Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst Distance Learning


Mercyhurst University’s online opportunities bring the engaging classroom experience, standout faculty and cutting-edge learning resources of a Mercyhurst education to students anywhere in the world. In a range of graduate programs and graduate certificates, you’ll build the critical skills and leadership abilities needed to achieve your professional goals while enjoying the convenience and flexibility of an online education that works with your busy schedule.


Mercyhurst Distance Learning is an online resource for current and prospective students looking for information on academic programs, student services, policies and more.


Distance Learning Resources

Why Distance Learning?

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“The professors are outstanding and provide rigorous instruction in the various aspects of intelligence studies. Most importantly, they structure the classes to reflect the "applied" ethos of Mercyhurst's on-campus intelligence studies program."

Paul Zanardi (Applied Intel)

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"Although this program will allow me to live outside of the Erie community, I will still be a part of the Mercyhurst community, as one can easily contact professors and engage in the classes through helpful tools such as online discussions and lectures."

Kaleigh Tillman (Criminal Justice Administration)

Sample Courses

INTL 595 Geospatial Intelligence

This course will cover topics related to the collection, exploitation, and analysis of geospatial information and imagery. The focus of the course will be on how to use software and knowledge of geospatial concepts to respond to a variety intelligence requirements that arise from fields that range from military and law enforcement to business, humanitarian issues, and other security issues. The emphasis is on the choice and application of appropriate methods for the analysis of the spatial and imagery data often encountered in the various intelligence disciplines.

CJA 519 Victimology

This course focuses upon a recent and rapidly developing branch of criminology which is designed to study the crime victim. Included will be victim vulnerability– the susceptibility of certain groups of people to victimization – and culpability – the actions on the part of individuals  which, under certain circumstances, suggest victims may be partly responsible for their own victimization. Recently enacted laws pertaining to the rights of victims will be examined, as well as programs that aid victims in their plight.

EDSE 610 21st Century Literacies

The purpose of this course is to equip the secondary teacher candidate with expertise in current technology as an assistive learning tool and to explore the integration of literacy across disciplines as well as prepare content area teachers to support, accommodate and coach students with disabilities in develop content specific reading and to use these strategies to improve literacy for all students on content areas in grades 7-12.

Contact Us:

Office of Distance Learning
Kayla Murphy, Director

Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Erie, Pa 16546
Phone: 814-824-2654