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Academic Policies

For all academic policies, including transferring course credit and waiving courses, please refer to the Master's Program Handbook and observe all deadlines.

Class Block Chart

Unshaded areas on the chart below represent official class meeting blocks for SSW summer academic terms. Monday evenings are reserved for the Public Lecture Series in Social Work.

Note that the Banner database system, which produces class meeting schedules and other information, uses "R" to designate "Thursday." Thus, for example, if you have a class that meets on Tues. and Thurs., the designation will be "T R."

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
8:30-10:20 a.m.          
10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.          
1:40-3:30 p.m.          
3:40-5:30 p.m.          
7:00-8:50 p.m.          

Degree Requirements

Although the Office of Academic Support Services will run routine degree audits at the end of each registration period, students bear responsibility for meeting degree requirements.

Before reading specific registration instructions for your class, please make sure you are familiar with the school policies regarding course and graduation requirements as well as general registration information.

All credits awarded are in quarter-hours.


Elective Requirements

Students in the class of A18 are required to meet the newly structured elective requirements of 3-2-2, which consists of 3 Policy electives (one of which must be a Field of Practice elective), 2 Practice electives (one of which must be a Multi-Person Modality elective), and 2 HBSE electives (one of which must be an Advanced Theory elective).

The M.S.W. class of 2019 will be required to meet the elective requirements of 3-2-2-1, which consist of the above requirements with the addition of 1 Research elective in their third summer of classes.

Elective Schedule

The elective schedule is class-specific; several courses are available to third-summer students only. Please note that it is impossible, once registration starts, to continually update course enrollments; course availability can be found through the BannerWeb registration process.


A CRN ("course reference number") is the unique four-digit Banner number assigned to each section of a course in a given term. For instance, course 101 section 07 in Term 1 may have the CRN 1062. Term 1 CRNs are in the range 1000–1999; Term 2 CRNs are in the range 2000–2999. You will use CRNs, not SSW course numbers, in the BannerWeb registration process.

Disability Accommodations

Students needing accommodations/assistance for registration or class schedules due to a disability should contact the Smith College Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Laura Rauscher, Director - 413-585-2071 (voice, TTY, TDD), Appropriate medical documentation must be submitted in accordance with the college's guidelines, which can be found on the ODS website. Please allow two weeks to one month to complete this process so that arrangements can be made to assist you throughout the registration and scheduling process.

Special scheduling requests

We understand that childcare, commuting, and part-time work can add stress to your very full academic schedule.

Entering students: If you have special circumstances that you would like us to consider while scheduling your required courses, please submit a request to the Office of Academic Support Services within two weeks of your acceptance to the School for Social Work. Using the MSW Special Scheduling Request form will help expedite your request. Submit it to the Office of Academic Support Services,, or fax, 413-585-7994.


Second-summer students: If you have special circumstances that you would like us to consider while scheduling your required courses (which is completed by the Office of Academic Support Services prior to BannerWeb elective registration), please submit the MSW Special Scheduling Request form to the Office of Academic Support Services ( or fax, (413) 585-7994). Such requests must arrive at OAS by 4:00 pm Eastern Time on Friday, Monday 22, 2016, in order to be considered.



Ignore messages about waitlists. In instances where a course is full, BannerWeb automatically returns a message about adding you to a waitlist; however, this is a message for Smith undergraduates, who also use BannerWeb. The School for Social Work does not utilize BannerWeb waitlists.

Add/Drop Procedures

The SSW Office of Academic Support Services uses an online Google doc form for Add/Drop. A link to this form will be emailed to students prior to the start of each add/drop period. Please note: Add/Drop is for elective courses only.

Second- and Third-Summer Students

Second- and third-summer students may drop courses under the following conditions:

Deadlines for Summer 2016 are as follows:

Initial Add/drop Term 1 and 2: Begins May 1st at 8:00 a.m. and ends May 15th at 12:00 p.m.

Secondary Term 1 and 2: Begins June 5th at 8:00 a.m. and ends June 8th at 3:00 p.m.

Term 2 only: Begins July 17th at 8:00 a.m. and ends July 20th at 3:00 p.m.

Withdrawal Grade

A student may obtain a final grade of W (Withdrawal) between the drop deadline and the end of the second week of a summer term by submission of a signed withdrawal form to the Office of Academic Support Services. After that date, a student may not withdraw. Students are responsible to ensure that they are meeting graduation requirements. See the Handbook (300.1) for more information.


During the academic year, staff in the Office of Academic Support Services, Lilly Hall 110, are available during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Summer hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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