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Academic Partnerships & Resources


Academic Partnerships

Marine Studies Consortium

Stonehill College is a member of the Marine Studies Consortium, which was organized in 1977 by representatives of twenty-five Massachusetts universities and colleges. Its primary purpose is to promote marine education. Each year the consortium offers several marine-related courses in Boston which attract undergraduate students from schools throughout the area. Credit for courses taken is granted by the student’s home institution, and the grade received becomes part of the student’s permanent record at the school. Students interested in enrolling in any of these courses must apply through Professor Maura Geens Tyrrell, Department of Biology.

SACHEM Exchange Program

Stonehill College students may cross-register for courses at any of the SACHEM (Southeastern Association for Cooperation of Higher Education in Massachusetts) institutions on a space-available basis as part of their normal full-time load during the Fall or Spring semester. Winter and Summer semesters are excluded from the SACHEM exchange program. Tuition is covered within the students’ full-time tuition charge at Stonehill; students are responsible for lab fees when applicable. Students must request an official transcript from the SACHEM School be sent to the Registrar’s Office.

Colleges involved in the SACHEM program are the following:

  • Bridgewater State College
  • Bristol Community College
  • Cape Cod Community College
  • Dean College
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy*
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Stonehill College
  • University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
  • Wheaton College

*Students may not cross-register at Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Students may enroll in a maximum of two courses per semester at one of the above institutions, provided that the courses are not offered or are filled at Stonehill for that semester. First-Year students are not eligible to participate in the SACHEM program. Cross-registration is not available for General Education courses. SACHEM courses may count as major requirements with approval of the relevant Department Chair.

SACHEM Registration Forms may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office and final approval is granted by the Office of Academic Services and the particular college involved. In accordance with Stonehill College policy, the transfer of credit to Stonehill is given only for courses with a grade of “C’’ or better and only the credits received are added to the permanent record. The grade received is recorded on the permanent record at the college where the course is taken. Students are responsible for adherence to the academic regulations of the institution involved.

Engineering Dual-Degree Programs (B.A./B.S.)

An agreement with The University of Notre Dame allows students who complete three years at Stonehill and two years at Notre Dame to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stonehill and a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Notre Dame in one of a variety of engineering fields, including Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Earth Sciences, and Aerospace Engineering. The dual degree ensures that students will graduate with both a strong liberal arts background and the requisite knowledge for a career in an engineering field. The Stonehill degree will normally be a B.A. in Computer Science (for Computer Engineering), a B.A. in Chemistry (for Chemical Engineering), a B.A. in Environmental Studies (for Environmental Engineering or Environmental Earth Science), or a B.A. in Physics (for the other engineering fields).

Cooperative Agreements with Simmons College (Boston, MA) for Accelerated Graduate Admissions

These agreements provide accelerated admissions for qualified Stonehill graduates into several of the Master’s programs at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the programs include: Children’s Literature, Communications Management, Education (MAT and MS), English, Gender/Cultural Studies, and Spanish. In the School for Health Studies, Stonehill graduates who wish to pursue a Master’s in Healthcare Administration may apply courses taken at Stonehill to the Simmons College graduate program. Interested students should contact their academic advisor, the Office of Career Services, or the Office of the Dean of Academic Achievement.

Cooperative Agreements with Post-Graduate Programs in the Health Sciences

Each of the following agreements reserves a specific number of admissions slots in the program for qualified Stonehill graduates.

Students interested in any of the following agreements should contact Professor Sheila Barry in the Biology Department, who is the Pre-Allied Health Professions Advisor.

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Most science majors meet the requirements necessary for this post-graduate career opportunity; students from other fields can fulfill the prerequisite courses with careful advising and planning. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist post-graduate curriculum at Regis College in, Weston, MA is a 15-month program that will accept qualified Stonehill candidates.

Nurse Practitioner

Qualified Stonehill graduates who have successfully completed the prerequisites will be considered for preferred admission to the Direct Entry Nursing program at Simmons College in Boston. This Nurse Practitioner program is a three-year full-time program for undergraduates with a degree in an academic discipline other than nursing, leading to an R.N. and an M.S. in nursing and preparation for the NP exam.


Qualified Stonehill graduates may be admitted to the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, leading to certification and licensure as a Registered Nurse. This Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN) accelerated post-baccalaureate 16-month program is for students who have met all pre-professional course requirements.


Eligible Stonehill graduates may matriculate into the 34-month Doctor of Pharmacy program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, MA. This intensive full-time program is one of the few in the country that offers this type of accelerated course of study.

Physical Therapy

An agreement with Simmons College Boston facilitates preferred admission for students into their graduate physical therapy program after specific requirements have been met. This three-year Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program is for those who have a degree in a field other than physical therapy.

Physician Assistant

Stonehill graduates who successfully meet established criteria will be admitted to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies 30-month Program, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, or the Master of Physician Assistant Studies 24-month Program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, MA.

Public Health, Biotechnology, Exercise Physiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Stonehill College has an affiliation agreement with Northeastern University in Boston for the preceding four graduate programs. Information is available from Professor Sheila Barry on each of them as well as the recommendations for admission. Each is an exciting option that has the potential for careers helping others and fulfills a great need in the 21st century of health care.

Academic Resources

Academic Services and Advising

The Office of Academic Services and Advising develops, coordinates, and provides Academic Advising programs that enable students to reach their educational and career goals. The Office of Academic Services and Advising coordinates all of the College’s resources to focus on and advocate for individual student success. The Office fosters advising and support services that bring faculty and students together to work toward intellectual and personal excellence.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services assists students in achieving their academic and/or career goals through self-assessment, career exploration, internship and employment options, and advanced degree information. Starting in the first year, students are asked to identify interests, values and skills. Sophomores are encouraged to research and explore the many careers that reflect students’ strengths. Juniors define and experiment with career options through internships, research opportunities and study away experiences. Finally, seniors implement their plans by applying for jobs, graduate school or post-graduate service. The Office offers individual appointments and walk-in hours for  resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviews, internship/job search advice, and other graduate school or service related topics.


The MacPhaidin Library opened in 1998 and is named for Fr. Bartley MacPhaidin, C.S.C., president of the college from 1978 to 2000. The library has seating for 500 patrons, a café area with vending machines, and a collection that includes approximately 247,000 print volumes, 5,000 videos and over 40,000 on-line journals, databases, and e-books. There are computer labs on the first and third floors as well as computers for research in the reference area. Network connections and wireless are available throughout the building. The library’s extensive electronic resources are available both on- and off-campus via the college’s computer network.

Registrar’s Office

The Registrar’s Office is dedicated to providing quality support services that are responsive to the needs of the College community. This Office safeguards the accuracy, integrity, confidentiality, and security of the student information system and of students’ academic records; and provides the accurate and timely dissemination of information. The Registrar’s Office is responsible for preparing the course schedule each semester, the academic calendar, the registration process and the scheduling of rooms and labs.

Center for Nonprofit Management

The Center for Nonprofit Management works with and builds the leadership and management capacity of community-based nonprofit organizations throughout southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island.

The Center is focused on enhancing critical management skills, while also fostering relationships with and among the region’s diverse community-based organizations so that they may better achieve their missions. Drawing on expertise within the nonprofit sector and Stonehill, the Center conducts research and provides workshops and other learning programs for the region’s local nonprofits. Various internship opportunities are also offered throughout the year to Stonehill students with a demonstrated interest and passion for the nonprofit sector. Additionally, the Center hosts the Developing Fundraising Leaders Institute in conjunction with the Advancement Division, a program for selected students aimed at developing nonprofit leadership skills.

Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law and Society

The Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law and Society prepares students for leadership as active citizens in service to an improved human community. The Martin Institute challenges faculty and students through rigorous, critical interdisciplinary inquiry into law and society by linking theory and practice in a curriculum based upon exploration of the vital issues of public policy and social justice. The Martin Institute is in the midst of a two-year study of Indigenous People and Culture and will host a variety of events, speakers, discussions, and films.

Center for Writing and Academic Achievement

The Writing Center

The Writing Center is dedicated to assisting students and faculty in the preparation of documents for course work, publication, and applications. Using a series of questions, trained student tutors lead the writer from topic to question, from question to thesis, from thesis to main points and parts, to connectives, to grammar, and to word choice. Students may walk-in or make an appointment.

Teaching Assistants and Peer Tutors

The Center for Writing and Academic Achievement coordinates supplemental instruction for students seeking to improve their academic performance at the College. With over 100 faculty-selected undergraduate Teaching Assistants, the Center provides one-on-one support and small group tutoring in over 60 courses. The tutor program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. Students are eligible to receive Level 1 from the International Tutoring Certification Program (ITCP). All services are offered at no additional cost. Students are invited to take advantage of this great opportunity to enrich their academic experience.

Disability Services

Stonehill College is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities. The Center for Writing and Academic Achievement is the campus office that works with students who have documented disabilities, in order to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations. Students are encouraged to visit the Center if they have, or think they may have, a disability.