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. If you have questions about our costs or available financial aid, please do not hesitate to contact us at either or 814-824-3351.

Graduate Tuition and Fee Rates

The tuition and fees listed below are for fall, winter, and spring terms for the 2019-20 academic year.

These rates go into effect beginning with the Summer 2019 term.

Masters Degree (per 3-credit course)

Anthropology and Archaeology           $2,778
Applied Behavior Analysis$2,412
Applied Intelligence$2,778
Criminal Justice Administration$2,412
Cyber Risk Management$2,778
Cyber Security$2,778
Data Science$2,778
Organizational Leadership$2,412
Physician Assistant Studies$2,778
Secondary Education$2,412
Special Education$2,412

Graduate Certificates (per 3-credit course)

Accounting (OL)$2,412
Applied Behavior Analysis$2,412
Applied Intelligence$2,778
Business Analytics and Intelligence$2,778
Criminal Justice Administration$2,412
Educational Leadership$2,412
Higher Education Administration (OL)$2,412
Human Resources (OL)$2,412
Organizational Leadership (OL)$2,412
Sports Leadership (OL)$2,412
Strategy & Innovation$2,412

Ph.D Program (per 3-credit course)

Anthropology  and Archaeology         TBD

Tuition Cost per 3 Credit Course


Graduate Fees

Registration Fee (per term)$80
Technology Fee (per term)$105
Zurn Science Lab Fee (course specific)$280
Applied Intelligence Fee (per term)               $280
Cyber Risk Management Program Fee$175
Cyber Security Program Fee$175
PA Studies Program Fee (per term)$1,090
PA Program One-Time Medical Equipment Fee$1,090
Data Science Program Fee (per semester)$145
Distance Learning Fee (per on-line Graduate course BL or WEB):   $80
       Excludes On-Line Applied Intelligence (see fees below)
       Excludes OCICU Courses

On-Line Applied Intelligence Required Fee Schedule Per Term
      Technology Fee$80
      Applied Intelligence Program Fee$190

Occasional Fees

I.D./Smart Card$50
Graduate Capsone Clinical (6 credits)$530
Grafuate Capstone Clinical (3 credits)$265
Graduation - (Applies to Masters Degree Only)$190
Official Transcript of Credits$10
Organizational Leadership Fee - Course OL - 628-01                       $565

As you budget for graduate education, you may want to consider indirect costs like books and supplies ($800), transportation ($500), and personal expenses ($750).  

Graduate Assistantships/Employment

A limited number of graduate assistantships (GAs) are available for eligible students who can accept employment on the Mercyhurst campus. Graduate assistants receive a full or partial waiver of tuition and a stipend in return for a minimum of 25 hours of work per week. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be accepted into a graduate, post bac or second degree program
  • Students must have a current resume and/or GA applications on file with the graduate office
  • Students must not be receiving any additional institutional aid (including athletic scholarships)
  • Students cannot hold another working position on campus

The awarding of a GA position is NOT need-based. It is an extremely competitive process based on the positions available in a given academic year and the skills that a GA area's supervisor values. GA candidates are selected by an area supervisor. They are not assigned by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Traditionally, graduate assistants have worked in the following areas:

  • Athletics
  • Residence Life
  • Information Technology
  • Academic Department Specific

Qualified students not awarded a GA position may be offered a graduate employment (GE) opportunity. GE positions allow a graduate student to earn up to $9000 annually on campus. Student would be paid bi-weekly and are typically asked to work September thru May of an academic school year.

Both GA and GE positions are considered annual awards. Each position can be cut and/or reclassified for the following year. There is no guarantee that a student will be awarded a GA or GE position in their second year.

In order to be considered for either a GA or GE position, please submit the GA/GE Application.

Veteran Benefits

Information regarding veterans' benefits may be obtained by contacting the Veterans’ Services Program Manager at 814-824-2617. We are proud to be included on both the Yellow Ribbon and Military Friendly university lists.

Employer Reimbursement

Students whose employers offer a tuition reimbursement program may enroll in the university’s Employer Reimbursement/Tuition Deferment Program by completing an enrollment form, available through the student portal by clicking Menu>Services>Student Financial Services>Forms & Documents.  Enrollment allows a student’s account balance to be deferred until (30) days after the end of the term for which the student enrolls.  Enrollment deadlines and payment deadlines are listed on the form.  Please direct inquiries to the Office of Student Financial Services at 814-824-2288 or

Federal Direct Loans

Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans. These loans are not need-based. To apply for a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, you must first complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If this is your first time receiving a Direct Loan at Mercyhurst, you will be required to complete entrance counseling to ensure you understand your obligation to repay the loan. You'll also need to sign  a Master Promissory Note (MPN), agreeing to the terms of the loan. These steps can be completed at