Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Adult Undergraduate Admission

Admission Criteria

General Criteria

Prospective students must have:

  • 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. For first year college students only, you will need to submit your official final high school transcript sent directly from your high school to the Admissions office. Your high school may send it electronically through an official transcript sending service.

  4. Instructions for planning your schedule and meeting with your advisor will be provided as part of the admissions/onboarding process.

*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 prerequisites. Students 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 and testing information, 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 Assistant Director of Enrollment and Retention serves as the VA School Certifying Official (SCO). Newly enrolled students who are eligible to receive veteran benefits should contact the certifying SCO at the outset of their studies (301) 682-8315.. 

Mount St. Mary’s University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. For information, contact the SCO for the Division of Continuing Studies.

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

The Mount does not provide commissions, bonuses, or other incentives based directly or indirectly on securing service member enrollments.  Our policies also prohibit any high-pressure recruitment tactics targeting service members.