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Mercyhurst University graduate programs provide students with engaging learning experiences and unrivaled access to faculty. With a total graduate enrollment of approximately 300, Mercyhurst provides students with a welcoming atmosphere and a high-degree of camaraderie.

Here, you’ll find some of the region's best graduate programs in the areas of criminal justice, organizational leadership, data science, secondary education and special education and applied disability studies. Traditionally, these programs attract mid-career professionals from the tri-state area who can attend on either a full- or part-time basis.  In addition to the nation's top graduate programs in applied intelligence and anthropology, we’ve recently added a physician assistant program. These programs are full-time programs that draw students from around the world. Admission to these programs is very competitive.

The graduate programs at Mercyhurst provide a variety of opportunities for adult students who already have a bachelor's degree (or higher) to continue their education and professional growth.

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate Certificates

Applying to the College of Graduate Studies

Ready to apply? Use our online application and apply to Mercyhurst University for FREE*. If you'd prefer, you can apply using our paper application; the paper application requires a $35 processing fee, due upon application. You'll also want to ensure you collect and submit the necessary supplemental materials (e.g. resume, curriculum vitae, test scores, recommendations, etc.), as specified for your academic program. Your application cannot be reviewed until all supplemental materials are submitted. Consult your specific program for particular application requirements and considerations.

* Mercyhurst University's Physician Assistant Program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  All applications to the Physician Assistant Program must be made through CASPA and are subject to an application fee.  Carefully read the admissions requirements before starting the application process with CASPA to ensure you meet the program's admission requirements.

Visit Mercyhurst

We invite you and your family to visit our beautiful campus. On your visit, you can tour our campus, meet with a faculty member in your desired academic area of interest (if possible), chat with an admissions counselor to discuss admissions and financial aid, enjoy lunch in the Egan Cafeteria, and much more. We want to make sure you get the most out of your visit to Mercyhurst. And, while you’re here, we encourage you to tour the city of Erie to learn more about the history of Pennsylvania’s only port city and to discover the many recreational opportunities available.

To schedule an appointment to visit Mercyhurst University, please contact Kristen Pepe, Academic Coordinator, Office of Graduate Admissions at (814) 824-2297 or by email at

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Interested in learning more about your program? Let us know how to reach you and what program you're interested in and we'll get information out to you.


Candace Schiffer
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: (814) 824-3384

Kristen Pepe
Academic Coordinator, Graduate Admissions
Phone: (814) 824-2297

Travis Lindahl
Director of Graduate & Continuing Education
Enrollment Services
(814) 824-2901

Office of Graduate Admissions
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546
Phone: (814) 824-3351
Fax: (814)824-3297