About Montclair State University
Established in 1908 as a Normal School in response to the growing demand for professionally prepared teachers, MSU became Montclair State Teachers College in 1927, dedicated to the education of secondary school teachers through a four-year Bachelor of Arts Program. Part-time, extension and summer courses were added, and in 1932 Montclair was authorized to offer a master’s degree. With its strong emphasis on the liberal arts and sciences, Montclair became one of the first teachers colleges accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1937. Responding to rapid enrollment growth in the late forties and fifties with an expanded curriculum and faculty, the school became Montclair State College in 1958 and a comprehensive, multi-purpose institution in 1966. Based on the strengths of its academic programs and faculty and its commitment to excellence in instruction and research, it became Montclair State University in 1994.
The second largest university in New Jersey, Montclair State offers the advantage of a large university, a broad undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a wide variety of superior graduate programs and a diverse faculty and student body combined with a small college’s attention to students. Montclair State’s outstanding faculty is committed to learning through creative teaching informed by scholarship and service. All programs foster critical thinking, understanding and problem-solving, preparing students for lifelong learning.
With more than 250 majors, minors and concentrations at the undergraduate and Master's levels, and doctoral programs in Environmental Management, Audiology, Mathematics Education, Counselor Education, Teacher Education and Teacher Development, and Family Studies MSU provides a comprehensive array of academic programs while remaining accessible and affordable. Through its five schools and colleges the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of the Arts and the School of Business, Montclair State University prepares its students to lead productive and rewarding lives, and to participate responsibly to civic society.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers excellent opportunities for study in the liberal arts, which are enhanced by institutes and centers that sponsor educational and cultural events on campus and in the wider community such as the Center for Child Advocacy and the Coccia Institute for the Italian American Experience which also provides grants and scholarships. The college's curriculum emphasizes the development of analytic skills, communication skills and social understanding and provides students with applied study options: internships, apprentices, and field study programs. Many departments offer clinical training or professional certificate programs, including teacher certification. Many CHSS faculty offer service-learning courses, in which coursework is linked to community development projects and supplement their classroom instruction with internet research, online instruction tools, and international satellite feeds. The college's interdisciplinary programs provide a unique educational opportunity for integrated study beyond the bounds of any one academic discipline. Foreign Language programs offer excellent opportunities for students to emerge themselves in another language and culture through various abroad programs
At MSU, the development and well being of students is of major importance. Innovations implemented to make student life more enriching are the Academic Success Center (ASC), in which all counseling services are gathered under one roof; web registration; and Internet connections in all residence halls. Students have differing academic needs and MSU offers a variety of programs to meet them. The Honors Program offers an intellectually challenging interdisciplinary curriculum for academically superior students, and an agreement with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey provides a combined seven year B.S./M.D. program. Several educational opportunities are offered for disadvantaged students. The College of Science and Mathematics, in additional to these articulation agreements, offers similar programs leading to a B.S./D.P.T., B.S./P.A. and, jointly with Rutgers University College of Pharmacy, a unique 7 year B.S./Pharm.D. program, a 7 year BS/Physical Therapy Doctorate and BS/MS in Physicians Assistant with UMDNJ. Similarly, the Health Careers Program (HCP), funded jointly by MSU and the NJ Educational Opportunity Fund, prepares highly motivated and academically capable students from financially and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity for admission to health professions schools and careers in the sciences with joint eight-year admission articulation agreements with UMDNJ and NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Recognizing that its graduates will be living and working in a global environment, the University provides many opportunities for travel abroad to study, perform, and conduct research. The Global Education Center helps arrange student and faculty exchanges, scholarly visits, conferences and seminars that promote greater global awareness.
In keeping with the demands for a highly skilled scientific workforce and a scientifically literate general public, the College of Science and Mathematics continues to offer a broad spectrum of courses, with both depth and breadth, and programs that keep our students fully in tune with what are constantly changing disciplines. In recent years the College has seen a surge in research and research opportunities available to our students as well as an array of dynamic new programs. In addition to its innovative degree programs in Science Informatics, BS/MS in Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences, BS in Information Technology, BS/MS in Chemistry, MS in Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, certificate in GIS, and Ph.D. in Environmental Management, and the State’s only Ed.D. in Mathematics Education. The College is home to the New Jersey School of Conservation, the Passaic River Institute, the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Sciences and the newly established Center for Quantitative Obesity Research.
The School of Business is in very select company: it is accredited by AACSB International, the premiere international accrediting agency for collegiate programs in management and business. Only about one-quarter of all higher education business programs in North America have won such accreditation. With over 1400 majors at present, Business Administration is the largest undergraduate major at MSU, offering a comprehensive range of concentrations across the full spectrum of business disciplines. The MBA program is equally in demand, both on the Montclair home campus and at our satellite site at Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County. With a broad range of academic programs in the large university setting, the School of Business nevertheless provides its students the personal attention and high quality interaction of a small school environment. MSU Business students get the best of both worlds - the sound general education that prepares them to be engaged and effective citizens and business people, and the discipline-specific knowledge and skills they need to become leaders in an ever more competitive global marketplace.
In the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State, all programs are built on a strong liberal arts foundation with special attention to critical thinking in the context of a professional knowledge base. The College offers rigorous preparation in a number of professional fields, including teaching, teacher education, nutrition, food management, public health, athletic training, exercise science, sports administration, counseling, counselor education, special education, family and child studies, educational leadership, and literacy education. With its foundation as a Normal School for the education of teachers, Montclair State University has a long and illustrious history of preparing highly qualified teachers for our region's public schools. Our nationally renowned, award winning teacher education program is grounded in a clear and compelling set of beliefs and standards about what constitutes good teaching, learning, and schooling. Through the MSU Network for Educational Renewal, the University participates in a partnership with 30 urban and suburban school districts. The university has also created a number of special programs for educators, including the Urban Teaching Academy. In 2009, the College was awarded a $6.3 million five-year grant, one of the largest in University history, from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program. Teacher residents participate in full-time, paid clinical apprenticeships with highly qualified mentor teachers in the Newark Public Schools and simultaneously engage in rigorous coursework. Upon program completion, they receive a master’s degree and teacher certification in either mathematics, science or elementary and special education. The ADP Center for Teacher Preparation and Learning Technologies functions as a hub of curriculum research, instructional planning and educational technology within the College of Education and Human Services, providing access to our more than 40,000 curriculum and instructional technology resources as well as the support in using them. The College opened two new centers in 2011—The Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, and the Center for Research and Evaluation on Education and Human Services. These Centers offer educational programs as well as consultation and services for the larger community.
Dedicated to fine, applied, performing and media arts and communication, MSU’s College of the Arts is a professional college within the framework of the multifaceted liberal arts university, and has been a designated Center of Excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts in New Jersey. Combining outstanding campus facilities with proximity to New York City, the College offers an extraordinary range of opportunities for students and producers of art to work with world-class musicians, visual artists and designers, dancers, actors, filmmakers, broadcasters, communication specialists, arts managers and other presenters in programs that bridge professional training with career entry. Through its auxiliary units the College broadens its impact to wider campus, community, and professional audiences, whether offering or participating in public lectures, clinics, symposia, workshops, performances, exhibitions, screenings, blogs, or television and video productions. Indeed, the College maintains ongoing academic and nonacademic partnerships, collaborations, and exchanges with such international, national, state, and local organizations as the Moscow Conservatory, Seoul National University of Science & Technology, the Alliance for Women in Media, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance of Arts and Health NJ, NJTV, and the Montclair Art Museum, to name a few. Regardless of major, all undergraduate students at MSU benefit from free admission to all arts programming produced by the College, including music concerts, theatre and dance productions, art exhibitions and lectures. Among its many distinctions the College is one of only a handful of schools nationally accredited by all four arts accreditation agencies, i.e., the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Theatre, Music and Dance. Students are encouraged to visit the college website at www.montclair.edu/arts to learn more about our opportunities in the College of Arts.
In collaboration with the five colleges and schools, The Graduate School delivers a wide variety of degree, certificate and certification options to those who choose to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level. Small classes and collaborative research opportunities let students engage with world-class faculty mentors and advisors.
With a strong commitment to public services, MSU offers a variety of noncredit programs to varied constituencies. Each year, more than 1,400 academically gifted youngsters take part in advanced instructional programs offered weekends and during the summer on campus, and close to 350 talented children receive instruction through the Preparatory Center for the Arts. The School of Conservation, a 240-acre facility in Stokes State Forest, which is one of the largest university-operated environmental education centers in the world, provides two to five-day programs for about 10,000 elementary and secondary school students from around the state. The Children's Center is the home of a cutting-edge inclusive early care and learning program serving children ages 3 months through 6 years.
The Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education joined by the College and School Career Services Directors provide students with many opportunities to advance their career development. Through one-on-one counseling, interest testing, online tools, workshops, internships, job fairs, and experiential courses, students can focus their interests, explore majors, apply classroom learning to the workplace and determine a career direction.
Whether students are in their first year at Montclair State University or they are about to graduate, the Center offers services that meet the career needs of our students and alumni.
From its founding in 1908, the history of Montclair State University has been one of change, growth, and distinction. Proud of its heritage and prepared to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century, Montclair State continues to be a major contributor to the cultural, economic, and educational life of the region.