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Division of Continuing Studies

Life very rarely follows a straight path, and for many people, the educational journey is sometimes complicated. But the key is that it continues. The Division of Continuing Studies consists of a Center for Accelerated and Adult Education, Graduate School and Center for Lifelong Learning. The Center for Accelerated and Adult Education and Graduate School operates to assist those of you who want to earn an undergrad or graduate degree, and may not or may not have the time to be a full-time student.

Our division operates from Mount St. Mary’s University Frederick campus and online, where it offers convenient, flexible and affordable online and evening courses intended for working community college and adult students. Our faculty and staff are experts in their fields, but more importantly, they understand what it takes for working students to make the commitment to earn their degree. And they are here to give you the support and encouragement to reach your goals.

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5350 Spectrum Drive

Frederick, MD 21703


A message from the Associate Provost.

Welcome to the Mount’s Division of Continuing Studies. We are honored to have you here. In 1999, we began serving working community college and adult students with convenient evening and online classes in Frederick, Maryland. For over 25 years, we have been providing opportunities for adult students to achieve their learning and career aspirations! Whether you are a student enrolled in a professional development or certification program, an undergraduate student or a graduate student, courses at the Mount’s Frederick campus and online provide a dynamic intersection of education and the real world. Some of our faculty are full-time university professors, while others are working professionals in their chosen careers by day and professors here by night. This combination helps students not only learn the concepts in their field of interest but also see how theory fits into concrete experience. We hope students will apply what they learn in our classrooms tonight in their workplaces tomorrow. We invite you to join us in writing the next chapter in our story … and yours.

Jennifer L. Staiger, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Division of Continuing Studies

Graduate School

In the Graduate School the Mount offers graduate programs built to accommodate working professionals. By attending classes online or once-a-week evening classes at our convenient Frederick and Emmitsburg campuses, you can earn a graduate degree or certificate in:

Online Advanced Study in Reading Certificate Online Graduate Certificate
Online Data Science Certificate Online Graduate Certificate
Online Instructional Leadership Certificate Online Graduate Certificate
Online Master of Arts in Teaching Online Graduate Degree
Online Master of Education in Reading Online Graduate Degree
Online Organizational Development Certificate Online Graduate Certificate
Online Project Management Certificate Online Graduate Certificate

Center for Accelerated and Adult Education

Have you considered going back to school or starting your educational pathway, but don’t know how to fit it in with your family and work schedule? The Center of Accelerated and Adult Education will allow you to continue working and attend convenient and affordable classes online, earning a degree from Mount St. Mary’s University in:

Non-Degree Studies

Mount St. Mary’s University offers undergraduate and graduate courses for individuals interested in non-degree studies for continuing education, professional development, or personal enrichment.

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Center for Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning Programs offer a variety of opportunities, events and activities for learners of all ages. The Mount’s Center for Lifelong Learning brings together content area experts to expand your horizons, help you learn basic skills, engage you in cultural activities and community tours, and hone your professional knowledge. We do this as we do all things at the Mount: with compassion, kindness, and a zeal for learning.

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Virtual Open Houses

Learn more about the Division of Continuing Studies programs at our virtual open house series! Gain more information about our programs from our admissions team and program directors.

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Student Resources and Opportunities

We have implemented technology and resources to maximize access to the spectrum of educational advantages available to all students of Mount St. Mary’s University.

  • resources and support

    We proudly offer students an abundance of resources and support to make your experience seamless. Program directors and staff are available to assist you in course selection and degree planning, offering advising in person, over the phone, or via email.

  • Career Center

    The Mount’s Career Center offers a comprehensive program to assist students and alumni in addressing career concerns and options to be successful in today’s global economy. Services include career counseling, self-assessment inventories, assistance with résumé and interview preparation, on-campus interviews, job fairs and other job search strategies.

  • Writing Center

    Whether you’re just getting back into writing and need a crash course on effective paragraphing, or you’re looking for long term strategies to develop your analytical and critical thinking skills the university's award-winning Writing Center will work with your schedule to get you on track. To schedule an appointment, visit the Writing Center page on the Academics tab in MyMount to take the next steps with a Writing Center tutor.


National Rankings


MBA no GMAT badgeMount St. Mary's University's Master of Business Administration is one of three MBA programs in Maryland to be recognized as Top Picks for the Best Programs With Easy GMAT Waiver Policies. ranks our Master of Health Administration program as the 16th best in the country, noting that the curriculum "helps healthcare professionals at the middle stages of their careers become highly skilled in areas like marketing, leadership, research and analysis, and strategic planning."

If you're ready to take the next step in your educational journey, apply to the Mount today.

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