Four Corners MSW Enrollment Guide

2024 Four Corners MSW Program

At the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), we are committed to community—the community within our school and the communities with whom we partner to create individual and collective impact. 

We're excited to welcome you! Although we hail from diverse personal and professional backgrounds and have a wide variety of research, scholarship and career interests, our faculty, staff and students all share one thing in common: We are champions for social justice who are leading the charge for social change. 

You are embarking on an incredible educational journey. You will graduate with the knowledge, skills and commitment to create a more just and equitable world for all. We look forward to sharing this journey with you. 

Questions?  

Please read through this page in its entirety, as it will answer many of the questions you have as a new student. If you have additional questions, your primary point of contacts are Janelle Doughty (janelle.doughty@du.edu) and Carla Hase (Carla.Hase@du.edu). 

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Tuition, Billing & Financial Aid

The next step in your GSSW educational journey is to accept the offer of admission and submit your tuition deposit, if you haven’t already.

  • Tuition Deposit Instructions

    For the incoming fall 2024 classes, submit your $300 deposit by April 15, 2024 to hold your spot in the Four Corners MSW Program.

    The deposit is non-refundable, but the full amount will be credited to your first tuition payment. 

    1. Accept Offer of Admission: To accept our offer of admission, visit your application status page. There, scroll to the “Forms” section and click the “Reply to Admission Offer” link to select “I ACCEPT your admission offer.”
    2. Submit your Tuition Deposit: Once you have accepted your offer, you will have the opportunity to pay your tuition deposit by clicking the “Enrollment Deposit—Submit Payment” link that appears on your application status page. This link will take you to a webpage where you can pay your deposit with a credit card.
  • Tuition & Billing

    Tuition for each quarter is due the first day of that quarter. More information about tuition, fees and payment are available at the Bursar’s Office

  • Financial Aid

    To apply for state or federal financial assistance, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as soon as possible. This application is required to determine eligibility for grants, loans and student employment. 

    If you have questions regarding the FAFSA, Federal loans or the GradPLUS loan, please email finaid@du.edu

    If you have questions regarding a merit-based scholarship, graduate assistantship, deposit deadline or scholarship disbursement, contact gsswadmission@du.edu or call 303-871-2841.

External Scholarship Options

Stipends

CLIMB Stipend

The Collaborative Learning and Innovative Educational Models of Behavioral Health Program (CLIMB) is a behavioral health workforce program that provides MSW students in their concentration year a $10,000 stipend and specialized training.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2024

Eligibility: Four Corners MSW students in their final (Concentration) year with a Colorado residence

Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend

In partnership with the Butler Institute for Families and the Colorado Department of Human Services, we offer 20 child welfare stipends ranging from $12,000 -$14,000 so you can effectively serve families who use public child welfare services. 

Application Deadline: Application is rolling, due on the 15th of every month January – May, 2024.

Eligibility: Four Corners MSW students with a Colorado residence and foundation or concentration internship in a Colorado public child welfare (county) agency

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GWEP Stipend

In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, we offer four $10,000 Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) stipends to students who are passionate about a career working with older adults who may have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2024

Eligibility: Four Corners MSW students with a Colorado residence with aging-related pathway internship

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Academic Planning

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    Explore the foundation curriculum.

    Want to learn more about your courses? Check out the course descriptions.  

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    Prepare for registration.

    Registration begins June 2024. Learn more. 

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    Attend orientation. 

    You will receive an invitation for the informal orientation before the fall 2024 courses begin. Orientation will be tentatively Saturday, September 7, 2024.All dates are subject to change. 

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    Start your first term!

    Classes start Friday, September 13, 2024. You will meet with Four Corners faculty and staff during your first quarter to plan out your future academic terms.   

Registration

Start Date Registration Begins
Fall 2024 June 2024

Registration Preparation

Two weeks before registration, you need to start preparing for registration. Follow the checklist below:

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    Check Your Student Profile for Registration Holds

    • Log into MyDU with your DU ID (87#) and password
    • Select “My Student Profile” under Academic Profile Widget
    • Select the correct registration quarter from the "Term" drop-down menu above your profile photo
    • Click "Holds" on the top right
    • Direct questions or concerns to the department that placed the hold. View common registration holds and how to clear.
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    Confirm Your Registration Day and Time

    • Log into MyDU with your DU ID (87#) and password
    • Select “My Student Profile” under Academic Profile Widget
    • Select the correct registration quarter from the "Term" drop-down menu above your profile photo
    • Click “Registration Notices” at top right of screen and review your registration day and time under "Time Tickets"
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    Plan Your Classes & Register

    The most up-to-date course schedules are in MyDU.

    • Tips for Viewing the Course Schedules:
        • Search by the subject "social work" and use attribute: "Social Work: Durango" to see only your program's classes. Durango classes will always be in the 200 sections. You will not be able to register for other MSW program's classes, as we place program restrictions on all our classes.
        • Go to online course schedule for the most up-to-date course schedules.
    • Register for the courses below for the Fall 2024 quarter: 
      • SOWK 4001      Clinical Social Work Skills (3 credits)   
      • SOWK 4132      Power, Privilege & Oppression from a Critical Multi-cultural Perspective (3 credits)
      • SOWK 4020      Integrated Social Work Practice for Social Justice (4 credits)
      • SOWK 4000      Foundation Professional Development (1 credit)
      • SOWK 4950      Foundation Field Internship (3 credits)

Field Education

With field internships, you can begin practicing your social work skills right away. With more than 80 GSSW field agencies available in the Four Corners area—from hospitals and hospices to child welfare agencies, policy nonprofits and animal sanctuaries—you’ll find an internship that fits your specific needs and interests.  

When you submit your deposit, Carla Hase will reach out to start your internship search process. 

Transportation

Parking on Campus

The Commons Building provides free parking spaces for our students during their classes. 

Catalyst Series for Social Justice event

Student Life

Enrolling in graduate school is a big step, and we’ll be there for you, from your first day of orientation through your job search after graduation and your career as an alumnus. We’re dedicated to supporting students in developing and enhancing their academic and professional skills while also ensuring that resources—such as accommodation for learning differences and disabilities, health and counseling—are available and accessible.

Meet our Student and Career Services Team

 
Cate Gorham

Cate Gorham

Senior Professional Advisor

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Deana Ahmad

Deana Ahmad

Assistant Dean for Students

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Ruth C. Nwokora

Ruth C. Nwokora

Professional Advisor

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Krislyn O'Sullivan

Krislyn O'Sullivan

Senior Professional Advisor

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Maggie Heyduk

Maggie Heyduk

Manager of Professional Advising

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Stacy Said

Stacy Said

Career Development Advisor

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Professor Anamika Barman Adhikari

Faculty

GSSW is home to a courageous community of faculty members whose work is advancing social justice and social work practice. Their research and scholarship spans areas such as public policy, addiction, child welfare and youth development, homelessness, and issues including ableism, sexism, racism and intersectional lived experiences. Get to know our faculty and their research, and feel free to introduce yourself and ask questions!

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Technology Resources

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    MyDU

    Check your MyDU portal for important documents, registration info and other student essentials.

    MyDU

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    Canvas

    Access our online learning-management system to find syllabi, assignments, deadlines and more.

    Canvas

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    Office 365

    Access your email account, Microsoft Word, OneDrive and other resources that can help you complete your schoolwork.

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Discover Durango

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Arts & Culture

Campus is surrounded by art and culture in the various mountain towns in the Durango area. Visit the unique cultural and historical Southern Ute Cultural Center or take a ride on the scenic Silverton Train. Visit two sovereign tribal nations, Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute.

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Food

The Durango food scene has a variety of flavors and experiences to enjoy, including locally sourced and sustainable food and drink options. Some of our local favorites are Carver Brewing Company, Primus Restaurant and Durango Joes Coffee. Durango has a variety of dining experiences that students, faculty and staff can enjoy, including Mama Silvia's, Diamond Belle Saloon and Animas Chocolate & Coffee.

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Sports & Recreation

You don't have to travel far for adventure. Explore nearby Mesa Verde National Park or hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort. Visit the Four Corners Monument and explore the largest ancestral Pueblo community in the Animas River Valley, the New Mexico: Aztec Ruins National Monument.

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