How to Apply

Program Application Process 

Applicants interested in a degree program or taking a course for credit must complete an online application. Our professional and graduate institutes also offer intensive noncredit course options; for these courses there is not a formal application process, rather students fill out a registration form. Learn what the difference is between a class offered for credit versus a noncredit class.

To have your application reviewed by the admissions committee, students applying to degree programs and to take courses for credit must submit:

  • Your online application
  • An application fee
  • Official copies of your undergraduate transcripts, and
  • Other materials as required. 

Degree seeking applications will also be required to submit:

  • A personal statement 
  • 2 recommendations
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae


Students seeking admission into one of our graduate programs will need to provide at least two recommendations from people who will be able to reflect on their ability to be successful in graduate school and be an active contributor to our learning community. When requesting a letter of recommendation, please make sure it includes: how long they have known you, in what capacity they worked with you, and their assessment of your academic abilities, communication skills, motivation, creativity, and integrity, as well as any other qualities relevant to the program to which you are applying. 


Applications for programs and scholarships are accepted on a rolling basis, with seats in each cohort filled on a first-come, first served basis. Each program has a preferred deadline; applications submitted before the deadline will take first priority. After the preferred deadline, applications will be considered on a space-available basis for the programs, and a funding-available basis for scholarships.

Preferred Deadlines

  • Masters of Arts in Teaching: Rolling Admission
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics: May 30 for a summer start
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Leadership: May 30 for a summer start; December 15 for a spring start.

Applicants must submit electronic copies of all documents required for admission to the online application portal. As needed, test scores must be transmitted by the testing agency to the Professional and Graduate programs. The final official transcripts should be sent from your previous academic institution directly to the Professional and Graduate programs; only transcripts mailed or emailed directly from the issuing institution will be accepted. All submitted documents will be held for one (1) year and thereafter may be discarded.

We are currently accepting applications for fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021.

Additional Requirements for M.A.T. Applicants

Master of Arts in Teaching applicants seeking licensure should also submit:

  • Evidence that you are registered for or have passed the Communication & Literacy (01) Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).  If you have not yet taken the MTEL, you are still able to apply to the M.A.T. program.  When you meet with an advisor, they will provide further details on the timing of the necessary tests your particular license requires.
    • Note: in order to register for the MTEL, you must first have a MEPID number.  If you do not already have a MEPID number, please register for one.
  • A Field of Knowledge Review. Generally students will have an undergraduate major in their teaching discipline for which they are seeking licensure. The Field of Knowledge Review helps identify gaps in your knowledge that you would need to fill before being ready to apply for your initial teacher licensure.

Applications will not be reviewed unless they are complete.

Applications are reviewed by our admissions committee and interviews will be granted to select candidates (in person, by phone, or videoconference).

Requirements for International Students

The College defines international students as those who do not hold US citizenship or US permanent residency or qualify for US refugee or DACA status. If your academic documents and letters of recommendation are not in English, you must submit notarized translations along with original documents. Translations are also required for any documents submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services. Transcripts, standardized test results and English proficiency results are expected to be submitted as official documents. Academic transcripts must be submitted directly from your school and test results must be sent by official test organizations.

English Proficiency Exam

Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of their proficiency, usually by submitting TOEFL or IELTS results. Mount Holyoke has no minimum score, although the average TOEFL score is over 100, the average IELTS score is over 7. Please refer to the test agency's score reporting procedures to request your official score report: TOEFL, IELTS (electronic score reporting is accepted by MHC) Mount Holyoke does not "superscore" English proficiency results; if multiple test results are submitted, the Admission Committee will review all results, usually putting most emphasis on the test date with the highest composite result. Based on native language and secondary school language of instruction, or college school language of instruction, or work experience in an English speaking country, a waiver of this requirement may be granted by contacting the graduate programs office 48 hours after the application and required academic credentials have been submitted. If a waiver is approved, but the Admission Committee needs more information to assess the readiness of a candidate, the Committee may request English proficiency testing, a writing sample or an interview at a later date.

Transcript Evaluation

All students with a Bachelors degree from a college or university outside of the United States must have their transcript evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). This will provide us with a credential evaluation that compares your academic accomplishments to standards in the U.S. or Canada. This report helps us better understand your educational background. A report from WES identifies and describes your credentials; verifies that your credentials are authentic; may include a grade point average (GPA) equivalency; and includes an evaluation of the authenticity of your documents.

Scholarship Application Process

Scholarship and Fellowship Applications are available online.

Details about each of the different types of scholarships and fellowships, as well as partnerships that provide scholarships, discounts, or other educational funding support are available here.


Applications for scholarships are accepted on a rolling basis, on a first-come, first served basis. Each program has a preferred deadline; applications submitted before the deadline will take first priority. After that scholarship applications will be considered on a funding-available basis.

Preferred Deadlines

  • Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.): Rolling
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (M.A.T.M.): April 30
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Leadership (M.A.T.L.): April 30

We are currently accepting scholarship applications for fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact us at: or 413-538-3478.

How are Applications Evaluated?

Admission to our programs are based on a holistic evaluation that includes your academic qualifications, your interests and experiences relative to the program, and the capacity of the program.  Academic qualifications are judged on a number of criteria that may include grades on individual courses, overall grade point average, accreditation status of prior colleges/universities attended, standardized test scores, language proficiency, strength of recommendation letters, and additional criteria specified by the academic program.  We assess interest and experience relative to the program through your personal essay, history of prior research and work experience, and in some cases, through personal interviews.  The academic program determines its capacity for admitting new students based on its current resources and enrollment of continuing students in the program.

Please note that satisfying minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission; admissions decisions are based on a competitive evaluation and are sometimes limited by capacity constraints.

An admissions committee will review your documents and submit a recommendation to admit or reject the application.  You will receive a formal notification of the final decision at the contact address provided in your application.

What types of students need to apply?

Types of Students

Degree-seeking student

Students seeking a master’s degree should complete the Degree Program Application.

Nondegree-seeking student

Graduate Level courses (for credit): Students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to take graduate level courses for credit but not to pursue a graduate degree may enroll as nondegree graduate students.  Applicants must provide transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).  Students who later decide to seek a degree must meet requirements for regular admission and may petition to have the credits taken as a nondegree student applied toward their degree.  Students interested in this option should complete the Nondegree Program Application and select “Graduate Level” as the level of course you are applying for. If you need additional guidance to complete the application, please call 413-538-3478 or email

Noncredit courses: Our professional and graduate institutes offer intensive noncredit course options that provide learners with valuable skills for career advancement and the opportunity to network with other professionals. There is not a formal application process, rather students fill out a non-credit course registration form. After a class begins, it is not possible to switch between the noncredit and credit options. If you need additional guidance to complete the application, please call 413-538-3478 or email

Learn what the difference is between a class offered for credit versus a noncredit class.

Deferral Policy

Mount Holyoke College Graduate Programs will grant accepted applicants a one-year deferral, with the same scholarship amount originally offered. A request for deferral must be made in writing and be accompanied with a non-refundable $500 deposit by the reply date on your acceptance letter.