Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
    
    Jul 15, 2019  
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

Admissions


 

Procedures pertaining to the individual graduate programs in Business, Education, and Nursing follow this first section, which applies to all programs.

The admissions policy at Mount Saint Mary College emphasizes flexibility and individuality. The appropriate program carefully evaluates each prospective student’s application on the basis of past academic achievement and potential for success at Mount Saint Mary College.

Mount Saint Mary College does not discriminate in the admissions process on the basis of race, creed, national origin, age, disability, sex, or marital status of the candidate for entrance. 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 Coordinator of Services for Persons with Disabilities. Information concerning this policy may be found in the Mount Saint Mary College Student Handbook, or obtained from the Coordinator of Services for Persons with Disabilities.

Admission Procedures

Documents submitted in support of an application for admission become part of the permanent records of the graduate program, and will not be returned to the applicant. When the applicant’s admission file is complete, the Graduate Program Coordinator for the degree program that the student is applying for will evaluate the credentials. Upon recommendation of the Graduate Program Coordinator, the student will be notified and if he/she is admitted to graduate study, be given a letter of acceptance including the name of an advisor. The student should arrange an interview with the advisor before or at the time of registration. Letters of notification are ordinarily sent out within two weeks after a student’s application file has been completed and submitted.

Under special circumstances, an applicant may be permitted to register for one course before completion of the application process. At such time, the individual must sign a form acknowledging that he/she will not be permitted to register for any additional courses until the application process has been completed and that failure to provide the College with official undergraduate transcript(s) by the middle of the first semester may result in the College’s withholding credits and transcripts.

A student who is rejected for a degree program may, depending on his/her records and background, be permitted to register for course work on a non-degree (visitor) basis. Occasionally, a division may encourage an applicant to re-apply after making up deficiencies or taking specific courses. Any credits earned to remove deficiencies or inadequacies in the undergraduate preparation to meet requirements for acceptance to a graduate program will not be credited toward course requirements for the student’s program.

Applicants may be admitted as matriculated (degree) or non-matriculated (non-degree) students.

Admission to study does not imply admission to candidacy for a degree.

Non-degree Students (Visitors)

Non-degree graduate students are those students completing course work for professional or personal enrichment or to transfer credit to another institution. A maximum of 12 credits will be permitted.

Applicants for admission as non-degree students must submit the following to the appropriate division or school:

  1. A completed application form;
  2. Official transcript(s) from the institution that awarded the applicant’s baccalaureate degree (student copies are not acceptable).

Change of Status

A student who wishes to change his/her academic status must satisfy all admissions requirements for the classification in which he/she wishes to apply. He/she must obtain the necessary forms and present them to the appropriate division or school.

Master of Business Administration

Students may enter the MBA   program during any of the fall, spring, or summer seven-week sessions. A student may submit an application at any time but should file at least six weeks before the beginning of the desired entry date. Once admitted, a student may immediately register for the next applicable section. Applications are valid for one year from the date received. Students who do not register in the session for which they are accepted may apply in writing for admission within the one-year limit.

Competency Expectations

Entering students are expected to have basic knowledge and skills in the following areas: accounting, economics, mathematics for quantitative analysis, and computer use in business. Competency expectations provide the foundation upon which the graduate program is built.

Competency in the above areas may be accomplished by taking the appropriate undergraduate courses.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution.
  2. An undergraduate Grade Point Average of 2.85 or above on a 4.0 scale, or a 3.0 GPA if graduate study is presented as the basis for admission.
  3. A completed application form, including official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  4. An interview with the Graduate Program Coordinator.
  5. Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable. Information and application forms are available from TOEFL Program, Educational Testing Services, Box 966, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form, which must include a written statement of graduate study objectives.
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended, undergraduate and graduate; student copies are not acceptable.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.

Students are encouraged to submit additional information or evidence to support their credentials.

Transfer Credits

A minimum of 34 credits of the 55 required must be taken at Mount Saint Mary College.

Before admission to the MBA program, an applicant may submit previous graduate work for evaluation as transfer credit. Course work taken at another accredited institution will be considered for transfer credit if the course has been taken within five years of the request for transfer. The course content must be comparable to a course in the program and completed with a grade of 3.0 or better. Course equivalence will be determined by the Office of the Registrar.

Waiver Policy for Credits

The MBA curriculum consists of a maximum of 55 credits. The College allows a waiver of a maximum of 21 credits (18 for the Health Care Concentration).

  1. The courses to be waived must have been completed in the last five years or be deemed sufficient by the Graduate Program Coordinator.
  2. Comparable courses completed elsewhere must generally have been completed with a grade of B or better or must evidence sufficient competency to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
  3. The Graduate Program Coordinator and/or the chair of the School of Business  will determine courses that are eligible for waiver.

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Students may enter the MSEd program during the fall, spring, and summer sessions. Applications may be submitted at any time, but should be on file at least six weeks before the beginning of the desired entry date. Applications are valid for one year from the date received.

All program descriptions and requirements are for the current programs registered with the New York State Education Department.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution.
  2. Applicants in Special Education (grades 1-6 or grades 7-12), Literacy (birth-grade 6 or grades 5-12), Literacy (grades 5-12) and Special Education (grades 7-12), Literacy (birth-grade 6 and grades 5-12), and the Extension programs (grades 7-9 or grades 5-6) must submit a copy of a valid New York State teaching certificate (either initial/ professional/permanent).
  3. Applicants in the Childhood (grades 1-6), Childhood and Special Education (grades 1-6), Childhood (1-6) and Early Childhood Education (birth-2) or Childhood with the advanced certificate in Literacy (birth-grade 6) programs are required to present evidence of undergraduate preparation in appropriate liberal arts areas, with a minimum of 30 credits in an acceptable liberal arts concentration designated by the Division of Education  with at least 12 credits in upper level courses (3000/4000 level). In addition, a total of 75 liberal arts credits is required inclusive of 6 credits in each of the following:  English, mathematics, natural science and social science. At least 3 of the social science credits must be history. The liberal arts credits must also include 3 credits in each of humanities, fine arts, computer science and a language other than English.
  4. Applicants in the Adolescence Education (grades 7-12) or Adolescence and Special Education (grades 7-12), Adolescence Education (grades 7-12) with the advanced certificate in Literacy (grades 5-12) programs must show evidence that acceptable course work has been successfully completed. Applicants will be required to meet the distribution of courses as outlined in the Mount Saint Mary College undergraduate catalog in one of the following areas of specialization, with at least 18 credits in sequential upper level courses (3000 or 4000 level):

    Biology - 36 credits
    Chemistry - 36 credits
    English - 30 credits beyond ENG 101, 102
    Mathematics - 36 credits
    Social Sciences (Social Studies) - 36 credits

    In addition, a total of 75 liberal arts credits is required inclusive of 6 credits in each of English, Math, History and Natural Science and 3 credits in each of the following: Social Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, Computer Science, and a language other than English. 
  5. A Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale with a 3.0 GPA in area of specialization. The candidate may be admitted with special considerations if the GPA is between 2.75 and 2.99 and will have to attain a “B” in the first 4 graduate courses. In exceptional cases, and at the discretion of a division level review committee, the 2.75 GPA requirement may be waived and the candidate may be admitted. Students admitted with special considerations or in exceptional cases must receive a minimum grade of a “B” in each of their first four graduate education courses.  Failure to earn at least a “B” in any of the first four graduate courses will lead to dismissal from the program.
    The Division of Education reserves the right to require that applicants complete appropriate liberal arts courses as required by New York State Department of Education before granting a student matriculated status in the program.
  6. An on-site writing sample before acceptance.
  7. Additional evidence of potential to complete the degree successfully, to be provided through letters of professional references and a statement of professional goals.
  8. An interview with the Graduate Program Coordinator of Education and/or the Chair of the Division of Education 
  9. An undergraduate deficiency is a course required by New York State for certification that has not been completed successfully by the graduate applicant at the time of admission to a graduate program in education.  To successfully complete an undergraduate course, an applicant must earn the minimum grade and minimum credits required by New York State.  A graduate candidate with up to 9 credits in undergraduate deficiencies could be admitted, and then required to make up the credits while they are matriculating.  No more than 12 credits at the graduate level may be earned before all deficiencies are met.   For programs for which a valid NYS teacher certification is a requirement, students have until the completion of 12 graduate credits to receive the certification.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. An on-site writing sample.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions attended, undergraduate and graduate; student copies are not acceptable.
  4. Three letters of recommendation. Students are encouraged to submit additional information or evidence to support their credentials.
  5. A copy of the applicant’s valid NYS teaching certification, if applicable.

Once the application file is complete it will be forwarded to the Division of Education for review. The Division will contact the applicant to schedule appointments to :

  1. Submit an on-site writing sample
  2. Meet with the Graduate Program Coordinator after division review of the writing sample

Transfer Credits

A student may request transfer of up to 6 semester hours of his/her degree program from another accredited graduate school; the Graduate Program Coordinator must approve each course for transfer. Courses which may be considered for possible transfer are:

  • Program Electives
  • ED 5210 Nature of Schools in the Education of All Children
  • ED 5220 Theories, Research and Application of Adolescent Development
  • ED 5390 Collaboration with Professionals and Parents
  • ED 5410 Research in Child Development and Theories of Learning
  • Other as approved by the chair of the Division of Education and/or senior faculty member in the content area

Forms for requesting approval of transfer credit are available in the Education Office.

A minimum grade of “B” is required for each course accepted for transfer. Courses must have been taken within five years of matriculation at Mount Saint Mary College, unless otherwise approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator under special circumstances. Transfer credit will be recorded when the student has been accepted for candidacy. No transfer credit will be accepted for the MSEd program in Special Education, without special permission of the Graduate Program Coordinator, unless reference is made to Special Education or pupils with disabilities in the title or the catalog course description.

Eligibility of Mount Undergraduates for Graduate Work

Mount Saint Mary College undergraduates who are enrolled in a teacher education program at the College, who have earned at least 105 credits, and who have a cumulative index of 3.0 or better may apply to take a graduate course. Eligible students must make a written request and must receive permission from the division chair. A student who wishes to apply the graduate credits toward the baccalaureate degree must indicate this in the written request and must receive the chair’s permission for this purpose. Graduate credits applied toward the baccalaureate degree may not be counted toward a master’s degree at Mount Saint Mary College.

State Education Department Requirements

The New York State Education Department sets all teacher certification requirements, which are subject to change by the Board of Regents.

All graduate programs in Education meet the requirements for New York State teacher certification in respective areas. In addition, all programs are registered and approved by the New York State Department of Education

Students desiring certification outside New York are responsible for meeting the requirements for the respective states. The student should consult with the appropriate division or department for information concerning the approved majors in the various liberal arts areas.

Fieldwork
While completing the teacher education program in Childhood or Adolescence Education, students must complete 100 hours of approved, course-related, supervised fieldwork before student teaching. Students pursuing Dual Certification must complete 150 hours, while students pursuing a Middle School Extension must complete 100 hours plus a 3-credit practicum.

Student Teaching for Non-Certified Students
Students must complete a semester of full-time student teaching. Each student has two placements during the semester (i.e., grades 1-3 and 4-6 or 7-9 and 10-12 for Childhood and Adolescence certification respectively). One of these placements will be in a Special Education position for students pursuing dual certification.

New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
Other requirements include passing scores on the two to four New York State Teacher Certification Examinations: Education All Students (EAS), and Content Specialty Tests (CST) in the relevant certification area(s). Graduate students must also pass edTPA, which is completed during one of the two student teaching placements.

Master of Science in Nursing

Students may enter the MSN program at the beginning of the fall, spring, or summer terms. Applications may be submitted at any time but should be on file at least six weeks before the beginning of the desired entry date. Applications are valid for one year from the date received. Students who do not register in the term for which they are accepted may apply in writing for admission within the one-year limit.

Mount Saint Mary College offers two MSN programs: One in Adult-Gerontology Health (Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner) and another in Family Health (Family Nurse Practitioner). Post-Master’s certificates are now offered in both the Adult-Gerontology, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Education programs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLN or a CCNE accredited program with an undergraduate Grade Point Average of 3.0 (on a 0-4 scale).  At the discretion of the School of Nursing chair and two senior faculty members, a candidate may be admitted on probation if the GPA is between 2.75 and 2.99; this candidate will have to attain a “B” or better in all courses in the graduate program.
  2. A valid New York State RN license and current registration.
  3. Health insurance and malpractice/liability insurance with a current identification number and expiration date.
  4. Evidence of personal and professional qualifications, and potential for graduate study from at least three professional references:
    • one from the applicant’s undergraduate program (faculty or director) if possible;
    • one from a current, immediate work supervisor;
    • one from a previous work supervisor.
  5. At least two years of experience as a Registered Nurse in clinical nursing practice is expected.
  6. Satisfactory completion of undergraduate courses in in Elementary Statistics, Principles of Nursing Research, Anatomy and Physiology, Physical Assessment, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology.
  7. A personal statement (essay) that reveals evidence of good communication and writing skills, and ability to identify career goals that are consistent with the purposes of the MSN program. A writing sample will be requested and scheduled before the interview with the Director of the program is scheduled.
  8. For international applicants whose native language is other than English, a minimum score of 550 on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Information and application forms are available from: TOEFL Program, Educational Testing Services, Box 966, Princeton, N.J. 08540.
  9. A completed health form verifying current immunizations/vaccinations as specified on the form, and freedom from health impairments that interfere with the performance of nursing responsibilities. After admission to the program, this will be an annual requirement. A completed Drug Screening and Backround check and finger printing is required before starting Clinical Practicums.
  10. An interview with the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs.

Application Procedures

Applicants for admission must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended, undergraduate and graduate; student copies are not acceptable.
  3. Photocopy of New York State RN license/registration and malpractice insurance identification. Students must carry $1 million/$3 million coverage.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. Personal statement (essay) of interest, qualifications and career goals.
  6. Current resume
  7. Official TOEFL score report, if applicable.
  8. Completed health form.
  9. Verification of health insurance.

Once the application file is complete it will be forwarded to the School of Nursing for review. The office will contact the applicant to schedule an appointment to meet.

Transfer Credits

A minimum of 30-33 credits of the 42-45 required must be taken at Mount Saint Mary College.

A student may request transfer of up to 12 semester hours from another accredited graduate school provided each specific course is approved for transfer by the School of Nursing. The course content must be comparable to a required course in the MSN curriculum, must have been taken within five years of matriculation at Mount Saint Mary College, and must have been completed with a grade of B or better. Students requesting acceptance of transfer credit must submit official transcripts and complete course descriptions for review and approval by the School of Nursing.

Post-Master’s Certificate Programs

Post-master’s certificate programs in Adult-Gerontology and Family Nurse Practitioner are non-degree certificate programs for nurses with a master’s degree in nursing who are seeking nurse practitioner licensure in New York, and national certification as either adult-gerontology or family nurse practitioners.

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education program prepares nurses to teach at various levels within academic and practice settings. The emphasis of the program is on nursing education organization, role development, curriculum development, instructional methodologies, and evaluation.

Post-master’s students are considered matriculated students. They are subject to the same rules and regulations as all other graduate nursing students in the School of Nursing at Mount Saint Mary College.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. An on-site writing sample.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions attended, undergraduate and graduate; student copies are not acceptable.
  4. Three letters of recommendation. Students are encouraged to submit additional information or evidence to support their credentials.
  5. A copy of the applicant’s valid NYS teaching certification, if applicable.
  6. A completed health form verifying current immunization as specified on the form.