Admission Requirements

College of Graduate Studies

General Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on the “whole person” concept. Elements of this approach include quality of undergraduate work as evidenced by transcripts, performance on standardized tests, a personal statement, and, when required, a personal interview.

Students who seek admission to graduate education at Mercyhurst must meet the following minimum requirements*: 
  1. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 overall, with at least 3.0 in their major field.
  2. (Some programs have established higher requirements.)
  3. An undergraduate degree in the area of intended graduate study or in an approved, related field.
  4. Academic, scholarship and leadership potential as evidenced by three positive recommendations from supervisors or faculty.
  5. A personal statement outlining in narrative form the candidate’s career path, career aspirations and professional interests.
  6. Satisfactory scores from the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Exam as required by each program.
  7. A completed application form, which can be found online.
  8. A professional résumé or curriculum vitae. 
*In the Anthropology program, a personal interview is required prior to acceptance. Applicants will be contacted if they have been selected for an interview.

Recommendations for admission to graduate programs are made to graduate program directors by the program’s advisory committee. In certain cases, the committee or the director may request interviews with applicants. No action can be taken on applicants until all the required admissions information is submitted. There can be no guarantee that individuals meeting the minimum admissions requirements described above will be admitted. Decision appeals are made to the Graduate Council.

Applicants who are accepted are placed in one of three categories: (1) regular degree status, (2) provisional degree status or (3) non-degree status. Students admitted provisionally must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the first nine credit hours to be formally admitted. Non-degree students must meet all admissions criteria and are permitted to register only with program director approval.

International Students

Mercyhurst University welcomes application from qualified international students. Students must submit official, notarized scores from the T.O.E.F.L. (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam as part of their admission application. Minimum score requirements are 550 for the paper-based exam, 213 for the computer-based exam, and 79-80 for the Internet-based exam.

Applications for the test and further information can be found at International students must also provide Mercyhurst University with assurance that they possess adequate financial support for the period of graduate studies. This documentation must be provided through submission of an affidavit of financial support. An I-20 form will not be issued until the affidavit of financial support is received and accepted by Mercyhurst University. All documents and credentials submitted must be translated into English. Mercyhurst University recommends that international students contact World Evaluation Services (WES) at, the foremost organization that specializes in transcript and credential evaluation, to provide such translations.


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