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Timelines and Terms

The timely submission of your application is your responsibility. Graduate students generally begin course work in either the fall semester (late August or early September) or the spring semester (early to mid-January). Some programs admit students in only one semester per year. Other programs consider applicants for fall, spring and summer.

Admission deadlines for MSMU graduate programs vary by program and specialization. You can find the priority submission dates and available admission terms for your program below. As a general rule, the earlier your materials are received, the better your chances for full consideration. However, no admission materials will be accepted more than one year prior to your anticipated term of entry.

Priority Submission Date

  • Complete application files* submitted by the priority submission date may receive an earlier decision.
  • As applications can take 4-6 weeks to process, you are encouraged to submit a complete application as early as possible.

General Submission Date

  • Complete application files* submitted by the general submission date will be reviewed for a decision.
  • If an application is submitted after the general submission date, it will be considered on a space-available basis.

*An application is considered complete when all supporting documents, including official transcripts, are postmarked on or before the deadline. 

Graduate School Priority Submission Dates

Domestic/International Applicants Fall Spring Summer
Priority Submission Date  MAR 1  NOV 1  MAR 1 
General Submission Date  JUN 1  DEC 1  APR 1

Applications will continue to be considered after the general submission date on a space-available basis.

International Applicants
It is recommended that international students begin the application process 4-6 months prior to the start of the semester to allow sufficient time for processing international credentials and applying for a student visa.

Entry Terms

Program Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term
MFA in Creative Writing Open Open Open
MFA in Film & Television Open Open Open
Business Administration (MBA) Open Open Open
MS in Counseling Psychology MFT FALL ONLY Open N/A
MS in Education Open Open Open
MS in Nursing Open Open Open
MS in Health Policy & Management Open N/A Foundations
Only
MA in Humanities Open Open Open
MA in Religious Studies Open Open Open
Doctor of Physical Therapy DPT FALL ONLY N/A N/A

Please note that some programs only accept students in the fall term.

It's easy to start your admission application process. Just complete the Mount Saint Mary’s University application online.

Contact Us
Have questions about the application process? Get in touch with a graduate admissions counselor.

Mount Saint Mary’s University
Office of Graduate Admissions
213-477-2800
gradprograms@msmu.edu