GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Continue your education, advance your career.

Mercyhurst University graduate programs provide students with engaging learning experiences and unrivaled access to faculty. Our students, whether on campus or online, continue their educations in supportive environments alongside classmates with a shared focus: learning in order to advance.

Our graduate programs are some of the best in the region, and in some cases, the nation. They attract both students continuing their education directly after their undergraduate studies as well as working professionals balancing school, family, and career commitments. Mercyhurst warmly welcomes international students and the global perspectives they bring to the classroom.

All of our graduate programs offer students practical, real-world opportunities to apply what they’ve learned. Those opportunities help bolster our grads’ resume and job prospects upon graduation.

Take the Next Step

Interested in one of the master’s or graduate certificate programs? Request more information to learn more about your program of choice and to hear from an enrollment coordinator. When you’re ready to apply, you can complete Mercyhurst’s free application at apply.mercyhurst.edu (Physician Assistant students must apply through CASPA at caspaonline.org). For additional admissions requirements, please see the webpage for the program you’re interested in. 

4+1 Program

Eligible undergraduate students enrolled at Mercyhurst University can earn a four-year bachelor’s degree and a two-year master’s degree in just five years! Our 4+1 programs save you time and money, and in some cases, can be completed completely online after you've graduated from the Hurst with your bachelor's degree. Learn More.

Entry Terms

Upcoming entry terms for our graduate programs include:

  • Spring Semester: January 13, 2020
    • Most programs eligible (excluding Physician Assistant Studies and Forensic & Biological Anthropology)
  • Summer Semester: May 18, 2020
    • Most programs eligible with program director approval (excluding Anthropology)
    • Designated start for Physician Assistant Studies
    • Preferred start for Secondary Education
  • Fall Semester: August 26, 2020
    • Most programs eligible (excluding Physician Assistant Studies)
    • Designated start for Forensic & Biological Anthropology
    • Preferred start for on-campus Applied Intelligence

Cost and Financial Aid

Mercyhurst University is proud to offer an affordable graduate school education. Our cost per credit is competitive with every other graduate school in our region. Visit our Cost and Financial Aid page for additional information on costs for each program, available institutional aid, and federal loan programs. If you have questions about cost or available financial aid, please contact us at grad@mercyhurst.edu or 814-824-3351.

Veteran Students

Mercyhurst is well positioned to assist military veterans and dependents in pursuing graduate school opportunities. We are a recognized Military Friendly School and a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. In 2018, we were honored to be named Pennsylvania’s second Purple Heart University—one of only 91 colleges and universities nationwide to receive this designation. 

Visit our Office of Veterans Services page to learn how we can help connect you with our strong support network and range of services available to veterans and their dependents.

International Students

As an institution of higher education committed to fostering global understanding and awareness, Mercyhurst University offers many learning opportunities for students from around the globe. In recent years, our on-campus graduate programs in Applied Intelligence, Data Science, and Organizational Leadership have been popular with international students. Applied Intelligence and Data Science are both classified as STEM majors, which can make you eligible for extended OPT.

Visit our International Graduate Admissions page to learn more.


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Graduate and Continuing Education