Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions and Applications

How do I apply?

Apply for any of our programs through the online application. You will be asked to create an account profile and will be assigned a PIN that you will use to login to the application website. For more information, please contact our Admissions Coordinator at: 413-538-3478 or graduateadmissions@mtholyoke.edu.

Choose one of our programs:

Master of Arts in Teaching, Initial Licensure

Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Leadership

Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics

Professional Development Institutes

What are the admission requirements?

Requirements for each program can be found on the How to Apply page.

 

Is there an application fee?

Yes. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee due at the time of submission.

The fee can be waived if you have a waiver code. Codes are given out at open houses, online information sessions, conferences and other events.

Is an entrance exam required?

Entrance exams vary by program.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

M.A.T. applicants who are interesting in pursuing licensure must pass the Communications and Literacy Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) prior to entering the program. Additional MTELs and coursework may be required based on the applicant’s field of knowledge and undergraduate coursework.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics (M.A.T.M.)

No entrance exams are required when applying.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Leadership (M.A.T.L.)

No entrance exams are required when applying.

When are acceptance decisions made?

Completed applications are reviewed at the end of each month beginning in January and are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full.

Acceptance letters are sent as applications are approved.

What is the application deadline?

Deadlines for each program are available on the How to Apply page.

What is the cost for a program or course?

How many credits do I need to take?

Is there a fee if I decline acceptance?

No. When you are accepted you are asked to either make a deposit or decline. If you decline, you are not asked to pay a fee. However, if you make a deposit to secure your spot in the program and decide later to withdraw, you will lose your deposit.

Are scholarships or other funding available?

Can I defer for another year?

You may certainly defer for one year, but we require a deposit to secure your acceptance into the program. When the application process for the next session opens, you do not need to reapply. However, if you do not submit a deposit, you will have to reapply during the next application cycle.

Who do I contact with additional questions?

For questions about the classes or curriculum, please contact the Program Director:

Master of Arts in Teaching, Initial Licensure: Catherine Swift, at 413-538-2464 or cswift@mtholyoke.edu.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics: Michael Flynn, at 413-538-2654 or mflynn@mtholyoke.edu.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Leadership: Gwen Bass, at 413-538-3692 or gjbass@mtholyoke.edu.

For questions about the admissions process or the status of your application, please contact our Admissions Coordinator at 413-538-3478 or graduateadmissions@mtholyoke.edu.

Programs and Curriculum

Are your programs co-ed?

Yes. All of the programs in the Professional and Graduate Education division are gender-inclusive.

What graduate programs do you offer?

We offer three degree programs, as well as a number of professional institues and pathways.  We also offer some courses for non-matriculated students.

What teacher licensure areas can I pursue?

We offer initial licensure as well as the opportunity to pursue additional licenses.  Learn more about our teaching licensure programs.

Where can I see a description of coures offerings?

View the list of our graduate courses.

Can I take a course before enrolling in a program?

Some of the graduate courses at Mount Holyoke are offered for non-matriculated students. To take a single course before starting a degree program, you must first complete a non-degree application.

Can outside courses be transferred into a program?

Courses taken outside of Mount Holyoke College can be transferred in for content, but you still must take the required number of credits for your degree.

What are the academic policies for your programs?

The academic policies for our Professional and Graduate Education programs can be found in the course catalog and the Graduate Student Policies Handbook.

 

What's the difference between credit & non-credit?

Although both credit and noncredit options provide valuable skills for career advancement and the opportunity to network with other professionals, they are geared towards learners with different goals and needs. See the Credit and Noncredit Courses page for all of the details.

How does an online class work?

They work quite well as long as you make room in your life to successfully complete an academic course. Online courses are attractive because they allow you to complete a course without having to worry about getting to a classroom on time or altering your other scheduled activities. However, without the structure of a weekly schedule, you will have to be disciplined to devote time every day to your coursework.

If you are a current student or recent graduate, you are already accustomed  to using a learning management system such as Moodle or Blackboard and perhaps you have used some of the tools, such as forums, to hold discussions online with the instructor and your classmates.  The Moodle course site will be where you "attend your class sessions and participate by posting assignments as well as reading and responding to other posts. It can be a very rich learning environment that you can connect to from wherever you will be, but you have to remember that you must always be in a location with internet access. You will be doing a lot of reading and writing and may also watch some videos and complete other assignments online with your classmates.

There may be some times when the instructor wants to schedule a synchronous session when everyone is online at the same time. Our courses have a very good video conferencing tool to bring the class together for these special scheduled sessions.

How do I request a transcript of graduate courses?

Current Mount Holyoke undergraduate students who want to have a graduate course count as one of the 128 credits required for graduation should send a request to registrar@mtholyoke.edu. If the course was successfully completed (grade of C- or better), the Registrar will transfer the course credit to the undergraduate transcript. See the Transfer Credits from the Professional and Graduate program page for information about credit transfer and transcripts.

Students enrolled in another educational institution that would like to transfer the credit from Mount Holyoke graduate courses will need a transcript of coursework.  The Office of the Registrar at Mount Holyoke would be happy to send the transcript. Please follow the instructions below:

  • Go to the Registrar's Transcript page and download the Transcript Request Form.  
  • Complete the form and indicate that you want a transcript with grades for your Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE) courses.
  • Send the request by mail along with payment.  Federal law requires that the Registrar can only issue transcripts upon receipt of a signed request. Please remember to sign and date your request.
  • You will receive the transcript in a signed/sealed envelope. Check with the Registrar at your school before opening it because if you break the seal, it may become “unofficial.”

Campus Accommodations for Graduate Students

Is parking available for students?

Yes. During fall and spring terms all students must register their car (see Maggie Brown in the parking office for a graduate student parking permit) and have a valid parking pass to park on campus before 5 pm. The graduate student parking permit will allow you to park in any faculty/staff lot. In the summer term or January term, students may park in any student or visitor lot without a parking pass.

Is housing available on-campus?

Housing is not available in the dormitories, but students may be able to book a room at the Willits- Hallowell Conference Center and Hotel on campus. Other temporary local lodging alternatives are available.

Is dining available on-campus?

There are restaurants and other food options in the Village Commons, adjacent to the campus as well as through Campus Dining. Campus Dining will have limited hours over summer and January terms.

What hours are the library open?

The Library, Information and Technology Services (LITS) Complex — Williston Library, Miles-Smith, Info Commons, MEWS — is usually open from 8 am - 2 am during the fall and spring term, and limited hours otherwise. There are a number of resources available electronically from the library that you may also be able to access, regardless of the hours the building is open. For more information, please visit the LITS website.