Jan 23, 2019  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog

The College

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Institutional Accreditations/Approvals


Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.*

Approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education

Authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students 

*The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the school or college. Individuals may also contact the Association at: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 209 Burlington Rd., Suite 201, Bedford, MA 01730-1433.


Program Accreditations/Approvals


Bachelor of Science Programs in Fashion Design, Game Art, Graphic Design, and Interior Design
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Bachelor of Science Program in Interior Architecture and Design
Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation

Bachelor of Science Programs in Animation, Digital Visualization, Photography and Interactive Media
Granted Plan Approval by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design


Veterinary Technology (Bachelor of Science) and Veterinary Technician (Associate in Arts) Programs
Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association

Professional Studies in Education Program with Educator Preparation Option in Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and without Disabilities, PreK-2 (Bachelor of Science)
Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary Education and Secondary Education

Child Development Program Post-Baccalaureate Additional License: Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, PreK-8
Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary Education and Secondary Education

Dental Hygiene Program (Associate in Science)
Accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation

Funeral Service Degree Program (Associate in Science)
Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education

Funeral Home Management Degree Program (Bachelor of Science)
Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education


Selected Institutional Memberships


American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities
American Board of Funeral Service Education

American College Health Association
American Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
American Library Association
Association for Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
Association of Governing Boards
Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Association of Veterinary Technician Educators
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research)
Council for Opportunity in Education
Council of Independent Colleges
Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Massachusetts Campus Compact
Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium
Minuteman Library Network
Museum of Fine Arts
National Academic Advising Association
National Association for Campus Activities
National Association for College Admission Counseling
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

National Collegiate Athletic Association
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
New England Faculty Development Consortium
Newton-Needham Regional Chamber of Commerce
The National Funeral Directors Association
100 Black Women of Funeral Service


College Mission Statement


Mount Ida College blends career-relevant education with broad-based learning in the arts, sciences and humanities to prepare students to succeed in a changing world.



Policy on Non-Discrimination


Mount Ida College is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in its educational programs, activities and employment practices. It is the policy of the College not to discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status or veteran status in all matters related to employment.


College History


Mount Ida College is a private, coeducational, baccalaureate college located eight miles west of Boston on a 72-acre campus complex in Newton, MA.  Mount Ida College offers a range of baccalaureate and associate degree programs as well as a Master  of Science in Management.  The College offers more than 22 areas of study within four schools: the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, the School of Business, and the School of Design.

In 1899, Mount Ida College was established as a private women’s high school, located in several Victorian mansions on Mount Ida Hill in Newton Corner. In 1907, founder Dr. George Franklin Jewett began to experiment with advanced studies in the school, which quickly evolved into one of the first junior colleges in New England. By the 1920s, the college division enrolled as many students as the secondary school. In 1939, Mount Ida College relocated to its present site, the historic Robert Gould Shaw estate in Newton. Over the next 43 years, Mount Ida College continued to develop as a post-secondary institution, attracting students from across the nation and globe.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the curriculum was influenced by the increasing demand for career and occupational training. The mission of the College at that time was to provide educational programs that would prepare graduates either to pursue careers or to transfer to four-year institutions for further education. During the following two decades, the student population continued to diversify, becoming co-educational in the 1980s. Mergers with three other institutions of higher learning resulted in continued record growth and in 1982 it opened a Senior College Division and began offering bachelor degree programs.

Over the past decade, Mount Ida College has evolved from an associate degree to a  predominantly bachelor degree granting institution, enrolling students into its first graduate degree program in 2009.  The College has undertaken significant new program initiatives at both the undergraduate and graduate level to expand the academic programming offerings.

Mount Ida College currently operates under three charters: its own (1899); the Chamberlayne School and Junior College (1892);  and the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences (1907) and is organized into the following operational areas:  Office of the President, Academic Affairs, Finance, Administration, Advancement, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs.