Mercyhurst University recognizes the value and importance of the global community. Each year, Mercyhurst expands and enhances the international presence on campus with 46 countries currently represented. Mercyhurst is ranked No. 13 by U.S.News & World Report, Master's Universities - North, for most international students.

International graduate students should submit the following application materials when applying to Mercyhurst University. 

Students with demonstrated English proficiency (IELTS of 6.5+ or TOEFL of 79+) and who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, are invited to apply for admission to any one of our graduate programs. Students who wish to apply to master’s degree or graduate certificate programs should complete the following steps:

  • Use our streamlined online application. Please inclulde the name of the agency (if applicable) that is assisting you in this process.
  • If your records are written in a language other than English, translation of the documents into English and a statement attesting to the accuracy of the translations must be submitted (notarized).
  • If you are transferring from a university located outside of the United States, you must use World Education Services to evaluate your transcripts. Please use "Course-by-Course Report."
  • If English is not your first language, your scores on the TOEFL, PTE or IELTS must be submitted. Applicants for admission must present a TOEFL score of no less than 213 on the computer-based test, and 79-80 on the Internet-based test. Applicants for admission must present a IELTS score of no less than 6.5.
  • Complete and submit all other supplmental items necessary for your specific program of choice (visit your program's webpage for specific admissions requirements)

Upon acceptance, and in order to secure an I-20, applicants will need to submit the following:

  • A signed Intent to Enroll form and non-refundable $500 deposit (to be credited to your first semester bill); forms may be scanned and emailed to; deposits may be made online, contact Angela Phillips ( for more information.
  • A current 2019-2020 International Student Certification of Finances, completed with amounts shown in U. S. dollars equal to the program cost we will provide you with.
  • Bank affidavit on official bank letterhead (a notarized document verifying US dollar amounts available). This is required by the U. S. government, and will be attached to your final immigration documents. Our Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions will provide you with information regarding the minimum amount required.
  • Your Pre-Admission Health Forms must be completed in full, including required information from your doctor. 
  • You must submit proof of health insurance coverage. This is needed to attend school in the United States.  Students may use - but are not limited to - the health plan provided by the university.  Contact International Admissions for more information about the health insurance available through the university.
  • A photocopy of your passport photograph page.
  • All materials may be sent to: Mercyhurst University, 501 E 38th St, Attn: Graduate Admissions, Erie, PA 16546 or scanned and emailed to

Pre-Arrival Checklist

If you are residing outside of the U.S., you must obtain a passport from your government. Next, you must apply for an F-1 Student visa. As soon as you receive your I-20 from Mercyhurst University, schedule your visa appointment at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country to apply for an F-1 visa. Be sure to bring the following to your appointment:

  • Visa application
  • Receipt confirming payment of the SEVIS fee. You may visit to pay the fee.
  • Passport-sized photos
  • I-20 (F-1) form
  • Financial evidence detailing the source and amount of funding
  • Official academic transcript and official acceptance letter
  • Proof of English proficiency may be requested

Students applying for initial entry may be issued the visa up to 120 days before the start date of their academic program. You may not enter the U.S. earlier than 30 days before the start date of your program, so make your travel arrangements with this in mind. We would like you to report to campus no later than 7 days prior to the start of the semester.


Students should make housing arrangements in the U.S. prior to arriving. Mercyhurst University offers numerous housing options. If you are interested in on-campus housing, please click here

Once You Arrive

Plan to attend the orientation session for your program. If you are unable to attend orientation, be sure to visit the International Office as soon as you arrive on campus to check in and maintain your status. You will need to provide the following:

  • Photocopies of all your travel and immigration documents. This includes your passport biography page, visa page, copy of your I-20 and your I-94 (travel record). Ensure that you print the I-94 record
  • Updated local address. You are responsible for reporting any address changes to the International Office
  • Enroll in an eligible health insurance plan

Cost and Aid

In addition to tuition, fees, room, and board, international students should consider additional costs they may incur, such as books, health insurance and personal expenses.  Use the currency converter to get a better idea how these costs translate into your currency. To assist with college costs, international students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships or graduate employment positions. The selection process for these positions is highly competitive and should not be considered your first plan for paying for your Mercyhurst education. Regardless of your need for financial aid, you must complete a 2019-2020 International Student Certification of Finances form.


Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations require that 14 percent of non-qualified scholarship and fellowship payments (tuition benefits that exceed the cost of tuition and fees) paid to F and J visa holders be withheld as federal income tax. When applicable, this withholding will be applied to students’ Mercyhurst bills as a fee at the beginning of each semester.  

Multicultural Student Services

Multicultural Student Services is a comprehensive office that assists with the educational, cultural, social and personal needs of all students, with special emphasis on ethnic, gender, and minority issues. The primary focus of the office is to develop leaders and scholars and to create campus-wide awareness of socio-economic issues and to bridge the gap between students and faculty. The office also provides person support, leadership development, professional development and a diverse resource library. The Multicultural Center works with the International Office to host several fun and exciting events throughout the year, including:

  • International Night
  • International Day of Peace Observance
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
  • World AIDS Observance
  • Cultural Awareness Week

Academic Support Center

We realize that sometimes, balancing the demands of college can be a bit overwhelming, especially for international students. That's why The Office of Academic Support offers a variety of support services to help international students with a variety of academic concerns. Our dedicated staff is ready to assist students with any of the following: 

  • Concerns about academic performance
  • Navigating the college environment
  • Registering for classes
  • Tutoring
  • Understanding academic requirements
  • Change of major and transcript requests

Meet the Staff

International Graduate Admissions