Jul 15, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accelerated Undergraduate Admission

Admission Criteria

General Criteria

Prospective students must have:

  • completed 12 or more undergraduate credits from a regionally accredited (e.g., Middle States Association of Colleges) institution or its equivalent.*
  • achieved a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (2.75 GPA for education program) in prior undergraduate credits


Students seeking admission to the program should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete an application for admission, available online at http://admission.msmary.edu/apply/
  2. Have all official college transcripts sent to Mount St. Mary’s University Frederick Campus Attention: Director of Undergraduate Programs, 5330 Spectrum Drive Frederick, MD 21703 or frederickadmissions@msmary.edu .
  3. Schedule an appointment with an advisor (301-682-8315) for a personalized transfer evaluation of transcripts and degree plan.

*It is required that official transcripts from all other schools be received in the Office of Registrar by the end of the 8th course (24 credits) completed at Mount St. Mary’s University. Students who fail to submit relevant transcripts from other institutions by the end of the 8th course will be unable to register for further courses.

Undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking Students

Mount St. Mary’s University undergraduate programs offer undergraduate courses for individuals interested in non-degree studies for continuing education, professional development, personal enrichment or as a visiting college or high school student. Up to twenty-four credits taken as a non-degree seeking student may apply towards degree requirements for an undergraduate degree. Students must satisfy any course prerequistes. Students who have never taken coursework at Mount St. Mary’s University must complete the non-degree seeking undergraduate application https://msmary.edu/non-degree-seeking-student-applications.html prior to registering for courses.

Requirements for Entering the Teacher Education Program

Submit an “Application for Admission” to the chair upon completion of the 200-level courses in education. The School of Education determines the admission status.

Achieve a minimum required score on the dispositions writing prompt and resume.

Requirements for Teacher Internship

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • Recommendation of the chair.
  • There is a fee for the Internship I and II programs.
  • Students must arrange their own transportation for all field experiences and internship placements.

Program Completion and Certification

All teacher applicants who do not have a GPA of 3.0 on their most recently earned degree must present qualifying scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests or meet the PPST®, the SAT®, ACT® test or GRE® General Test requirements. Scores on the prior version of the Core Academic Skills for Educators (5712, 5722, 5732) will be accepted as long as the tests are taken on or before June 30, 2020.

In order to apply for certification through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), a teacher candidate must be a program completer. 

For specific details about seeking Maryland certification, consult the Maryland State Department of Education Certification Branch


Veterans and Military Personnel

Mount St. Mary’s is authorized by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to accept for full-time or part-time study veterans who have met the admissions standards of the University.


The University Registrar serves as the VA-certifying official. Newly enrolled students who are eligible to receive veteran benefits should contact the University Registrar at the outset of their studies.

Mount St. Mary’s University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. For information, contact the University Registrar at 301-447-5215 or va.emmitsburg@msmary.edu.

Mount St. Mary’s adopts and supports the Principles of Excellence for service members, veterans, spouses, and family members. This covers key areas relating to federal military and veteran educational benefits programs.

International Students

Mount St. Mary’s seeks and encourages the cultural diversity that international students bring to the campus. Each year we enroll a number of international students, and approximately one dozen different countries are represented in the student body.

International applicants looking to study on campus must apply to a full-time in person program. Those applicants should submit the online application, as well as official transcripts first submitted to the World Education Services Credential Evaluations (www.wes.org/application/index.asp) so that we can best assess your candidacy. Please note that we require the course-by-course evaluation option when using this service.

International students for whom English is not the native language are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an assessment in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  A minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL internet-based test or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS test is necessary to be considered for admission.

Once offered admission, international students who will enroll must provide:

  • A certified bank statement or affidavit of support documenting that adequate funds are available to pay the full educational and living expenses in the United States for each year of enrollment.
  • A Mount St. Mary’s medical form, indicating completion of the required United States immunizations, as well as immunizations required by the native country.

See the Registrar’s webpage for more information on requirements for international students: www.msmary.edu/academics/registrar/student-visas.html