We know you have many questions about the graduate admissions
process. Below are some of the most commonly asked. If you do not
find the answer you are seeking, please contact the Office of Adult
and Graduate Programs.
What paperwork is required for admission?
All applicants must complete the graduate program application,
which you can access online or obtain a
paper copy from the Office of Graduate Programs and Adult Degree
All applicants must submit official transcripts for all
undergraduate and graduate coursework, as well as three letters of
recommendation. The recommendation forms can be downloaded with the
online application or obtained from the Office of Graduate Programs
and Adult Degree Completion. Recommenders can also submit a letter
in lieu of the form.
*Current and former MSMC students* do not need to request
official transcripts from the Registrar.
Is there an application fee?
There is no longer a fee to apply for our graduate programs.
What additional steps will I need to take in order to
complete my application?
Students applying for our education programs
will need to submit an on-site writing sample. Please note, this is
not the essay found on the graduate application. The on-site
writing sample is conducted in the Division of Education office. No
appointment is needed, as the writing sample is offered on a
walk-in basis, any Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 am
and 3 pm when the college is open. Students should allow several
days for grading before coming in for their entrance interview.
All applicants must come to campus for an entrance interview
with the coordinator of the program for which you are applying.
Once all materials have been received by the Office of Graduate
Programs and Adult Degree Completions, your file will be forwarded
to the appropriate division. Applicants will be contacted by that
division directly to schedule the interview.
Will I need to provide any additional paperwork for
Yes. All students will need to submit proof of immunization and
applicable health records. In addition:
- MSEd students will need to furnish a copy of
their NY State Certification, if applicable.
- MSN students will need to furnish a copy of
their nursing license, malpractice insurance, and health
- These items will be collected by the individual department, not
the Office of Graduate Admissions, and are necessary for enrollment
into the program not admission.
What is the application deadline?
All of our programs have rolling admissions. Students should
complete their application no later than six weeks prior to the
start of the semester/session in which they wish to begin.
Our MBA program has sessions beginning every
six weeks. Students can begin the session immediately following
their acceptance. Our MSEd and
MSN programs run on a traditional semester
schedule with fall, spring, and summer entrance opportunities. In
addition, students can be in the MSEd program
during our January intersession.
What is the GPA requirement for admission to the
graduate degree programs?
All of our programs will require a minimum GPA of 2.75 for
Do I need to take the GRE, GMAT, or any other entrance
No, we do not accept any entrance exams for admission.
What kind of bachelor's degree is required?
- Students enter the MBA program with bachelor's
degrees in many disciplines.
- Students interested in our MSEd program should
speak with the Office of Graduate Programs and Adult Degree
Completion or a graduate program coordinator for education about
program pre-requisites and state certification requirements.
- Students entering our MSN program must hold a
bacholor of science in nursing to be eligible for admission.
Tuition and Financial Aid
How much is tuition?
Tuition is $742 per credit hour, and most of our courses are
Is financial aid available?
Yes, graduate students are eligible for federal financial aid,
most typically in the form of federal student loans. Students
should contact the Office
of Financial Aid with questions. You can complete your FAFSA online.
Are there scholarships available?
No, at this time Mount Saint Mary College does not offer
Are there graduate assistantships
Yes, Mount Saint Mary College has several graduate assistantships
available. Postings can be found on the MSMC Employment page.
I receive tuition reimbursement from my employer. What
do I need to do?
Students can obtain the appropriate form from our Office of
Student Accounts. This form should be completed by your company's
HR department and filed with the Finance Office.
*Please note, each of our programs is unique in design and
delivery. As such, the most comprehensive program information can
be found by accessing our online Graduate
How many credits is the program?
Each of our programs differs in length. Our MBA
program is 55 credits, with 21 credits subject to waiver. A minumum
of 34 credits must be completed at the Mount. We offer 15
program options within the MSEd program. Please
refer to the Graduate Catalog for information
on each. Our MSN program offers two tracks:
family nurse practioner (FNP - 45 credits) and adult nurse
practitioner (ANP - 42 credits). Our post-master's certificate in
FNP is 30 credits and the post-master's certificate in ANP is 27
How long will it take to complete?
Program duration is different for every student and incorporates
a lot of factors, such as pre-requisites or course waivers, program
selection, and whether a student attends full or part time.
Generally each of our programs can be completed in approximately
2-3 years with variability based on the above.
What is the format of the program?
Our MBA program is offered in an accelerated
format with eight (8) six-week sessions running throughout the
year. Classes meet twice per week for six weeks. Our
MSEd and MSN programs run on a
traditional semester schedule, with classes meeting once per week
for 15 weeks.
When are classes scheduled?
MBA classes meet twice a week (M/W/TH) and are
offered from 6–8 pm or 8:10–10:10 pm. There are also Saturday
offerings that meeting 9 am–1 pm and 1:30–5:30
pm. MSEd classes meet once per week and begin
at 4 pm or 7 pm. There are also limited weekend
offerings. MSN classes meet once per week
from 5:30–8 pm.
Are classes offered online?
MBA and MSN courses are
offered in a blended format, with onine meetings utilized at the
discretion of the individual professor. MSEd
classes are generally offered on campus.
How many credits will I take each semester? Is the
program offered full or part time?
Full time enrollment is nine credits per traditional semester,
or the equivalent for the accelerated format. Federal loan
eligibility requires enrollment in six credits per traditional
semester or its equivalant. Students can enroll full or part time
in the MBA or MSEd programs. MSN program offerings are primarily
Tell me more about graduate student housing on campus.
View and print the graduate housing