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MSW Non-Matriculated Study

Looking to transition gradually into graduate studies before applying for admission into our Master of Social Work (MSW) program? Consider Non-Matriculated Study.

Students choose Non-Matriculated Study for a variety of reasons. To:

  • Start Start coursework immediately.
  • Explore social work as a professional fit.
  • Strengthen candidacy for admission by demonstrating academic success at Fordham.
  • Build confidence in academic ability.


As a non-matriculated student, you may complete up to two MSW classes per semester and up to four classes—or 12 credits—in total at the Manhattan, Westchester, Molloy or Online campuses.

The following courses are available for Non-Matriculated Study. You may start in the fall, summer, or spring semester.

  • SWGS 6050 - Human Rights and Social Justice
  • SWGS 6006 - Social Policy I: Policy and the Profession
  • SWGS 6208 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • SWGS 6209 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SWGS 6801 - Social Work Practice in Research I
  • SWGS 6802 - Social Work Practice in Research II

Not all courses are offered each semester. Check our Class Schedules to see when these classes are being held.


The cost of study for the 2016–2017 Academic Year is $907 per credit hour. Each course offered on a non-matriculated basis at the Graduate School of Social Service is three (3) credits.

If you are later admitted to the Master of Social Work degree program, non-matriculated credits will apply toward your degree. You must earn a grade of B or higher and the credits must be taken within five years of your admitted term.

Application and Registration

All students participating in graduate-level study are required to have a bachelor's degree, which does not have to be in social work.

To enroll as a non-matriculated student, complete an online application. After creating a profile:

  • Select non-matriculated.
  • Upload your transcript directly as verification of your bachelor's degree.

Detailed instructions are available to assist you with the online application process.

Once you are accepted into the program, on-campus students must attend an in-person registration session at the Manhattan or Westchester campus to speak to an adviser and to register for coursework. The registration dates are listed below. Academic advisers are available to provide information and support.

Online students are not required to make a campus visit, but may email Kathleen Rund, Student Liaison for Online Study at or call her at 914-367-3440.

Registration Dates for Spring 2017

Lincoln Center Campus
Monday, July 10, 2017, 9:30 a.m.&nbss- 11:30 a.m.

Westchester Campus
Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Molloy College Campus
Fordham/Molloy students will register at the Lincoln Center Campus

Online Campus
Please email for details on how to register.

Please contact the Office of Admissions at 212-636-6600 to inquire about registering for classes after the posted registration dates.


Contact the Office of Admissions via email at or by phone at 212-636-6600.