Registration and Courses

Registration begins at the beginning of November for the spring semester and the beginning of April for the fall semester. Check the academic calendar for exact dates.

All tuition and housing fees must be paid and Health Center clearance secured before students may attend classes. Students not officially registered by the add/drop date will not be allowed to remain in classes. Students with outstanding health requirements and/or account balances will not be allowed to register for a subsequent term at Marymount. Any course that does not have a sufficient number of students may be cancelled.

Course registration takes place on the student portal.

Full courses

Marymount courses have limited enrollment. Students who try to pre-register for a class that has reached its limit will need to register for another section of the same course. If an enrolled student does not attend the first class meeting, the instructor may give that student’s place in class to a student who wishes to add the course. A student is not enrolled in a course until he/she brings an add form with an advisor’s signature to the Registrar’s Office before the deadline for adding courses.

Sequential courses

Certain elements of the curriculum require courses to be taken in sequence. Courses taken out of sequence may be accepted as elective credit but will not fulfill the general education requirements toward the associate or bachelor’s degree. Final grades for prerequisite courses taken at other colleges must be received prior to registration for the next course in a sequence.

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Directed study (catalog courses)

Directed study is a course that appears in the university catalog but is not being offered in the semester or session the student wishes to take it. The student can register and receive credit for such a course by working independently under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. In a directed study, the faculty member shares the responsibility with the student, generally planning readings and/or projects and meeting with the student regularly to ensure minimum contact hours and content requirements are met. To submit a proposal, please refer to the directed study form.

Practicum (1-6 units)

296: Provides the opportunity for students to enhance their classroom experience by devoting additional time in assisting other students, such as serving as a teaching assistant or performing service with a community organization in connection with course content of students’ currently enrolled classes.

396-496: Provides the option for students who can make a commitment to an organization/company for definite hours during the semester. It integrates school and professional learning experiences and provides the opportunity for students to experience self-directed learning, produce reflective documents and engage in transformative learning outside the classroom while taking traditional courses.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in good academic standing may participate as long as the instructor of record has consented.

Independent study (295 courses)

Independent study answers the need for individual research and expression in special areas of interest that are not included in the regular course offerings. It provides training for life-long learning by providing experience in selecting a study project, mastering the necessary library and research techniques for assembling data and devising suitable means of evaluation. In independent study, the student has the responsibility for planning, implementing and presenting the project, where applicable. The faculty sponsor approves the project, meets with the student several times in the term and evaluates the final results. To submit a proposal, please refer to the independent study form.

Internship (12 units)

391 and 491: Intended for students in their junior or senior year who want to immerse themselves in a full-time work experience. An internship is a partnership between the student, Marymount California University and a company or organization. The student will work closely with a faculty mentor and the Office of Internship & Career Planning to develop appropriate learning outcomes and identify an organization/company offering a comprehensive experience focused on research, analysis and specific areas of interest in a structured work environment under the supervision of a faculty mentor.