Information for Accepted Students
Congratulations on your acceptance into Dominican University's Master of Science in Special Education program! Here is information that will help you get started.
You're accepted! Now what?
You can get started on completing the online orientation now! This is highly recommended prior to beginning your coursework.
- Contact your advisor. Send your academic advisor (Dr. John Snakenborg) a quick email to introduce yourself and schedule some time to get registered.
- Your first enrollment needs to be done by paper registration. That registration will generate a Dominican email account and password, which will be sent within a couple of days to the email address we have on record for you.
- You will complete future registrations online through MyDU. Your Dominican email account will be the standard means of communication while you are in the program, so it is important that your account be set up promptly (if you already have a Dominican email account, you will not need to set up a new account). If you experience difficulties accessing or using your email account, please contact the IT Help Desk at (708)524-6888.
Click here to access a blank registration form.
Be sure to sign and date the form at the bottom. Returning students can register online using MyDU.
Fax or email the forms to:
John Snakenborg, PhD
Assistant Professor of Special Education
School of Education
F: (708) 524-6665
T: (708) 524-6532
Newly registered? Now what?
If you haven't done so yet, we recommend that you complete the online orientation.
- Pay tuition. Tuition is due in full on the first day of classes and can be paid in the Office of Student Accounts (cash or check) or online (debit or credit card). A bill will NOT be mailed to you.
- Financial Aid. Financial Aid in the form of loans is available to graduate students enrolled in at least 4.5 semester hours. For information about financial aid, please contact Dominican's Financial Aid Office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I transfer previous coursework toward my Master of Science in Special Education degree?
Candidates can transfer up to two courses (six semester hours) of graduate coursework toward their degree. Students hoping to apply previous coursework toward their degree must provide Dr. John Snakenborg with an electronic copy of the transcript and the applicable course description for the coursework.
How do I register for courses?
Your first registration form needs to be done by paper registration. Contact your academic advisor, John Snakenborg, to schedule an appointment for registration.
When will I be able to log in to my Dominican email account, MyDU and Canvas?
Once your initial registration has been received and processed by the registrar's office, you will receive an automated email from the IT department requesting that you set up your Dominican University username and password. Your Dominican email account will be the standard means of communication while you are in the program (if you already have a Dominican email account, you will not need to set up a new account). You will also use this username and password to login to MyDU and Canvas.
If you experience any difficulties in accessing or using your email account, please contact the IT Help Desk at (708) 524-6888 or email@example.com.
I submitted my registration form a day or two ago, but I have not yet received an email from IT to set up my username and password.
There may be a piece of information missing from your application. Contact the Office of Graduate Admission to verify that your application is complete.
You can also try using the MyAccount System to gain access to your account:
- MyAccount System: Set up or reset your password. Go to myaccount.dom.edu and click on “Setup/Manage My Account.” Your Dominican Network ID will be the first letter of your first name followed by your last name. Your temporary password to input is your birth date followed by “Dom.” For example, an individual born on January 1, 2011, would input 01012011Dom. Follow the remaining steps to set up your account.
Your DU email address is formed by the first letter of your first name followed by your last name, followed by “@my.dom.edu”. If you continue to experience challenges accessing your account, please contact the support center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 524-6888.
How do I pay for my classes?
Tuition is due on the first day of class and can be paid in the Office of Student Accounts or online. A bill will not be mailed to you – you will receive an email notification sent to your Dominican email address that your e-bill is ready to be viewed. Students who are not able to pay in full may elect a monthly payment plan for a fee of $45.00 per semester. The payment plan must be elected by the first day of class.
If tuition is not paid in full by the first day of class and a monthly payment plan is not elected by that date, students are subject to a $90 non-refundable deferment fee and ongoing finance charges.
Methods of Payment
- Credit/Debit Cards. Tuition payments can be made using MasterCard, Discover, Visa and American Express. Make your credit card payment online by logging on to MyDU, going to the Student tab and then to My Student Accounts. Payments will include a 2.75% convenience fee.
- eChecks. Student Accounts accepts eChecks through our online portal. You will find this by logging on to MyDU, going to the Student tab and then to My Student Accounts. Then select the “Go to CASHNet” link. There is no fee for processing an eCheck. Convenience checks from credit card issuers, wire transfers and company reimbursement are also accepted methods of payment. Please refer to the Student Accounts MyDU page for more details.
Full-tuition refunds are only available during the first week of class. Refunds thereafter are issued on a declining sliding scale. In order to be eligible for a refund, you must follow the university procedures for dropping a class:
- Prior to the University’s add/drop deadline for the term, you should be able to drop online by logging in to MyDU.
- After the add/drop deadline, drops need to be processed using a paper drop form obtained from the Registrar’s office and signed off on by your advisor, Dr. John Snakenborg.
The above described procedures are the only accepted methods of dropping a class. Non-attendance/participation in class, emailing the course instructor about your intention to drop, etc., are not acceptable methods for dropping a class.
For questions regarding billing, please contact the Office of Student Accounts.
What will I use MyDU for?
Once you have set up your Dominican account, you will be able to log in to MyDU. MyDU is a platform used by students to check their student schedules, look at final grades, register for future courses, view and pay their e-bill, complete course evaluations, etc.
What will I use Canvas for?
Canvas is the portal you will use to access your course. Your courses will be published to Canvas on their start date. This is where you will view course requirements, submit assignments and participate in the course. Click here to view a short guide on how to use the Canvas system.
How do I drop my course(s)?
You can drop your course by logging into MyDU. Once you log in, you can drop your courses by clicking “Add/Drop Courses” in your viewer. After the add/drop deadline, drops will need to be processed using a paper drop form obtained from the Registrar's office and signed off on by your advisor, John Snakenborg.