Welcome to the Gabelli School of Business Graduate Resource page. Here you will find helpful links and information to guide you during your time at school. This site is regularly updated by the Office of Graduate Advising and Student Engagement, located in suite 126 (140 West 62nd Street). For questions or additional information, please contact any of our Assistant Deans (listed below) or our help desk at email@example.com or 212-636-6104.
Update on Coronavirus Resources:
During these challenging times, Fordham University and Gabelli School services and resources remain operational to continue to support you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us should you have questions, concerns, or need guidance on your individual needs. Below are a few key offices available to further support you during this time, and detailed guidance from Office of International Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Health Services in light of COVID-19.
Academic Advising and Student Engagement:
We thank you for your flexibility as the University community continues to respond. Here at the Gabelli School, and greater Fordham University, we are committed to timely communication and transparency during these uncertain times. We encourage you to keep in close contact with your academic advisors, consult Gabelli School resources, and keep your eye out for any ongoing communication from the Gabelli School or Fordham University regarding any updates or changes. At any point throughout the semester, you may use this Pulse Check to provide us with quick feedback and insight on your personal experience as a student at the Gabelli School.
The Graduate Advising team has tailored and expanded our support to assist with your unique needs during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any concerns, feedback, compliments about your transition to online coursework, or advising needs by email or schedule a Zoom meeting with us so we can support you. We are happy to help however we can during these challenging times.
We have also put together this handy infographic on Tips for Successful Online Learning as well as this more in-depth Student Guide to Flexible Hybrid Learning we hope you will find helpful as you engage in online and hybrid courses!
The Office of Graduate Advising
Will there be changes to the Fall academic calendar?
Currently, there are no changes to the duration of the semester presented in the academic calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year. Fall classes will begin on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021.
Does Fordham University plan to open in September?
Fordham University does plan to reopen in September in person. We will continue to work closely with government and public health agencies to evaluate the on-going public health emergency and determine if changes to the Academic Calendar and/or manner of course delivery are needed. Any changes will be communicated directly to the University community. Please monitor your Fordham email account.
What are online classes like? Live? Recorded?
The Gabelli School is committed to developing the best possible remote educational experience, leading to an excellent in-class experience on midtown Manhattan campus. All classrooms will be equipped to live capture, so students across the globe can actively engage alongside their peers on campus.
Both hybrid and online classes will be a mix of live, synchronous classwork, and online asynchronous content you will complete on your own. If your class has a designated time during which it meets, the expectation is that you will join the class at that time. Professors will provide detailed guidance on when the course meets live in person or online as well as expectations around asynchronous participation.
Unless otherwise communicated through the course description, class syllabus, or directly from the course professor, the times indicated for courses are the times you should:
Students can participate remotely no matter their location. Remote participants will receive the same personalized attention, excellent professors, and small class sizes as those on campus.
May I begin my classes online and switch to hybrid or vice versa?
Throughout the course registration window up until the end of add/drop, students may change their section choices from hybrid to online or online to hybrid. Once the course is underway, you will not be able to switch your registered sections from online to hybrid or hybrid to online. This is to ensure that we are able to maintain safe social distancing practices and assign the correct capacity classrooms for the number of students attending in-person classes.
For classes that take place in the second half of the semester, and have not yet begun meeting yet, you may utilize the late add/withdrawal form on my.fordham.edu to change your chosen section after the add/drop window has passed and before the second half of the term class begins.
If you experience extenuating circumstances (for example, you or a family member becomes ill with the COVID-19 virus) which necessitate a change in course modality, please immediately contact your academic advisor for support.
I am eager to start progress towards my degree but do not think I can make it in person by September. How can I start?
To accommodate all students who may have travel or health concerns, classes in the graduate division of the Gabelli School will be delivered in two modalities- virtually online and hybrid in-person.
Students who are unable to come to NYC for class should register for the online course sections of their classes, and should not register for hybrid class sections if they are attending only online.
If I start with online classes, how many credits do I have to take, and what type of classes will I be taking?
While the typical course load for a Gabelli graduate business student is 12-15 credit hours (4-5 courses), given the circumstances, your academic advisor will work with you to ensure that you are registered in the appropriate number of credits. You should seek counsel from your assigned academic advisor to confirm any possible changes to graduation dates.
My degree program has a boot camp or summer intensive program. How will the boot camp or summer intensive program be delivered if I start in Fall 2021?
Winter/January intensives are provided only online through our Blackboard LMS system and Zoom. Your academic advisor will provide registration information and guidance on these courses in your student advising webinar.
Will there still be a new student orientation? Can I engage remotely?
Our new student orientation, Gabelli Launch, is designed to provide you with all the information and experiences you need to be successful in your program. We offer a variety of virtual workshops and information sessions in the weeks leading up the start of the semester. These include workshops in time management, career development, team bonding, and information sessions with student clubs and the Office of International Students. Some of these events are for all incoming graduate students and others will be program-specific. This is a great way to meet members of your cohort, members of other cohorts, and our staff, administration, and faculty. The specifics of your Gabelli Launch experience unique to your graduate program will be communicated to you via your Fordham email and the Gabelli Launch Blackboard course.
Will there be a tuition fee restructuring if students choose to stay online/ face-to-face classes are still suspended?
We are committed to providing the highest quality instruction and student experience no matter the modality. Tuition and fee structures will remain unchanged.
What should I do if I want to take the semester off or delay my first term of enrollment?
New, incoming students beginning their program in Fall 2021 and interested in deferring their first semester should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing students should schedule an appointment to discuss with their program academic advisor if they are interested in taking a semester off.
NOTE: Please be sure to regularly refer to the most current updates from OIS related to COVID-19 available on the OIS website. Fall 2021 guidelines from Immigration and this page were most recently updated 7/21/2020.
Will completing all of my classes online in the Spring impact my F1 status?
At this time, New International Students on an F-1 visa who are studying from/living in the US must be registered for a minimum of 9 credits AND must be registered for at least one hybrid course in order to satisfy F-1 status requirements. If this is your first semester of study IN the US, you may not take classes entirely online.
Can I register for a hybrid course in order to maintain my F-1 status, but complete it online?
Registering for a hybrid course indicates to the university and immigration that you are attending this course in hybrid format which includes in-person instruction. You cannot engage entirely in remote, online instruction in the spring and maintain your F-1 status.
I am an international student and have or will be requesting an I-20 to obtain an F1 Visa. How will a flexible arrival impact this process?
International applicants are issued I-20’s with an Septemberstart date. If an international student knows that they will not be able to arrive for an Septemberstart date, they must inform their assigned academic advisor of their predicted arrival date immediately and register for online courses. They must also notify OIS about their situation, as OIS must then adjust the I-20 start date.
International students who are still in the US and are continuing their studies in the US after a transfer or change of educational level at Fordham University should try to register for hybrid in-person sections if their F-1 status is active.
If I begin my studies online, can I arrive to campus halfway through the term once my F-1 visa is issued?
Our Office of International Services is in regular contact with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security. General guidance is that students must arrive to the US within 30 days of the start of a given semester.
At the present time, OIS is awaiting further guidance from Immigration about what changes, if any, may take place for the Spring 2021 semester. However, as soon as OIS hears from immigration they will notify our community. If you need more immediate advice, please contact OIS.
How is my F-1 status/CPT/OPT eligibility affected if I cannot make it to campus in February?
International work authorizations (student visa, CPT, OPT) remain unchanged. Students must be in active F-1 student status for at least two full semesters before they are eligible for CPT and/or OPT.
Our Office of International Services is in regular contact with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security. If any changes are made in response to the current pandemic, we will communicate those to you in a timely manner. If you need more immediate advice, please contact OIS.
If I start online in the spring and arrive in person later, is my graduation date impacted?
Engaging in online coursework will not impact your graduation date. Students should seek counsel from their assigned academic advisor to discuss any possible changes to program completion or graduation dates.
If for some reason you must do the whole master’s program online, are you still able to apply and get OPT?
Students completing the entirety of their degree online are not eligible for OPT. Additional guidance from OIS related to the impact of COVID-19 on visas and OPT is available on the OIS website.
To withdraw from a course during the withdrawal period, or late register after add/drop with professor permission – Navigate from My.Fordham Student tab in the “Student Services” box, under “Electronic Forms”
Update your Graduation Date
Internship Project- NOT for Internship Project Course offered for MSQF and MSGF students, NOT for CPT authorization (see CPT form under “International Students”)
Maintaining Matriculation – For students intending to take a semester off, vacation term, or leave of absence
Curricular Practical Training- For internships and full-time work during academic program
Optional Practical Training- For work authorization upon graduation
What is SAC? SAC simply stands for Student Advisory Council. It is comprised of 6 elected members of the student body. Typically, these elected students are 2nd year MBAs, as well as a student representative from our Professional MBA and Executive MBA cohort. For the Fall 2020 semester, we will be welcoming representatives from the MS programs.
What exactly does SAC do? The primary purpose of SAC is to ensure a smooth working relationship between the students, faculty, and the administration with respect to both academic and non-academic activities. Basically, we advocate on behalf of the student body! SAC is also responsible for the allocation of designated funds to GSB Student Clubs.
President: Jason Gurtata
VP of Full-time Students: Elainne Diaz
VP of Part-time Students: Melissa Lapine
VP of International Students: Janez Koprivec
VP of Events: Ayanna Egbarin
Treasurer: Devin Zdanowski
The Gabelli Graduate Peer Advising program connects established graduate students with incoming new students to provide support, guidance, and information and help with their transition to the Gabelli School of Business and New York City. Gabelli Graduate Peer Advisors also work with the Office of Graduate Advising and Student Engagement, university administrators, and the Student Advisory Council (SAC) to collaborate on ideas and represent their Gabelli graduate program.
Please feel free to connect with any of our peer advisors of your choosing, whether because they are participating in the same academic program as you, or because they have similar backgrounds, hobbies, or career interests as you. Please visit the Gabelli Graduate Peer Advisor page to view our current Peer Advisors!
How to join a student club? – Go to www.GSBGradLink.com. Click organizations and click join. This will add you to their mailing list.
Grad Business Insider – Email goes out each Monday with a list of upcoming events and how to register.
Main Events Calendar – on GSBgradLink.com. Includes all student activity events.
For information for recent graduates and alumni, please visit this page.
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