Campus Updates

Visit the campus updates page for information on Mount Holyoke's response to the global pandemic. The Opening the Gates site contains details about the spring semester.

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Graduate Students

All graduate programs will operate remotely for January Intersession and spring of 2021. 

Graduate courses will be held completely online and use an interactive online format with components that are both:

  • Synchronous: on a set schedule where all students must be online at the same time to participate (e.g., for a videoconference lecture or discussion).
  • Asynchronous: students choose when to engage and complete their work, within predefined time frames, often a few days or a one-week window.

Intersession graduate classes are scheduled to start January 4, 2021, and will go through January 15, 2021. Students should be prepared to do 28 hours of prep work and homework per credit hour during this time period. In some classes you may be asked to do preparatory work prior to January 4 in order to ensure a full and complete academic experience.

The spring semester for graduate programs will start on January 19, 2021, and run through May 7, 2021.

The graduate MAT initial licensure program is working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the schools where students are placed to ensure that students have an opportunity to do their student teaching. At this time placements are all being completed through online and remote means. Given the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 virus, information is subject to change, based on public health conditions and other unknown or unforeseen circumstances.

Access to campus buildings for faculty and staff is limited and strictly controlled by OneCard access and restricted open hours. Any graduate student who believes there is a need to come to campus should contact the graduate program for guidance. 

Meeting with faculty or staff

Opportunities to make meaningful connections with faculty, staff and each other will continue remotely. Please do not come to campus in anticipation of meeting with faculty or staff. Graduate faculty and staff will continue to work remotely in order to mitigate risk for the campus community. 

Library and technology

Visit the LITS website for library services and hours.

The Library, Technology, and Information Services (LITS) team is happy to help with technology needs, and has collected student, faculty and staff resources to support the work.


Please check the events calendar for a listing of virtual events.

Counseling Service

All students regardless of their location have access to consultation with the College’s counseling service clinicians, who will respond to immediate needs and work with the student to identify options for ongoing treatment, when applicable. Whether or not remote students can receive services beyond consultation varies depending on state laws. The services page has more information.

Once we can participate in academic activities in person, we will be asking all students to uphold the honor code and share in the collective responsibility of adhering to additional guidelines that come from the best guidance on harm reduction and safety practices during this pandemic. For the health and safety of the campus community, all members are expected to engage in all of the recommended prevention strategies when on campus or during College-sponsored off-site academic activities, including:

  • Mandatory testing at regular intervals throughout the semester.  
  • Conducting a daily self-review and symptoms checklist for COVID-19, including monitoring body temperature.
  • Maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from others at all times.
  • Wearing a cloth face covering or mask.
  • Frequent handwashing.
  • Cleaning of high-touch objects after use.

Information about Student Health Insurance for the spring can be found on the financial matters page

The graduate programs will have programming and recognition events for students graduating in 2021. Stay tuned for more information both about programming related to Commencement.