Oakland, California 94613
Founded in 1852 as the first college in the West for women, Mills continues its commitment to the education of women at the undergraduate level but has graduate programs open to both men and women. Mills remains a small, private, liberal arts college located in an urban center on a beautiful 135-acre campus noted for its tall eucalyptus and pines, rolling hills, and streams. Architecture on the campus includes Mills Hall, a Victorian-style campus center building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; gracious Spanish-style dormitories and classroom buildings, and contemporary building designs. Mills is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The graduate student enrollment at Mills is 459. The undergraduate enrollment was more than 750. Approximately 25 percent of the graduate population were men, 20 percent were members of minority groups, and 1 percent were international students. Students come from many parts of the United States and many areas of the world. Mills encourages diversity in its student body and is working to increase diversity throughout the Mills academic community.
Mills is located on a 135-acre wooded campus in Oakland, California, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States. The campus is minutes away from the East Bay Redwood Parks, 20 minutes from downtown San Francisco, and 30 minutes from the beaches of the Pacific Ocean.
Programs of study and degree requirements
Graduate programs at Mills are offered to both men and women in the arts, sciences, and education, all programs for which the College has a reputation for excellence. Graduate degree programs include the Master of Arts or the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in creative writing, dance (choreography and performance) English, music (composition, performance and literature, electronic music and recording media), and studio art. In addition, the College offers the Master of Arts in the areas of child development/early childhood education, child life in hospitals, interdisciplinary computer science, and teaching. Special nondegree certificate graduate programs also attract students to Mills from many parts of the nation and the world. The highly competitive postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate Program is for college graduates who have decided to pursue a health professions career but lack the basic science courses. In computer science, a New Horizons Certificate Program is available to college graduates who find barriers in their path to graduate study or employment because of a lack of exposure to sophisticated computer concepts.
The Department of Education offers combined Master of Arts degree and teacher credential programs with specializations in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education and in the hospitalized child. A nationally recognized and successful model for preparation of math and science teachers recruits applicants in midcareer who wish to become teachers. Graduate students in the teacher preparation and child development programs benefit from fieldwork in the Mills College Children's School, a laboratory school that continues to maintain its reputation as a leader in the education of young children and the training of professionals in the field. In addition, Mills now offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) as well as a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree and an Administrative Services Credential (ASC) in educational leadership. These programs prepare candidates for current challenges facing school administrators.
All graduate degree programs require at least two years of full-time study. Required courses of study range from ten courses (40 semester hours) to twelve courses (48 semester hours). Students must complete their degrees within five years after initial enrollment, except for the Master of Arts in Teaching, which allows a maximum of eight years for completion.
Facilities & Resources
The F. W. Olin Library has online facilities and vast rare book archives. Other facilities are the Mills College art collection and art gallery with more than 4,500 works; the Center for Contemporary Music with outstanding electronic music and recording facilities; computer facilities, which include VAX, NeXT, and Macintosh workstations and training; the Children's School; the Career Center; athletic facilities; spacious dance studios; and individual studios for graduate art students.
Expenses and Aid
Tuition was $16,740 for the academic year. Other fees included a $500 studio fee for M.F.A. students, a $75 student teaching fee for credential students, and varying fees for music instruction and rental of practice rooms.
An on-campus graduate residence houses women and men in single rooms or suites. The cost for room and board is approximately $8,950.
Graduate teaching assistantships that give both a stipend and partial tuition remission are available in most departments, particularly to second-year students. These awards are limited and are usually not available to a student for more than one or two semesters. Alumnae tuition scholarships are also available to help cover partial tuition costs. Graduate students are often eligible for state and federal assistance programs, including the Federal Stafford Student Loan program
How to Apply
Basic requirements for admission are an earned bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university and demonstrated intellectual potential or special performance in the field of study being sought. Application deadlines vary according to the program, with November 1 and February 1 being the standard deadlines for spring and fall admission, respectively.
Who to contact
Office of Graduate Studies
Oakland, California 94613
Art: Hung Liu, M.F.A., California, San Diego.
Anna Murch, M.A., Royal College of Art (London).
Ron Nagle, B.A., San Francisco State.
Catherine Wagner, M.A., San Francisco State.
Gail Wright, M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute.
Dance: Mary Cochran (Paul Taylor Dance Company).
Mary Ann Kinkead, M.A., Mills.
Kathleen McCormick, M.F.A., Mills.
Judith Rosenberg, M.M., Rochester (Eastman).
June Watanabe, B.A., UCLA.
Education: Lyda Beardsley, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Jane Bowyer, Ph.D., Berkeley.
David Donahue, Ph.D., Stanford.
Tomas Galguera, Ph.D., Stanford.
Joseph Kahne, Ph.D., Stanford.
Linda Kroll, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Vicki LaBoskey, Ph.D., Stanford.
Ginny Lee, Ph.D., Stanford.
Richard P. Mesa, Ph.D., Stanford.
Edna Mitchell, Ph.D., Missouri.
Linda Perez, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Anna Richert, Ph.D., Stanford.
English: Elmaz Abinader, Ph.D., Nebraska.
Chana Bloch, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Madeleine Kahn, Ph.D., Stanford.
Ajuan Mance, Ph.D., Michigan.
Edward Milowicki, Ph.D., Oregon.
Cornelia Nixon, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Stephen Ratcliffe, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Katherine Reiss, M.F.A., Michigan.
Ruth Saxton, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Cynthia Scheinberg, Ph.D., Rutgers.
Tom Strychacz, Ph.D., Princeton.
Elizabeth Willis, Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo.
Interdisciplinary Computer Science: Steven Givant, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Matthew Merzbacher, Ph.D., UCLA.
Barbara Li Santi, Ph.D., California, Santa Barbara.
Ellen Spertus, Ph.D., MIT.
Zvezdelina Stankova-Frenkel, Ph.D., Harvard.
Susan Wang, Ph.D., Princeton.
Music: David Bernstein, Ph.D., Columbia.
John Bischoff, M.F.A., Mills.
Chris Brown, M.F.A., Mills.
Alvin Curran, M.A., Yale.
Michelle Fillion, Ph.D., Cornell.
Fred Frith, M.A., Cambridge.
Pauline Oliveros, B.A., San Francisco State.
Maggi Payne, M.Mus., Illinois.
Sandra Soderlund, D.M.A., Stanford.
Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical Program: Sandra Banks, M.S., UCLA.
John Brabson, Ph.D., Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Steven Givant, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Richard Grow, Ph.D., California, Riverside.
David Keeports, Ph.D., Washington (Seattle).
Karen Swearingen, Ph.D., Berkeley.
Lisa Urey, Ph.D., MIT.
John Vollmer, Ph.D., USC.
Elizabeth Wade, Ph.D., Berkeley.
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