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Information for new and continuing MSW students

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Getting Started - IT Account and UCalgary email

Learn more about IT Services, including your UCalgary email and eLearning Tools such as D2L in the Getting Started Guide.


The Faculty of Social Work will only use UCalgary email addresses to correspond with you. Monitor your UCalgary email immediately after you have accepted your offer and paid the deposit.
 

Getting Started Guide

Next Steps

Your curriculum is designed to be taken sequentially. Courses are integrated and build on the learning from previous courses. Deviation from your plan could result in having to re-take courses.

If extenuating circumstances arise that prevent you from meeting your requirements, you must consult with the Graduate Program Director and the Specialization Coordinator and seek their approvals in writing. The written permission must be in your student file prior to any change.

Every year, you must confirm your registration even if you are not taking courses. Completing the annual registration is called Registration Initialization. You will need to confirm the following:

  • email address
  • phone number
  • mailing address
  • academic load - ensure that you initialize as a "FULL-TIME" student

If you don't initialize by the registration deadline for your anniversary term, you will be withdrawn from the program.

The academic year is May 1 to April 30 (students admitted Spring 2019 onward). Your anniversary term is Spring, and your registration deadline is May 12, 2020 (for 2020-2021).

You register for courses in your Student Centre. Graduate students generally register in February for Spring/Summer courses, and in April for Fall/Winter courses.

Refer to your curriculum plan and the course timetable to make sure you are selecting the right course and section for your program.

You may add, edit, swap or drop courses in your Student Centre up to, and including, the relevant course registration deadline for that session.

If you withdraw from a course by the drop deadline for that term, the course will not appear on your transcript and tuition fees will not be charged.

Calendar

Mark Your Calendar

For a list of important dates (start and end dates for each term) and registration and fee deadlines, please refer to the University of Calgary Important Dates.

Important Dates

There are several options to pay tuition and general fees. Online banking is the fastest and preferred method of payment for anyone with a Canadian bank account.

If you do not pay your fees by the fee payment deadline date, a late payment penalty will be assessed.

Full-time campus-based students are automatically included in Health and Dental Insurance benefits. If you already have health and dental insurance coverage and wish to opt out of the plan, you must complete the opt out form prior to the fee payment deadline (no exceptions). Visit the Graduate Student Association website for information regarding the plans.

  1. Non-BSW Degree Holders

    SOWK 633 - Foundational Field Practicum

    The purpose of the foundational practicum is to provide you opportunities to develop, integrate, and reinforce your social work competence through supervised practice in an agency setting.

    You will complete 426 placement hours and are normally in placement 4 days per week during the winter semester. Integrative seminars are part of the course, and time spent in seminar counts as practicum hours.

    SOWK 660 - Advanced Practicum

    The Advanced Practicum is required of all students in the course-based MSW program.

    The purpose of the course is to develop your existing social work knowledge and skills to a specialized level. The practicum promotes integration of the theory and skills learned in the classroom with your professional practice and social work identity.

    You will complete 500 placement hours. The integrative seminar is a separate graded course (SOWK 662), and time spent in seminar does not count as practicum hours.

  2. BSW Degree Holders

    SOWK 660 - Advanced Practicum

    The Advanced Practicum is required of all students in the course-based MSW program.

    The purpose of the course is to develop your existing social work knowledge and skills to a specialized level. The practicum promotes integration of the theory and skills learned in the classroom with your professional practice and social work identity.

    You will complete 500 placement hours. The integrative seminar is a separate graded course (SOWK 662), and time spent in seminar does not count as practicum hours.

Information about scholarships, awards, and other funding opportunities can be found on the Faculty of Social Work and Faculty of Graduate Studies websites.

Teaching Assistantship (GAT and GANT) positions are available to students in the specialization year. In the Faculty of Social Work teaching assistantship opportunities will be advertised via email.

Research Assistantship (GAR) positions are available throughout the year. Information regarding these positions is typically sent out by faculty members. You can also approach faculty members directly to inquire about possible openings.

You are automatically subscribed to your program specific electronic mailing list in the first week of the academic year. You will receive communication targeted to your program, or to all students. Mailing lists are for administrative purposes only, not for personal student use. Important academic deadlines, notices and events are also posted on the faculty website and the faculty's Twitter account (@UCalgary_FSW).

We promise to limit what we send to you. Pay particular attention to the subject line to help you sort through the emails you receive from Student Services.

  • URGENT:  we really need you to read this email 
  • IMPORTANT: important but not critical messages
  • FYI: we think you might be interested 

We count on you reading all emails sent with the URGENT tag.

Note: Upon convocation, your email will be automatically removed from the mailing lists. Do not contact the administrator to have your email removed.

There are two ways to log on to D2L.

  1. Log on to myUofC. Once you are logged in, if the D2L link is not listed under Quick Links, click on the Academics tab and the link will be listed in the Direct Access column in the far right side of your window.
  2. The second way is directly through the University of Calgary's D2L site using your IT username and password. 

Not all instructors choose to use D2L to support course instruction. If using D2L, it is up to the instructor to make the site available (visible) to students. Generally, most D2L course sites are made available to students on the first day of classes.

If you don't see any courses showing in D2L, follow these steps before contacting IT Support:

  1. Check your Student Centre in myUofC to make sure that you are indeed enrolled in the class.
  2. Contact the instructor for more information regarding when the site will be made available to students.

Access additional D2L resources and video tutorials.

Questions or problems accessing IT services? Contact the IT Support Centre.