Professional and Graduate Courses

Our professional and graduate institutes offer intensive courses with credit and noncredit options. Although both options provide skills for career advancement and the opportunity to network with other professionals, they are geared towards learners with different goals and needs.

The courses are open to professionals seeking to increase their depth of knowledge and skill in a particular area of expertise and to experienced graduate and advanced level undergraduate students.

There are limited scholarship opportunities available. See the Community Scholars Scholarship in Resources for Funding Your Education

Courses are offered during the traditional fall semester and spring semester as well as during two summer sessions and an intensive winter session in early January.  The institutes listed below have January 2018 graduate courses that are currently accepting applications. Nondegree applicants should follow these instructions  to enroll and then register for course selections.

Nonprofit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship

  • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Project Management for Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurs
  • Speaking with Confidence: Leadership for Women

Digital Innovation and Media

  • Visual Literacy and Media (online)
  • Media Production: Video
  • Creative Inquiry and Writing as Research (online)
  • Legal Topics:Intellectual Property

Global and Intercultural Leadership

  • Building Effective Organizations:Inclusion and Cultural Competency
  • Building Bridges: Facilitating Courageous Conversations

Differentiated Instruction (for educators)

  • Interventions for Behavior and Classroom Management
  • Language Assessment and Classroom Practice (Online)
  • Legal Perspectives in Special Education (Online)

Courses offered in credit and noncredit options

January term courses (Jan 2-19, 2018) that offer a noncredit option are hybrid classes.  They start with online course orientations and coursework on January 2nd followed by on-campus classroom sessions starting the week of Monday January 8thSee the course descriptions by clicking on Institute names above for the class meeting times and for other courses that are only online with no on-campus meetings. 

Please see the Credit and Noncredit Course Options for more details. We are happy to discuss which option might be right for you, just contact us to set up an appointment: 413-538-3478 or graduateadmissions@mtholyoke.edu.

Please note that it is not possible to switch between the noncredit and credit options after December 19, 2017.

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Applicants are advised to check with the registrar at their home institutions regarding course credit transferability. Also, please note that undergraduate students electing to take summer or January term courses through Mount Holyoke Professional and Graduate Education are not eligible for financial aid from the College, but in some cases, students may apply for federal aid or private scholarship support.


Note to current Mount Holyoke undergraduate students: the Office of the Registrar accepts credits from Professional and Graduate Education courses. For details, consult the Registrar's Office website. Undergraduate and graduate credits for these courses are awarded on a Mount Holyoke Professional and Graduate Education transcript.