Graduate and Professional Studies

Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) at Saint Mary’s College prepares the next generation of scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals.

Working with the College’s outstanding faculty, our students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make meaningful and relevant contributions in a rapidly changing world. The College’s liberal arts tradition encourages our faculty and students to probe deeply the mystery of existence and live authentically in response to the truths they discover. Our Catholic and Lasallian traditions emphasize the freedom and dignity of individuals as well as an awareness of economic and social injustice. The graduate and professional programs at the College serve as agents for personal and public discovery, encouraging innovative ideas, new research, and progressive change in society.


History of Graduate Education at Saint Mary’s College

Saint Mary’s College of California is in its second century of education in the liberal arts, sciences, business administration and economics. It was dedicated in San Francisco by the Archbishop of San Francisco, the Most Reverend Joseph Alemany, in 1863, and the Christian Brothers assumed direction of the College in 1867. The first Master of Arts degree was conferred in 1873. The College moved first to Oakland in 1889 and then to its present location in Moraga in 1928. In 1933, the School of Economics and Business Administration was founded, followed by the School of Science in 1935 and the School of Liberal Arts in 1946. The College became coeducational in 1970, and in 1974, the modern era of graduate education was founded with the graduate division offering various masters level degrees in education and business. In 1985, the School of Extended Education and the School of Education were formally founded. In 1999, the School of Education established its first doctoral program, the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.