Graduate Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have many questions about the graduate admissions process. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions. If you do not find the answer you are seeking, please contact the Office of Graduate and Adult Degree Programs.

Admissions process

What paperwork is required for admission?
All applicants must complete the free online graduate program application. (Print applications are also available.)

All applicants must also 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.

Please note: Current and former MSMC students do not need to request official transcripts from the Registrar.

Is there an application fee?
No, it is free to apply to our graduate program.

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, 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 and Adult Degree Completion Programs, 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:

  • Education students will need to furnish a copy of their NY State Certification, if applicable.
  • Nursing students will need to furnish a copy of their nursing license, malpractice insurance, and health insurance.

These items will be collected by the individual division, 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 Education and Nursing programs run on a traditional semester schedule with fall, spring, and summer entrance opportunities. In addition, students can be in the Education program during our January intersession.

What is the GPA requirement for admission to the graduate degree programs?
For the MBA program, applicants must have an undergraduate Grade Point Average of 2.85 or above on a 4.0 scale, or a 3.0 GPA if graduate study is presented as the basis for admission.

For the graduate education program, applicants must have a final Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale with a 3.0 GPA in area of specialization.

For the graduate nursing program, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLN or a CCNE accredited program with an undergraduate Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 0-4 scale.

Do I need to take the GRE, GMAT, or any other entrance exam?
No, we do not require 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 graduate education program should speak with the Office of Graduate and Adult Degree Completion Programs or a graduate program coordinator for information about program pre-requisites and state certification requirements.
  • Students entering our graduate nursing program must hold a bacholor of science in nursing to be eligible for admission.

Additional admissions requirements for each program can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Tuition and Financial Aid

How much is tuition?
For the 2018-2019 academic year, graduate tuition is $803 per credit, and most of our courses are three credits. View the complete tuition and fee schedule for more information.

Is financial aid available?
Yes, graduate students are eligible for federal financial aid, most typically in the form of federal student loans. Learn more about financial aid for graduate and adult students.

Are there scholarships available?
Mount Saint Mary College does not offer graduate scholarships, but federal and state aid may be available.

Are there graduate assistantships available?
Yes, several offices on campus have 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 Mount's Finance Office.

Individual Programs

Each of our programs are 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 differ in length.

  • Our MBA program is 55 credits, with 21 credits subject to waiver. A minimum of 34 credits must be completed at the Mount. 
  • We offer 15 program options within our graduate education program. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for information on each. 
  • Our graduate nursing 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 my degree program?
Program duration is different for every student and depends on 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 six eight-week sessions running throughout the year. Classes meet twice per week for eight weeks. Our graduate education and graduate nursing programs run on a traditional semester schedule, with classes meeting once per week for 15 weeks.

When are classes scheduled?
Graduate classes are generally held in the evening, with select courses also offered on Saturdays. For current course information, please contact your advisor.

Are classes offered online?
MBA and graduate nursing courses are offered in a blended format, with online meetings utilized at the discretion of the individual professor. Graduate education 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 graduate education programs. Our graduate nursing program offerings are primarily part time.