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Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions


HOW DOES THE ONLINE PROGRAM WORK?

When you enroll in the MSW Online, you are choosing to take all required courses and electives in an online format. You will progress through your course work just like you would in a traditional classroom with assignments, assessments and participation requirements. You will interact with your instructor and fellow students via online discussions and submit your assignments online.

IS THE ENTIRE PROGRAM OFFERED ONLINE?
All of the courses for the MSW are offered online. Field placements are required and are arranged throughout the region.

WHAT IS THE LONG ISLAND HYBRID OPTION AT MOLLOY COLLEGE?
Please visit our Long Island Hybrid option page for more information.

WILL I HAVE A CONCENTRATION?
Yes. Students in the online program will be part of the Clinical concentration.

WHICH PLAN OF STUDY ARE ONLINE STUDENTS OFFERED?
Online students are offered the part-time plan of study.

DO YOU HAVE AN ADVANCED STANDING PROGRAM?
The Online MSW Program offers an advanced standing option.  Please visit the Advanced Standing page for more information.

HOW ARE ONLINE COURSES DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL (FACE-TO-FACE) COURSES? 
Online courses are different from on-campus courses in that all course material is available via the Internet. Students can access the courses from their home or office and in most cases there are no specific time requirements, meaning you can access your course from anywhere, at any time.

IS THE ONLINE PROGRAM AS RIGOROUS AS THE FACE-TO FACE VERSION?
Online courses at Fordham are just as rigorous as on-campus courses and in some cases may be more challenging. Online students need to be organized, technically capable, self-disciplined and prepared to complete course work without direct supervision.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A COURSE?
Online MSW courses are eight weeks in length. Students will take two consecutive courses during each Fall and Spring semester, and in most cases one course in the summer: Fall A, Fall B, Spring A, Spring B and Summer.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A PROGRAM?
Based on part-time enrollment through the online MSW program, it will take approximately 3½ years to complete the program.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE MY ADVANCED STANDING MSW DEGREE ONLINE?
The advanced standing program will take approximately one and one half years to complete, leading to the M.S.W. degree with a clinical concentration.  For more details on program schedule, please view the Advanced Standing Plan of Study.

WILL I HAVE AN INSTRUCTOR?
You will have an instructor for each course. The same faculty who teach our on-campus students will be leading our online programs. You will have access to the same community of faculty as your on-campus counterparts.

WILL I INTERACT WITH OTHER STUDENTS?
Students interact online by posting comments and observations in the class discussion board. Students will react to each other’s posts and conduct fruitful conversations about various topics. Instructors typically will lead online discussions that allow students to benefit from the expertise of their peers.

DO I NEED TO BE AN EXPERT WITH TECHNOLOGY?
While you do not need to be a technology expert to take an online class, you should have some proficiency with a computer, e-mail, saving documents and navigating the Internet. Additionally, your computer will need to meet our minimum technology standards in order to access online course content. Make sure to check our Technical Requirements.

DO I HAVE TO BE ONLINE AT SPECIFIC TIMES?
Online programs at Fordham are designed to be primarily asynchronous. So, in general, there are no specific times that students are required to be online. Course materials and assignments can be completed anytime, anywhere as long as assignment due dates are met. In some instances an instructor might require a synchronous class session if specific course content requires it, or if the instructor may offer supporting resources which are available at a specific time, such as office hours. The intent is to create a flexible and accessible learning environment for students.

AM I REQUIRED TO COME TO CAMPUS AT ANY POINT IN MY STUDIES?
Students are not required to visit the NYC campus but as Fordham students, are welcome to any campus.

WILL I BE DOING FIELD PLACEMENT AS AN ONLINE STUDENT?
Yes. Field instruction is an integral part of the academic preparation for the MSW degree, and provides the student with the opportunity to develop competence and engage actively in professional tasks thatcomplement and reinforce classroom learning. Students will be placed, through the Field Instruction Department, in an agency within their geographic area.  Students in the Fall cohort will begin Field Placement in their second year.  Spring cohort and Advanced Standing students begin their Field Placement in their first Fall semester.  Please see the Field Placement page for more detailed information.

HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TO BE IN MY ONLINE CLASS?
Logging in to the course every day is not required. However, as an online student you will need to login frequently to participate in discussions and to access course content. There are specific assignments and deadlines,so you will want to make sure to complete these on time.

HOW DO I PURCHASE BOOKS AND MATERIALS?
Payment Options:
The bookstore accepts the following forms of payment for your online purchase:

  • Credit Cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa)
  • University or School Debit Card (select schools/stores)
  • Barnes & Noble Gift Cards
  • Student Financial Aid (select items)

Shipping & Delivery Options and Fees:
There are four options for receiving your order- select the one that's right for you!

  • In-store pick-up (no charge)
  • Standard UPS ground shipping (7 to 10 days) - $6.95 for the first item and $1.95 for each additional item
  • Second business day- Standard UPS ground rate plus an addional fee of $5.00
  • Next business day air- Standard UPS ground rate plus an additional fee of $10.00

Note: Shipping and handling charges apply to Continental U.S. orders only. For international and all other orders, please contact your on-campus bookstore.

WILL I RECEIVE ANY TRAINING IN HOW TO TAKE ONLINE COURSES?
As an online student you will have access to an onlinestudent orientation which includestutorials, program information and other valuable resources.Additionally you will have access to our technical resources to support any questions about the online course system and materials.

WHAT KIND OF COMPUTER EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
Please see the Technical Requirements page for a detailed list of computer recommendations.


Admission and Enrollment


WHAT ARE THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS?

The admission requirements for the online program are the same as for our on-campus students. In addition to meeting the general admission requirements for the MSW program, students accepted into the MSW-Online will be limited to applicants residing in NY, NJ or CT.  To begin the application process, click on Admission Requirements. Feel free to contact the Admissions Office at (212) 636-6600 or gssadmission@fordham.edu

Effective May 1, 2012: Due to the limited number of students in each cohort, upon admission to the Online MSW Program a "placeholder" fee of $500.00 will be required to hold your place in the incoming class. Upon matriculation the full fee will be subtracted from your tuition payment. The fee will not be refunded should you choose not to matriculate.

CAN I TRANSFER CREDITS FROM ANOTHER INSTITUTION?
Up to 12 credits may be transferred into the Fordham MSW program.

HOW CAN I APPLY?
You can apply online by clicking on Admission Requirements.

IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
Financial aid is available for online programs. Please see the Financial Aid page for detailed information.


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