In order to be considered for admission to the ID program, applicants must have completed the following prerequisites:
- Must have two years of work experience as a credentialed teacher.
Students who wish to apply to the Individually Designed program must submit the following application requirements.
Online Application +-
All applicants must submit an online Graduate Application.
All applicants are required to submit an application essay. You may upload it to your online application or submit it at a later time as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essay Prompt: Please write a 2-3 page, double-spaced essay about a current problem or issue in education that is important to you. Describe the issue and a possible solution. Include information about your background, interests, and aspirations as they relate to the issue you are addressing.
Please outline your educational and professional experiences, including any relevant research and experiences. You may upload it to your online application or submit it at a later time as an attachment via email to email@example.com.
All applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions attended.
Important: Transcripts must be issued and sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Admission Office in order for them to be considered official. Copies of transcripts mailed or hand-delivered by applicants will be considered unofficial.
Official transcripts may be sent to Mount Saint Mary’s University in one of two ways:
- Mail Delivery:
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Graduate Admission Office
10 Chester Place, Mailbox 181
Los Angeles, CA 90007
- Electronic Delivery:
Please instruct your institution to submit secure, electronically-delivered transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unofficial transcripts can be accepted for admission review purposes. If admitted, students must submit official transcripts by the time class registration opens for the following semester to ensure continuance in the program. Scanned, unofficial copies can be sent via email to email@example.com.
International Transcript Credential Evaluation
Transcripts from international institutions must be evaluated by a professional agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (https://www.naces.org/members). Evaluations must indicate the type of degree received, the U.S. equivalency of the degree, the date the degree was conferred, and a cumulative grade point average based on the U.S. equivalent 4.0 scale.
Letters of Recommendation+-
Two (2) letters of recommendation are required from academic or non-academic sources. Your recommenders will receive a link inviting them to upload their letters of recommendation after you enter their information on the online application. Alternatively, your recommenders can send their letters as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Recommenders should comment on an applicant’s ability to perform in the program’s required coursework and potential to succeed in graduate school, in general.
Please Note: The MSMU Graduate Admission Office policy is that unless the recommender has been notified in advance that the student has not waived their right to view the letter, all letters of recommendation are held confidential and a copy may not be provided to the student by the university.
The California Basic Educational Skills Test™ (CBEST®)+-
All applicants must pass the CBEST® exam at the time of application in order to be considered for admission. A copy of the original passing score can be sent to via email to email@example.com.
The California Subject Examinations for Teachers® (CSET®)+-
All applicants must have taken and successfully passed one (1) of three (3) required CSET® exams at the time of application. Please contact the Graduate Admission Office if you need additional time to take and successfully pass an exam. A copy of the original passing score can be sent to via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidate Disposition Statement+-
Each applicant must sign and date a Candidate Disposition Statement. The statement and dispositions can be reviewed and submitted electronically here.
Verification of Work Experience+-
Applicants to the IL program must demonstrate two years of successful work experience as credentialed teachers.
Applicants may review and submit the Verification of Work Experience Form for the master’s IL program here.
Applicants may review and submit the Verification of Work Experience Form for the certificate IL program here.
In addition to submitting a full application, prospective applicants must meet with the program’s faculty director prior to admission review to ensure alignment of professional goals and program selected.
Please contact the program coordinator at 213.477.2620. to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shelly Tochluk, Director of the Individually Designed Program.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required.
Questions or Assistance
For questions or assistance related to the graduate application process, please contact the Graduate Admission Office at 213-477-2800 or via email: email@example.com. You can also contact the Education department at firstname.lastname@example.org.