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

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 interested 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.

In order to register for the MTEL, you must create an ELAR account and receive a MEPID number.

How to create an ELAR account and receive a MEPID number

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

Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics: Michael Flynn, at 413-538-2063 or

Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Leadership: Jemelleh Coes at

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

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 institutes and pathways. We also offer some courses for non-matriculated students, as well as courses not for credit.

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 course 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?

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Mount Holyoke College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements — a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

Learn more about Mount Holyoke's participation in SARA

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.

Procedures for Graduate Students

How do I apply for an extension or incomplete?

Incompletes and extensions are not part of the regular academic plan. These are to be used to address unanticipated emergencies only. During the semester, course instructors have full discretion with regard to the granting of extensions when students need extra time to complete assignments or examinations. Prior to the last class in a given semester, however, students who need an extension must consult with their instructor. In order to be eligible for an extension to complete work for a course beyond the end of the semester a student must document a medical or personal emergency that could not have been anticipated which prevents them from completing the final work in a course.

Faculty are not allowed to accept work after the noon deadline on the last day of the examination period unless a student has an authorized extension. Students are strongly advised to plan ahead as much as possible and request an authorized extension.

How to apply for an extension/incomplete:

  1. Students formally requests an extension using this form prior to the last class for the given semester.
  2. The formal online request details the process fully and will be sent to our Executive Director for review.
  3. The Executive Director will consult with the course instructor when determining whether to grant/deny the extension/incomplete.
  4. The student and instructor will be informed of the final decision.
  5. If approved the student and the instructor will finalize an agreed upon date for the extension.
  6. All outstanding work must be completed in compliance with the agreed upon timeline in order to continue with your academic plan.

How do I withdraw from a course?

  1. Withdrawals must be processed prior to the deadline set in the academic calendar for that semester in order to be eligible for a “W” on the transcript.
  2. Student meets with advisor to request dropping course.
  3. Advisor discusses options so student understands that he/she will be responsible for paying for the course again (when retaken) and that a % of the current course charges will be charged (as indicated on the SFS website) depending on when the dates of the withdraw occur in the semester
  4. Upon advisor approval, advisor/student contact professor(s) to indicate plan
  5. Student:
  • Completes required withdraw form through the Registrar.
  • Gets professor signature.
  • Submits to Registrar on the ‘prior to date’ indicated on academic calendar.

How do I voluntary withdrawal from the College?

Official notification must be given by the student in order to withdraw from the College.  A student may withdraw by logging into my.mtholyoke, selecting Requests & Applications from the Self-Service Menu, and then selecting "Withdraw from the College" to access the online form to complete and submit.  

A student should contact Student Financial Services to determine how a withdrawal will affect the student's financial aid. A partial tuition refund may also be available.

What are the health requirements?

Graduate-level commuter students and student teachers working in-person in schools should have their full set of immunizations, including COVID-19 vaccination, before coming to campus or starting their student teaching.

Students will need to submit the required information to meet the health requirements. The My Health Connection portal must be used to complete the required health forms. Your user name and password for the portal is the same to access my.mtholyoke. Below is a list of all forms that you must complete.

  • Immunization Records: After entering the dates online, you will need to submit a verified copy of your immunization record which includes: Covid-19 vaccine, 2 doses of MMR vaccine, 2 doses of varicella vaccine, 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine, one dose of meningitis vaccine within the past 5 years, one dose of Tdap vaccine. Please view the instructions. Submit a copy from your physician's office for verification.
  • Medical history form
  • Tuberculosis Screening Form: TB Testing Form may be required. This is located within the Downloadable Forms Section.