Veteran Affairs

Mount St. Mary's College is approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE) to certify veterans and other eligible persons so they may use their education benefits. We adhere to the guidelines for Institutions enrolling and certifying veterans and other eligible persons: develop standards for maintaining adequate records, policies for satisfactory progress, previous education and training, conduct, attendance, and graduation requirements and all other requirements in accordance with Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 21-4253.

Certifying Officials

The Certifying Official for Mount St. Mary's College is responsible for the accurate and prompt certification of enrollments and changes in enrollment of eligible students to the VA. The certifying official is an employee of Mount St. Mary's College, not the VA. The certifying official cannot determine eligibility for VA Educational Benefits.

For more information on your Veteran Affairs Certification, contact the Registrar’s Office.

International Students

Mount St. Mary's is certified to issue the I–20 form required for an F–1 student visa to study in the United States. To secure an I–20, the student must be admitted to the college and show proof of ability to meet all academic and personal expenses while in the United States. See International Student Admission Procedures for more information on how to apply.

International students enrolled in a traditional undergraduate program must enroll in at least 12 units per semester (Fall and Spring), while those in the ADN program must enroll in at least 8 units per semester (Spring, Fall and Summer) in order to maintain F-1 visa status. For all other purposes, such as Financial Aid, academic, private lenders, enrollment verification and reporting, F-1 undergraduate students are expected to enroll in a minimum of 12 units per semester.

It is the responsibility of the F-1 Visa Student to maintain lawful status.

Associate in Arts Degrees

Through the Associate in Arts Program students have the opportunity to develop academic competencies. Faculty and staff offer learning support in their specialized fields and show concern for the individual student. The fundamental goal of this program is to provide knowledge and skills for an enriched life and the foundation for further education. Students in the AA Program also are able to explore various options in determining careers and the skills necessary for employment.

All courses are transferable to the Mount St. Mary's College Baccalaureate degree program unless otherwise stated. Students wishing to transfer to other four year campuses should consult the colleges of their choice about the transferability of courses.

Students who enter the Associate in Arts degree program are required to complete a series of tests including reading, writing and math prior to registering for classes. These proficiency tests must be passed before students may receive their AA degree or transfer to the Baccalaureate degree at the Chalon Campus.

Specializations in the AA Liberal Arts degree are designed to prepare students for transfer to a Baccalaureate program or employment upon graduation.

Four semesters are usually required to complete the AA degree. Students with academic deficiencies may need an additional semester. Students may continue in the AA program for 6 semesters in order to fulfill requirements to graduate or to transfer to the Baccalaureate program. Students must be enrolled in an English course every semester until they have successfully completed ENG 6A and 6B and/or ENG 1A and 1B.

Majors Offered

Mount St. Mary's College confers the Associate in Arts degree with the following majors:

Business Administration

Early Childhood Education

Graphic Design

Health and Human Services

Liberal Arts

Media Communication

Nursing (ADN program)

Pre-Health Science

A complete description of the requirements for each major as well as course descriptions may be found in the Courses of Instruction section of this catalog.

Students are governed by the catalog under which they enter MSMC. If subsequent catalogs have changes in major/minor or general studies requirements, which are in the students’ favor, they may be substituted at the option of the student. Changes in College policies and procedures apply to all students.

Academic Policies

Graduation with Honors (Associate in Arts Degree)

Graduation With Honors shall be granted to a student who has earned the Associate in Arts degree and achieved a cumulative 3.5 grade point average at the end of term prior to the last term of attendance.

The student's grade point average will be calculated on the basis of grades earned at Mount St. Mary's College, as well as college course credits and grades earned prior to the time of matriculation.

Courses completed at another institution after matriculation are not computed into the cumulative grade point average with the exception of approved exchange programs.

Inter-Program Transfer

Mount St. Mary's College offers students who begin their studies in the Associate degree program the opportunity to transfer to the Baccalaureate program. Students wishing to transfer must have completed two semesters at MSMC with a 2.4 grade point average, have passing scores on the proficiency tests, have completed ENG 1A, and take the following steps:

  1. The requirements and the Program Change Application can be accessed through the MSMC website, by clicking on: Academics, Undergraduate Associate Programs. Obtain the signatures of the academic advisor, the testing coordinator (LRC), and the inter-program transfer coordinator.
  2. If requesting to transfer to the Liberal Studies major, have the transfer form approved by the Liberal Studies Advisor.
  3. Have completed ENG 1A and be enrolled in ENG 1B (if not already completed) during the first semester at the Chalon Campus.
  4. Submit this form to the Inter-Program Transfer Office to obtain verification of transferable units and cumulative GPA.

Students who transfer prior to receiving their AA degree cannot request it retroactively.

However, if a student is missing no more than 6 units to earn an AA degree and has a minimum cum GPA of 2.4, she may be granted permission to take all of her classes at the Chalon Campus. The student needs to have applied to graduate at the end of the semester and speak to her advisor and the Interprogram Transfer coordinator about her desire to earn an AA degree. She will still be considered an AA degree seeking student (a Doheny student) during that semester. She will apply for an interprogram transfer into the Baccalaureate program during that first Chalon semester.

Students will be notified of their preliminary acceptance into the Baccalaureate program by the Intercampus Transfer Office. Students will be notified of final approval after the verification of semester grades.

Integration of Theory and Practice

The Associate of Arts program integrates theory and practice in an endeavor to relate personal growth and learning to the more practical aspects of life. Opportunities for experience can occur both inside and outside the college.

The Introduction to College Studies course (SPR 85) facilitates the incoming student's adjustment to the demands of college life by teaching skills for personal effectiveness and presenting strong female role models in various careers. Students work in small groups with staff and peer counselors to discuss concerns, explore values and goals, and practice communication skills.

Social Action/Fieldwork extends the learning process beyond campus limits. The student becomes aware of important issues in society. Opportunities are offered for career-related experiences and the blending of theory and practice. In Social Action or Service Learning courses, the student performs supervised volunteer services such as tutoring, hospital volunteer work, child care, home visiting, and the like. In Field Work the student engages in supervised fieldwork as determined by the major.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of at least 60 semester units with a grade point average of 2.0 (a C average) for all college work undertaken at Mount St. Mary's College.
  2. Residency Requirement: 30 of the last 39 units must be taken at MSMC
  3. Required Courses

Required courses:

Communication Skills - GS I (minimum of 6 units)

ENG 6A/B

Written Communication and Analytical Reading

(3,3)

 

or

 

ENG 1A/B

Freshman English

(3,3)

Critical Thinking - GS II (0 units)

Arts and Sciences - GS III (minimum of 9 units)

Must be at least three units from three of the following categories:

A/B. Art, Music, Literature

ART 2

Design I

(3)

ART 5

Fundamentals of Art

(3)

ART 7

Experience in the Visual Arts

(3)

MUS 6

Varieties of Music

(3)

ENG 12

Literary Analysis

(3)

ENG 15

Literature & Society

(3)

ENG 16

Literature & the Human Experience

(3)

ENG 17

Literary Focus

(3)

ENG 25

Mythmaking: Quest for Meaning

(3)

ENG 27

Women in Quest

(3)

ENG 28

Contemporary Issues in World Literature

(3)

C/G. History, Contemporary Economics, Politics

HIS 1A

Western Civilization I

(3)

HIS 1B

Western Civilization II

(3)

HIS 25

Geography

(3)

HIS 75

Contemporary America

(3)

ECO 2

Macroeconomics

(3)

POL 1

American Government

(3)

 

 

 

D. Natural, Physical Sciences

BIO 5

Life Science

(3)

BIO 10

Health Science

(3)

BIO 50A

Anatomy

(4)

BIO 50B

Physiology

(4)

PHS 1

Scientific Concepts

(3)

F. Social, Behavioral Sciences

ECO 1

Microeconomics

(3)

POL 2

Introduction to World Politics

(3)

PSY 1

General Psychology

(3)

PSY 12

Child/Human Development

(3)

SOC 1

Introduction to Sociology

(3)

SOC 6

Family, Child and Community

(3)

Language & Culture - GS IV (0 units)

Religious Studies - GS V.A (minimum of 3 units)

RST 21

Contemporary Catholicism

(3)

RST 23

Spiritual Journeys of Women

(3)

RST 25

Theology of Marriage and Family

(3)

RST 41

Intro to Christian Ethics

(3)

RST 45

Contemporary Issues in Christian Ethics

(3)

RST 61

World Religions

(3)

RST 70

Faith and Human Development

(3)

RST 78

Death and Afterlife

(3)

Philosophy - GS V.B (minimum of 3 units)

PHI 5

Intro to Logic

(3)

PHI 10

Critical Thinking

(3)

PHI 15

Intro to Philosophy

(3)

PHI 16

Philosophy Through Culture

(3)

PHI 21

Moral Values & Ethical Decisions

(3)

PHI 92

Intro to Business Ethics

(3)

Diversity - GS VI (minimum of 3 units)

ART 5

Fundamentals of Art

(3)

ENG 27

Women in Quest

(3)

HIS 25

Cultural Geography

(3)

MUS 6

Varieties of Music

(3)

PHI 15

Challenges in Philosophy

(3)

PHI 21

Moral Values

(3)

PHI 92

Business Ethics

(3)

POL 2

Introduction to World Politics

(3)

RST 61

World Religions

(3)

RST 78

Death and Afterlife

(3)

SOC 1

Introduction to Sociology

(3)

SOC 6

Family, Child and Community

(3)

Quantitative Literacy - GS VII (minimum of 3 units):

At least 3 units from either category

A. Quantitative Literacy 1 (QL1)

BUS 16AB

Accounting Principles I,II

(4,4)

MTH 50

Elementary Number Systems

(3)

NUR 20

Adaptation Model Nursing Theory

(2)

NUR 30

Pharmacology

(2)

PHI 5

Introduction to Logic

(3)

PHI 10

Critical Thinking

(3)

B. Quantitative Literacy 2 (QL2)

MTH 1

Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry

(4)

MTH 10

Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Ideas

(3)

MTH 28

Mathematical Analysis for Business

(3)

MTH 38

Elements of Probability and Statistics

(3)

MTH 51

Elements of Geometry and Statistics

(3)

PHS 1

Scientific Concepts

(3)

PSY 40

Basic Statistical Methods

(3)

SOC 38

Social Statistics

(3)

4. Required Course: Introduction to College Studies (SPR 85) is required of all freshmen entering college with fewer than 24 units.

5. Required Course: A student is required to have at least one unit of Social Action (SPR 60) or a course with service learning (SOC 1) or a course with an internship or field work (eg. EDU 39).

6. Double counting: A course may not fulfill more than one category in Area III. At most three units of the nine unit minimum in Area III may be double counted in other General Studies areas.

7. SOC 1 may triple count for the following General Studies requirements for the AA degree only: Social and Behavioral Sciences - IIIF, Diversity - VI, satisfaction of Social Action requirement.

8. Completion of program requirements. (Listed under departments.)

9. A maximum of four units of SPR and PED combined may be applied to requirements for the Associate degree.

10. For the Associate degree, 24 semester units must be completed during the last two semesters at Mount St. Mary's College. Of these, a minimum of 12 semester units must be in students’ major and earned in regular course work.

11. In order to participate in commencement exercises, students must have completed all requirements for graduation.

12. Skill in writing, reading, and basic math evidenced by passing scores in proficiency tests.

13. The student must file a graduation application in the Registrar’s Office by the end of the term prior to the term of completion.

Academic Support Services

Academic Advisement Center

The Academic Advisement Center coordinates all advisement for the traditional undergraduate programs at both Chalon and Doheny campuses. All students are assigned an advisor with whom they plan their academic programs. The advisor assists in clarifying the requirements in the general studies program and major department. Students must meet with their advisor at least once each semester in order to register for classes for the following term. Entering students meet with an advisor at Orientation to discuss their first semester courses at the Mount. Placement testing sessions to determine proper course placement are held during the summer prior to New Student Orientation. Information regarding Orientation is sent to new students after tuition deposits have been made.

To further serve the student’s advisement needs, the Academic Advisement Center functions as a drop-in office for on-going guidance and referral services. Help in understanding and following college policies is always available. The staff, along with student assistants, provides information on many aspects of college life and can clarify many academic procedures. Although the individual faculty advisors and the Advisement Center staff make every effort to provide advisement for the student, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to see that all procedures are followed and requirements fulfilled.

Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center conducts the English Skills Labs, supervises students still working for achievement in reading, writing, and math proficiencies, and provides tutors for general areas of the undergraduate curriculum. Students in developmental English writing classes spend an assigned hour a week receiving instruction in diagnosed grammatical and compositional skills not yet mastered. With tutors, computer or AV aids, students also work to acquire a certain proficiency in reading, writing, and basic math. Students may also request a tutor or organize a study group for other areas of the curriculum, e.g., psychology, philosophy, sociology, math, general science, religious studies, etc.

Students are encouraged to make appointments for any extra time they may need, but occasionally drop-ins can also be accommodated.

Skills Programs

The ability to communicate is one of the basic tools of learning. A student must be able to receive and to transmit information accurately. This process involves reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as understanding non-verbal messages. A student must be able to think logically and practically apply critical thinking to real scenarios and situations at hand. In order to facilitate the acquisition of these tools, the following programs are offered:

College Skills

Specialized courses in areas such as study skills, reading, math, and English are provided for students whose previous performance and/or test results indicate they might experience academic difficulty. These courses are required for students who are academically underprepared.

Summer Skills Workshop

The Workshop in Study Skills, offered prior to freshman year, enables interested students to get a better start in their college careers. Students receive one unit of AA credit for successfully completing a class in study skills and two other classes chosen from classes in writing, math, reading, and studying the sciences.

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.

The J. Thomas McCarthy Library on the Doheny Campus is housed in the Sr. Magdalen Coughlin Learning Complex. In addition to the library, this building houses the Education Department’s Center for Cultural Fluency and, adjacent to the library, the 24-hour Kelly study room.

The libraries serving the two campuses currently hold over 130,000 titles and carry subscriptions to about 1000 print periodicals titles. (The OIT-administered IMTC contains over 5500 titles of non-print media material.) Print and non-print materials are lent from one campus 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. Our libraries provide access to Link+, a consortium collection of over 15,000,000 unique book titles, and hold subscriptions to over 40,000 web-based book and periodical titles in all academic subjects. Please consult the Libraries’ Research Resources WebPages for a list of current subscriptions.

Computer Labs

The main student computer lab on the Doheny campus is located in Bldg. 3, room B-104, has 25 networked DellHP workstations. The majority of workstations have the Windows XP Pro (or newer) operating system and printers available, email access, word processing, and internet access. The computer lab is available on a walk-in, space available basis. Lab assistants are generally available during lab hours to assist with questions and equipment needs.The lab is open daily Monday through Saturday and Weekend College Sundays for student use.

A.A. Student Cross-Enrollment at Chalon

Associate of Arts students may take a limited number of units in the baccalaureate program. Ordinarily students admitted to the AA Program do not take classes at Chalon during their first semester. However, if there is need for a sequence course such as biology, chemistry, math, or music, a maximum of eight units may be taken during the first two semesters. Unless noted in program requirements, AA students do not take upper division courses until completion of ENG 1B. (Chalon students have priority registration for Chalon classes; Doheny students for Doheny classes.)

After two (2) semesters in the AA Program, students with a 2.4 cum GPA may take a maximum of seven (7) units in the baccalaureate program during their third semester and as many as nine (9) units during their fourth semester.

Student Affairs

Student Affairs is here to provide you with the opportunities, experiences and support that make your education a complete and successful endeavor. This happens through a wide variety of co-curricular offerings in multiple departments, including the Ambassador Program, Campus Ministry, Career Services and Internships, Community Engagement, Counseling and Psychological Services, Fitness Education, Health Services, Learning Assistance Programs, Orientation, Residence Life, Security, Student Programming and Commuter Services, the Student Newspaper (The Oracle), and Women’s Leadership. We encourage you to get involved in any of our programs. The Student Affairs Office also publishes the Chalon Student News so that you can always find out what’s going on in student life. If you have any problems or concerns come to Student Affairs and we will do our best to assist you.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry invites students to deepen their awareness of the spiritual dimension of life, which is the heart of a Mount St. Mary’s education. We are Catholic in our roots and vision, and welcome the opportunity to serve students of every religious affiliation or none at all. We respect the freedom of each person’s conscience and unique path, while offering the rich resources of the Catholic tradition.

The mission of Campus Ministry is (1) to support the Catholicity of the college, in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph; (2) to support the spiritual development of the entire Mount community, and (3) to foster educated, committed service to both Church and society.

The Campus Ministry team is comprised of professional and student Ministers. Together, we work to provide opportunities for many aspects of Worship, Spirituality, the building of Community-on-Campus, Festivities, Service to others and action for global Justice. We offer assistance to those who are thinking about becoming Catholic, or about being baptized, confirmed, or receiving first communion. We are here to provide you with support and care in the joyful and the challenging times of your life.

Everyone is invited to come by to talk, or to participate in our many programs – and new ideas are always very welcome!

Campus Security

For the safety and security of all students, faculty, and staff, Universal Protection Service is contracted to provide security coverage for the Chalon and Doheny Campuses. Security functions 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Concerns regarding security can be reported to the Director of Campus Security by calling (310) 954-4084 at Chalon or (213) 477-2995 at Doheny or by calling Student Affairs (H200) at (310) 954-4130 or Building 7 at (213) 477-2570.

Security Officers are located at each Main Entrance Kiosk at all times. All vehicles entering the campus in the evening are required to stop at the entrance of the College and provide the Officers their intended destination. Mount St. Mary's College students, faculty, staff and guests must show current I.D. or a parking decal. All visitors (including escorted guests) must show a valid form of identification and will be logged in. Only those with valid identification will be allowed onto campus.

Both campuses utilize foot and vehicle patrols 24/7 in order to provide you with the safest possible college experience. All students are encouraged to notify Campus Security if they notice anything out of the ordinary or witness unsafe activity by any member of the Mount Community.

For more information on the Department of Campus Security, please visit: www.msmc.la.edu/student-life/department-of-campus-security.asp.

Career Services and Internships

Career Services & Internships provides students with the opportunity to explore different majors and career options utilizing a variety of resources and services including career counseling, career and personality assessments, career library, handouts, career planning courses and innovative, hands-on programming. Part-time, full-time, internship and volunteer opportunities are available on the Mount's on-line Career Network, at: www.mountcareernetwork.com. There is also a LinkedIn group that helps connect students with alumnae employers called: Mount St. Mary’s College: Students & Alumnae via LinkedIn.com.

A professional staff works with students to prepare them for internships and employment opportunities by reviewing resumes and cover letters, assisting with developing interviewing techniques through mock interviews, and providing information on how to conduct a successful job search. Several programs are offered throughout the year including an on-campus career fair, graduate school fair, nursing career panels, etiquette dinner, career-related workshops on graduate school, interviewing, resumes and cover letters, and job search and social media resources. Our office also supports students in their major and career exploration through two assessments called the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Interest Inventory.

Commuter Services

Commuter students are an active and important part of the Mount community. Programs and services offered through our office are available to all full-time traditional undergraduate students. The following information is provided to keep commuter students informed of services and activities on campus:

Doheny Commuter Services

Doheny Commuter Services serves as the primary liaison between commuter students and the college. We also sponsor events for commuter students and provide information on community resources and off-campus housing. Our office is located in Building 7. The Commuter Services Staff looks forward to meeting you and serving you during your time at Mount St. Mary’s College.

Commuter Lounge: Located in the Wigwam near Ahmanson Weingart Hall (Building 4), amenities include couches, desks, tables, a pool table, refrigerator, microwave, television, computers with internet access, and access to the Fitness Center.

Computer Access: In addition to the computers available in the Wigwam, computers with internet access are also available in Building 3 and the Library.

Informational Bulletin Boards: Information regarding MSMC’s Commuter Services can be found on bulletin boards located in the Wigam and 1st Floor of Ahmanson Weingart Hall (Building 4) and on kiosks located throughout the campus.

Lockers: Lockers are available for commuter students at no charge. Students are able to use their locker for the entire academic year, and all items must be removed by the last day of the Spring semester. Any items left in lockers after this deadline will be discarded. Please visit Building 7 to sign up for a locker.

Meals: Commuter students can save money by purchasing a meal plan. There are four meal plan options and plans can be purchased online at http://www.cafebonappetit.com/menu/your-cafe/themount/meal-plans/, or at the food services office located in Ahmanson Commons 2nd Floor.

Student Carpool: For those who are environmentally conscious and looking to save on the cost of gas, we have a student carpool program available. Commuter students can register to participate in the carpool program in Building 7. There is a parking permit rebate for students who participate in this program.

Study/Gathering Areas: The campus offers a number of gathering and study areas for commuter students. Locations include the Wigwam, Library, Ahmanson Commons (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and the 24-Hour Room (located next to the Library).

Traffic and Transportation: Check the latest traffic conditions before leaving the Mount or access the Metro website for alternative means of transportation by visiting the Commuter Services website at www.msmc.la.edu/student-life/living-on-off-campus/commuter-services/commuter-services-programs.asp

Community Engagement Office

In the spirit of the mission of Mount St. Mary's College, the Office of Community Engagement offers MSMC students off-campus service and learning experiences in partnership with local organizations that promote human and neighborhood development. Community Engagement works collaboratively with MSMC students and faculty, along with non-profit organizations, to promote healthy, socially-just communities in the greater Los Angeles area. All Mount students are encouraged to participate in a variety of service opportunities in order to gain awareness of issues impacting our society, to assess their own learning through reflection and structured experiences, and to become life-long committed advocates for social justice. The benefits for all include MSMC students enhancing their understanding and benefiting from their responsibilities as learners, caregivers, citizens and leaders.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)

MSMC recognizes that emotional health and personal growth are essential components of a successful academic experience. The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) is to enhance the emotional growth of students by promoting balanced lifestyles, positive self-esteem and essential life skills with an emphasis on the development of the whole person. CPS provides psychological counseling services and psychoeducational programs for students, as well as responsive consultation to the college community. In counseling, students discuss issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, academic concerns, family and relationship problems, grief, loneliness, eating issues, alcohol/drug problems, dating violence and self-esteem difficulties. Counseling services are available to current MSMC full-time traditional undergraduates, accelerated nursing students, and physical therapy graduate students. After the initial appointment, a recommendation will be made for individual counseling, group sessions, or referrals to services in the community. Our counseling is short-term, not to exceed ten sessions per academic year as determined by your counselor. It may be in the best interest of the client to receive long-term therapy, specialized treatment or other referrals; in these cases, students will be referred out to services in the community.

All sessions are confidential in keeping with professional ethics and state laws. Information about clients is not shared with their families, the faculty, college administrators, or anyone else without the student's written permission. The exception to this policy is when limited disclosure is required by law to protect the student or someone else from harm. Counseling and Psychological Services is staffed by licensed psychologists, advanced doctoral level interns, and postdoctoral fellows.

Fitness Education

Mount St. Mary’s College is committed to graduating well-balanced women and men with a strong sense of self and physical well being. The Fitness Education Department offers two programs that complement the academic program: the physical education courses offered for academic credit, and a wellness and fitness program, including nutrition. The two programs together provide students with the opportunity to attain, improve and/or maintain their physical fitness, attend informative workshops on wellness and fitness, participate in recreational activities on or off the campus, and participate in intramural volleyball, basketball, and tennis programs. Facilities include a pool, fitness center equipped with cardiovascular and weight training equipment, and a tennis-basketball-volleyball court.

Institute for Student Academic Enrichment (ISAE)

ISAE is a federally funded Student Support Services/TRIO program designed to assist first-generation, low-income and/or disabled students in achieving their maximum potential in higher education. ISAE provides eligible students academic advisement, peer tutoring and mentoring, career and personal counseling, financial aid information, workshops and leadership and cultural enrichment opportunities. ISAE is located in Building 7 at Doheny.

Orientation / First-Year Seminar

The Orientation program is designed to assist entering students with their transition to Mount St. Mary's College and to enhance their success at college. Orientation includes an introduction to both the academic and student life aspects of the college and provides for the interaction of new students with faculty, staff, and current students. Orientation for new first-year students is held in the summer with separate activities for parents. Orientation activities include activities to help increase their preparation for college. In addition, placement testing, advisement, and course registration are available.

First-year students continue their orientation to the college in SPR 85 (Introduction to College Studies), a one-unit seminar course taught in the fall semester. This class is designed to facilitate the transition from high school to the college environment and provides opportunities to become more familiar with college resources, policies and procedures, study skills, and other strategies for college success.

Residence Life

Traditional Undergraduates
Living on the Mount St. Mary's Chalon or Doheny campus can be an enjoyable experience, providing a unique opportunity for individual and group participation in residence hall life. Living and learning occur throughout the residence hall system and life in the halls complements the academic life of the classroom. Living in the Residence Halls provides opportunities to participate in many activities. A variety of programs and services will be available to you, allowing you to develop personally, spiritually, intellectually, socially, and culturally. Only full-time traditional undergraduates may live in undergraduate housing. For more detailed information on Residence Life guidelines, policies and procedures see page 25 of Student Handbook.

Accelerated Nursing and DPT On-Campus Housing
Living at the Doheny campus improves academic performance and enhances student enjoyment and success at Mount St. Mary’s. Living on campus provides students more frequent and wider ranging contact with faculty, staff and fellow students. It is easier for students to participate in college events and have access to diverse experiences and people. For more detailed information on Acc. Nursing and DPT Residence Life guidelines, policies and procedures visit www.msmc.la.edu/student-life/living-on-off-campus/residence-life.asp.

An off-campus housing referral listing is available through the Student Activities and Commuter Services Office.

Student Ambassador Program

The Student Ambassador Program is one of MSMC’s partnership programs designed to motivate inner-city high school students to complete high school and aspire to a college education. The ambassadors help high school students understand what skills they need to acquire and what courses to take to qualify for college admission, and assist them with identifying appropriate colleges to which they can apply, completing admissions applications and researching financial aid. The program provides leadership and service opportunities to Mount students by engaging them in outreach in the Los Angeles area. Currently, ambassadors serve in 40 high schools, 5 middle schools, and several Los Angeles City housing developments. By helping these high school students to plan for college, improve study skills and envision satisfying and rewarding careers, Mount students are able to give back to the community while developing their own counseling and time-management skills. The Student Ambassador Program continues a long-standing Mount tradition of service to the local and world community.

Student Health Services

Mount St. Mary’s College Health Services Department offers a broad range of services to both resident and commuter students. Emphasis is placed on preventive medicine and on positive health practices which will become a part of each student’s lifestyle. Health education programs designed to assist students in developing values and skills related to achieving a high level of health are presented each semester.

Regular, full-time students at the Doheny Campus who pay the Comprehensive Student Fee may access Student Health Services at both the Doheny and Chalon campuses. The Doheny Health Office is staffed by a Registered Nurse who is available to provide treatment of minor illness and injuries, health references, health teaching, immunizations and laboratory testing. Appointments are also available with the Nurse Practitioner who is scheduled at the Doheny campus weekly.

The Chalon Health Center is staffed by nurse practitioners, nurses and specially trained students. Services include diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and minor injuries, physical examinations, health teaching, immunizations, and laboratory testing. Appointments may be made throughout the week. Students who pay the Comprehensive Student Fee may see a medical provider or nurse at no expense. There may be minor charges for laboratory testing and medications. When the Student Health Center is closed, a Medical Provider is on-call and available for consultation.

The Medical Director and physicians from the Peak Health Medical Group provide oversight, consultation and clinical review at both campuses.

Incoming freshmen and transfer students, both resident and commuters, must submit a current health history and physical examination prior to entrance. Proof of current immunizations and TB skin testing are also required for admission. Additional health requirements exist for students enrolled in programs with clinical affiliations.

All full-time, regular students are required to carry Health and Accident Insurance. Please see the expense listings at the beginning of this catalog for additional information regarding health insurance available through Mount St. Mary’s College.

Women’s Leadership Program (WLP)

The Women's Leadership Program offers many opportunities for leadership skill building and development in order to prepare students as leaders in their communities and future careers. Students are encouraged to develop and strengthen their personal, team, group, and citizen leadership skills throughout their time at the Mount. Programs and services offered through our office are available to all full-time traditional undergraduate students.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) on each campus is housed in the Women’s Leadership Office. ASB serves as the student government designed to promote and work for the needs of students and the Mount community. Information regarding student clubs and organizations can also be found in this office. Resources and services are available for all recognized MSMC clubs/organizations.

Students have the opportunity to document their co-curricular activities in the form of a Leadership Portfolio. Freshmen and sophomore students may also apply at the beginning of each year to be part of the Leadership Scholar Program. Students in the program have opportunities to develop their leadership potential by taking courses and participating in group service projects and other developmental experiences.

The WLP also sponsors the Leadership Conference and Leadership Boot Camp. In addition, we offer workshops on a variety of leadership topics and an extensive resource center that features experiential learning activities, self-paced training modules and books on leadership and women’s history.

Orientation for new students is also coordinated through this office. Current students can apply to be summer Orientation Leaders. O-Leaders act as guides to new students during the orientation program by answering questions and introducing them to college life.

The following courses in Leadership are taught by program staff:

LWS 1A

Introduction to Leadership Concepts

Year-long course/Fall & Spring

LWS 1C

Orientation Leader Training

Spring

LWS 5

Leadership in Action

Spring

Baccalaureate Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts with majors in:

American Studies

Applied Psychology (Weekend College only)

Art

Biological Sciences

Business Administration

Chemistry

Child Development

English (including Weekend College)

English and Business Administration (including Weekend College)

Ethics and Society

Film and Media

French Studies

Gerontology (including Weekend College)

Global Politics

Healthcare Policy

History

Journalism and New Media

Liberal Arts (Weekend College only)

Liberal Studies (for elementary teaching credential students)

Mathematics

Music

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Religious Studies (including Weekend College)

Sociology (including Weekend College)

Spanish and Business Administration

Spanish Studies

The Bachelor of Science with majors in:

Biochemistry

Biological Sciences

Business Administration (Weekend College only)

Chemistry

Criminology (including Weekend College)

Film, Media and Social Justice (including Weekend College)

Nursing

Social Work (including Weekend College)

Sociology (including Weekend College)

Individually Designed Major

The Individually Designed Major is available to students interested in giving further creative direction to their own education. These students are encouraged to utilize alternative modes of education and to assume leadership in initiating educational and cultural experiences. Admission to the Individually Designed Major presumes the ability on the part of the student to engage in independent study. Freshmen are eligible to pursue an IDM after the successful completion of their first semester at Mount St. Mary's College.

Information is available in the Advisement Center and from the Baccalaureate dean.

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of at least 124 semester units with a grade point average of 2.0 (C average) for all college work undertaken at Mount St. Mary's College. A minimum of 45 semester units must be in upper division work.
  2. Completion of a major, as designated by the major department.
  3. Satisfaction of the senior residence requirement. Residence is defined as 30 of the last 39 units before graduation must be taken at Mount St. Mary's College. A minimum of 12 upper division units must be in the student's major and earned in regular course work at Mount St. Mary's College.
  4. Completion of a Mount St. Mary's College General Studies program.
  5. Required Course: Introduction to College Studies (SPR 85) is required of all freshmen entering college with fewer than 24 units.
  6. Must file a graduation application in the Registrar’s Office by the published deadline at the start of the term prior to the term of projected completion. (See academic calendar for published deadline.)

In order to participate in commencement exercises students must be registered for all courses needed to complete degree and college requirements. If a student is granted permission to enroll in a course prior to graduation at an institution other than Mount St. Mary's College, the transcript must be received by June 30 for a spring graduation date.

All courses used to fulfill General Studies requirements must be passed with a grade of C- or above, with the exception of Eng 1A and Eng 1B, which must be completed with a grade of C or better and Eng 5H with a grade of B or better.

A student is governed by the catalog under which he/she enters MSMC. If subsequent catalogs have changes in major/minor or General Studies requirements, which are in the student’s favor, they may be substituted, by the department chair, at the option of the student. Changes in College policies and procedures apply to all students.

General Studies Curriculum

An educated person is one who is not only academically prepared in an area of specialization but also one who has knowledge and appreciation of the diverse fields of human endeavor. To achieve this, a student is expected to explore areas of learning outside the major through the General Studies curriculum. The College has adopted the following components of a liberal education as fundamental in developing excellence of mind and spirit. The components are integrated into the educational program, and into the General Studies Curriculum, in a way that enables the growth of students as free, imaginative, and responsible human beings, sensitive and responsive to the needs of the human person and human society. These components are:

  1. effective written expression of ideas;
  2. effective oral communication;
  3. analysis of assumptions, methods of argumentation, values;
  4. problem-solving: defining problems, identifying issues; organizing, analyzing, synthesizing ideas; comparing, contrasting ideas; decision-making;
  5. understanding of personal and group behavior;
  6. effective participation in a group or organization;
  7. sense of history as providing perspective for interpreting human events;
  8. sense of literature as reflecting and interpreting human experience;
  9. understanding of and appreciation for music and the visual arts;
  10. curiosity about and a spirit for investigating the natural universe;
  11. ability to recognize patterns of thought used in science and mathematics;
  12. understanding of the impact of advancing technology on human society and culture;
  13. understanding of social classes and social structures in diverse societies;
  14. understanding of contemporary economic, social, and political issues;
  15. understanding of criteria and standards to assess personal moral values and ethical judgments;
  16. openness to understanding of and respect for philosophical, religious, and ethnic diversity;
  17. awareness of the religious and spiritual dimensions of human existence.

General Studies Requirements

The following structure and content for the General Studies Curriculum applies to Bachelor degrees except that there is no modern language requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree. Students may not take general studies courses on a Credit/No Credit basis. All courses used to fulfill General Studies requirements must be passed with a grade of C- or above, with the exception of Eng 1A and Eng 1B, which must be completed with a grade of C or better, or Eng 5H with a grade of B or better.

The college policy on challenge examinations will prevail in the General Studies Curriculum.

Communication Skills (minimum 7 units) - GS I:

A. Written (6 units)

ENG 1A/B

Freshman English (Completion with a grade of C or better)

(3,3)

ENG 5H

Freshman Honors English

(When completed with grade of B or above, fulfills entire Written Communication requirement.)

(3)

B. Oral (1-3 units)

SPE 10

Introduction to Communication

(2)

SPE 12

Business and Professional Communication

(1)

POL 133

Moot Court

(1-3)

POL 134

International Organization-MUN

(3)

POL 135

Selected Problems in International Organization

(3)

SOC 30

Human Communication

(3)

Critical Thinking (minimum 3 units) - GS II:

BIO 151

Medical Physiology

(4)

NUR 138

Research in Nursing

(3)

PHI 5

Introduction to Logic

(3)

PHI 10

Critical Thinking

(3)

PHI 155

Symbolic Logic

(3)

Arts and Sciences (minimum 21 units) - GS III:

At least one course must be taken in each of the following categories (A - G):

A. Art or Music

ART 2

Design I

(3)

ART 3/103

Visual Thinking

(3)

ART 5

Fundamentals of Art

(3)

ART 7/107

Experiences in the Visual Arts

(3)

ART 170

History of Art: Ancient thru Medieval

(3)

ART 171

History of Art: Renaissance thru Romanticism

(3)

ART 172

History of Art: Modern World

(3)

ART 173

Multiculturalism and the Visual Arts

(3)

ART 174

Women in Contemporary Art

(3)

ART 177

History & Criticism of Photography

(3)

MUS 3

Discovering Music Fundamentals

(1-3)

MUS 17/117

Women and Music

(3)

MUS 6/106M

Varieties of Music

(3)

MUS 25/125

Music Masterpieces

(3)

MUS 42/142

American Musical Theatre

(3)

INT 93AB/

193AB

Guided Experiences in the Arts

(1.5,1.5)

INT 95/195

Study/Travel: European History and Culture

(3)

B. Literature

ENG 12/112

Literary Analysis

(3)

ENG 15

Literature and Society

(3)

ENG 16/116

Literature and the Human Experience

(3)

ENG 17

Literary Focus

(3)

ENG 18/118

Great Works in World Literature

(3)

ENG 19/119

Great Works in British Literature

(3)

ENG 20/120

Great Works in American Literature

(3)

ENG 21/121

Classical Epic and Drama

(3)

ENG 25/125

Mythmaking: The Quest for Meaning

(3)

ENG 26

Literature of the American West

(3)

ENG 27/127

Women in Quest

(3)

ENG 28/128

Contemporary Issues in World Literature

(3)

ENG 32/132

Literature of Los Angeles

(3)

ENG 70/170

Western Literary Heritage

(3)

ENG 73

Shakespeare

(3)

ENG 122

Love in World Literature

(3)

ENG 123

Women's Voices in Literature

(3)

ENG 124

Fiction to Film

(3)

ENG 126

The American Experience

(3)

ENG 129

Ethnic Lit. in America

(3)

ENG 130

Faith and Fiction

(3)

ENG 131

Russian Literature

(3)

ENG 135

Classic Films as Visual Literature

(3)

ENG 144

English Literature: 1500 to 1700

(3)

ENG 145

American Literature: Beginnings to 1914

(3)

ENG 146

American Literature: 1914 to Present

(3)

ENG 147

English Literature: 1700 to 1900

(3)

ENG 148

Twentieth Century English and European Literature

(3)

ENG 156H

The Modern Temper

(3)

ENG 161

Study of the Novel

(3)

ENG 162

Study of Poetry

(3)

ENG 163

Study of Drama

(3)

ENG 164

American Drama

(3)

ENG 165

Novels of the Americas: Latino Voices

(3)

ENG 173

Shakespeare

(3)

ENG 175

Exploring World Theatre

(3)

C. History

HIS 1AB

Western Civilization

(3,3)

HIS 3/103

World History

(3)

HIS 5H

European Leaders and Ideas in Ferment and Flux

(3)

HIS 6/106

American Cultural History

(3)

HIS 25

Cultural and Historical Geography

(3)

HIS 45/145

Europe:Renaissance to the Enlightenment 1300-1789 (3)

 

HIS 46/146

Europe: Age of Revolution and Nationalism, 1789-1871 (3)

 

HIS 47/147

Europe: 1871-1945

(3)

HIS 50/150

Introduction to Asian History

(3)

HIS 75

Contemporary America

(3)

HIS 112/112H

Economic History of Europe

(3)

HIS 115AB

History of Political Theory

(3,3)

HIS 116

Classical Civilization

(3)

HIS 118

The World of Medieval Europe

(3)

HIS 171

The U.S. From Colony to Republic

(3)

HIS 173

The U.S. in the Nineteenth Century

(3)

HIS 175

The U. S. in the 20th Century

(3)

HIS 179

Constitutional History of the U.S.

(3)

HIS 180

Current Constitutional History

(3)

HIS 181

Modern Presidential History

(3)

HIS 184

Radicalism and Dissent

(3)

HIS 185A

African American History: American Slavery, 1619-1865

(3)

HIS 185B

African American History: Emancipation to Modern Era

(3)

HIS 185C/H

Race and Racism in American Life and Thought

(3)

HIS 191

Major Issues in US Women’s History

(3)

POL 2

Comparative Government and Politics

(3)

POL 108

American Constitutional Law

(3)

POL 109

Individual Rights

(3)

POL 117AB

History of Political Theory

(3,3)

POL 152A

History of Modern Japan

(3)

POL 152B

History of Modern China

(3)

D. Natural and Physical Sciences

BIO 1/2

Biological Dynamics

(4,4)

BIO 3/103

General Microbiology

(4)

BIO 5

Life Science

(3)

BIO 10

Health Science

(3)

BIO 40A

Human Anatomy

(4)

BIO 50A

Human Anatomy

(4)

BIO 50B

Human Physiology

(4)

BIO 67/167

Environmental Science

(3)

CHE 1A/1AL

General Chemistry/Laboratory

(3,1)

CHE 3

Foundations of Chemistry

(3)

PHS 1

Scientific Concepts

(3)

PHS 2

Contemporary Physical Science

(3)

PHS 2AB

General Physical Science

(2,2)

PHS 4

Elementary Environmental Studies

(3)

PHY 1A

Introductory Physics

(4)

PHY 11A

Mechanics

(4)

E. Mathematics

BUS 28

Mathematical Analysis for Business

(3)

BUS 38

Elements of Probability and Statistics

(3)

MTH 1

Precalculus w/ Trigonometry

(4)

MTH 5A

Calculus I

(4)

MTH 5B

Calculus II

(4)

MTH 10

Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Ideas

(3)

MTH 20

Programming

(3)

MTH 28

Mathematical Analysis for Business

(3)

MTH 38/H

Elements of Probability and Statistics

(3)

MTH 50

Elementary Number Systems

(3)

MTH 51

Elements of Geometry and Statistics

(3)

PSY 40

Basic Statistical Methods

(3)

SOC 38

Statistics for Social Science

(3)

F. Social and Behavioral Sciences

ECO 1

Microeconomics

(3)

ECO 112/112H

World Economic History

(3)

POL 2

Introduction to World Politics

(3)

PSY 1

General Psychology

(3)

PSY 12/102

Child/Human Development

(3)

SOC 1

Introduction to Sociology

(3)

SOC 6

The Family, Child and Community

(3)

SOC 104

The Family

(3)

SOC 195

Sociology of Religion

(3)

G. Contemporary Economics or Politics

BUS 5

Business Law I

(3)

BUS 133

Money, Politics and Business

(3)

BUS 140

Women's Issues in Business and Economics

(3)

ECO 2

Macroeconomics

(3)

ECO 195

International Economics

(3)

HIS 75

Contemporary America

(3)

HIS 178

Diplomatic History of the United States

(3)

HIS 179

Constitutional History of the United States

(3)

HIS 180

Current Constitutional History

(3)

HIS 188

California History

(3)

LWS 111

Women’s Issues in Business and Economics

(3)

POL 1

American Government and Institutions

(3)

POL 5

Business Law I

(3)

POL 102

Women and the Law

(3)

POL 108

American Constitutional Law

(3)

POL 109

Individual Rights

(3)

POL 125

Foreign Relations of the U. S.

(3)

POL 131

International Relations

(3)

POL 134

International Organizations-MUN

(3)

POL 135

Selected Problems in International Organizations (3)

 

POL 137

Ethnic Conflict and Civil War

(3)

POL 171/H

President’s and Personality

(3)

POL 179

California Politics

(3)

POL 180

State and Local Government

(3)

POL 192

Plays and Politics

(3)

Language & Culture - GS IV: (8 units)

Required for B. A. degree only.

FRE 1

Elementary French I (or equivalent)

(4)

FRE 2

Elementary French II (or equivalent)

(4)

FRE 3

Intermediate French III

(3)

FRE 4

Intermediate French IV

(3)

FRE 33A/B

French Culture and Civilization
Weekend College only

(3)

JPN 1

Elementary Japanese I (or equivalent)

(4)

JPN 2

Elementary Japanese II (or equivalent)

(4)

SPA 1

Elementary Spanish I (or equivalent)

(4)

SPA 2

Elementary Spanish II (or equivalent)

(4)

SPA 3A

Accelerated Spanish

(3)

SPA 3B

Intermediate Spanish III

(3)

SPA 4

Intermediate Spanish

(3)

SPA 33A

Civilizations and Cultures of Spain
Weekend College only

(3)

SPA 33B

Civilizations and Cultures of Hispanic America
Weekend College only

(3)

B.S. degree programs do not require a second language because of the additional science courses required by the related departments or outside professional accrediting agencies.

All students are strongly encouraged to take a second modern language to enhance their personal and professional communication in our current multilingual society.

Philosophy and Religious Studies - GS V:

(minimum 15 units* - must include 3 units of Ethics and 3 units of Philosophical Ideas.)

A. Religious Studies (6-9 units)

Ordinarily courses must be taken in at least two of the following areas:

1. Scripture

RST 11

Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures

(3)

RST 15

Introduction to Christian Scripture

(3)

RST 155ABCD

Upper Division Scripture Study

(3)

2. Christian Thought

RST 21

Introduction to Catholicism

(3)

RST 23

Spiritual Journeys of Women

(3)

RST 25/125

Marriage Issues: Catholic Perspectives

(3)

RST 70

Faith and Human Development

(3)

RST 131

Jesus

(3)

RST 135

Women and Christianity

(3)

RST 137

Challenges in Contemporary Theology

(3)

3. Christian Ethics

RST 41/141

Introduction to Christian Ethics

(3)

RST 45/145

Contemporary Issues in Christian Ethics

(3)

RST 49/149

Biomedical Issues in Christian Ethics

(3)

RST 146

The Catholic Justice and Peace Tradition

(3)

4. Religion and Religions

RST 61/161

Introduction to World Religions

(3)

PHI 160

Philosophy of Religion

(3)

RST 78/178

Death and Afterlife

(3)

RST 172

Jesus & the Buddha

(3)

SOC 195

Sociology of Religion

(3)

B. Philosophy (6-9 units)

At least one course from among those listed under Philosophical Ideas must be taken.

1. Philosophical Ideas

PHI 15

Introduction to Philosophy

(3)

PHI 16

Philosophy Through Popular Culture

(3)

PHI 24

Socrates, Plato, Aristotle

(3)

PHI 126

Descartes to Kant

(3)

PHI 130

Existentialism

(3)

PHI 134

American Philosophy

(3)

PHI 150

Metaphysics

(3)

PHI 152

Theory of Knowledge

(3)

PHI 158

The Scientific Method

(3)

PHI 160

Philosophy of Religion

(3)

PHI 162

Philosophy & Native Cultures

(3)

PHI 165

Philosophy & Law

(3)

PHI 167

Ethics and Film

(3)

PHI 169

Philosophy of Technology

(3)

PHI 170

Social and Political Philosophy

(3)

PHI 172

Marxism

(3)

PHI 174

Philosophy of Art

(3)

PHI 175

Philosophy of Film

(3)

PHI 176

Philosophy in Literature

(3)

PHI 178

Philosophy of Woman

(3)

PHI 179

Women and Values

(3)

PHI 180

Chinese Philosophy

(3)

2. Ethics

PHI 21

Moral Values

(3)

PHI 92/192

Business Ethics

(3)

PHI 167

Ethics & Film

(3)

PHI 168A

Contemporary Moral Problems

(3)

PHI 168B

Bioethics

(3)

PHI 179

Women and Values

(3)

3. Other

PHI 5

Introduction to Logic

(3)

PHI 10

Critical Thinking

(3)

PHI 155

Symbolic Logic

(3)

PHI 158

The Scientific Method

(3)

*Students transferring into the College who will graduate in two years or less will fulfill General Studies V., A and B, by completing two courses in each area, a total of twelve (12) units; one course must be Ethics and one must be Philosophical Ideas.

Diversity (6 units) - GS VI:

ART 5

Fundamentals of Art

(3)

ART 173

Multiculturalism and the Visual Arts

(3)

BUS 140/140H

Women's Issues in Business and Economics

(3)

BUS 189

International Management

(3)

CUL 107

Theory and Practice of Culture

(3)

ENG 123

Women's Voices in Literature

(3)

ENG 126

The American Experience

(3)

ENG 129

Ethnic Literatures of America

(3)

FLM 125

Media Anthropology

(3)

FRE 4

Intermediate French

(3)

FRE 128

Twentieth Century Literary Trends

(3)

HIS 25

Cultural and Historical Geography

(3)

HIS 162

History & Civilization of Latin America

(3)

MUS 6M/106M

Varieties of Music

(3)

MUS 16/116

Music of World Cultures

(3)

NUR 160

Adaptation Nursing: Childbearing Family

(2.5)

PHI 15

Introduction to Philosophy

(3)

PHI 21

Moral Values and Ethical Decisions

(3)

PHI 92/192

Business Ethics

(3)

PHI 160

Philosophy of Religion

(3)

PHI 162

Philosophy and Native Cultures

(3)

PHI 168A

Contemporary Moral Problems

(3)

PHI 174

Philosophy of Art

(3)

PHI 175

Philosophy of Film

(3)

PHI 176

Philosophy in Literature

(3)

PHI 178

Philosophy of Woman

(3)

PHI 179

Women and Values

(3)

POL 2

Introduction to World Politics

(3)

POL 192

Plays and Politics

(3)

PSY 113

Learning in Children and Adolescents Across Cultures(3)

 

PSY 144

Psychology of Prejudice

(3)

RST 61/161

Introduction to World Religions

(3)

RST 78/178

Death and Afterlife

(3)

RST 172

Jesus and the Buddha

(3)

SOC 1

Introduction to Sociology

(3)

SOC 6

The Family, Child, and Community

(3)

SOC 49

Multicultural Issues for Health Care Professionals

(3)

SOC 104

The Family

(3)

SOC 125

Cultural Anthropology

(3)

SOC 161

Dynamics of Majority-Minority Relations

(3)

SPA 4

Intermediate Spanish IV

(3)

SPA 33B

Civilizations and Cultures of Hispanic America

(3)

SPA 140

Contemporary Literature of Hispanic America

(3)

SPA 146

Women in Hispanic Literature

(3)

Quantitative Literacy (6 units) - GS VII:

Baccalaureate students must take six (6) units of Quantitative Literacy (QL). The six units must come from either two QL2 courses OR one QL1 course and one QL2 course, but NOT two QL1 courses.

A. QL1

BIO 2/ L

Biological Dynamics with lab

(5)

BIO 1A & 1AH

Biological Dynamics with honors lab

(5)

BIO 130

Genetics

(4)

BIO 151

Medical Physiology

(4)

BUS 15AB

Accounting Principles I,II

(3)

BUS 16AB

Accounting Principles I,II

(4)

CHE 107

Biochemistry

(3)

MTH 50

Elementary Numbers

(3)

NUR 135

Pharmacology (prior to Fall 2012)

(2)

NUR 14

Pharmacology II

(2)

NUR 138

Research in Nursing (prior to Fall 2012)

(3)**

NUR 134

Evidence-Based Practice

(3)**

NUR 162

Adaptation Nrsng: Children (prior to Fall 2012)

(3)**

NUR 172T/A

Adaptation Nursing: Children and Families

(4.5)**

NUR 171T/A

Adaptation Nursing: Childbearing Families and Women’s Health

(2)

PHI 5

Introduction to Logic

(3)

PHI 10

Critical Thinking

(3)

PHI 165

Philosophy and Law

(3)

PHS 2

Contemporary Physical Science

(3)

PHS 2AB

General Physical Science

(2)

PSY 106/L

Basic Research Methods

(4)

SOC 117

Quantitative Research Methods

(3)

**Note: These courses satisfy one QL unit. Students will need two more QL1 units.

B. QL2

CHE 1AB

General Chemistry

(3,3)

CHE 107L

Biochemistry Laboratory

(1)

CHE 110AB

Physical Chemistry

(4,3)

MTH 1

Precalculus w/Trigonometry

(4)

MTH 5ABC

Calculus I/II/III

(4,4,4)

MTH 10

Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Ideas

(3)

MTH 28

Mathematical Analysis for Business

(3)

MTH 38

Elements of Probability and Statistics

(3)

MTH 51

Elements of Geometry and Statistics

(3)

MTH 120

Discrete Mathematics

(3)

PHI 155

Symbolic Logic

(3)

PHS 1

Scientific Concepts

(3)

PHY 1AB

Introductory Physics

(4,3)

PHY 11A

Mechanics

(4)

PHY 11B

Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics

(3)

POL 101

Research Methodology

(3)

PSY 40

Basic Statistical Methods

(3)

SOC 38

Social Statistics

(3)

Double Counting Courses

A course must have received a General Studies designation from the Curriculum Committee for the area(s) for which it might be double counted to fulfill General Studies requirements.

The following conditions apply to double counting:

  1. A course may not fulfill more than one category in Area III. At most six units of the 21 unit minimum in Area III may be double counted in other General Studies areas.
  2. With the exception of Phi 5 and Phi 10, no course from Areas I through IV may double count to satisfy a requirement in Area V.
  3. When completing a double major, no more than 9 upper division units may be double counted to satisfy requirements for both majors.

Triple Counting Courses

The following conditions apply to double or triple counting of a General Studies course:

  1. A course may not fulfill more than one category in Area III.
  2. With the exception of PHI 5 and PHI 10, no course from Areas I-IV may double count to satisfy a requirement in Area V.
  3. When completing a double major, no more than 9 upper division units may be double counted to satisfy requirements for both majors.

Please note: This policy thus allows a course to double or triple count in Areas I, II, IV, and VI. Only Phi 5 and Phi 10 double count to satisfy Area V. This means, for example, that Phi 10 double counts as Critical Thinking (Area II) and Philosophy (Area V), Phi 155 double counts as Philosophy (Area V) and QL2 (Area VI) and Phi 5 triple counts (as Critical Thinking (Area II) as Philosophy (Area V), and as QL1 (Area VII).  To determine if a course double or triple counts, focus on Areas 1, II, IV, V, and VI (all Areas EXCEPT Area III, which does not allow double counting).

Language Fulfillment Alternative

This requirement may be satisfied by any of the following alternatives:

  1. A student who begins a language must complete French 1 and 2, Japanese 1 and 2, or Spanish 1 and 2, or their equivalent. For other languages, students must complete the equivalent of the second semester or third quarter.
  2. Weekend College students may choose to complete the language requirement by taking two courses in either Spanish or French culture.
  3. Students whose native language is not English may demonstrate academic proficiency in English as a second language by passing the TOEFL examination with scores above 550.
  4. Students may take placement exams offered by MSMC’s Language and Culture Department in Spanish, French or Japanese to fulfill the requirement. Successful completion will waive the Modern Language Requirement but no units will be awarded.

Graduating with a Double Major

Students who wish to earn a degree with a double major must observe the following requirements:

  1. The two majors may be in the same or different degree programs. The student must determine the primary major and satisfy the general studies requirement for the degree of that major. The other major is considered the secondary major.
  2. All requirements for both majors must be met, including all upper division work, foreign language, and any additional requirements.
  3. The department chairpersons of both major areas must approve the student's completion of the requirements for the major.
  4. A second major may be earned in the same academic area, but no more than 9 upper division units may satisfy requirements in both majors.

Second Baccalaureate

In order to receive a second Baccalaureate degree, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 24 semester units in residence beyond the requirements for the first baccalaureate degree.
  2. Completion of all departmental requirements, including a modern language if necessary, in the area of the major for the second degree.
  3. Completion of all other institutional requirements if the first degree has been earned elsewhere.

Minor Policy

A minor should enrich a student’s major, allow for specialization within a major, broaden a student’s career options, and encourage exposure to other academic disciplines. While most disciplines require 18 units to complete a minor, some departments require additional units. In addition to the requirements for individual academic disciplines, a student must complete three upper division courses (9 units) for a minor that are not also being used to fulfill requirements for the major, general studies, or another minor. The deadline for declaring a minor will be the end of the student’s junior year.

Graduation with Honors (Baccalaureate Degree)

  • Summa cum laude shall be granted to a student who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.85 or higher.
  • Magna cum laude shall be granted to a student who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.70 or higher.
  • Cum laude shall be granted to a student who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

The College’s criteria for eligibility to graduate with honors will be determined by a student’s overall GPA at the end of the term prior to the last term of attendance. To be eligible, the student must have completed 45 letter-graded units at Mount St. Mary's College by the end of the term prior to the last term of attendance. The student's grade point average will be calculated on the basis of grades earned at Mount St. Mary's College and grades earned at transfer institutions. GPA calculations will not be rounded. Courses at another institution after matriculation are not counted into the cumulative grade point average, with the exception of approved junior year abroad and exchange programs.

The Honors Program

The Honors Program at Mount St. Mary's College is designed to offer special challenges to students who have an outstanding high school GPA and SAT scores and/or who maintain a 3.4 or better cumulative college GPA.

The Honors Program enables students to explore in greater depth and breadth various areas of study, with possibilities of completing their college work with alternative modes and approaches to learning. Students may select among courses specially designed for the Honors Program, honors sections of regularly offered courses, and courses or course components designed by contract with an instructor. All honors courses are designated with the letter “H” following the course number.

Honors students may take as many honors courses as they choose. An honors certificate is awarded at graduation to students who have completed a minimum of 18 units of honors work, including at least two regularly scheduled honors courses, and representing at least three disciplines. Included in the 18 units of honors work required for the certificate is a senior thesis which is a major research project of the student's choosing, involving at least two disciplines. The thesis work is supervised by two faculty sponsors. Presentation of the senior thesis is open to the college community.

Honor Societies

Alpha Mu Gamma

National Foreign Language Honor Society

Alpha Tau Delta

National Honor Fraternity in Nursing

Delta Epsilon Sigma

National Scholastic Honor Society

Kappa Gamma Pi

National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society

Lambda Iota Tau

National Literature Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta

International History Honor Society

Pi Delta Phi

National French Honor Society

Pi Theta Mu

Service Honor Society

Psi Chi

National Honor Society in Psychology

Sigma Delta Pi

National Spanish Honor Society

Academic Support Services

Academic Advisement Center

The Academic Advisement Center coordinates all advisement for the traditional undergraduate programs at both Chalon and Doheny campuses. All students are assigned an advisor with whom they plan their academic programs. The advisor assists in clarifying the requirements in the general studies program and major department. Students must meet with their advisor at least once each semester in order to register for classes for the following term. Entering students meet with an advisor at Orientation to discuss their first semester courses at the Mount. Placement testing sessions to determine proper course placement are held during the summer prior to New Student Orientation. Information regarding Orientation is sent to new students after tuition deposits have been made.

To further serve the student’s advisement needs, the Academic Advisement Center functions as a drop-in office for on-going guidance and referral services. Help in understanding and following college policies is always available. The staff, along with student assistants, provides information on many aspects of college life and can clarify many academic procedures. Although the individual faculty advisors and the Advisement Center staff make every effort to provide advisement for the student, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to see that all procedures are followed and requirements fulfilled.

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 (OIT), 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 an OIT administered computer lab on the 4th floor and a 24 hour computer lab and study rooms are located on the 1st 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 print periodicals. Moreover, the OIT administered IMTC contains 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. There are three book databases as well as numerous journal article and proprietary materials databases. Please consult the Libraries’ Research Resources WebPages for a list of current subscriptions.

Study Away Opportunities

As a traditional liberal arts college, Mount St. Mary's recognizes the value of the study away experience. Students who participate are given the opportunity to gain knowledge and cultural awareness as an integral part of their liberal arts education. The Mount allows qualified students to participate in approved programs. The study away programs include, but are not limited to the Nanjing University Exchange, Washington Semester Program, the Sisters of St. Joseph College Consortium Exchange (The CSJ Exchange is a consortium agreement that allows students from the Mount to attend any of the other schools for one semester. The member schools are: Avila College (MO), Chestnut Hill College (PA), Elms College (MA), Fontbonne College (MO), Regis College (MA), The College of St. Catherine (MN), The College of St. Joseph (VT), and The College of Saint Rose (NY)) and multiple study abroad opportunities throughout the world. For a complete list of possible options, visit the Study Away portal page www.msmc.la.edu/academics/study-away.asp. Each program provides students with unique and valuable experiences at other institutions while earning Mount credit. Students must be in "good standing" as indicated by Student Affairs to participate in these programs.

Qualified students may study in one of these programs for one semester in their junior or senior year. The minimum GPA requirement to participate is a cumulative 3.0. Students may pick up applications and course information in the Advisement Center. Students interested in studying away must attend a mandatory information session during the semester prior to their desired semester away. The institutional deadlines to file an application and a Transfer of Credit form are April 1, for Fall semester, and September 15, for Spring semester. All students who study away must obtain approval from the Chalon Advisement Center in order to be eligible for financial aid. Finally, students who participate in one of these programs must attend a pre-departure session.

Mount St. Mary's College encourages students to participate in the Study Away Program. Students must complete the appropriate academic year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have the information sent to Mount St. Mary's College as well as the Aid Renewal Request Form. Study Away students must follow the same deadlines as students not participating in the program. Students must provide the Office of Student Financing with a breakdown of costs for their semester. They will be reviewed as a "resident" student and their cost of housing will be taken into consideration during the analysis of their file. Study Away students do not qualify for Federal Work Study or Mount Work funds while away, but may be awarded work monies when they return to campus. If a student receives any type of outside award, including a scholarship or stipend from their Study Away program, they must report it to the Office of Student Financing so it can be considered in the evaluation of their aid. All students participating in Study Away programs are required to meet with both the Office of Student Financing and the Business office. Any additional questions regarding funding of Study Away programs should be directed to the Office of Student Financing.

The GPA earned by a student on these programs is included in the student's overall GPA, and is also used for the conferral of honors at graduation. Each program may have additional requirements. Please consult the Advisement Center for more information.

UCLA Cross-Registration Agreement

Mount St. Mary’s College has a cross-registration agreement with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the purpose of which is to supplement and enrich the MSMC academic program and to provide an opportunity for UCLA students to take Mount courses. Full-time Mount baccalaureate students who have sophomore, junior, or senior standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better may, with the permission of the College Registrar, take one undergraduate course at UCLA per semester, but no more than four courses toward the degree. No more than two such courses will count toward the MSMC residency requirement; courses taken at UCLA must not be among those available at MSMC. Courses taken at UCLA under this arrangement will be included in the student’s load at the College, and, except for specific course laboratory or studio fees, no additional tuition or fees will be charged. It is not intended that MSMC students take courses at UCLA to fulfill general studies requirements. No course taken at UCLA will count as an honors course at MSMC. Transportation to such courses and parking fees are the responsibility of the student enrolled. For information and procedures, consult the Office of the Registrar on the Chalon campus. This agreement does not apply to UCLA Extension courses.

American Jewish University (AJU) Cross-Registration Agreement

Mount St. Mary's College has a cross-registration agreement with the American Jewish University, the purpose of which is to supplement and enrich the MSMC academic program and to provide an opportunity for AJU students to take Mount courses. The following conditions and requirements must be met:

  • The student must meet all prerequisites/criteria required for courses.
  • No visiting student may displace a student from the registration of a course at the student’s home institution.
  • The student is responsible for obtaining all appropriate signatures and returning the completed form to the student’s home institution.
  • The student is responsible for meeting all registration deadlines, regulations, and penalties of MSMC.

A student who wishes to withdraw from a course(s) must notify the Registrar at both MSMC and AJU. Students who do not formally withdraw will receive a grade of U or F.

Student Affairs

Student Affairs is here to provide you with the opportunities, experiences and support that make your education a complete and successful endeavor. This happens through a wide variety of co-curricular offerings in multiple departments, including the Ambassador Program, Campus Ministry, Career Services and Internships, Community Engagement, Counseling and Psychological Services, Fitness Education, Health Services, Learning Assistance Programs, Orientation, Residence Life, Security, Student Programming and Commuter Services, the Student Newspaper (The Oracle), and Women’s Leadership. We encourage you to get involved in any of our programs. The Student Affairs Office also publishes the Chalon Student News so that you can always find out what’s going on in student life. If you have any problems or concerns come to Student Affairs and we will do our best to assist you.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry invites students to deepen their awareness of the spiritual dimension of life, which is the heart of a Mount St. Mary’s education. We are Catholic in our roots and vision, and welcome the opportunity to serve students of every religious affiliation or none at all. We respect the freedom of each person’s conscience and unique path, while offering the rich resources of the Catholic tradition.

The mission of Campus Ministry is (1) to support the Catholicity of the college, in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph; (2) to support the spiritual development of the entire Mount community, and (3) to foster educated, committed service to both Church and society.

The Campus Ministry team is comprised of professional and student Ministers. Together, we work to provide opportunities for many aspects of Worship, Spirituality, the building of Community-on-Campus, Festivities, Service to others and action for global Justice. We offer assistance to those who are thinking about becoming Catholic, or about being baptized, confirmed, or receiving first communion. We are here to provide you with support and care in the joyful and the challenging times of your life.

Everyone is invited to come by to talk, or to participate in our many programs – and new ideas are always very welcome!

Campus Security

For the safety and security of all students, faculty, and staff, Universal Protection Service is contracted to provide security coverage for the Chalon and Doheny Campuses. Security functions 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Concerns regarding security can be reported to the Director of Campus Security by calling (310) 954-4084 at Chalon or (213) 477-2995 at Doheny or by calling Student Affairs (H200) at (310) 954-4130 or Building 7 at (213) 477-2570.

Security Officers are located at each Main Entrance Kiosk at all times. All vehicles entering the campus in the evening are required to stop at the entrance of the College and provide the Officers their intended destination. Mount St. Mary's College students, faculty, staff and guests must show current I.D. or a parking decal. All visitors (including escorted guests) must show a valid form of identification and will be logged in. Only those with valid identification will be allowed onto campus.

Both campuses utilize foot and vehicle patrols 24/7 in order to provide you with the safest possible college experience. All students are encouraged to notify Campus Security if they notice anything out of the ordinary or witness unsafe activity by any member of the Mount Community.

For more information on the Department of Campus Security, please visit: www.msmc.la.edu/student-life/department-of-campus-security.asp.

Career Services and Internships

Career Services & Internships provides students with the opportunity to explore different majors and career options utilizing a variety of resources and services including career counseling, career and personality assessments, career library, handouts, career planning courses and innovative, hands-on programming. Part-time, full-time, internship and volunteer opportunities are available on the Mount's on-line Career Network, at: www.mountcareernetwork.com. There is also a LinkedIn group that helps connect students with alumnae employers called: Mount St. Mary’s College: Students & Alumnae via LinkedIn.com.

A professional staff works with students to prepare them for internships and employment opportunities by reviewing resumes and cover letters, assisting with developing interviewing techniques through mock interviews, and providing information on how to conduct a successful job search. Several programs are offered throughout the year including an on-campus career fair, graduate school fair, nursing career panels, etiquette dinner, career-related workshops on graduate school, interviewing, resumes and cover letters, and job search and social media resources. Our office also supports students in their major and career exploration through two assessments called the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Interest Inventory.

Community Engagement Office

In the spirit of the mission of Mount St. Mary's College, the Office of Community Engagement offers MSMC students off-campus service and learning experiences in partnership with local organizations that promote human and neighborhood development. Community Engagement works collaboratively with MSMC students and faculty, along with non-profit organizations, to promote healthy, socially-just communities in the greater Los Angeles area. All Mount students are encouraged to participate in a variety of service opportunities in order to gain awareness of issues impacting our society, to assess their own learning through reflection and structured experiences, and to become life-long committed advocates for social justice. The benefits for all include MSMC students enhancing their understanding and benefiting from their responsibilities as learners, caregivers, citizens and leaders.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)

MSMC recognizes that emotional health and personal growth are essential components of a successful academic experience. The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) is to enhance the emotional growth of students by promoting balanced lifestyles, positive self-esteem and essential life skills with an emphasis on the development of the whole person. CPS provides psychological counseling services and psychoeducational programs for students, as well as responsive consultation to the college community. In counseling, students discuss issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, academic concerns, family and relationship problems, grief, loneliness, eating issues, alcohol/drug problems, dating violence and self-esteem difficulties. Counseling services are available to current MSMC full-time traditional undergraduates, accelerated nursing students, and physical therapy graduate students. After the initial appointment, a recommendation will be made for individual counseling, group sessions, or referrals to services in the community. Our counseling is short-term, not to exceed ten sessions per academic year as determined by your counselor. It may be in the best interest of the client to receive long-term therapy, specialized treatment or other referrals; in these cases, students will be referred out to services in the community.

All sessions are confidential in keeping with professional ethics and state laws. Information about clients is not shared with their families, the faculty, college administrators, or anyone else without the student's written permission. The exception to this policy is when limited disclosure is required by law to protect the student or someone else from harm. Counseling and Psychological Services is staffed by licensed psychologists, advanced doctoral level interns, and postdoctoral fellows.

Disability Services

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), Mount St. Mary’s College 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 disabled students who are otherwise qualified. Students with known or suspected disabilities must see the Director of Learning Assistance Programs at Chalon or the Director of the Learning Resource Center at Doheny in order to receive appropriate accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain accommodation letters from the director and to make arrangements for implementation of accommodations with faculty and/or staff in advance. 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 also contact the director for resolution. Copies of Mount St. Mary's College ADA/Section 504 Disability Grievance Procedure can be obtained upon request in the Learning Center or the Student Affairs Office. The policy may also be viewed on the college website at www.msmc.la.edu/disabilityservices.

Fitness Education

Mount St. Mary’s College is committed to graduating well-balanced women with a strong sense of self and physical well being. The Fitness Education Department offers programs that complement the academic program: the physical education courses offered for academic credit, fitness programs, recreational opportunities and an intramural sports program. These programs together provide students with the opportunity to attain, improve and/or maintain their physical fitness, attend informative workshops on wellness and fitness, participate in recreational activities on or off the campus, and participate in intramural volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, dodgeball and more. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, fitness center equipped with cardiovascular and strength training equipment, and a tennis-basketball-volleyball court.

Institute for Student Academic Enrichment (ISAE)

ISAE is a federally funded Student Support Services/TRIO program designed to assist first-generation, low-income and/or disabled students in achieving their maximum potential in higher education. ISAE provides eligible students academic advisement, peer tutoring and mentoring, career and personal counseling, financial aid information, workshops and leadership and cultural enrichment opportunities. ISAE is located in the Chalon Learning Center.

Learning Assistance Programs / Learning Center

In order to enable each student to achieve maximum benefit from the academic programs at the College, Learning Assistance Programs offers a variety of academic support services for all MSMC students. Services include peer tutoring in all subject areas, workshops in study and organizational skills, structured study groups, writing and analytical skill development, and books and computer tutorials to assist in developing skills to prepare for standardized graduate examinations. Learning Assistance Programs is located in the Chalon Learning Center, Humanities Bldg., Rm. 207.

Orientation / First-Year Seminar

The Orientation program is designed to assist entering students with their transition to Mount St. Mary's College and to enhance their success in college. Separate orientation programs specifically designed for new and transfer students are held in the summer. Orientation includes an introduction to both the academic and student life aspects of the college and provides for the interaction of new students with faculty, staff, and current students. Orientation for new first-year students is held in the summer with separate activities for parents. Orientation activities include a movie night and service-learning project. In addition, placement testing, advisement, and course registration are available. Students entering for the spring semester are provided a one-day orientation program.

First-year students continue their orientation to the college in SPR 85 (Introduction to College Studies), a one-unit seminar course taught in the fall semester. This class is designed to facilitate the transition from high school to the college environment and provides opportunities to become more familiar with college resources, policies and procedures, study skills, and other strategies for college success.

Residence Life

Traditional Undergraduates
Living on the Mount St. Mary's Chalon or Doheny campus can be an enjoyable experience, providing a unique opportunity for individual and group participation in residence hall life. Living and learning occur throughout the residence hall system and life in the halls complements the academic life of the classroom. Living in the Residence Halls provides opportunities to participate in many activities. A variety of programs and services will be available to you, allowing you to develop personally, spiritually, intellectually, socially, and culturally. Only full-time traditional undergraduates may live in undergraduate housing. For more detailed information on Residence Life guidelines, policies and procedures see page 25 of Student Handbook.

Accelerated Nursing and DPT On-Campus Housing
Living at the Doheny campus improves academic performance and enhances student enjoyment and success at Mount St. Mary’s. Living on campus provides students more frequent and wider ranging contact with faculty, staff and fellow students. It is easier for students to participate in college events and have access to diverse experiences and people. For more detailed information on Acc. Nursing and DPT Residence Life guidelines, policies and procedures visit www.msmc.la.edu/student-life/living-on-off-campus/residence-life.asp.

An off-campus housing referral listing is available through the Student Activities and Commuter Services Office.

Scholar Mentor Program

President's Scholars, Dean's List students, and others recommended by their professors may participate in the Scholar Mentor Program. Through this program students are trained as peer tutors and provide tutoring to other Mount students in a variety of subjects. Scholar Mentors may receive academic credit by enrolling in the Scholar Mentor Seminar (SPR 25). In addition, they may earn compensation for training and tutoring hours.

Short Term Loans

Short-term Loans
Two short-term loans are available to students. Please see details below for each loan.

Academic Emergency Loan: This loan is available during the first two weeks of each semester to current students with pending financial aid creating a credit balance on their account.

The loan is considered an advance of pending financial aid and will be charged directly to the student’s account along with a $25 processing fee. If the pending financial aid does not materialize, the student will be responsible for repayment of the amount of the loan and the processing fee.

Students may borrow up to $500 per semester through this program for academic expenses only (such as books). Applications are available at the Business Office at Doheny. Applications will be reviewed by the AVP Financial Services and a meeting may be required. Applications may take up to 3 business days to be processed.

The Nancy Manning Emergency Loan: This loan is available to students enrolled at the Chalon campus who have attended classes for one semester. This loan is granted to students in need of immediate assistance with educational, housing, transportation or medical expenses. Loans are available up to a maximum of $50 per semester and must be repaid within 30 days from date requested.

The Nancy Manning Loan is interest-free if repaid by the due date. Failure to repay the loan by the due date will result in a $5.00 late fee. For further information, please stop by either Business Office.

Student Programming and Commuter Services (SPCS)

The Student Programming Office offers fun and dynamic co-curricular programs and activities with the purpose of enriching student life and encouraging student involvement on campus. These programs help students feel welcomed and connected to the Mount community and to gain exposure to Mount St. Mary's College traditions, social life, cultural expression, intellectual opportunities and community events. Opportunities for the undergraduate student experience include Welcome Week, Mount in the City Weekend Activities, MSMC Ticket Office, Dine-N-Chat and many other programs. Programs and services offered through our office are available to all full-time traditional undergraduate students. Students who would like to benefit from or contribute to Student Programming and campus life are welcome to visit the office for more information.

Chalon Commuter Services

Commuter students are an active and important part of the Mount community. Programs and services offered through our office are available to all full-time traditional undergraduate students. The following information is provided to keep commuter students informed of services and activities on campus:


Commuter Kitchen: Located in the McCarthy Complex, amenities include a refrigerator to store your lunch, microwaves and sink for quick use on the go.

Computer Labs: Commuters may use the computer in the Coe library on the 2nd – 4th floors.

Fax: Commuters may send outgoing faxes for free in H200A.

Information Bulletin Boards: Located on the first and second floor of the Humanities Building and in McCarthy Complex facing the Commuter Kitchen.

Lockers: Lockers are available for commuter students in the Humanities building on the second, third, fourth and fifth floors. Lockers are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Students provide their own padlock and clean out their locker at the end of each semester. Items remaining in lockers after the designated deadline will be discarded. Sign up in the Student Programming and Commuter Services office.

Meals: Commuter students can save money and dine in a beautiful setting by purchasing a meal plan from four meal plan options. Meal plans can be purchased online at http://www.cafebonappetit.com/menu/your-cafe/themount/meal-plans/, at the Food Service office located in Leavey Commons on the ground floor or in any café.

Off ‑ Campus Housing Listing: A list of housing opportunities near the Mount (Brentwood, Santa Monica, and West Los Angeles) is available in the Student Programming and Commuter Services office. The listing includes those searching for roommates, apartments, guesthouses, rooms in private homes, and rooms in exchange for services.

Student Carpool: Commuter students may register to participate in the student carpool program offered through Transportation Services.

Study/gathering areas: The campus offers a number of gathering and study areas for commuter students. The Student Lounge offers a comfortable atmosphere with couches, study tables, cable television and computers with internet access. Leavey Patio located outside of the student dining room and patios outside the Campus Center and Humanities 2nd Floor are good outdoor study areas. The Library and Circle offer additional study areas.

Traffic and Transportation: Check the latest traffic conditions before leaving the Mount or access the Metro website for alternative means of transportation by visiting the Commuter Services website at www.msmc.la.edu/student-life/living-on-off-campus/commuter-services/commuter-services-programs.asp

Student Ambassador Program

The Student Ambassador Program is one of MSMC’s partnership programs designed to motivate inner-city high school students to complete high school and aspire to a college education. The ambassadors help high school students understand what skills they need to acquire and what courses to take to qualify for college admission, and assist them with identifying appropriate colleges to which they can apply, completing admissions applications and researching financial aid. The program provides leadership and service opportunities to Mount Students by engaging them in outreach in the Los Angeles area. Currently, ambassadors serve in 40 high schools, 5 middle schools, and several Los Angeles City housing developments. By helping these high school students to plan for college, improve study skills and envision satisfying and rewarding careers, Mount students are able to give back to the community while developing their own counseling and time-management skills. The Student Ambassador Program continues a long-standing Mount tradition of service to the local and world community.

Student Health Services

Mount St. Mary’s College Health Services Department offers a broad range of services to both resident and commuter full-time students who pay the Comprehensive Student Fee. These services include diagnosis and treatment of illness and minor injuries, physical examinations, health teaching, and laboratory testing. The Health Clinic on the Chalon campus is staffed by nurse practitioners, nurses, and specially trained students. The Medical Director and physicians from the Peak Health Medical Group provide oversight, consultation and clinical review.

Emphasis is placed on preventive medicine and on positive health practices which will become a part of each student’s lifestyle. Programs designed to assist students in developing values and skills related to achieving a high level of health are presented each semester.

Incoming freshmen and transfer students, both residents and commuters, must submit a current health history and physical examination prior to entrance. Proof of current immunizations and TB skin testing are also required for admission. Additional health requirements exist for students enrolled in programs with clinical affiliations.

Chalon students are eligible to use the Student Health Clinic on the Chalon or Doheny campuses. Appointments may be made with healthcare providers throughout the week. There is no cost to a student for provider visits; however, supplemental fees for laboratory testing and medications may be assessed. Referrals for specialty services and emergency services will be made through the Student Health Center.

When the Student Health Center is closed, a Medical Provider is on-call and available for consultation.

All full-time students are required to carry Health and Accident Insurance. Please see expense listings at the beginning of this catalog for additional information regarding health insurance available through Mount St. Mary’s College.

Women’s Leadership Program

The Women's Leadership Program offers many opportunities for leadership skill building and development in order to prepare students as leaders in their communities and future careers. Students are encouraged to develop and strengthen their personal, team, group, and citizen leadership skills throughout their time at the Mount. Programs and services offered through our office are available to all full-time traditional undergraduate students.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) on each campus is housed in the Women’s Leadership Office. ASB serves as the student government designed to promote and work for the needs of students and the Mount community. Information regarding student clubs and organizations can also be found in this office. Resources and services are available for all recognized MSMC clubs/organizations.

Students have the opportunity to document their co-curricular activities in the form of a Leadership Portfolio. Freshmen and sophomore students may also apply at the beginning of each year to be part of the Leadership Scholar Program. Students in the program have opportunities to develop their leadership potential by taking courses and participating in group service projects and other developmental experiences.

The WLP also sponsors the Leadership Conference and Leadership Boot Camp. In addition, we offer workshops on a variety of leadership topics and an extensive resource center that features experiential learning activities, self-paced training modules and books on leadership and women’s history.

Orientation for new students is also coordinated through this office. Current students can apply to be summer Orientation Leaders. O-Leaders act as guides to new students during the orientation program by answering questions and introducing them to college life.

The following courses in Leadership are taught by program staff:

LWS 1A

Introduction to Leadership Concepts

Year-long course/Fall & Spring

LWS 1C

Orientation Leader Training

Spring

LWS 5

Leadership in Action

Spring

Graduate Degrees

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 demonstrates the skills to address the moral and ethical challenges within the profession.*

*For graduate professional programs

Graduate Program Objectives

The liberal arts tradition and the Catholic nature of the College give direction to Mount St. Mary's College Graduate Division. Graduate programs flow from the College mission statement and presuppose the components of a liberal arts education, as is evident in the following objectives, developed by the Graduate Council for the teaching and preparation of students at the graduate level.

Women and men at the graduate level are prepared as leaders for society and are given the means, as well as the confidence, to:

  • create and contribute to a society in which respect for individuals permeates all professional structures and personal interactions;
  • assist those with whom they work to recognize and use their own talents, skills, and resources;
  • envision and facilitate personal responsibility for the direction of society as it grows toward a greater global interaction, culturally, socially, and politically;
  • expand one's own knowledge of and contribution to a field through the tools of research and academic development.

Each graduate program, in ways appropriate to the preparation for a particular profession, strives to attain these objectives by:

  • individualized and personal advisement;
  • careful curriculum planning and scheduling;
  • selection of competent, caring faculty who are well prepared in their fields and sensitive to the needs of the adult student population;
  • challenging students to investigate a wide range of related resources beyond those presented in classes;
  • providing a welcoming environment that suggests harmony, peace and concern for the well-being of all persons.

Programs in the Graduate Division include disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and professional graduate degrees. Degree nomenclature appropriately reflects the type of degree.

Degrees Offered

Master of Business Administration with concentrations in:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Project Management

Master of Science in Education with concentrations in:

  • Elementary Education*
  • Secondary Education*
  • Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disability*
  • Special Education: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Individually Designed Program

* Teacher Credential Programs (Preliminary and Clear) offered include Elementary/Multiple Subject, Secondary/Single Subject, Education Specialist (Mild/Moderate and Deaf/Hard of Hearing).

Certificate in Instructional Leadership

Certificate in Inclusive and Responsive Teaching

Master of Arts in the Humanities with concentrations in:

  • English
  • History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Creative Writing

(See Humanities Masters Degree)

Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in:

  • Educator
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Certificate in Post-MSN Adult - Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Associate Degree in Nursing to M.S. Nursing (ADN to MSN) Program ON HIATUS

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with concentrations in:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Administration
  • General Counseling Psychology

Certificate in Counseling the Spanish-Speaking Client

Master of Arts in Religious Studies

Master of Fine Arts in Cinema with tracks in:
(Starting Spring 2014)

  • Production
  • Animation

Doctor of Physical Therapy

(See Physical Therapy)

Graduate Admission Policies

A student who holds a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university is eligible to apply for admission. The student's previous academic record must give evidence of the ability and the preparation necessary for successfully pursuing graduate study. Admission will be based on an evaluation of the applicant's potential for success in both the program and the profession.

Graduate Application Procedures

Applications, with all supporting documents, must be completed before or during the first semester of enrollment. (See application procedures for Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission)

The applicant forwards the following to:

The Office of Graduate Admission

Mount St. Mary's College

10 Chester Place

Los Angeles, CA 90007-2598

  1. Application and application fee.
  2. One official, sealed, transcript of all previous college work, both undergraduate and graduate, sent directly from each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission. These records should demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.0 for applicants to all graduate programs.
  3. Letters of recommendation from persons who have had ample opportunity to judge the applicant's academic ability, achievement and professional potential. (Personal references from family members, close friends, and neighbors are discouraged.)

    Note: Applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to request letters of recommendation from 3 individuals because requested letters do not always arrive by the admission deadlines.
    1. For applicants for the M. A. in Religious Studies: Two letters from individuals who can assess potential for graduate study in theology and potential in counseling or religious leadership in parish or school.
    2. For applicants for the Master of Business Administration: Two letters from individuals who can assess appropriate professional potential for success in business.
    3. For applicants for the M. S. in Education: Two letters from individuals who can assess appropriate professional potential for teaching.
    4. For applicants for the M.S. in Counseling Psychology: Two letters from individuals who can assess appropriate professional potential as a counseling psychologist.
    5. For applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing and ADN to MSN: Two letters from individuals who can assess appropriate professional potential for success in advanced studies in nursing.
    6. For applicants for the Doctor of Physical Therapy: Three references are required—one academic, one from a physical therapist, and one from an individual who can assess the applicant’s interpersonal skills.
  4. Statement of interest/application essay (see Graduate Application).
  5. For DPT applicants, official GRE score reports should be submitted to PTCAS.  All other required official test reports are to be sent to Graduate Admissions.  The California Subject Examination for Teachers is required for Education applicants.  The Graduate Record Exam or Graduate Management Admission Test is required for MBA applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 during the last 60 semester units.
  6. An interview with graduate faculty may be included, depending on the program.
  7. MSN and ADNtoMSN applicants must meet all nursing department policies regarding health data, immunization/tests/titers  (i.e. TB, Polio, TD, Hepatitis B, Measles, Varicella, etc.), and criminal background check.  Contact Graduate Admissions for current requirements.

Graduates of foreign universities at which English is not the primary language must:

  1. Submit results of the IELTS test with required minimum band score of 6.5 OR submit results of the TOEFL test with required minimum score of 79 for internet-based test, 213 for computer-based test, or 550 for the paper-based test.
  2. Have their transcripts sent to an MSMC approved credential evaluation service agency for equivalency evaluation.

International students must:

  1. Submit a notarized statement or official bank certification on International Student Data/Budget application and supporting documents guaranteeing financial support during the period of study at Mount St. Mary's College.
  2. Submit a medical certificate.
  3. Complete necessary visa documents.

Further details are published in “Information for Prospective Graduate Students From Other Countries,” included with the application forms.

Note: Exceptions to the requirements listed above may be requested by academic petition to the graduate advisor and Graduate Dean.

Admission and Acceptance

After all requirements for admission have been fulfilled, the application and supporting documents will be forwarded to the department housing the graduate program to which the applicant has applied. The evaluation process will be conducted by the Program Advisor or Director, Department Chair, Graduate Dean, and occasionally the Graduate Council.

A written decision of acceptance, conditional acceptance, or non-acceptance will be rendered on the Admission Evaluation Form. A copy of the admission letter will be mailed to the applicant from the Graduate Division Office.

In the event that the applicant's undergraduate record does not include all the required courses or a satisfactory grade point average, supplementary undergraduate work may be required to fulfill the prerequisites of the major department.

After official acceptance into a graduate degree program, masters and doctoral degree students may apply for financial aid from the Student Financing Office of Mount St. Mary's College.

An applicant may complete up to 6 units in one semester at MSMC while applying for admission to a Graduate Program in the areas of Education and Humanities (see Non Degree-Seeking Graduate Students section). For Religious Studies requirements, see Graduate Religious Studies. Under certain circumstances a student may petition to complete an additional 3 units prior to the acceptance to any of these programs. No more than nine units taken at Mount St. Mary's College before acceptance into a program may be applied to the degree program. Enrollment in courses as a non-matriculating student is subject to the approval of the program advisor, director and/or the Graduate Dean. Permission to enroll under a non-matriculating status does not guarantee acceptance to a graduate program at Mount St. Mary’s College.

Readmission Policy

A student wishing to return to the College after one year in which he or she was not enrolled must reapply for admission through the Graduate Admission Office and will be evaluated on the same conditions as all other new students.

Academic Policies for Graduate Division

Student Responsibility

Students are held individually responsible for information contained in the College catalog, Graduate Student Handbook, program handbooks, and College email correspondence. Failure to read and understand these policies and regulations will not excuse students from their observance. In addition they are responsible for the information contained in the official class schedules and other data sent or posted on the MSMC website by the Graduate Division Office. College catalogs are available in the Graduate Division Office, and students are advised to obtain and keep their catalogs.

Academic IntegrityGraduate students are expected to follow Mount St. Mary’s policy regarding academic integrity. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are treated as extremely serious violations of ethical conduct and may result in suspension or expulsion from the University. (See Catalog, Undergraduate Academic Policies, Academic Integrity section, and Graduate Student Handbook, Academic Integrity online.)

Graduate Academic Support Services

The Graduate Transition Center supports graduate students by offering a full range of academic support services.  The Center offers orientation and workshops for new graduate students;  writing and thesis assistance; tutoring in research methods, statistics, and disciplinary areas; career counseling;  and faculty mentoring.    Centrally located on the Doheny Campus, the Graduate Transition Center also offers graduate students a space to work on group projects with peers and faculty.   

Residence and Time Limit

After acceptance into a degree program the student is expected to remain continuously enrolled each regular semester up to and including the semester in which the degree is awarded. The degree must be earned within seven years after the first graduate level course is posted on the transcript. Note: courses applicable to credentials are subject to California Commission on Teacher Credentialing limitations.

A graduate student who is eligible but who chooses not to enroll continuously may petition for a leave of absence for a semester and may renew the leave for another semester but no more than three consecutive semesters. At the end of the period of leave, the student may enroll without filing an application for re-admission. After a lapse of time extending beyond the leave, the student will follow the same procedures as those for new applicants.

Thesis or Project Completion

If a student, after one semester enrollment in EDU 296B, HUM 296B, PSY 295 or 296, or RST 290 or 291, has not completed the project or thesis, the student will be required to enroll in a one-unit thesis project continuation course (EDU 297A,B,C; HUM 297A,B,C, PSY297A,B,C or RST 290A,B,Cor 291A) for the subsequent semesters until the thesis/project is completed. Once three project continuation courses are completed, no other options for completing the masters degree are available.

Unit Load

The number of semester units of work taken in the respective semester or summer session is determined in consultation with departmental advisors. The number of semester units for a full-time load is six (6) semester units.

Student Credit Hour

A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that reasonably approximates not less than:

(1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of

out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one

semester, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

(2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) for other academic activities, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Graduation

Application for Graduation: Candidates for the Masters and Doctoral degrees must file a formal degree application and pay the required fee at the beginning of their final semester. The specific date for this application is published in the current Academic calendar.

It is the responsibility of the student to apply for graduation. Graduation application forms are available in the Doheny Registrar's Office.

The graduation fee is required, in order for the degree to be awarded, regardless of attendance at the graduation ceremonies. Candidates should check with the appropriate program advisor or director to affirm that all requirements have been met.

Education Credential candidates are responsible for submitting Credential applications to the MSMC Department of Education for processing.

Graduation Exercises

Candidates receiving degrees are invited to participate in the graduation exercises. In order to participate in commencement exercises, students must be registered for all courses needed to complete degree and college requirements. These ceremonies are held each year at the end of the Spring semester. All graduates who have completed their programs since the previous Spring are included in these exercises.

Readmission of Students Who Have Already Completed a Graduate Degree

Graduates who wish to enroll for another credential or degree will follow the same procedure as new applicants. New recommendations and other records may be required, depending upon changed circumstances. An application fee is not charged unless a period of five or more years has elapsed since the completion of the previous program

Non Degree-Seeking Graduate Students (Non-Matriculating Status)

Students who hold a Baccalaureate degree from accredited colleges or universities are eligible to take courses for unit credit at the College without the intention of pursuing a graduate degree or credential. They may take either undergraduate courses in subjects of special interest or graduate courses for personal or professional development. Students complete an application and registration form and may be required to provide evidence of possessing a Baccalaureate degree at the time of registration. Their registration is approved by the program advisor. They are expected to observe all policies and procedures of the College while in attendance. If, after taking courses at the College, a student should become an applicant for a degree, a limited number of graduate credit courses (no more than nine units) may be applied to the individual degree program, after the student has been admitted to the Graduate Program. These courses must satisfy the requirements of the program and meet the approval of the program advisor/director and the Graduate Dean. Permission to enroll under a non-matriculating status does not guarantee acceptance to a graduate program at Mount St. Mary’s College.

Course Numbers

Although all of the work counted toward a graduate degree is of a distinctly advanced character, not all of the courses need be taken from the 200-level. With the approval of the graduate advisor/director in the major field, upper division courses suitable for a well rounded program may be included, provided that the student earns at least a grade of B. A maximum of upper division units that may be included are nine semester units for the Master of Arts in Humanities and the Master of Science in Education degrees and six units for the MSN degree. Courses required for a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy have 400-499 numbering.

Grading Policies

Once submitted, grades may not be changed unless the result of clerical or procedural error. A student must request a review/change within 30 days after the end of a semester, or within 30 days following the posting of grades on WebAdvisor containing the grade which the student wishes to challenge. (See process in Graduate Handbook.)

Grades

The grade point average for all work presented for an advanced degree, credential, or certificate must be at least 3.0 or B average. A required course in which a grade of D or F has been received must be repeated. See specific program requirements for exceptions.

The student's grade point average is computed according to this scale:

A

4.0

A-

3.7

B +

3.3

B

3.0

B-

2.7

C +

2.3

C

2.0

C-

1.7

D

1.0

F

0.0

The following grades are not computed in the GPA:

AU

Audit

CR

Credit given (see below)

I

Incomplete (see below)

IP

In Progress: deferred grading for graduate thesis or field experience

NC

No Credit given (see below)

NG

No Grade received, issued by the Registrar pending receipt of the final grade

U

Unauthorized withdrawal

W

Withdrawal

Credit/No Credit

CR/NC ordinarily applies only to the Supervised Field Experience in graduate programs. For field experiences, practica, and supervised teaching offered by the Education, Counseling Psychology, Nursing and Physical Therapy Departments, CR signifies B or better work.

Audit

The grading selection of Audit should be requested when a student wishes to preview a course for which he/she will be enrolled at a later date for a grade or to review a course that has already been successfully completed as preparation for further study, or for intellectual curiosity and enrichment. Auditors attend class sessions regularly but are not obligated to take examinations. They receive no credit for courses audited. Tuition is charged for courses taken as audit.

Incomplete

An Incomplete is given only when a student:

  • has fulfilled the majority of the course requirements,
  • has a passing grade in the classwork,
  • is prevented from completing the assigned work for serious reasons,
  • has consulted the instructor prior to the grading period, and
  • has been assessed by the instructor that he/she can realistically complete the work within one semester.

A student requesting an Incomplete must file a Petition for Incomplete with the signature of the instructor and the department chairperson prior to the day of the final exam. The instructor will assign a default grade when approving an incomplete. This default grade will be recorded on the student's transcript when a completed grade is not assigned by the instructor and/or an extension of the incomplete is not processed. An incomplete may only be extended for one additional semester with the approval of the instructor, the department chairperson, and the appropriate academic dean. (Students may not be given more than two semesters to complete any course.)

Repetition of courses

Only courses for which unacceptable grades have been assigned may be repeated for a higher grade or CR. (See specific program for definition of unacceptable grades.) Courses may be repeated only once. The units are counted only once and the higher grade computed in the GPA. A student must repeat required courses in which unacceptable grades were assigned if the student is eligible to remain in the program.

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of six semester units of graduate work taken in an accredited graduate program is transferable to Mount St. Mary's College provided that:

  • the transfer courses satisfy curriculum requirements at Mount St. Mary's College and a grade of B or better was earned;
  • the courses are transferred after the student has been accepted into the program and prior to the last semester of graduate study; transfer credit forms are available in the Graduate Office;
  • correspondence and extension courses are not transferable;
  • courses were taken within seven years of the date on which the student was accepted in a Mount St. Mary's College graduate program.

Once admitted to a graduate program students are expected to pursue study only at Mount St. Mary's College.

Credit by Exam

In selected departments, course credit by challenge examination is available on a limited basis and at the discretion of the department chairperson. The student must file the approved form in the Office of the Registrar. Only units of CREDIT will be awarded for these examinations (No record of failures will appear on a student's transcript.). All credit awarded in this manner will be so noted on the student's transcript. A course may be challenged by examination only once.

Unauthorized Withdrawal

The designation of Unauthorized Withdrawal (U) may, at the discretion of the instructor, be assigned when the student does not attend a sufficient number of class meetings or instructional hours after the withdrawal deadline. Instructors are encouraged to consult with their department chairs before assigning a grade of U. The U designation carries no connotation of quality of student performance and is not calculated in the grade point average.

Withdrawal From Courses

The grade W indicates withdrawal from a course, according to the following policy:

Withdrawal (W) indicates that the student was permitted to withdraw from a class during the period scheduled on the College calendar with the approval of the instructor and advisor. After the scheduled date, a student may petition the Graduate Dean for an exception. The W carries no connotation of quality of student performance and is not calculated in the grade point average.

Withdrawal from Programs

When students withdraw from a graduate program, they must file a withdrawal notice in the Graduate Division Office.

Academic Probation

Failure of a graduate degree or credential student to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA places the student on probation. The student will be notified in writing from the Office of the Graduate Dean regarding the probation. A student on probation must achieve a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher during the next two semesters in order to be reinstated to regular standing and may be required to take fewer units of work while on probation. See individual departments for specific probation policies.

Academic Dismissal

A student is subject to dismissal for failure to maintain a 3.0 GPA during the probationary period. Failure to comply with the requirements and regulations of the graduate program and College may also subject a student to dismissal. The Graduate Dean and/or the Graduate Council have the authority to dismiss students and to suspend dismissal.

Academic Petitions

A petition may be submitted to cover certain exceptions to stated policies. A petition may not be retroactive, but must be submitted before the exception is to be considered.

Grievance Procedure

The Mount St. Mary's College Student Bill of Rights and Grievance Procedure are available on the MSMC website or by request from the Graduate Division Office.

Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is an advisory body, composed of the graduate program directors, student representatives and the Graduate Dean, whose function is to recommend modifications or changes in graduate policy to the Provost. The main objectives of the Graduate Council are to promote excellence in research and scholarship beyond the undergraduate level and to strengthen existing graduate programs. Among their concerns are admission standards, degree requirements, and program review and approval.

International Students

Mount St. Mary's is certified to issue the I–20 form required for an F–1 visa student to study in the United States. To secure an I–20, the student must be admitted to the college and show proof of ability to meet all academic and personal expenses while in the United States. See International Student Admission Procedures for more information on how to apply.

International students enrolled in a graduate program must enroll in at least 6 units per semester (Fall, Spring and Summer), in order to maintain F-1 visa status.

It is the responsibility of the F-1 Visa Student to maintain lawful status.

Veterans Affairs

Military and Veteran Student Services

Mount St. Mary's College is approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE) to certify veterans and other eligible persons so they may use their education benefits. We adhere to the guidelines for Institutions enrolling and certifying veterans and other eligible persons: develop standards for maintaining adequate records, policies for satisfactory progress, previous education and training, conduct, attendance, and graduation requirements and all other requirements in accordance with Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 21-4253.

Certifying Officials
The Certifying Official for Mount St. Mary's College is responsible for the accurate and prompt certification of enrollments and changes in enrollment of eligible students to the VA. The certifying official is an employee of Mount St. Mary's College, not the VA. The certifying official cannot determine eligibility for VA Educational Benefits.

For more information on your Veteran Affairs Certification, contact the Registrar’s Office.