Mercyhurst University is a community of learners grounded in the Mercy tradition and dedicated to the lifelong development of the whole person. Applicants are evaluated from a holistic perspective in the context of opportunities they have been afforded and challenges they have faced. In addition to considering the academic achievement and potential, special attention is also given to leadership experience, professional experience, community service, and the contributions an applicant might make to enrich and contribute to our campus community.

Mercyhurst does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, citizenship status, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, age, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or because of any individual’s legally protected activities. Demographic information does not factor into decisions regarding admissions or institutional financial aid; it helps us evaluate our recruitment practices and comply with federal reporting requirements.

To be considered for a graduate certificate or master’s degree, applicants are required to submit an application,college transcripts, a resume, and a personal statement. Master’s degree-seeking applicants might be required to seek up to three letters of recommendation. Additional application requirements vary by academic program. Some applications are referred for augmented review (e.g., applicants with prior disciplinary violations).

Mercyhurst’s free application can be found at Applicants for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies must apply using the CASPA application ( Some application requirements might be waived at the discretion of the director of admissions.

All required supporting documents — including official college transcripts — can be sent to or to Mercyhurst University, Office of Admissions, Application Processing, 501 E. 38th St., Erie, PA 16546.



Personal interviews are not required for admission for most programs, but prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit campus and meet with an admissions counselor. To schedule a visit, go to or call 800-825-1926, Ext. 2202.



The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions serves a variety of applicants, in addition to master’s degree-seeking students. The policies outlined in this catalog only apply to graduate students. Other populations served by the office, including non-traditional aged (adult) students, students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, and students seeking admission to an associate or certificate program, should consult the Undergraduate Catalog. The office can be reached at or by phone at 814-824-3351.