an option to take a three credit elective in the MPH program for credit toward your MSW. Mt. Sinai is located in Manhattan at 99th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Look at the upcoming offerings on that university’s website.
The GSS summer session is May 9 through July 11, 2015. Registration for summer and fall 2015 will occur in March. Most classes meet once a week for eight weeks in 3 1/2 hour time blocks and there may be some more intensive offerings. Times will be during the day, evening, and Saturdays at Lincoln Center and Westchester. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II and Social Policy I are the only required courses offered in summer session and are offered at both Lincoln Center and Westchester. Many electives, both clinical and macro will be offered at both campuses. Students are limited to one summer elective. There will also be elective offerings at Fordham’s London Campus. To be eligible you must have completed your foundation year by May 2015. Details will be posted on our website. Registration for summer in London will begin December 8th. Dr. Sandra Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org is the contact person at Lincoln Center and Dean Janna Heyman at email@example.com is the contact at Westchester.
Financial Aid in Summer Session: Taking 3 credits in summer session does not entitle you to financial aid for that semester unless at that time you are in a 14 hour/week internship that ends 8/7. Therefore, plan your schedule keeping this in mind. If this presents difficulty please call me so we can discuss it.
Grades are available on your my.fordham.edu. If your grade is blank that means your professor has not yet submitted it. The mid-year grade for field instruction is IP (In Progress). The IP will only be posted when the Department of Field Instruction receives your evaluation.
Start dates for spring classes are as follows: Monday 1/5, Saturday 1/10, Tuesday 1/13, Wednesday 1/14, and Thursday 1/15. Module 0 for online students opens Monday 1/5.
Again, I encourage you to read all of this information thoroughly. The attached FYI also has important information.
Susan Bair Egan, Ph.D.
- GRADUATION INFORMATION - The diploma ceremony for 2015 Master’s of Social Work graduates will be on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. May and August 2015 graduates need to apply for graduation through your my.fordham account. From the Student Tab click on My Information, Student Accounts, Apply to Graduate. You are an August graduate if you are taking your last course in Summer Session and/or in a 14 hour/week field placement. August graduates are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony in May but will receive a diploma dated August 9th - it will be mailed to you or you can pick it up in mid-September. February 1st graduates should already have applied to graduate. If you did not, do so immediately. You will receive more information about graduation through Integrative Seminars and meetings in the spring semester. If you are a 2015 graduate and not in seminar this year, please read the monthly calendars and read the signs at each campus. There will be graduation parties as well. Lincoln Center’s will be Friday, May 15th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. in Pope Auditorium. The Student Congress at Westchester will be planning the Westchester celebration. More information to come.
- LMSW/LSW REVIEW - Free review sessions for the Licensed Master’s Social Worker (New York State and Connecticut) and the Licensed Social Worker (New Jersey) exams will be offered at Lincoln Center and Westchester in the spring semester. Dates will be sent by email as well as class and calendar announcements. In New York State and in Connecticut you need to have completed your degree requirements before you can take the Master’s level exam. In New Jersey you can take the Master’s level exam during your final semester. Applications for the NY State exam are available on the state’s website – www.op.nysed.gov/prof/sw/lmsw.htm. The NJ application can be found at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/social/swlic.htm#lsw. Connecticut applications can be found at www.elicense.ct.gov/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/Activities/Listing.aspx&ID=10. If you are interested in licensing in other states, go to the Association of Social Work Board’s website at www.aswb.org.
- COURSE ON THE IDENTIFICATION AND REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE AND MALTREATMENT - It is a requirement that proof of completion of a two hour course on child abuse identification and reporting be provided when applying for the LMSW in New York State. This will be offered to students for a $25 charge several times before the end of the academic year. At Lincoln Center the dates are January 21st at 11:30 and April 15th at 6:00. At Westchester the date is Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 12:30-3:30pm in room 230. Registration forms are available in the deans’ offices and locations are on the forms. Otherapproved providers in the state can be found on the state’s website www.op.nysed.gov/caproviders.htm. If you have previously taken such a course you do not have to reenroll, but you will need the certificate of completion at the time you apply for the license.
- FIELD INSTRUCTION - Students who will be entering their advanced/second/final field placement in Fall 2015 will begin their field work planning by attending a meeting at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, January 28th at 11:30 – 1:30 in the Cafeteria Atrium or 6:45 – 8:15 in the 12th floor Lounge. At Westchester it will be Wednesday, January 28th at 12:30 – 2:30 or 3:00 – 5:00 in the Common Ground Cafe. This includes Advanced Standing Students who began part-time this year and EESSP students who will do their one internship in ’15 – ‘16. Students who will be entering their first/foundation field placement in Fall 2015 will begin their planning through meetings a bit later in the semester. Please watch for notification of dates at both campuses in late February.
- BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS FAIR – All foundation year students should plan to attend the annual Benefits and Entitlements Fair at their campus. The one at Lincoln Center will be on Monday, January, 12th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Pope Auditorium) and at Westchester on January 14th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (café). This event is part of the guided instruction requirement for Social Policy I (SWGS 6006). There will be keynote speakers followed by breakout sessions at each campus on benefits and entitlements that affect our clients. Advanced year students are welcome to attend.
- FACULTY ADVISERS - Every student has a faculty adviser. If you are in field placement or the Field Practicum Lab your adviser is the professor who teaches your integrative seminar. If you are a Westchester student not in field placement your adviser is Dr. Linda White-Ryan. At Lincoln Center if you are not in field and you are a matriculated student, your adviser is Ms. Polly Kaplan and if you are a non-matriculated student your adviser is Dr. Susan Egan.
- CAREER DEVELOPMENT - Ms. Albaliz Tello is the Director of Career Development at the Lincoln Center Campus and Dr. Linda White-Ryan at the Westchester campus. Both will be scheduling career focused meetings and visiting Integrative Seminars throughout the spring semester.
- KEEP CURRENT - In addition to monthly calendars, the Current Student section of this website has information that is helpful to all students. In addition, Dean Egan at Lincoln Center has a Blackboard site for announcements, conferences, and events of interest to students. To enroll email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also like us on FACEBOOK and follow us on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.
- FINANCIAL AID - Applications for student loans and Tuition Remission/Assistance for the upcoming academic year will be available at each campus in early February.
- CHRISTMAS RECESS - The University will be closed Wednesday 12/24/14 through Sunday 1/4/15. We will reopen Monday 1/5/15. Field placement resumes on that date.
- NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS is your professional organization. Join now as a student for $48/year until you graduate. If you join as a student you are eligible for the transitional rate for three years after graduation. www.socialworkers.org.