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About MSMU

Transforming the Lives of Our Students

About MSMU


About MSMU

Mount Saint Mary’s University is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service.

Mount Saint Mary’s is ranked #2 in Social Mobility for the 2022 US News and World Report Best Colleges list, and #3 by MONEY Magazine on the Most Transformative list nationwide, reflecting the high value of a Mount education, and the impact it has on the lives of its students and families.


Confronting Gender Inequality

The Report on the Status of Women and Girls™, published since 2011, serves as a nationwide resource to researchers and policy makers, and highlights gender inequity issues still prevalent in society today.

The Center for the Advancement of Women has published similar studies for policy makers throughout California, and was instrumental in research for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s policies on gender equity for city commissions and postings.

Transforming Student Lives

Recently, the Mount has been awarded several highly competitive federal grants, including the Department of Education, which gave us $3 million to develop innovative MBA courses and programming; and the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education, which gave us $1.4 million to grow recruitment and retention of undergraduate women in STEM fields. 

Several grants are preparing students for vital roles, including a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant for $1.9 million to help diversify the nursing workforces; and a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation Noyce Scholarship Initiative to prepare STEM K-12 teachers.


Making Wellness a Priority

At Mount Saint Mary’s, we believe it is our responsibility to respond to the needs of the times. And the times are calling for strong, confident and resilient leaders. 

Research indicates that health, energy and resilience are deeply intertwined with successful leadership. As an institution founded on the values of leadership and service, Mount Saint Mary’s graduates will need to be healthy as they carry forward our mission and are called to respond to the pressing issues facing society. That’s why we are getting healthy. Our work around wellness has been recognized by many foundations and individuals who have committed over $30 million, including a $2 million grant from the Riordan Foundation, which enabled us to create the Riordan Fund for the Future of Nursing; and grants to start a Peer Wellness Advocate program to allow students to help each other maintain their health and wellness.

As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary’s provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men.