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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, students find a welcoming atmosphere and a high-degree of camaraderie.

Mercyhurst offers some of the region's best graduate programs in administration of justice, organizational leadership, secondary education, special education and exercise science, which traditionally attract mid-career professionals from the tri-state area who pursue graduate studies on a part- or full-time basis.  We also offer the nation's top graduate programs in applied intelligence and anthropology, both of which are full-time programs that draw students from around the world. Admission to both of 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 Program

Graduate Certificates

Applying to the College of Graduate Studies

Ready to apply? Use our online application and apply to Mercyhurst University at no charge. 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.

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

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