How quickly can I start?
We have sessions starting every five weeks so you can start whenever you are ready.
Will you accept transfer credit from other schools?
We do accept transfer credits from other accredited institutions.
We have a very liberal policy and can accept up to 84 transfer credits.
Once we receive your official transcripts the program director will
complete a degree audit which will indicate how many credits are
How long will it take me to get through the program?
We offer 10 sessions per year, so if you take one class per session
you will complete 30 credits per year. Our program is structured to
allow the student the flexibility to increase or decrease the number of
credits taken to meet their lifestyle.
What if something happens at work or home that stops me from going to school?
Our program is designed to take those factors into account. When a
student encounters a scheduling problem we allow the student to
step-out of the program temporarily without penalty. Once the problem
is solved they can re-enter.
What else does Rosemont offer?
We have a beautiful campus in suburban Philadelphia. We offer many
opportunities to interact with graduate students and faculty in other
programs, such as creative writing and English literature, and we
regularly bring in industry professionals to speak to and meet with
How do I apply for admission?
Rosemont College School of Graduate Studies welcomes all students,
without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin or handicapping
conditions. Applicants for the master's degree need to have completed a
baccalaureate from an accredited 4-year college or university,
preferably with a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants also provide 3 letters
of recommendation, an application fee, official transcripts, and a
completed application form. Applicants for the M.A. in English and the
M.F.A. in Creative Writing must also submit a writing sample.
Application materials are available from the Office of Graduate Studies
or from the College website (Apply Online).
Can I take courses as a non-matriculated student?
Students can usually earn up to 6 graduate credits before applying for matriculated status.
I took some graduate courses before coming to Rosemont? Can I transfer any credits?
Applicants who have completed previous graduate work may, at the
time they apply for admission, make a written request to transfer a
maximum of two 3-credit courses. To be acceptable in transfer, course(s)
may not have been previously applied toward a graduate degree and they
must provide a good "match" for Rosemont program requirements. Courses
may not have been undertaken more than 5 years prior to the request for
transfer and the student must have earned at least a "B" (3.0).
Pass/Fail courses are not eligible for transfer.
How will I know which courses to take each semester?
Course selection for the fall, spring, and summer sessions must be
made in consultation with a program advisor, either in person or by
email. The Office of Graduate Studies will subsequently process course
registrations. Nine graduate credits are considered a full-time load
during the fall and spring; six graduate credits are considered a
full-time load during each of our two summer sessions.
Can I apply for financial assistance?
Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program of study,
who are pursuing at least half-time coursework (two courses in the fall
or spring; one course in each summer session), are eligible to apply for
tuition assistance in the form of Stafford Loans. A limited number of
competitive Graduate Assistantships are also available. Rosemont offers
several tuition management options, so you can spread your payments out
over the course of your program.
How long will it take me to graduate?
Because students may elect to undertake graduate study on a
full-time or part-time basis, the number of semesters required to
complete all program requirements will vary. Students who pursue
full-time study can usually complete their master's degree in less than
two years; part-time students usually take longer. All students are
permitted up to six years from the time they matriculate to complete
their program requirements (extensions may be requested in writing).
Commencement exercises are scheduled each year in May.I still have
questions – how can I get more information?
I still have questions – how can I get more information?
Contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at
610.527.0200 x2958 or 1.888.2ROSEMONT and ask to speak directly with a
Graduate Admissions Counselor, who will be happy to set up an
individualized appointment at your convenience. Please feel free to
contact the Program Director (x2473) with your questions or concerns. We
will do our very best to provide you with the assistance you need.