Academic Calendar

2012-2013 Academic Year

Fall Semester, 2012

Chalon Orientation

June 29 - 30

Doheny Orientation

July 20 - 21

Transfer Orientation

August 3

Graduate Orientation

August 18

Fall Semester begins

August 20

Labor Day Holiday

September 3

Mid-Semester Break

October 11 - 12

Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 22 - 23


Dec. 3 - 9

Spring Semester, 2013

Chalon Orientation

January 7

Doheny Orientation

January 7

Graduate Orientation

January 5

Spring Semester begins

January 7

Presidents Day Holiday

February 18

Spring Break

March 4 - March 8

Good Friday, no classes

March 29

Easter Monday

(Academic Holiday)

April 1


April 29 - May 2


May 6

2013-2014 Academic Year

Fall Semester, 2013

Chalon Orientation

June 29-30

Doheny Orientation

July 20-21

Transfer Orientation


Graduate Orientation


Fall Semester begins

August 26

Labor Day Holiday

September 2

Mid-Semester Break

October 17-18

Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 28-29


Dec. 9-12

Spring Semester, 2014

Chalon Orientation


Doheny Orientation


Graduate Orientation


Spring Semester begins

January 13

Presidents Day Holiday

February 17

Spring Break

March 10-14

Good Friday, no classes

April 18

Easter Monday

(Academic Holiday)

April 21


May 5-8



Summer Session Calendars

Consult the Registrar’s Office or the specific program office for more information regarding the summer calendars for the Weekend College, A.D.N., Accelerated Nursing, and Graduate programs offered during summer sessions.

The College

History of Mount St. Mary’s College

Mount St. Mary’s College offers a Catholic liberal arts education in a variety of undergraduate fields of study, as well as innovative graduate programs for professional men and women on two historic Los Angeles campuses.

Founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the original campus was located at St. Mary’s Academy, at Slauson and Crenshaw Boulevards in Los Angeles. Property was purchased in the Santa Monica Mountains in 1927 and that site in Brentwood became the Chalon Campus which is home to the College's traditional baccalaureate degree programs.

The Doheny Campus near Downtown Los Angeles, once the historic Doheny estate, opened in 1962. It offers graduate, educational credential, accelerated nursing, baccalaureate weekend college and associate degree programs, many in an evening and weekend format.

Mission Statement

Mount St. Mary’s College offers a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences to a diverse student body. As a Catholic college primarily for women, we are dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. Our measure of success is graduates who are committed to using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their environments, and the world.

The Religious Commitment

The Catholic commitment of the College manifests itself in many ways. It is found in opportunities for worship. It is found in academic programs where ethical considerations are examined and faith and reason intersect. It is found in the way the College aspires to remarkable service and values each member of the community. It is found on both campuses where beauty and environmental concerns are palpable. Thus, the College embodies convictions supportive of lives of commitment and Christian concern in a secular society.

Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs is dedicated to educating and developing students so that they may embrace a life-long commitment to learning and self-reflection and enjoy satisfying and relevant lives of leadership and service. Students on both campuses are invited to participate in a wide variety of religious, social and leadership programs and avail themselves of services in career counseling, on-campus living, fitness, and learning support. Details of these services and activities are contained within the Student Affairs section of the baccalaureate program and the Student Affairs section of the associate program.

The Alumnae Association

The Alumnae Association supports the mission and goals of the College by strengthening the bond of loyalty between the College and its former students. This relationship is maintained by communications, continuing education, social events, and fundraising.

The Alumnae Association is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Its members qualify for membership in the American Association of University Women; the International Federation of Catholic Alumnae; Kappa Gamma Pi, the honor society for outstanding graduates from Catholic colleges; and Delta Epsilon Sigma, honor society for graduates of Catholic universities and colleges.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

MSMC Undergraduate Learning Goals

Our Undergraduate Learning Goals are a unified statement of the outcomes of a Mount St. Mary’s College education. This education is guided by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, which embraces the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities to educate the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. The outcomes represent the College’s commitment to helping our students become reflective individuals who use their knowledge, skills, and imagination to serve their communities and our world.

A Mount St. Mary’s graduate will demonstrate depth of learning through being proficient in the content and methods of her/his discipline or field.

The graduate will demonstrate breadth of learning through mastery of the liberal arts and sciences as appropriate to the degree. In particular, a graduating student will be a(n):

Complex Thinker who applies investigation, critical thinking, and analytic and decision-making skills to identify and solve problems effectively.

Clear communicator who effectively conveys ideas, opinions, and facts in written and oral form.

Informed and participatory citizen with a commitment to service and an appreciation for the environment in which she/he lives.

Effective Leader and Contributor who takes initiative, functions as a team member, makes sound moral judgments, and works in a global context.

Life-Long Learner who appreciates and is curious about the world in which she/he lives.

Undergraduate Degree Program Descriptions

Associate Degree Program

Through the Associate in Arts Program on the Doheny Campus students have the opportunity to develop academic competencies and enhance their self-development through involvement on and off campus. Faculty and staff offer excellence in their specialized fields and show concern for the individual student.

Courses of study are offered which lead to degrees in Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Graphic Design, Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts, Media Communication, Nursing, and Pre-Health Sciences.

All students entering the Associate Degree program are required to complete placement tests in reading, writing, and math prior to registering for classes. Four semesters are usually required to complete the AA degree; students with deficiencies in mathematics or English skills may need one or two additional semesters.

This program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate program on the Chalon Campus or another institution or direct entry into a career after graduation.

Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Mount St. Mary's College offers courses of study leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Primarily these are offered at the Chalon Campus.

Within the liberal arts tradition, the curriculum provides the student with a broad and liberating background in the arts and sciences, and aims at developing his or her ability to communicate knowledge and to apply appropriate principles and techniques to particular problems. During the junior and senior years, the students pursue deeper study in their major areas of concentration and take related elective courses.

Baccalaureate Weekend College

The Weekend College on the Doheny Campus of Mount St. Mary’s College is an innovative approach to learning that provides working adults with the opportunity to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Applied Psychology, Liberal Arts, Gerontology, Sociology, English, Religious Studies, and English and Business Administration, and the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Business Administration, Sociology, Social Work, Film Media and Social Justice, and Criminology. In four years, students can earn their degrees while continuing to fulfill their full-time obligations to their careers and families.

The Weekend College is not an accelerated program. Instead, it is a complete college experience, based on traditional curricula whose content has been organized in new ways and then redistributed so that classes, which would traditionally be spread out evenly over a fifteen-week semester, are concentrated into six intensive weekends. These weekends are non-consecutive and are scheduled in such a way that there is a space of at least two weeks between each class weekend. Adult students, even if they work full-time during the week and have, in addition, family and personal obligations, are nevertheless able to perform comfortably and successfully if they have developed a reasonable degree of maturity and motivation. Those who take the full-time load of three courses per semester spend the whole day in classes on both Saturday and Sunday on each of the six weekend sessions.

The program is designed for both men and women, part-time or full-time students, and for those who bring with them transfer credits from other colleges as well as students who are just beginning their college education. The same teachers who exemplify Mount St. Mary’s academic excellence teach small classes. Students who receive a four-year bachelor's degree from the Weekend College (spend course comparable material hours in the classroom), receive the same outstanding quality of instruction, and are certified as possessing the same high level of knowledge and skills as the graduates of Mount St. Mary's renowned weekday college.

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate Learning Goals

A Mount St. Mary's graduate student will…

Demonstrate competence in techniques, concepts and knowledge specific to each area of study.

Demonstrate the ability to access, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information effectively.

Demonstrate research skills and methods through the ability to gather, document, investigate, analyze, interpret and evaluate information.

Disseminate and communicate information effectively in oral and written form.

Demonstrate knowledge of the implications of a diverse society to the profession and demonstrate the skills to address the moral and ethical challenges within the profession.*

* For graduate professional programs

Graduate Degree Program Descriptions

Masters Degree Programs/Teacher Credential Programs

Since 1931, the graduate division of Mount St. Mary's College has extended and deepened the work of the undergraduate departments by offering to qualified men and women the opportunity to pursue advanced courses and to obtain professional preparation.

Students may earn the degrees of Master of Arts in Humanities, Master of Arts in Religious Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Fine Arts in Cinema.

The graduate division also offers courses and fieldwork experiences that prepare the student for a California Teaching Credential in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabilities). These programs may be completed in conjunction with a Master of Science degree in Education. An advanced program in Instructional Leadership is offered for experienced teachers.

Doctoral Degree Program

Doctor in Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is an entry level professional program. It is a three-year program requiring full-time study. The curriculum integrates clinical and classroom experiences to maximize development of clinical reasoning skills.

Certificate Programs


Gerontology is the scientific study of aging. The aging processes are studied mainly from the aspects of biology, psychology and sociology, but there are added ethical, religious, and humanistic dimensions as well.

Requirements for the Certificate are listed in the Gerontology section of this catalog.

Library Facilities

The Charles Willard Coe Memorial Library, located on the Chalon Campus, is the principal library of Mount St. Mary's College. Constructed in 1947, the Coe Library houses the majority of print library materials for both campuses and also houses the Instructional Media Center, an Office of Institutional Technology, administered repository for non-print media, and the hardware necessary to non-print media use. The facility is intended primarily for individual and small group use but also circulates its sound and image collections for use in the classroom. There is a Computer Lab on the 4th floor and a 24 hour computer lab and study room on the 2nd floor.

The J. Thomas McCarthy Library on the Doheny Campus is housed in the Sr. Magdalen Coughlin Learning Complex.

The libraries serving the two campuses currently hold over 130,000 volumes and carry subscriptions to over 800 periodicals. Moreover, the libraries contain over 5500 titles of non-print media material. Print and non-print materials are lent from one library to the other to accommodate the changing curriculum and to meet the needs of faculty and students, who are also permitted to use both collections in person. The libraries hold subscriptions to a number of bibliographic and full-text on-line databases in a wide variety of academic subject areas. Please consult the Libraries’ Research Resources WebPages for a list of current subscriptions.

Center for Cultural Fluency

The Center for Cultural Fluency is housed within the J. Thomas McCarthy Library on the Doheny Campus. Established by the Education Department in 1995, the Center provides education students and teachers in Los Angeles with instructional materials for K-12 classrooms that portray the experiences and perspectives of the diverse cultures of Los Angeles. In addition to fiction and nonfiction books, the instructional materials collection includes videos, audiocassettes, pictures, posters, and software. Through the use of these materials, teachers expand their cultural fluency and provide more inclusive classroom environments and curricula.


The Archives Office holds college records, both administrative and academic, and other types of evidences, written and pictorial, associated with the history of the College. The Special Collections comprise notable holdings of the works of Cardinal Newman and western writer Frank Spearman. These are complemented by rare books and early editions of the Bible, St. Augustine, missals, theology, lives of the saints, devotional treatises as well as the classics, European and American history and literature. The Archives and Special Collections, located on the first floor of the Coe Library, are open Tuesday through Thursday mornings and by appointment.

Academic Calendar

Mount St. Mary's College operates on a semester calendar with Fall classes beginning in August and ending before Christmas. Spring semester begins in mid January and ends in mid-May. The College offers courses, workshops, and seminars during the summer. A separate schedule of summer offerings is published during the Spring.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In order to safeguard student educational records, Congress passed the Buckley Amendment in 1976. The Buckley Amendment is the basis of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act in which schools are charged with upholding the safety of student information. The primary focus of FERPA is to ensure that a student has reasonable access to his/her educational records and along with this openness must come the assurance of the privacy of the record. All information belongs to the student and cannot be released without written permission. The only exception to this written permission clause pertains to what the institution defines as directory information. Directory information is information the institution may publish and distribute without written consent. Mount St. Mary’s College considers the following items directory information:



Phone Number



Campus of Attendance

Degree Program

Degree(s) and Awards Received

Enrollment Status/Dates of Attendance

Students have the right to withhold all information, directory and non-directory, and can do this by filing an Information Hold Request with the Registrar’s Office. Requests to withhold information are granted for one semester. See current Student Handbook for more information.

Sexual Harassment

Mount St. Mary’s College recognizes and values the inherent human dignity of every individual. MSMC is committed to creating and maintaining a collegial environment which does not allow sexual harassment within or connected to the operation of this institution. Sexual harassment, in all its forms, will not be tolerated and MSMC is committed to ensuring that all faculty, staff, and students are given a safe and comfortable environment in which to develop and work to their full capacity. MSMC will take all reasonable steps to prevent harassment: to educate members of the college community about the issue; to promptly respond to allegations of harassment; and to discipline those who do not comply with the MSMC policy. Faculty, staff, and students have a legal right to raise the issue of sexual harassment without fear of retaliation. Supervisors shall take every complaint of sexual harassment seriously and all complaints will be appropriately investigated. Procedures for administration of this policy are described in the appropriate section of the Faculty Handbook, the Staff Handbook, and the Student Handbook.

For a complete description of the procedures for administration of the MSMC Sexual Harassment Policy, see the Student Handbook or request a copy of the document from the Office of Student Affairs.

Disability Policy

Mount St. Mary's College, in compliance with the state and federal laws and regulations including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), does not discriminate on the basis of disability in administration of its education-related programs and activities. We have an institutional commitment to provide equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities who are otherwise qualified. Students who believe they have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability, or have been denied access to services or accommodations required by law, should contact the appropriate campus disability services coordinator for resolution. Mount St. Mary's ADA/Section 504 Grievance Procedure is located in the Student Handbook and copies can be obtained upon request in the Campus Learning Centers or the Offices of Student Affairs. The policy may also be viewed on the college web site at

Technology Policy

This policy encompasses the use of the computer network and non-networked campus computers, e-mail, voice-mail, phone systems, Internet, Intranet, and the World Wide Web.

In support of its mission of preparing students for leadership in society and encouraging them to develop the intellectual competence and receptivity to new ideas necessary for concerned citizenship, the College maintains technology systems that allow students, faculty, administrators, and staff to pursue academic excellence and innovation through technology. The intent of this policy is to set down guidelines for all users of technology at Mount St. Mary’s College. This policy will be included in the Student Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, and the Staff Policies and Procedures Handbook. Violations by students will be evaluated by Student Affairs; violations by staff will be evaluated by the department head or Human Resources; and violations by faculty will be evaluated by the Academic Vice President. Cases potentially involving constitutionally protected free speech will be reviewed by the Academic Freedom Committee.

In keeping with the Catholic tradition of the College, all technology users are expected to uphold high ethical standards and adhere to the policy guidelines set out in the policy. Those violating the Technology policy may face penalties that may include restrictions on their use of technology or more severe sanctions, if circumstances warrant. All users of Mount St. Mary’s College computer technology must sign a User Agreement which states that they understand and agree to abide by the policy. For a complete document of the policy, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Legal Responsibility of the College

The College endeavors to safeguard students in the use of physical facilities, laboratories, and athletic equipment. It is clearly understood that students who use college facilities do so entirely at their own risk. The College has no legal responsibility for injury or other damages suffered by students on or off campus, or in travel to and from such activities, or for any expenses in connection therewith.

The Campuses

The Chalon Campus

The Chalon Campus is an impressive multi-level complex of buildings and gardens on a thousand-foot ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Getty Center and close to cultural enrichment and recreation. The architecture is white Spanish colonial, with arched walkways connecting many of the buildings. Mary Chapel occupies the central position on campus with wide stone stairways approaching it on two sides.

In the Charles Willard Coe Library, students have free access to library stacks and to special collections of art, music, and literature. The rare book treasury contains, among other rare editions, a fine collection of documents and manuscripts relating to the Oxford Movement and to John Henry Newman. Also housed in the library is the Instructional Media Center.

The Administration Building accommodates the offices of the President, Academic Vice President/Provost, Registrar, Business Office, Admissions, and science classrooms and laboratories.

The five-story Humanities Building contains classrooms, conference rooms, Chief Financial Officer, the Office of Student Financing, the Academic Advisement Center, Campus Ministry, special facilities for the Music Department, faculty, student, and administrative offices, the Learning Center, and the Health Services Center. The Campus Center which comprises nearly the entire first floor of the Humanities Building is used for social and academic functions.

Jose Drudis-Biada Hall, the art building, contains the fitness studio, art galleries, faculty offices, classrooms, studios, and Human Resources.

The three residence halls, Brady, Carondelet, and Rossiter, provide living accommodations and dining facilities for 400 students. There is also student housing in the Aldworth and Yates Buildings (formerly faculty housing). Students may choose singles, doubles, triples and private rooms. Lounge areas, kitchenettes and laundry facilities are conveniently arranged. The Women’s Leadership Office, Commuter Lounge and bookstore are located in Brady Hall.

An outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and a fitness center are located at the north end of the campus. A residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph is located north of the swimming pool and tennis courts. Parking is available in various areas on campus and in the parking structure which is located south of the Drudis-Biada Hall. To view a map of the campus click on Chalon map.

The Doheny Campus

The College expanded to a second campus in 1962. The Doheny Campus at Chester Place, near the intersection of the Harbor and Santa Monica Freeways, is located on property formerly owned by Edward L. Doheny and his wife, the Countess Estelle Doheny for whom the campus has been named. The two city blocks of Victorian residences in their setting of exotic trees and flowers have been converted to educational purposes. The Doheny Campus extends the educational opportunities which Mount St. Mary's College offers.

The northern part of the campus has been designated as the faculty area. Two of the Victorian residences, Buildings 1 and 2, have been converted to house most of the faculty offices, the office of the Weekend College, the Spiritual Development Program and the AA Dean. The Education Department is in Building 20 and the Psychology Department in Building 1.

The classroom and learning area of the campus is contained mainly in four buildings. Built in 1965 and renovated in 2006, the Ahmanson/Weingart Hall (Building 4) is a classroom building containing The Rose Hills Auditorium, smart technology classrooms, and science laboratories. In 1996 the Sr. Magdalen Coughlin Learning Complex was built (Buildings 3, 5, and 6) which house the McCarthy Library, the Cultural Fluency Center, the Learning Resource Center, a computer lab, student health center, nursing and physical therapy labs, and classrooms.

The student activities and affairs sector of the campus is contained in three buildings. The Carriage House for the Mansion (Building 8.5) has been renovated to contain the fitness center with access to the pool and tennis courts, the commuter lounge, and the physical plant offices. Building 7 contains the offices for Campus Ministry, Student Activities, ISAE, and Student Affairs. The second floor of Building 11 contains the offices of Women's Leadership and Career Services.

Two of the Victorian homes house most of the Administrative Support Services. Building 10 contains the office for the Graduate Dean, the Graduate Transition Center, Graduate Admissions and the Office of Institutional Planning and Research. The historic Doheny mansion (Building 8) houses Institutional Advancement, Public Relations, and Alumnae Relations Offices. Building 10.5 houses a mail room, copy center, and art classroom.

745 W. Adams contains student service offices including Admissions, the Registrar's Office, Student Financing, the Advisement Center, Business Office and Information Technology.

The residential sector of the campus is contained mainly in two buildings. In 1984, McIntyre Hall was built and contains student housing, the Donohue Conference Center and Our Lady of Mercy Chapel. In 2007, Hannon Hall was built and contains student housing and the residence life offices. Building 20 houses some student residents. Ahmanson Commons (Building 11) houses the Bon Appetit food service and dining areas.

Parking areas are on the Chester Place Mall, in campus lots, and in the Ken Skinner Parking Pavilion.

Building 17 houses the Child Development Center and the W. M. Keck Toddler Center, state-funded child care centers for young children. These centers serve students of diverse ethnic, linguistic, and social backgrounds from the surrounding area. Students in the Early Childhood and other programs fulfill assignments in child observation and participation at the Centers. Da Camera and faculty offices are also housed in this building. To view a map of the campus click on Doheny map.