The Office of Academic Advisement provides a wide range of services for many different students. To make our FAQ page easy to navigate, we’ve separated out our questions into different sub-categories. Please use the dropdowns below to navigate to the question you are asking!
During the course of a given term, students are encouraged to meet frequently with their faculty advisor and/or their program director (e.g., HEOP, Academic Access) to discuss their progress towards fulfilling their degree requirements and to explore opportunities for internships and other career-related matters.
Students are also asked to make a specific appointment with their faculty advisor to discuss their course schedule for the upcoming semester. Such advisement sessions are normally conducted on one of two Advisement Days, specially reserved for one-on-one meetings between students and faculty advisors. On these Advisement Days, no classes are scheduled, allowing students and faculty the freedom to meet at a mutually suitable time.
Notwithstanding such support from qualified faculty advisors, students are expected to increasingly assume full responsibility for their own educational decisions. Advisement is therefore a working partnership between the student and their faculty advisor, in which the advisor, who is fully grounded in the academic requirements, helps to bring clarity and logic to the student’s choices.
Working in concert with the academic advisors in the Office of Academic Advisement, faculty advisors are expected to assist students in making the best academic decisions from selecting a major to dropping a course. Equally, students are expected to work closely with their advisors to gain a clear understanding of all their degree requirements, and to make appropriate choices in order to ensure efficient completion of their degree programs.
- Your faculty advisor will work with you to build a schedule that best suits your academic and personal needs. Be mindful that both types cannot always be met, and there must be room for compromise — this is where your back-up schedule is useful. During these meetings, you can also discuss larger items such as double majoring, graduate school, and career options.
You should first review your Program Evaluation on MMCConnect. What courses do you already have? What do you need? Check both your major/s, any minors you have declared, and the General Education sequence (DS 1-5 and AIP courses). Also review all additional degree requirements (a total of 120 credits; residency requirements, etc.).
Make a list of possible courses for the following semester. Don’t forget that the January, Summer I, and Summer II terms might have courses you want to take.
Next, go to the Course Bulletin and search for the semester you are going to register for. Remember that not all courses are offered every semester. Also consider pre-requisites, the courses you need to have completed first before registering for the new course.
If a course is unfamiliar to you, you can find course descriptions in the Course Catalogue. If an instructor is listed as TBA, no instructor has been assigned that section yet. Note also in the Bulletin that you can click on ‘Textbook’ to find out what (if any) texts are required.
As you mock up a schedule, consider your energy curve. How many hours in a row can you pay attention? What parts of the day are you most alert?
Finally, it is always best to have back-up courses in case your first choice is full!
All students are assigned a faculty advisor for their major. If you double major, you will have two faculty advisors. To find the name of your advisor(s), check out your profile on MMC Connect.
You can contact your faculty advisor in several ways. Some faculty members are using the appointment maker on MMC Engage. If you do not see your faculty advisor listed there, you can email via their mmm.edu email address. Your advisor can also confirm how the meeting will take place (via Zoom, in person, on the telephone, etc.).
If you are having trouble contacting your faculty advisor, you can contact the administrative assistant in your academic division:
- Business: Carmen Jackman-Torres (email@example.com)
- Communication and Media Arts: Alex Peterson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Fine and Performing Arts
- Humanities and Social Sciences: Alexandra Dill (email@example.com)
- Sciences: Rosan Patel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In addition to being assigned a faculty advisor in your major, you may have additional support from other advisors.
- Academic Advisors in the Office of Academic Advisement: For Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, Advisors in the Office of Academic Advisement are there to answer all of your advisement and registration questions. Please reach out to them at email@example.com.
- LINK Advisors: All first-year students have a LINK Advisor. Please reach out to your LINK Advisor with all advisement and registration questions.
- HEOP Advisors: All students in the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) have additional support from their HEOP advisor. Please reach out to them with advisement and registration questions.
- Academic Access Advisors: All students enrolled in the Academic Access Program have additional support from Academic Access Advisors. Please reach out to them with advisement and registration questions.
- Transfer Student Advisors: Transfer students can get specialized support from dedicated advisors in the Office of Academic Advisement. If you are a transfer student, please reach out to the Office of Academic Advisement with advisement and registration questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HBA stands for “Has Been Advised.” This is a notation that your faculty advisor must place on your digital record for you to be able to register. Without this, there will be a hold on your account. Remember, there may be other holds that prevent you from registering — you need to take care of those ASAP!
Your registration time slot is based on the total credits completed (i.e. Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, First-years). Each student will receive an email during Holds Week with their specific Priority Registration time. Students cannot register before their designated time. Also, while each student has a specific time slot, you will not be able to register until you have your HBA clearance and all holds have been cleared.
You can work with the Office of Career Services on finding and registering for an internship. Learn more about this process here.
If you are interested in working with a faculty member on a special project, you might consider registering for an Independent Study. Here, students work independently on a project, guided by a full-time faculty member.
To be eligible for an Indepdent Study, you must have:
- Completed 30 credits;
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher;
- A full-time faculty member to sponsor you.
Independent Study opportunities can be at the 200, 300, or 400 level and offer 1-3 credits.You can approach a potential faculty sponsor with your idea. When you are ready, you and your faculty sponsor fill out the Independent Study Certification and Contract.
Research contracts allow students to work on scholarship usually initiated by the professor. Research Contracts are filled out by you and your professor and are sent to the Associate Dean for approval.
Degree Requirement FAQs
Students are required to earn a minimum of 120 credits in order to graduate. This includes completing both the general education and major requirements. Of these credits, at least 30 must be completed at MMC in order to be eligible for degree completion.
Most students will have the opportunity to explore additional areas of study through the completion of electives. Electives are chosen not prescribed. Students are encouraged to consult with an advisor to discuss how to make best use of their elective credits. They may choose to take courses in various areas of interest or structure electives in order to pursue a second (or dual) major, a minor or minors. A minor is an additional area of study and requires fewer credits for completion as compared to the major. In meeting the requirements of a minor, a minimum of six credits must be completed at MMC.
If you wish to declare or change your major, you need to fill out a Major Declaration Petition form. Once you submit the form to our office, we will update the system accordingly, and you will be assigned a new faculty advisor for the next course selection period.
If you would like to declare or change your minor, you need to complete a Minor Declaration Petition form(opens in a new tab) . Please note that while a major is mandatory, students have the option of whether or not to add a minor.
A student receiving a grade of D or below in a required major or elected minor course must repeat the course. When a student repeats a course, both the D grade and the new grade compute in the cumulative grade point average unless they have been approved for a grade waiver for the course. Note that if a course is repeated, a student will only earn credit for it once toward the degree.
If you have completed 85 or more credits, please visit Graduation Information for more information about official degree audits
“Double dipping” occurs when you take a course that is a requirement in your major, minor or general education that can also count elsewhere (another major, minor, or general education). You may use this course to satisfy both requirements.
If you have a major and minor(s) or are double majoring, you may double-dip where applicable.
To figure out if your courses qualify, refer to your Course Catalog for major and minor requirements. A list of courses that satisfy General Education requirements is available by clicking on “Latest Course Info” on the MMC homepage. If you have any questions about a specific course, visit the Academic Advisement office for clarification.
No. If your program allows you to double dip and you take a course that satisfies more than one requirement, it will be applied to both (please note that some courses require AIP substitutions from Academic Affairs; this rule will still apply to double dipping courses).
Yes. In rare cases, a course may be required for your major and minor, and may also fulfill a general education requirement. In these cases, the course may count for all three requirements.
Transfer Student FAQs
Yes. Marymount Manhattan College accepts credits in transfer for coursework completed at colleges and universities accredited by the regional agencies of the United States Commission of Higher Education.Yes. MMC accepts most CLEP exams or the NYU Language Proficiency exam. Official scores earned must be sent to Marymount Manhattan College. Students may earn a maximum of 12 credits for language proficiency. These credits may not be applied at the 300-Level or above. Transfer credits may also be awarded for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate examinations. Please refer to the College Catalogue(opens in a new tab) for more information.
- There are a number of ways to see how your transfer credits apply to your MMC degree:
1. Check out Program EVAL, an advisement tool students can use in planning his/her academic program. The program evaluation will show all completed courses taken at MMC, transfer courses, in-progress, registered, and pre-registered courses and matches them against the requirements for a particular degree program. The EVAL is an internal document for advising purposes only.
Access Program EVAL through your MMC Connect account, under “Academic Profile.” If you just want to see a list of your transfer credits, look under the “Academic History” link.
2. Meet with a staff member in the Academic Advisement office in the Lower-Level of Nugent Hall. They will assist you with any transfer credit questions you may have.
3. Use a planning sheet for Majors/Minors/Gen Ed requirements that are available in the Graduation Requirements(opens in a new tab) section of the Academic Advisement website.
4. Meet with your faculty advisor or the chair person in your major department. They can further assist you with questions about transfer credits in the major.
5. Consult the College Catalogue(opens in a new tab) has information on all major and minor requirements.