Saint Mary's College of California - Master's Degree

 Saint Mary’s College is a selective, comprehensive university that engages the intellect and the spirit with exceptional academics. This is an education that changes lives and inspires the desire to transform society.

  • Average Tuition USD 58,275
  • Acceptance Rate 76%
  • Students 4,112
  • International Students 1.9%
  • Campus Setting Residential

School Description

Saint Mary's College began in 1863 as a diocesan college for boys established by the Most Rev. Joseph Alemany of the OP. Saint Mary's College was handed over to the De La Salle Christian Brothers. It is one of the oldest colleges in the West. Saint Mary's has been directed since 1868 by the Christian Brothers, the largest Catholic order dedicated exclusively to teaching. The founder of the order, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, is the patron saint of teachers. Saint Mary's is shaped by three traditions: Catholic, Lasallian, and liberal arts.

  • 01Among the top 20 best value western regional universities and among the top 20% of colleges - Times Higher Education College Ranking for 2018
  • 02In the top 5% of US colleges and universities for return on investment - Payscale
  • 03Saint Mary's Gael alums are recognized as some of the best paid graduates in the country.

Master Programs

  • 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556, United States


    USD 58,275 Tuition Fee

    Choose between a general Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling or an M.A. in Counseling with a specialization in one of seven different areas: Career Counseling, College Student Services, College Student Services and Professional Clinical Counseling, General Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling (integrated emphasis), School Counseling or School Psychology.

  • 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556, United States

    Creative Writing

    USD 58,275 Tuition Fee

    The SMC MFA in Creative Writing offers students a campus environment that feels like a writing retreat within the bustling Bay Area. Our two-year program combines a studio writing workshop component with an analytical component, offering concentrations in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Students have the options to take craft courses in other genres and apply for an third year in an alternate genre.  

  • 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556, United States


    USD 58,275 Tuition Fee

    The graduate program in dance provides a unique model that capitalizes on the richness and diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area dance community. Through the lens of a liberal arts curriculum, the MFA will educate the whole dance artist, concentrating on four areas of focus: Theoretical, Somatics, Creative Practice and Production. The nature of the program is student-centered, hinging on peer collaboration, faculty mentoring, and student-driven projects.

  • 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556, United States

    Executive MBA

    USD 58,275 Tuition Fee

    Offered in San Ramon and Moraga, California, the Executive MBA Program allows you to earn a well-respected MBA degree in just 18 months —while continuing your career. Surrounded by accomplished participants and educated practitioners, the atmosphere is interactive, collaborative, and designed to stimulate critical thinking and engage dynamic discussion

  • 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556, United States

    Global Executive MBA

    USD 58,275 Tuition Fee

    The innovative Global Executive MBA Program (GEMBA) integrates the study of all the traditional skills and competencies of the MBA with real-world global executive experience and training, providing mid-career and senior executives with the necessary skills to take on the leadership responsibilities required in today’s global economy. It also gives student a foundation of sustainable management knowledge while provide real, tangible assistance to organizations and governments around the world. It’s a transformative experience that doesn’t have to transform your lifestyle.

  • 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556, United States


    USD 58,275 Tuition Fee

    Our Graduate Kinesiology Program provides you with personal attention and guidance found in smaller institutions, while providing you with distinguished faculty, an introduction to an expanded Bay Area sports network, and a personalized education aimed to help you reach your career goals. With unique electives and personalized internship opportunities, Saint Mary’s provides you with more ways to earn a multifaceted master’s degree in Kinesiology than any other school in the Bay Area. Our concentrations are designed to help you select the courses that best fit your career goals: Sport Studies, Sport Management and Fitness Management.

  • 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556, United States


    USD 58,275 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Arts in Leadership (MA in Leadership) degree provides you the flexibility, practical skills, and personal enrichment you seek in a graduate education program. You learn contemporary leadership theory and practice in peer networks of working professionals from public, private, and non-profit sectors. You also acquire a wide range of competencies and skills that allow you to advance and succeed in today's dynamic and complex world.

  • 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556, United States

    Liberal Education for Arts Professionals

    USD 58,275 Tuition Fee

    With classes offered in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Las Vegas, LEAP serves more than 300 current and former professional dancers from leading ballet, modern, and ethnic dance companies as well as musical theater, TV, and film.

  • 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556, United States

    Professional MBA

    USD 58,275 Tuition Fee

    The Professional MBA Program offers the best of both worlds—the personal attention and guidance found at smaller institutions, as well as the leading-edge resources, distinguished faculty, and an expansive network of cross-industry classmates and alumni found at established universities. The well-regarded MBA degree helps set your resume apart from the rest. Attend classes part-time or full-time, leaving your weekdays free for work or other responsibilities.

  • 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556, United States


    USD 58,275 Tuition Fee

    As a credentialed teacher, you understand the challenges and rewards of the classroom. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the KSOE offers you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of student learning, as well as to deepen your understanding of contemporary issues in education. Our inquiry-based program is open to elementary, secondary, and special education teachers who have earned a California teaching credential or are qualified to teach in California.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 79
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum incoming GMAT 500
  • Minimum ACT 22
  • Average SAT Score 1660


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    Established in 1863


    U.S. News & World Report: Top 10 Western Regional Universities; Best Online MBA Programs; Best Online Master's in Business Programs

    Princeton Review's Best 382 Colleges

    PayScale ranked SMC 41st in its college salary report among four-year colleges

    Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education Rankings: SMC listed among the top 25% of U.S. colleges and universities

    Top 5% among U.S. Colleges and Universities for salary potential by PayScale

    CEO Magazine: SMC's Hybrid Executive MBA ranked 16 globally

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          • Testimony
            1979-1983, BA in International Relations

            Great school!I really appreciated that the school allowed me to design and select the course that would enable me to obtain a degree in International Relations. The degree did not exist at the time so I was the only one in the class that graduated with that degree. The best part was being able to take the courses that i was interested in and having some specific one on one classes. I went on to graduate school in Japan due to a professor's recommendation. I have had my career due to my start at St.Mary's!

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            2003-2006, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Economics

            Proud to be an AlumI fell in love with St. Mary's the moment I stepped on campus. At the time, they were recruiting my brother to attend, but I am the one who ended up enrolling. The friends I met while there, I still have today - almost 12 years later. It's a great place to learn and take advantage of opportunities in a small-setting. Plus you're close to everything in the Bay Area!

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            1984-1987, Bachelor's Degree, H.P.E.R

            Best College of California!St.Mary's has an accountability piece by the Professors to the students of 80% of your grade is participation in class. Which directly prepares you for what's out in the real work force, and world! I couldn't have asked for a better experience and/or preparation! Thank you SMC!