Through work, service, and leadership, alumni of Mercyhurst College and Mercyhurst University demonstrate an enduring belief in the value of a Mercyhurst education, one rooted in the Mercy Mission, and inspired by the compassion, hospitality, and entrepreneurial spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. As a graduate of Mercyhurst, you know what it takes to thrive here and you know the professional opportunities open to our students. 

Discounted Graduate Program Tuition

For Mercyhurst alumni interested in pursuing continuing education for personal and professional advancement, we have good news. In recognition of our appreciation for Mercyhurst alumni, we are pleased to offer special discounted alumni pricing on tuition for select Mercyhurst graduate programs, including a special $9,990 flat rate for the Organizational Leadership online master’s (reflecting a cost per course of $999) and up to 35 percent off other grad certificates and master’s degree offerings; more details are provided below.

Career Development and Growth

Whether in an online or on-campus program, you’ll engage with dedicated faculty with years of professional experience as well as cutting-edge learning resources. No matter what you studied in college, a master’s or grad certificate from Mercyhurst allows you to build on your knowledge and experience with an eye toward advancing your career or entering a new in-demand profession. 

As our communities deal with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic consequences threaten to disrupt millions of lives and careers. We know this is a difficult time for those dealing with career interruptions or uncertainty. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies to move into a greater leadership role or change career paths to enter a field with more opportunity, we are ready to connect you with a flexible and supportive graduate program to meet your goals. 

Organizational Leadership Tuition Benefits

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first Organizational Leadership graduating class, Mercyhurst is offering the Organizational Leadership master’s program at a total cost of less than $10,000. Tuition is set at $999 per course, for a total of $9,990, with no additional fees. This discounted tuition—a savings of more than $15,000 — will be available to all Mercyhurst alumni beginning May 2020. 

With a restructured flexible curriculum, and 100 percent online availability, this 10-course master’s program complements almost every academic and professional background. The OL program provides a theoretical and practical framework for professionals who currently hold leadership positions or are aspiring to leadership roles in organizations. Students in the program learn to synthesize contemporary scholarship with insight from Mercyhurst’s service-oriented heritage to articulate their own leadership philosophy and put leadership theories into practice in professional settings. Learn more about the program by visiting the Organizational Leadership Master's webpage.

An online three-course (9 credits) graduate certificate in OL is also available; the tuition discount also applies to the graduate certificate.

Special Graduate Tuition Rates

For most other Mercyhurst graduate programs, the special tuition rates are set at approximately 35 percent off regular tuition. For the following programs, the discount adjusts tuition for a three-credit course to $1,890 (down from the standard rate of $2,865):

  • Applied Intelligence (online or on-campus master’s)
  • Cyber Risk Management (online master’s)
  • Cyber Security (online or on-campus master’s)
  • Data Science (on-campus master’s)

For the following programs, the discount adjusts tuition for a three-credit course to $1,545 (down from the standard rate of $2,490):

  • Criminal Justice Administration (online master’s)
  • Secondary Education (online master’s)
  • Special Education (on-campus master’s)
  • Teaching Excellence (online master’s)

These discounts will result in a tuition savings of more than $9,000 for our alumni toward the total cost of one of these master’s degrees. Standard and program fees will still be applied to the cost of the programs. 

Already have a master’s degree or aren’t sure you’ll have the time to complete a 30- to 36-credit master’s degree? There are a variety of graduate certificates that will also be special-rate eligible, including graduate certificates in:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis 
  • Autism Endorsement
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analytics
  • Intelligence Studies
  • Principal Leadership

Visit our Graduate Admissions webpage to learn more about our master’s and graduate certificate programs.

Ready to Apply?

When you’re ready to apply to one of these graduate programs, you can begin your free Mercyhurst application at We’ll take care of obtaining your Mercyhurst undergrad transcripts to add to your application portfolio. GRE scores are NOT required for admission to any of the tuition-discount eligible graduate programs. 

Although graduate application requirements vary by program, at minimum, all graduate program applicants will need to provide:

  • A completed application, available at
  • A 500- to 700-word personal statement outlining reasons for enrolling and personal and professional goals

As a benefit to Mercyhurst alumni and to facilitate ease of application, the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education is waiving the letter of recommendation for all eligible graduate programs. In addition, the resume requirement is waived for the following programs*:

  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Cyber Risk Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Special Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Teaching Excellence

*The Office of Graduate & Continuing Education reserves the right to request these items after a review of your application and transcript.

Applicants to the Applied Intelligence program will also need to provide an updated resume. 

If you have any questions about graduate programs or the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education at or 814-824-3351

4+1 Students

If you’re a current Mercyhurst undergraduate student taking graduate-level courses through a 4+1 program, you are eligible for alumni tuition pricing on graduate courses you take after graduating with your bachelor’s. As a reminder, one of the benefits of the 4+1 programs is any graduate course you take as an undergrad is included in your undergraduate flat rate bill (with the exception of any summer graduate coursework you choose to complete).

Students in 4+1 programs typically complete 3 to 15 graduate credits in their junior and/or senior years before staying for an additional year after graduation to complete their master’s program. Visit our 4+1 programs webpage for more details.