Graduate Programs

Graduate FAQs

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.

Admissions process

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 Completion.

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 enrollment?

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 insurance.
  • 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 admission.

Do I need to take the GRE, GMAT, or any other entrance exam?

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 three credits.

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 graduate scholarships.

Are there graduate assistantships available?

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.

Individual Programs

*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 Catalog.

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 credits.

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 part time.

Tell me more about graduate student housing on campus. 

View and print the graduate housing information