Frequently Asked Questions

Professional Institutes and Graduate Courses FAQ   

Can I sign up for your courses if I am not enrolled in one of your graduate degree programs?

Can I apply if I do not have a bachelor’s degree? 

What is the difference between a class offered for credit  and a noncredit class?

What is the maximum number of courses that I can take?

I am interested in taking an online course. How do they work?

I need a little more help with my online application.

I have submitted my online application. Now what?

Are scholarships and fellowships available?

I have registered for my courses, but now want to take different classes.  What do I do?

Is parking available for students?

Is housing available on-campus?

Is dining available on-campus?

Will hours are the library open?

How do I request a transcript of the graduate course that I completed at Mount Holyoke? 

What happens in the case of inclement weather?



Can I sign up for your courses if I am not enrolled in one of your graduate degree programs?

Yes! Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent can apply to take courses offered through our  Professional Development Institutes and gain graduate credit by applying online as a nondegree student. 

If you are an undergraduate (junior or senior) student, you are also eligible to apply for our graduate courses and transfer the credit toward your degree requirements, but you must check with your college registrar to confirm that this would apply to your specific situation.

In both cases, your application will be reviewed and must be accepted before you can register for courses.


Can I apply if I do not have a bachelor’s degree? 

If you have significant work experience in a related field that is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, you may be eligible. Alternatively, if you are mainly interested in the course content for professional development and not credit, we recommend that you register to take the course for noncredit.  


What is the difference between a class offered for credit  and a noncredit class?

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.


What is the maximum number of courses that I can take?

There is no actual maximum, but you should consider other activities and commitments that you may have while you are enrolled.  You should also be aware that credit-bearing courses, whether taken in an online, classroom or hybrid format, are very intensive when taken during a short term.  We advise you to take no more than two accelerated courses concurrently.


I am interested in taking an online course. How do they 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.


I need a little more help with my online application.

Please see this downloadable tutorial to help you.


I have submitted my online application. Now what?

You will receive a message by email with further instructions. If your application was accepted, you will be directed to register for courses. If you do not receive an email, please contact us at 413-538-3478 or graduateadmissions@mtholyoke.edu.


Are scholarships and fellowships available?

Yes! We offer both scholarships and fellowships for students, please the Resources for Funding your Education page for more information. To apply for a scholarship, go to our online application portal, click on Start New Application and then select Scholarship/Fin Aid and follow the directions to apply for a scholarship or fellowship. If you have any questions about filling in the scholarship or fellowship application, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: 413-538-3478 or graduateadmissions@mtholyoke.edu. We also recommend you explore other external sources of funding such as employer tuition assistance, veteran’s benefits, outside scholarships, or grants.  If you are mainly interested in the course content for professional development and do not need academic credit, you may want to see if the course is offered in a noncredit format which has a reduced cost.


I have registered for my courses, but now want to take different classes.  What do I do?

Log back in to my.mtholyoke.edu. The College's my.mtholyoke system is our secure online self-service tool for students and faculty to access central administrative and academic records. Most instructions for how to use my.mtholyoke and the Self-Service Menu options within it are available within my.mtholyoke on its Help Site.


Is parking available for students?

During Fall and Spring terms all students must register their car and have a valid parking pass to park on campus before 5pm. In the  Summer Term or January Term, student 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 local lodging alternatives are on the Mount Holyoke website


Is dining available on-campus?

There are restaurants and other food options in the Village Commons, adjacent to the campus as well as through the campus dining centers.


What hours are the library open?

The LITS Complex (Williston Library, Miles-Smith, Info Commons, MEWS) is usually open from 8am - 2am during the fall and spring term, and limited hours otherwise. See the LITS calendar for more details. 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.


How do I request a transcript of the graduate course that I completed at Mount Holyoke? 

Current Mount Holyoke students who want to have a graduate course count as one of the 128 credits required for undergraduate 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 more information about credit transfer and transcripts here: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/registrar/transfer-credits-professional-and-graduate-education

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 PDF.  
  • Complete the form and indicate that you want a transcript with grades for your Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE) courses. All of your PaGE courses will appear on this nonmatriculated student transcript.
  • 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.”


What happens in the case of inclement weather?

Our normal college policies are in effect. See the Adverse Weather page for more details.  If you are taking a course on-campus, be sure to check with your instructor and the MHC Weather Line: 413-538-2330 for information on curtailed operations during inclement weather.