How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2018 will be available in October 2017.

Feel free to contact us at: or 413-538-3478 if you have any questions.

Application Process

1. Complete an online application (available in October 2017 for starting in Fall of 2018)

In order to be complete, your application should include: 

  • Your online application
  • An application fee
  • Copies of your transcripts, and
  • Other materials as required. 

Degree seeking applications will also be required to submit:

Additionally, Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) applicants should also submit:

  • Evidence that you are registered for or have passed the the Communication & Literacy (01) Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).  If you have not yet taken the MTEL, you are still able to apply to the M.A.T program.  When you meet with an advisor, they will provide further details on the timing of the necessary tests your particular license requires. For information on the MTEL Pass Rate, please click here.
  • A Field of Knowledge Review.  Generally students will have an undergraduate major—or demonstrate equivalent subject area knowledge—in the teaching discipline they are seeking licensure in.  The Field of Knowledge Review helps identify gaps in your knowledge that you would need to fill before being ready to apply for your initial teacher licensure.

Applications will not be reviewed unless they are complete. 

Applications are reviewed by our admissions committee and interviews will be granted to select candidates (in person, by phone, or videoconference).



Students seeking admission into one of our graduate programs will need to provide at least two recommendations from people who will be able to reflect on your ability to be successful in graduate school and be an active contributor to our learning community.  When requesting a letter of recommendation, please make sure it includes: how long they have known you, in what capacity they worked with you, and their assessment of your academic abilities, communication skills, motivation, creativity, and integrity, as well as any other qualities relevant to the program to which you are applying. 



Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with seats in each cohort filled on a first-come, first served basis.  There are priority deadlines for students interested in scholarships, and some programs only admit students at particular times of year.   

Applicants must submit electronic copies of all documents required for admission to the online application portal.  As needed, test scores must be transmitted by the testing agency to the Professional and Graduate programs.  The final official transcripts should be sent from your previous academic institution directly to the Professional and Graduate programs; only transcripts mailed directly from the issuing institution will be accepted.  All submitted documents will be held for one (1) year and thereafter may be discarded.


How are Applications Evaluated?

Admission to our programs are based on a holistic evaluation that includes your academic qualifications, your interests and experiences relative to the program, and the capacity of the program.  Academic qualifications are judged on a number of criteria that may include grades on individual courses, overall grade point average, accreditation status of prior colleges/universities attended, standardized test scores, language proficiency, strength of recommendation letters, and additional criteria specified by the academic program.  We assess interest and experience relative to the program through your personal essay, history of prior research and work experience, and in some cases, through personal interviews.  The academic program determines its capacity for admitting new students based on its current resources and enrollment of continuing students in the program.

Please note that satisfying minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission; admissions decisions are based on a competitive evaluation and are sometimes limited by capacity constraints.

An admissions committee will review your documents and submit a recommendation to admit or reject the application.  You will receive a formal notification of the final decision at the contact address provided in your application.


Types of Students

Degree-seeking student

Students seeking a master’s degree should complete the Degree Program Application.

Nondegree-seeking undergraduate student

Students who are 18 years of age or older and who wish to take courses but do not plan to pursue a degree at Mount Holyoke College may be admitted as nondegree undergraduates without providing transcripts.

Students in this classification may enroll for up to eight credit hours and are not eligible for financial aid.

Students interested in this option should complete the Non-Degree Program Application and select “Undergraduate Level” as the level of course you are applying for.

Nondegree-seeking graduate student

Students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to return to take additional courses but not to pursue an additional degree may enroll as nondegree graduate students but must provide transcripts.   Nondegree seeking students may provide unofficial transcripts.

Students in this classification may take either undergraduate or graduate courses; however only eight hours of graduate credit may be earned under this classification. Students who later decide to seek a degree must meet requirements for regular admission and may petition to have the credits taken as a non-degree student applied toward their degree.

Students interested in this option should complete the Non-Degree Program Application and select “Graduate Level” as the level of course you are applying for.

If you have any questions, please contact us at: or 413-538-3478.