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Academic Programs – Graduate

Graduate Programs

Academic Programs – Undergraduate

Undergraduate Programs

Accreditation and Memberships

Marymount California University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. WASC was formed in 1962 to promote the welfare, interests, and development of education in the U.S. Western Region. WASC Senior College and University Commission is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation responsible for the evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of colleges and universities offering the baccalaureate degree and above in California, Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific Basin.

WASC Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, Ste. 100 Alameda, CA 94501
PHONE: 510-748-9001 FAX: 510-748-9797

Marymount California University is a member of the:
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and
Admissions Officers
Association of American Colleges
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
California Intersegmental Articulation Council
Council of Independent Colleges
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Institute of International Education
National Association of Colleges and Employers
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
The College Board
Western College Association
University Catalog

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements create a partnership between community colleges and Marymount California University. The purpose of articulation agreements is to plan and sequence students course work during their first two years of college in such a way that the course work fits within the requirements of a specific baccalaureate program. Through such agreements the transition of a student into upper-level course work occurs smoothly and without loss of credit.

Transfer Students


Career and Job Placement Services

Career Advising

The primary mission of the Career Services and Internship office at Marymount California University is to provide opportunities for career exploration in order to assist students in developing their career plans. To fulfill this mission, career services will provide career counseling, resources, strategies, programs, workshops/webinars, job search and interview preparation, self-assessment tools, graduate school information, and recruiting activities.

Career Services

Cost of Attendance


Educational Technology

Educational Technology

Faculty Information


Health and Safety Information

Campus Safety
Health Center
Crime Statistics
Counseling Services
Title IX
Know Your Rights

Intercollegiate Athletic Program (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act)


Net Price Calculator

Money Management

Privacy of Student Records – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
At Marymount California University, all academic records of students who enroll are kept in accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. Copies of this Act are available to students in the Library and the Academic Affairs Office, Student Development Services Office, and the Registrar’s Office during normal working hours.


Refund Policy and Requirements for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid

The refund schedule applies to students who withdraw from enrollment at the University. Withdrawal dates for refunds are defined as the date a completed Withdrawal Form is received by the Registrar’s Office. The refund schedule assumes that all tuition and fees have been paid in full prior to withdrawal. Any balance due at the time of withdrawal will be deducted from the refund amount. If there is a balance owed after the refund has been applied, the student is responsible for the immediate payment of the balance due. Financial aid may be adjusted when a student withdraws from the University. After the financial aid adjustment is applied to the account, it may result in a balance due to the University. Any balance owed after applying financial aid adjustments are due and payable immediately. If a student withdraws from one or more courses, but does not withdraw completely from the University, no adjustment will be made to the student account. Students considering withdrawal from coursework should consult with their academic advisor.

All requests for refunds must be in writing and addressed to the Office of Business Services after the completed Withdrawal Form is submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

For the purposes of calculating the refund percentage, a week is defined as Monday through Friday. The first week of the semester will begin with Monday of the week that classes begin – irrespective of whether the first day of classes falls on a Monday – and the weeks will run continuously with no break or delay due to instructional vacation days. Withdrawals submitted after Friday of any week will be considered as being made during the following week. Students who withdraw after the 7th week of class are not eligible for a refund.

Admission Refunds

Student Assistance
Student Financial Assistance
Office of Financial Aid
Financial Aid
Other Financial Aid contacts:
Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE):  1-888 -224-7268 ext. 3
California Student Aid Commission (Cal Grants)  1-888-224-7268
FAFSA 1-800-433-3243
IRS 1-800-829-1040
Selective Services 1-(847) 688-6888
Social Security Administration: 1-800-772-1213
US Department of Education:  1-800-433-3243
Student Outcomes
Marymount California University  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Fall to Fall 1st-Time Freshmen Retention Rate 57% 66% 66% 66% 68% 69% 58% 62% TBD
Fall to Spring Overall Retention Rate 87% 86% 87% 88% 87% 89% 89% 83% 88%
Incoming Freshmen HSGPA 2.56 2.68 2.72 2.85 2.92 2.94 2.89 3.12 2.97
Overall MCU Fall GPA 2.67 2.67 2.68 2.70 2.75 2.94 2.73 2.62 2.83
Fall Freshman Success Rate (ABC) 76% 84% 84% 81% 81% 82% 79% 76% 79%
Fall Success Rate (ABC) 82% 89% 86% 89% 88% 89% 81% 78% 83%

Success at MCU has remained relatively constant, with students improving their overall course success rates and grade point average the longer they attend MCU. Graduates have a cumulative GPA of 3.12.Over 70% of recent graduates expect to eventually continue their studies in graduate school or have full-time employment within a year of graduationMarymount California University introduced Bachelor’s Programs in fall 2010. The tally of students completing their Bachelor’s Degree from the last 5 years was:

Academic Year 2015-16

Bachelors of Arts in Business: 59
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts: 33
Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies: 14
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: 37
Total students with Bachelor’s Degree: 158

Academic Year 2014-15

Bachelors of Arts in Business: 45
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts: 33
Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies: 9
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: 30
Total students with Bachelor’s Degree: 117

Academic Year 2013-14

Bachelors of Arts in Business: 23
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts: 21
Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies: 26
Bachelor of Arts Psychology: 26
Total students with Bachelor’s Degree: 96

Academic Year 2012-13

Bachelors of Arts in Business: 21
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts: 19
Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies: 6
Total students with Bachelor’s Degree: 46

Academic Year 2011-12

Bachelors of Arts in Business: 16
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts: 15
Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies: 6
Total students with Bachelor’s Degree: 37


*1st BA Graduation: May 2012

Since first offering the Bachelor’s degree in 2010, the number of BA graduates has increased over 44% each year. MCU fully expects to continue this positive trend.

Students who have graduated with Bachelor’s Degrees from Marymount California University have made the next step to career employment including positions with:

  • Port Tech LA
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Equinox
  • Universal Studios
  • McDonald’s Franchise Owner
  • David Lynch Foundation
  • South Bay Entrepreneurial Center
  • Stonegate Foods
  • KDA Group
  • Daniel Pearl Foundation
  • Aspen Marketing Group
  • Pet Smart
  • Gallo
  • Prospect Mortgage Company
  • Toyota Financial Services
  • Community Coalition
  • Kennedy/Marshall Company
  • Petersen Automotive Museum
  • CIPS
  • Jules and Associates, Inc.
  • Breslauer, Rutman & Anderson, LLC
  • Gary Sinese Foundation
  • State Farm Corporate
  • Primerica Financial Service
  • Torrance Unified School District
  • PSAV
  • Crossroads Treatment Center
  • Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
  • Return Engagement
  • Behavior Frontiers
  • Hawaii Human Resources
  • American Honda Motor Car
  • Gateway Learning Center
  • Behavior and Education, Inc.
  • ARC
  • Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Hilton

While other students continued their education and have enrolled in graduate study with:

  • Marymount California University
  • Emory University
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Concordia University – Irvine
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pepperdine University, Law School
  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • Whittier College – Law School
  • Woodbury University
  • Rocky Mountain College
  • Southwestern Law School
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Ball State University
  • Walden University

Prior to fall 2010, Marymount California University was a two-year institution granting only Associate degrees. The University was well-known for its ability to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. From 2003 to 2010, 72 percent of students who transferred from Marymount California University to another college or university earned a degree.

Among the 200 four-year schools receiving 1,000 transfer students from Marymount California University were:

  • Academy of Art Institute
  • Albertus Magnus College
  • American University
  • Antioch University – Los Angeles
  • Antioch University – Seattle
  • Argosy University – Santa Monica
  • Arizona State University
  • Ashford University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Bellevue College
  • Belmont University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Biola University
  • Boston University
  • Brandman University
  • Bryan College
  • Bucknell College
  • Butler University
  • California Baptist University
  • California College of the Arts
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • California Lutheran University
  • California Maritime Academy
  • California Polytechnic University
  • California State Polytechnic
  • California State University – Bakersfield
  • California State University – Channel Islands
  • California State University – Chico
  • California State University – Dominguez Hills
  • California State University – East Bay
  • California State University – Fresno
  • California State University – Fullerton
  • California State University – Long Beach
  • California State University – Los Angeles
  • California State University – Monterey Bay
  • California State University – Northridge
  • California State University – Sacramento
  • California State University – San Jose
  • California State University – San Marcos
  • California State University – Sonoma
  • California State University – Stanislaus
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Centenary College
  • Central Washington University
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Chapman University – Orange
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clemson University
  • Cleveland State University
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Colorado Mesa College
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia Basin College
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Concordia University – Irvine
  • Concordia University – Texas
  • Cornell University
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Cuny Bernard <, Baruch College
  • Cuny Hunter College
  • Devry University – Phoenix
  • Devry University – Pomona
  • Dominican University of California
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Emerson College
  • Fairfield University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida International University
  • Fordham University
  • Franciscan College of Steubenville
  • Gonzaga University
  • Hope International University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Iowa State University
  • James Madison University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Kansas State University
  • Kent State University
  • Liberty University
  • Lim College
  • Louisiana State University
  • Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Manhattanville College
  • Marist College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Maui Community College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Miami University
  • Midland College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Mount St. Mary’s College
  • Musicians Institute
  • Naropa University
  • National Hispanic University
  • National University
  • New York University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwest Florida State College
  • Notre Dame De Namur University
  • Occidental College
  • Ohio State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Olympic College
  • Oregon State University
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pace University
  • Pace University – Pleasantville
  • Pacific University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Prescott College
  • Rasmussen College – Ocala
  • Rocky Mountain College
  • Rutgers – The State of University of New Jersey, Newark
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Seattle Central Community College
  • Seattle University
  • Shenandoah University
  • Simmons College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southern Oregon University
  • St.  Johns University
  • St. Mary’s College of California
  • St. Petersburg College
  • State College of Florida, Manatee- Sarasota
  • Strayer University – Washington
  • Suffolk University
  • Syracuse University
  • Tarleton State University
  • Temple University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas State University – San Marcos
  • The New School
  • Trident University International
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of California – Extension
  • University of California – Irvine
  • University of California – Los Angeles
  • University of California – Riverside
  • University of California – San Diego
  • University of California – Santa Barbara
  • University of California – Santa Cruz
  • University of Colorado – Boulder
  • University of Colorado – Denver
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Hawaii at West Oahu
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Miami
  • University of Missouri – Columbia
  • University of Montana
  • University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada – Reno
  • University of New Haven
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Redlands
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Tampa
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Utah
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington – Seattle
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vanguard University of Southern California
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Washington State University
  • Webster University
  • Wesley College
  • Western Nevada College
  • Western Oregon University
  • Western Washington University
  • Westmont College
  • Wheaton College
  • Whittier College
  • Woodbury University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
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Welcome to Marymount California

Marymount California University has two distinct campuses in Los Angeles County, each offering a unique set of learning opportunities.

  • Oceanview Campus, Palos Verdes
  • Waterfront Campus, San Pedro

Currently, first- and second-year students take core courses at our suburban Oceanview Campus. Upper division and graduate courses take place at our urban Waterfront Campus.