Aug 05, 2020  
2012 - 2013 College Catalog 
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

General Information for Graduate Programs


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2012-2013 Graduate Academic Calendar


We   August 22   Orientation
Mo   August 27   Fall Classes Begin
Add/Drop Begins
Mo   September 3   Labor Day (no classes)
We   September 5   Add/Drop Ends
Fr   September 28   September Graduation Date
Mo   October 8   Columbus Day (no classes)
We   October 31   Advising and Registration for Spring 2013 Begins
Mo   November 12   Veterans Day Observed (classes are in session)
Fr   November 16   Last Day for Course Withdrawal
  November 21 -
November 25
  Thanksgiving Break (no classes)
Mo   November 26   Classes Resume
Mo   December 10   Last day of Classes

December 12-17

  Final Exam Period 


We   January 16   Spring Classes Begin
Add/Drop Begins
Mo   January 21   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no classes)
We   January 23   Add/Drop Ends (6:00 pm)
Sa   January 26   January Graduation Date
Mo   February 18   Presidents’ Day (no classes)
  March 10 -
March 14
  Spring Break
Mo   March 17   Classes Resume
We   March 26  

Advising & Registration for Summer/Fall 2013 Begins

Fr   April 11   Last Day for Course Withdrawal
Mo   April 14   Patriots’ Day (no classes)
Mo   May 5   Spring Classes End

May 7-12

  Final Exam Period
  May 15   Commencement Rehearsal
Fr   May 16   Commencement (11:00 am)


We   May 14   Summer Session I On-Campus Classes Begin
Mo   May 27   Memorial Day (no classes)
Tu   June 24   Summer Session I On-campus Classes End


We   June 25   Summer Session II On-Campus Classes Begin
Th   July 4   Independence Day (no classes)
Tu   August 5   Summer Session II On-Campus Classes End

Note: Final examinations are typically held on the last class meeting during Summer Session.

 Class Schedule

Fall and spring semester courses will be offered in 16-week sessions with courses developed in a hybrid model using the Angel course management system, integrating technology into the learning process. Students can complete the degree while maintaining their professional positions, The program is designed for part-time study by taking six credits each fall, spring and summer semester. Courses will be held on weekday evenings; studio courses in the Interior Architecture concentration may be held on Saturdays. In this way the Master of Science in Management may be completed in two years of part-time study. The 2012-2013 class schedule can be found at .


Instructional Technology and Learning Resources


The mission of the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Resources is to empower the Mount Ida College Community to use effectively information and instructional resources and services to support teaching, learning and research.

Instructional Technology  - Course Sites

The College provides faculty members with the opportunity to create course sites in a learning management system to enhance the teaching and learning process. Students receive instruction in the use of their course sites and have access to technical support through the Office of Instructional Technology. All use of course sites is under the terms of the Campus Network Use Policy. 

The College Library

The Wadsworth Library provides support to the undergraduate and graduate students throughout their program of study. The librarians work in collaboration with the faculty to develop the students’ information literacy competencies through their four-year academic program.

The Wadsworth Library is open seven days a week including evenings. The collection holdings include: over  167,240 print, and e-book and audiovisual titles, and 34,104 online full-text and print journals, and 2,267,157 art images of works of arts in museums around the world. All online resources are available 24/7 through the library website. Students have access to a leisure reading collection both in print and online and popular DVDs. Mount Ida College is a member of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN), which is comprised of thirty-five public libraries and seven academic libraries. Members have access to over 6,662,300 items and resources in the virtual catalog of other college and university libraries, e.g., University of Massachusetts.

The librarians instruct students individually and in groups in the use of print and electronic resources, and support students with finding information to complete course assignments, including, research papers, class presentations and debates.

Students can:

  • access campus information resources from the College’s website including e-books, and full-text journal articles ( - select Library) and Resource Guides. 
  • borrow books, journal articles, and audiovisual titles through the Minuteman Library Network, which are delivered to Mount Ida College’s library on a daily basis.
  • borrow directly from the 43 MLN member libraries.
  • borrow resources from libraries throughout the United States and the world through OCLC.
  • view and listen to audiovisual materials and use computer programs in the library.
  • use a computer to conduct research and/or complete assignments.

Policies of the Wadsworth Library

  1. Usage: The Wadsworth Library is intended to be a place for study, research, reading, and reflection. Food and smoking are not permitted in the library. Beverages (non-alcoholic) in covered containers may be brought into the library. To preserve quiet, use of cellular phones is not allowed in the library.
  2. Registration: All students have a library bar code on the back of their College ID. Registration is completed at the Circulation Desk of the Wadsworth Library upon presentation of a valid Mount Ida ID card. Materials borrowed from other MLN libraries are subject to the loaning library’s policies.
  3. Circulation of Materials: Circulating items may be borrowed for a three-week period. Popular DVDs may be borrowed for one week. Reference books and periodicals may be borrowed with permission of the librarian. Materials can be renewed online.
  4. Overdue or Lost Materials:
    1. If library materials are not returned on time, students will be fined 10 cents per day for each overdue title. The maximum overdue fine is $5.00 per item unless the item is lost or damaged. Fines can be paid online.
    2. Students will be billed for the cost of replacement plus a $15.00 processing fee for lost or damaged materials.
    3. Unpaid bills and non-returned materials will prevent a student from borrowing any additional materials from any Minuteman Library, including the Wadsworth Library.
    4. Any student with large fines, overdue or lost books over a semester old will be billed through his or her college account.

Accessing Information from Other Libraries

Through membership in NELINET, Mount Ida College students can borrow books and journal articles from over 7,000 libraries across the United States and the world.

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston
All students have free access to the Museum of Fine Arts including special exhibits, and may use the MFA Library.  A student must present his or her Mount Ida College student ID to obtain free entrance to the MFA and special exhibitions. The MFA Library has over 320,000 items and supports research on the museum’s permanent collections, special exhibitions, and general art history 

Student Copiers

There is a self-serve Student Copier in the library. To use the copier, students must have Mustang Cash on their One-Card. The cost per page is ten cents for black and white copies.

Copy Center

The Copy Center is located in the Wadsworth Library building and provides the following services to students:

  • Color copies - 50 cents per page, drop-off service with 24-hour turn-around time. Same day service is NOT always available. Color copies can be printed from a hard copy, storage media, or an email attachment.
  • Class use with a faculty member’s written permission for a specific course - black and white copies, and color copies may be printed from a hard copy, storage media, or an email attachment.
  • Student Organizations - black and white, and color copies may be printed from a hard copy, storage media, or an email attachment.
  • Scanning - No charge for course assignments. Documents and pictures can be scanned as a PDF or JPEG file and emailed as an attachment. 

Policies Regarding Copying

All copying must adhere to the Copyright Laws of the United States. Students who have questions should contact the Coordinator of the Copy Center. To review the Copyright Laws, go to the college website, select Library, and then select Copyright Laws.


Resources and Services

Office for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education

The Office for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education provides administrative advisement and support to students enrolled in the Master of Science in Management programs. It provides orientation to the graduate programs, calendars and course schedules, and catalog information and interpretation. The Office is in Carlson Hall, first floor, telephone (617) 928-4073.


Free e-mail accounts are provided to all students, faculty, and staff members through Mount Ida’s Network Services group.

Identification Card

The Mount Ida One-Card is the official identification card of Mount Ida College. All students receive a card when they enroll in a program at the College. The card can be used for the library, building access, dining, bookstore, copy machines, public safety and local businesses. A prepaid spending account can be established on the card. Replacement cost of the card is $25.00.


New and used textbooks for all Mount Ida courses can be purchased online at or in person in the bookstore located on the ground level of Carlson Hall. The Bookstore also carries a full line of Mount Ida clothing and gift items, supplies, computer hardware and software, snacks and beverages.

Services for Students with Disabilities

The College provides an array of support services for students with documented disabilities. Services for students with disabilities may include classroom accommodations, test modifications, and assistive technology. All students with documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations.

Academic Success Center and Writing Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides academic support to assist students to excel in their coursework and is open to all Mount Ida College students at no additional charge. The Center offers a supportive learning environment where students may work with tutors on a variety of subjects. Individual or group tutoring is available. The Center operates on an appointment basis. Students may come to the Academic Success Center for help at any time during the academic year.

The Writing Center support students by providing assistance with writing assignments and papers for all courses. Writing Associates assist with all stages of the writing process. Students may work alone or with a Writing Associate doing research or writing online.

Campus Safety

The Public Safety office is located on the first floor of Shaw Hall. The Department of Public Safety is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Persons seeking assistance from off-campus locations can contact the department at (617) 928-4777. On-campus callers can obtain non-emergency assistance at extension 4777 or by using the blue campus call boxes or the red Public Safety direct dial phones located in each building. Emergency assistance while on campus can be obtained by calling 911 from any campus phone.

Health and Counseling Center

The Health Center provides medical care on campus through a team of nurse practitioners and the College consulting physician, with referral services available through local hospitals and specialists. The Counseling Center serves full- and part-time students on a short-term basis in order to assess treatment needs and, when indicated, refer to the most appropriate ongoing care. The Health and Counseling Center is located on the first floor of Appleton House. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Technology Services

Computer Facilities

There are eight instructional computer labs on campus, and two open access computer lab areas. All computer labs are connected to the Mount Ida College network. Both Windows and Macintosh platforms are supported. When classes are not in session in the labs, students may use the computers in these labs.

Students can access the internet from the library, computer labs and residence halls on campus, and can access the Mount Ida college website and Mount Ida email via the internet from their homes.

Computer lab schedules are posted in the computer labs and on the College’s website - ( - select Resources and Services).

Policies for Computer Use

The Mount Ida College campus network exists to support education and research consistent with the mission and goals of the College and its use is a privilege and not a right. The College reserves the right, at any time, to prioritize use and access to the system, to reject or remove materials that are outdated, erroneous or misleading, illegal, unethical or detrimental to the mission and operation of the College, to cancel the privilege of use by any one or more persons, and/or to stop providing the network services. Students are expected to comply with the College’s policies regarding the use of the computer labs and campus network. Computer lab policies are posted in each lab.

Media Services

Media Services provides equipment to students, faculty and staff to use information and learning resources in a variety of formats in and outside the classroom. Students can use software to develop multimedia presentations for their course assignments, classroom presentations, course research, and co-curricular projects. Members of the College community may borrow, upon availability, a wide range of audiovisual equipment to gather, document and present information e.g., a digital camera, a laptop computer and ata/video projection system. All equipment is available for classroom use. The Media Specialist instructs students in the use of the equipment.

Policies of Media Services

  1. AV Equipment may be borrowed for a curricular assignment, a classroom presentation, or an official student activity
     project or meeting. All requests for AV Equipment must be submitted online (using the Media Services Request Form).
     To access the form go the College website ( ), select Resources and Services and then select Media

  2. One-week notice is required to schedule the use of a piece of AV equipment.

  3. If a student reserves or plans to use a campus location for a presentation, project or student meeting or activity
      and needs AV equipment, the student must submit an online Media Services Request Form to request use of the AV
      equipment in the location scheduled, even if the location is an electronic classroom or auditorium. This is to ensure
      that the student has the right AV equipment for the occasion, has proper access to the AV equipment and is trained
      to properly use the AV equipment.


Continuing Education/Summer Sessions

The Office of Continuing Education offers non-credit certificate curricula for adult students.  The Office also offers two summer sessions of credit-bearing courses to students in the academic majors at Mount Ida College and non-degree students enrolled in other colleges and universities.  Many students have used the summer session courses to catch up on course work or to get ahead for the coming academic year.  The Office of Continuing Education can be contacted at (617) 928-4015.







Academic Support Services and Programs


The Academic Services department provides students with appropriate assistance to facilitate a successful college experience. Academic support services include academic advising for all students, the Academic Success Center and the Writing Center (tutoring support services and classroom workshops), and accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Academic support programs consist of Guided Studies, The Learning Circle and the Learning Opportunities Programs.

Academic Success Center and Writing Center 

The Academic Success Center (ASC) assists students in meeting their academic potential by providing academic support for course work and is open to all Mount Ida College students at no additional charge. The Center offers a supportive learning environment where students may work with tutors on a variety of subjects, including science, math, business, design, dental hygiene, and veterinary technology. Individual or group tutoring is available. Students may also attend tutorials where they can develop study strategies; skills in reading comprehension, note taking and exam preparation; and strategies for organization and time management. The Academic Success Center is staffed by professional and peer tutors and is supervised by the Director. The Center operates on both a drop-in and appointment basis. Weekly standing appointments are also available.

The Writing Center (WC) supports students by providing assistance with writing assignments and papers for all courses. Writing Associates assist with all stages of the writing process. The Writing Center welcomes writers of all ability levels. Students may work alone or with a Writing Associate doing research or word-processing online. In addition, the Writing Center staff is often invited to enrich the classroom experience; class visits enable the Writing Center staff to bring academic writing and research-related topics to the classroom for students’ benefit. The Writing Center is staffed by professional and student writing associates. Students can make appointments by visiting the Writing Center or by registering online at Weekly standing appointments are also available.

By making use of the Academic Success Center and Writing Center, all students are encouraged to reach their academic goals.



Services for Students with Disabilities

The College provides an array of support services for qualified students with documented disabilities. Services for students with disabilities may include classroom accommodations, test modifications, and assistive technology. All students with documented disabilities are entitled to appropriate and reasonable accommodations. The College grants a longer time frame for degree completion to students with documented disabilities provided the individual student’s cumulative grade point average is in line with the College’s academic progress standard. For further information on the latter, please see the College’s satisfactory academic progress policy in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this Catalog.

Students who wish to receive accommodations in the classroom must make an appointment with the Dean of Academic Services and submit a recent WAIS-R or a Woodcock Johnson III assessment, and documentation of a specific disability by a professional diagnostician.   Students are encouraged to request classroom accommodations at least three weeks prior to the start of the semester.