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 those who already have a bachelor's degree (or higher) to continue their education and professional growth. Each year we enroll students fresh out of their undergrad experience as well as those who've been working int their field and are now looking to grow professionally and earn a promotion.

Graduate Degree Programs

Mercyhurst’s master’s programs are great opportunities for you to further your education and transform your future. Mercyhurst has earned a reputation around the world for the skills of our graduates in analysis, research, education and professional practice. In one of our nine Master of Science programs or our Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, you’ll build on your knowledge and experience with an eye toward advancing your career or entering a new in-demand profession. In either an online or on-campus setting, you’ll engage with dedicated faculty with years of professional experience as well as cutting-edge learning resources.

Graduate Certificates

Mercyhurst’s 12+ graduate certificates—most of which are four-course, 12-credit programs—include engaging instruction in some of today’s most in-demand disciplines, as well as a streamlined application process and affordable tuition. Several of the certificate programs are available through online delivery, making them ideal for working professionals around the world. In most cases, credits earned in graduate certificate programs can be applied toward the corresponding Mercyhurst master’s program. 

4+1 Programs

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

For Veterans

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. Our Office of Veterans Services is ready to work with you to connect you with our strong support network and range of services available to veterans and dependents.

Applying to the College of Graduate Studies

Ready to apply? Use our online application and apply to Mercyhurst University for FREE*.  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 Grotto Commons dining hall, 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 Kseniya Kampova, Graduate Admissions Enrollment Coordinator, Office of Graduate Admissions at 814-824-3384 or by email at

Request More Information

Interested in learning more about your program? Take a minute to fill out our inquiry form so we can contact you about your program of interest or call or email one our the graduate admissions staff below.

Office of Graduate Admissions

John Olszowka, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Graduate Programming and Strategic Academic Initiatives
Travis Lindahl
Director, Graduate and Continuing Education