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History, Mission and Goals

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Founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Mount Saint Mary’s University has two exceptionally beautiful campuses in Los Angeles.  The Chalon Campus is located on a hill above Brentwood with expansive views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and West Los Angeles.  The natural and architectural beauty of the campus provides a unique setting for a rigorous academic program of study at the undergraduate level.   For nearly a century, the College has enjoyed a strong reputation as a Catholic college dedicated primarily to the education of undergraduate women.  

Since 1932, the Mount has also offered graduate programs.  Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles coed graduate programs attract women and men of all ages, religious backgrounds, and professional interests to the College's Doheny Campus located 5 minutes from downtown on the historic Doheny Estate.  Ample parking is available, leaving working adults and professionals time for a campus walk on the way to classes amid historic gardens and homes from the turn of the century.  All graduate programs, as well as the Weekend College, AA, ADN, and Accelerated BSN programs, are centered on the historic Doheny Campus opened in 1962 (right).

At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, we are dedicated to the same mission: we offer a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences to a diverse student body and we are dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. Our measure of success is graduates who are committed to using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their environments, and the world.

Graduate Program Objectives

The liberal arts tradition and the Catholic nature of the college give direction to Mount Saint Mary’s University and, as it is an integral part of the college, to the graduate division. Graduate programs flow from the college mission statement and presuppose the components of a liberal arts education, as is evident in the following objectives, developed by the Graduate Council for the teaching and preparation of students at the graduate level.

Women and men at the graduate level are prepared as leaders for society and are given the means as well as the confidence to:

  • create and contribute to a society in which respect for individuals permeates all professional structures and personal interactions;
  • assist those with whom they work to recognize and use their own talents, skills, and resources;
  • envision and facilitate personal responsibility for the direction of society as it grows toward a greater global interaction, culturally, socially, and politically;expand one's own knowledge of and contribution to a field through the tools of research and academic development.

Each graduate program, in ways appropriate to the preparation for a particular profession, strives to attain these objectives by:

  • individualized and personal advisement;
  • careful curriculum planning and scheduling;
  • selection of competent, caring faculty who are well prepared in their fields and sensitive to the needs of the adult student population;
  • challenging students to investigate a wide range of related resources beyond those presented in classes;
  • providing a welcoming environment that suggests harmony, peace and concern for the well-being of all persons.

Graduate Learning Goals

  • A Mount St. Mary's graduate student will...
    • Demonstrate competence in techniques, concepts and knowledge specific to each area of study.
    • Demonstrate the ability to access, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information effectively.
    • Demonstrate research skills and methods through the ability to gather, document, investigate, analyze, interpret and evaluate information.
    • Disseminate and communicate information effectively in oral and written form.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the implications of a diverse society to the profession and demonstrates the skills to address the moral and ethical challenges within the profession.*

*For graduate professional programs