Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 
    Jul 15, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Welcome to Admissions

Mount Saint Mary College offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, administered by two College admissions areas.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers bachelor’s degrees, 5-year bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and collaborative bachelor’s and advanced degree programs for traditional college-age undergraduate students (including those transferring from other institutions) through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This Undergraduate Catalog serves this population.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550.
1-888-YES-MSMC or email admissions@msmc.edu. Website: www.msmc.edu/undergraduate


The Office of Graduate and Adult Degree Completion Programs offers bachelor’s degree programs in seven areas and master’s degrees in business, education, and nursing. This Undergraduate Catalog also serves the bachelor’s degree program requirements for this population. Please see the Mount Saint Mary College Graduate Catalog for detailed information on master’s programs, admissions procedures, and academic information. See the section on Adult Degree Completion programs for more information.

Office of Admissions for Graduate & Adult Degree Completion Programs, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, NY, 12550. 845-569-3223 or email adultstudentadmissions@msmc.edu 
Website: www.msmc.edu/adult  


Undergraduate Admissions Overview

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions carefully evaluates each application on the basis of academic achievement and potential for success at Mount Saint Mary College. 

Mount Saint Mary College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender, age, national and ethnic origin, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic or classification protected by federal, state or local law in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, and other school administered programs.

The college will make efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities in the majors of their choice. Persons with disabilities desiring accommodation are responsible for making their needs known to the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities after admission. Information concerning this policy may be found in the Mount Saint Mary College Student Handbook or obtained from the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.

Visit Opportunities

Mount Saint Mary College welcomes prospective students and their families to the campus throughout the year, although a visit is more interesting if planned during the academic year when classes are in session.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions (herein referred to as Admissions), for both traditional and transfer students, is open for campus visits Monday-Friday and on select weekend days. In addition, Admissions hosts several open houses throughout the academic year where prospective students have an opportunity to tour the campus with a student guide; talk with current students, faculty, and staff; and learn about scholarships and financial aid. Accepted students may also choose to observe a class if time and circumstances permit. For more information on the College’s visit program or to register, please go to

While not required for general admission, an interview may be scheduled at the student’s request. The Admissions Committee may also request an interview to gain more information about an applicant. In these cases, students will receive written notification. Please contact Admissions with any questions or to schedule an interview. 

Academic Requirements 

A student with a high school diploma or its equivalent (General Education Development or GED diploma) and whose academic background shows both strength and diversity is best prepared for a program of study at Mount Saint Mary College. Successful candidates typically complete the following coursework at the secondary level:

English 4 units
Foreign Language 3 units
Mathematics 3 units
Science 3 units
Social Studies 4 units
Electives (art, music, etc.) 3.5 units

Secondary studies should reflect the program a student wishes to pursue at the college level. Nursing candidates must have taken at least one unit of biology and one unit of chemistry. See the Academic Programs section of the catalog for specific program requirements.

Students who are beginning college study one or more years after high school graduation, as well as students who have earned a high school equivalency diploma, are also encouraged to apply to Mount Saint Mary College. Neither the ACT nor the SAT is required of these students if the test had not been taken while the student was still in high school. The greatest emphasis will be placed on previous academic achievement, recent work, and educational experiences as well as recommendation letters. A personal interview with a member of Admissions is strongly advised.

All newly matriculated Mount Saint Mary College students are required to demonstrate minimal competency in writing, reading comprehension, and mathematics. These competencies may be determined by satisfactory achievement on screening tests to be given after acceptance into the College. In addition, SAT or ACT scores of incoming students may also be used as an initial screening. Transfer students who have completed courses with a C or better that address these competencies need not be tested. Any student who does not meet these standards will be required to take the appropriate measures and demonstrate competency in these areas.

The College shall make a commitment to all full-time students to provide the opportunity to complete a degree within four years; however, the need for remediation may extend the time required to complete a degree. 

Admissions Application Procedure

Under our rolling admissions policy, applications for admission are evaluated as soon as all credentials have been received by Admissions. Students are usually notified of a decision within six weeks after the following materials are received by Admissions:

  • A completed application for admission;
  • The applicant’s high school transcript or evidence of successful achievement in the High School Equivalency Examination;
  • ACT or SAT scores;
  • $45 application fee, if using a paper application;
  • Recommendation letter from a teacher or guidance counselor;
  • Essay may be required.

First-year freshman candidates are encouraged to apply to Mount Saint Mary College in the fall of their senior year. Applicants should submit a record of scores from either the American College Testing Service test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). For the ACT, the composite score is used for admission. For the SAT, evidence-based reading and writing as well as the math section are used for admission. For the ACT, the Mount’s code is 2819; for the SAT, the Mount code is 2423. If they have not already taken either the SAT or ACT exam, they should do so as early in the fall as possible. To register for these exams, visit www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.org

In some instances, the decision on applications filed in the fall will be postponed until the spring if Admissions feels that more information is necessary. The candidate will be asked to submit a record of his/her school work for the first half of the senior year, as well as the results of senior ACT or SAT scores.

A deposit of $450 for resident students ($150 for commuter students) is required in order to reserve a place as an entering student. This deposit is credited to the student’s account for the first semester (for resident students, $100 of the deposit is reserved for room damage and will be refunded to the student when they no longer reside in the residence halls and rooms have been free of damage). Deposits are refundable if Admissions receives written notice of intention not to attend Mount Saint Mary College on or before May 1.

Advanced Placement Credits 

Students who have completed Advanced Placement work in secondary school may earn advanced standing. Students who take the Advanced Placement examinations and receive a score of 3, 4, or 5 will be granted college credit. Scores of 1 or 2 are not eligible for exemption or college credit. Students should contact the College Board to have official AP scores sent to Mount Saint Mary College. For more information on AP Examinations, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@msmc.edu.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Once admitted to Mount Saint Mary College, students may receive credit by examination through the CLEP General and Subject Examinations. Academic divisions and the Registrar will determine the number of credits earned through CLEP. A maximum of 45 credits may be awarded. For additional information about CLEP, contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@msmc.edu

Early Admissions

The Early Admissions program is designed to meet the needs of students who are prepared academically, socially, and emotionally for college entrance after the junior year of high school. Provisions are made to enable the student to complete any remaining requirements for the high school diploma, such as a unit in English or social studies, while simultaneously engaged in a regular college program of study. A student applying for this program should rank in the upper three-fifths of his/her junior class. A personal interview with a member of the Admissions is required of all Early Admissions candidates.

The applicant for Early Admissions must submit the following to Admissions:

  • A completed application for admission;
  • The applicant’s high school transcript;
  • PSAT, ACT, or SAT scores;
  • Certification from the applicant’s guidance counselor of courses still to be completed to satisfy high school graduation requirements;
  • Letter of recommendation from a counselor and at least one instructor;
  • Written statement of reason for seeking Early Admission and for choosing Mount Saint Mary College (250 or fewer words);
  • A $45 application fee (if submitting a paper application).

Graduate Equivalency Diploma

Individuals who have not completed their high school studies but are interested in pursuing a degree at Mount Saint Mary College must earn a GED and may be asked to complete 24 credits of college level work. These credits should include: 6 credits in English/language arts, including writing, speaking, and reading (literature); 6 credits in mathematics; 3 credits in natural science; 3 credits in social science; 3 credits in humanities; and 3 credits in career and technical education (computer science) or foreign language.

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for the bachelor’s degree at Mount Saint Mary College, students must have 120 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 2.0, or for students pursuing New York State teacher certification, a minimum GPA of 2.75. Students who are up to two courses short of graduating will be permitted to participate in the college’s May commencement ceremony. 

Health Records Requirements

The College health forms, sent to all newly accepted students who have paid deposits, should be completed and returned to the Office of Health Services before the students’ first semester. The College requires full-time students to submit documentation of a current physical and PPD (TB test), which can be recorded on the health form.

All students must submit immunization records. They may submit an official immunization record from their health care provider or complete a MSMC Immunization Record; a health care practitioner must sign the immunization record. These records must be submitted before the beginning of the semester or session. For more information, see Health Services under Student Affairs.

High School/College Bridge Program

High school students may enroll in one or two college courses each semester (excluding accelerated sessions) during the academic year concurrently with their senior year in high school. They will be considered non-matriculated students and may either use the credits earned toward one of the degree programs at Mount Saint Mary College or may transfer these credits to a degree program at another institution. For more information, students should contact Admissions at admissions@msmc.edu​

Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The principal mission of HEOP at Mount Saint Mary College is to provide educational opportunity and support to traditionally underserved students. These students have strong academic and personal potential, but would otherwise be excluded from higher education due to circumstances of academic and economic disadvantage. MSMC HEOP emphasizes academic achievement, leadership, development, and service. Students must meet the income eligibility guidelines established by the Board of Regents and are admitted without regard to age, gender, creed, sexual orientation, race, or disability.

To be determined eligible for HEOP, applicants must apply and provide the appropriate documents to the HEOP Office at the Mount. Please note that requirements for HEOP are slightly different than the traditional requirements of MSMC (please visit our website for details). In addition, the HEOP admission deadline is typically earlier than the traditional admission deadline at MSMC. Once selected and admitted, HEOP participants may continue in the program until degree completion (maximum of 10 academic semesters) with awards available for various periods depending on the duration of their academic program.

All HEOP students must file the FAFSA to be considered for aid from HEOP as well as from other state and federally funded programs. The amount of financial aid and other support provided depends upon a student’s financial need. Recipients must meet requirements for academic progress determined by the College. Each recipient must also apply for TAP and follow through with the appropriate paperwork each year in order for funds to be disbursed. TAP is limited to five years of eligibility for HEOP students. All students must achieve a 2.0 Grade Point Average by the end of their sophomore year to continue to receive TAP awards. Please visit the MSMC HEOP website for more details.

International Admissions

International students planning to enter the Mount as a freshman or transfer student must submit the following documentation:

  • Completed application for admission.
  • Either SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores, ACT scores, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam results, or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam results. Mount Saint Mary College requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the iBT or a IELTS overall band score of 6.0 for admission.
  • Official copies of their previous secondary and post-secondary academic records. Students may be asked to have documents evaluated by a NACES member.
  • At least one letter of recommendation in English. If the letter of recommendation is written in the applicant’s native language, a signed copy of the translation is acceptable if included with the original letter.
  • Application fee of $45, if using the paper application.

Please note that the secondary education credentials of international students seeking admission to the nursing program must be evaluated by the New York State Education Department before an admissions decision can be made. 

International Baccalaureate Credits

Students who have completed International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in secondary school may earn advanced standing. Courses submitted with a score of 5, 6, or 7 are eligible for college credit, and credit articulation will be determined by the appropriate academic division. Scores of 1, 2, 3, or 4 are not eligible for exemption or college credit. Students must submit a sealed, official transcript from the IBO for transfer credit to be considered. For more information, please contact the Registrar at registrar@msmc.edu​

Non-matriculated Students

Individuals who do not wish to become candidates for a degree from Mount Saint Mary College, but who wish to enroll in certain courses may be admitted as non-matriculated students. A non-matriculated student may become a candidate for a degree only upon application and acceptance for admission or after completing 24 credits in the following areas:

  • 6 credits of English
  • 6 credits of Mathematics
  • 3 credits of Natural Science
  • 3 credits of Social Science
  • 3 credits of Fine Arts (humanities)
  • 3 credits of Career/Technical (to be determined).

The Registrar can approve the request if the student has a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better. Candidates who do not meet this requirement may petition the Academic Standards Committee. Non-matriculated students are not eligible for financial aid.

Disability Services

Mount Saint Mary College will provide reasonable accommodations to any student or employee who has a disability and who wishes such accommodations. The Disability Services office oversees the procedures for arranging such accommodations after the student is admitted to the College. Please email disabilityservices@msmc.edu with any questions you may have.

Student Transition & Engagement Program

The mission of STEP (Student Transition and Engagement Program) is to provide support for students who may not fit a traditional academic profile of an incoming MSMC student but who has demonstrated the potential to succeed in college with the right guidance. This academic and transitional support comes from the Office of Student Success and their staff of Academic Coaches and Advisors, who will ensure that each STEP student has holistic support, tailored to their needs.


STEP is a collaborative partnership between the Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Success. Students admitted to Mount Saint Mary College through STEP may not necessarily meet the traditional academic profile of an MSMC student, but after a holistic review of their admission materials by the STEP Selection Committee, have demonstrated their ability to be a successful college student through characteristics such as: self-efficacy, motivation, leadership, resiliency and persistence.

STEP students will spend their first semester working individually with their Academic Coach as well as the entire STEP cohort, on skills that will help make them successful college students such as: time management, study skills, determining their learning style, improving organizational skills, getting involved on campus and balancing academic expectations.


  • Students will meet with their Academic Coach and the STEP cohort on a regular basis
  • Students will attend the STEP Summer Bridge Program prior to the start of the fall semester
  • Students will be limited to 12 credits their first semester in order to assist in fully acclimating to college life
  • Students who are not in good academic standing after their first semester at the College will be required to continue to meet with their academic coach/advisor for their second semester

Traditional Students in Adult Degree Completion Program

Students enrolled in the traditional program who have earned fewer than 60 credits are not allowed to enroll in 8-week accelerated courses that overlap with the traditional fall or spring semesters. Traditional students with 60 or more earned credits and a GPA of 2.75 may enroll in one 8-week accelerated course during the traditional fall or spring semester after they have completed one semester of full-time (12 credits) coursework in the traditional day program, with the permission of their advisor and the chair of the division offering the course. Students may seek exceptions to these policies from the Vice President for Academic Affairs, with the approval of their advisor and the chair of the division offering the accelerated course as well as the Director of ADCP.

Transfer Students

The College encourages applications from transfer students, particularly from community colleges. Transfer students are admitted in the fall and spring. Applicants must submit official transcripts of all previous college-level work along with their final high school transcript. Upon acceptance, all transcripts will be reviewed by the Registrar’s office. The Mount accepts credits from regionally accredited institutions, similar to courses offered at the Mount in which a grade of C or better is earned (except as noted below).

Students with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or an Associate of Science (AS) in nursing who enter the nursing program are awarded transfer credit for acceptable liberal arts and science courses. Courses in nursing taken in an associate degree program are not transferable to the bachelor’s degree program in nursing at Mount Saint Mary College.

Transfer courses or Mount Saint Mary College courses, used by a returning student after a significant absence, may not be used toward the degree if the courses are not consistent with current requirements. The specific courses affected by this policy will be identified and evaluated by the respective divisions.

Adult Degree Completion Program and Transfer Admissions Application

To transfer to the Mount, candidates should submit the following:

  • A completed application for admission;
  • Official transcripts of secondary school work or official GED and all colleges attended;
  • A $45 application fee if using the paper application. Fee is waived for ADCP applications.

Course descriptions or a course syllabus may be requested. Students will be notified of the admissions decision within approximately two to three weeks of the arrival of their records in Admissions. 

Transferring Credits

Credits equivalent to the community college’s requirements for the Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degrees (to a maximum of 66 credits) will be accepted only for courses with grades of C or better. Courses graded with C-, D+, and D may be used to bring the transfer credits to the guaranteed minimum level of 60 credits for those students who have completed the AA or AS degree prior to matriculating at Mount Saint Mary College.

A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at Mount Saint Mary College, provided the student transfers from a four-year institution. Ninety credits, at most, will be transferred from a four-year college and maximum of 66 credits will be accepted from a two-year institution. Courses with a grade of D are acceptable only with the 60-credit guarantee for an AA or AS degree.

 Community College Articulation Agreements

The Mount has reciprocal agreements with Dutchess Community College, Orange County Community College, Nassau County Community College, Rockland Community College, Ulster County Community College, and Westchester Community College.

Graduate and Adult Degree Completion Programs

Adult Degree Completion programs provide busy adult students the chance to earn a bachelor’s degree in two and a half years. (For pre-licensure nursing majors, the program takes three and a half years). Students may pursue a degree at a chosen pace and may elect to “stop out” for a period as family or work demands dictate.

The ADC program offers in-classroom, hybrid, and fully-online courses to provide greater flexibility for the nontraditional student. It offers several programs of study: accounting, business, human services, interdisciplinary, interdisciplinary degree toward education, nursing, the hybrid RN to BS in nursing, and psychology. By participating fully in this flexible program, a student may earn up to 48 credits per year. The prerequisite for Adult Students in ADCP who wish to take ENG 1010 (College Writing) at Mount Saint Mary College is to be determined by the Director of Adult Degree Completion Programs.

The academic year is divided into shorter sessions, with courses offered Monday/Wednesday evenings, Tuesday/Thursday evenings, or Saturdays. The combination of hybrid courses and online learning with the Mount’s personalized advisement and adaptable scheduling allows more adults to obtain a bachelor’s degree in the shortest time period. Through individualized counseling, students are encouraged to establish a realistic educational plan that suits their long-term goals, while fulfilling family and work responsibilities. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions for Graduate and Adult Degree Completion Programs by sending an email to adultstudentadmissions@msmc.edu, or call 845-569-3225.

Adult Students in the Traditional Undergraduate Program

Adult students may choose the traditional undergraduate program that offers a wider choice of majors and courses, as well as the opportunity to pursue New York State Teacher Certification as part of their undergraduate degree.

Service Members and Veterans

Mount Saint Mary College belongs to the consortium of Service Members Opportunity Colleges, whose goal is to help members of the service and veterans pursue degrees. Students eligible for Veteran’s Benefits should contact the Office of the Registrar for information and the initiation of an application for benefits. Active duty students may not apply for Veteran’s Benefits and Tuition Assistance (TA) for the same course. For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@msmc.edu​


For Graduate Admissions information, please refer to Graduate Catalog, www.msmc.edu/GCat.