Program FAQs

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 awarded.

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 students.

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.

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Office of Admissions
Rosemont College
1400 Montgomery Ave.
Rosemont, PA 19010