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Mercyhurst University


University Overview

Mercyhurst University, founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy, is a fully accredited, private, Catholic institution for men and women located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, nine graduate programs, and a variety of post-baccalaureate and advanced certificates.

Mercyhurst's scenic 75-acre English Gothic campus is equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory spaces, as well as a strong online learning infrastructure designed to connect students around the world with faculty and learning resources. As an applied liberal arts university, Mercyhurst emphasizes engaging learning experiences and unrivaled access to expert faculty, many of whom bring years of expertise in their respective fields.

Overview of Graduate Programs

Mercyhurst's 10 master's programs and more than 12 graduate certificates are designed to equip recent grads and working professionals with the cutting-edge skills and credentials needed to advance in a wide range of industries. Many of Mercyhurst's master's programs--including "Applied Intelligence", "Criminal Justice Administration", and "Anthropology"--have earned outstanding reputations around the world for producing skilled graduates, well prepared to take on leadership roles in their fields.

Several programs are available completely online, offering students access to a world-class graduate education anywhere in the world. Mercyhurst's respected faculty and highly reputable graduate curricula will help to meet the goals of recent college graduates as well as working professionals looking for career advancement.

Master's Programs

- Applied Intelligence

- Data Science

- Cyber Security

- Cyber Risk Management

- Criminal Justice Administration

- Secondary Education

- Special Education & Applied Disability Studies

- Organizational Leadership

- Anthropology

- Physician Assistant Studies

Online Offerings

Mercyhurst's online master's programs include: "Applied Intelligence" (also available on campus), "Criminal Justice Administration," "Cyber Risk Management," "Cyber Security," "Organizational Leadership" (also available on campus), and "Secondary Education." Online students have access to the university's full range of learning resources, and opportunities to connect with classmates and instructors which contribute to engaging student experiences. Flexible course pacing allows students to complete coursework around family or professional responsibilities.

Cyber Online Master's Programs ÔÇô New for 2018

The global rise in cyber-crime has created an unprecedented demand for cyber security professionals, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting 37% job growth over the next four years. Launched in 2018, Mercyhurst's online master's programs in "Cyber Security" and "Cyber Risk Management" capitalize on Mercyhurst's reputation as an international leader in intelligence and cyber education to meet this growing need.

These cutting-edge cyber fields encompass the study of security in the digital age, intelligence analysis, threat evaluation and management of risk. Both programs, which are offered online, address the global rise in cyber-crime, as well as the vulnerabilities of online environments and networks of interconnected devices.


All Mercyhurst graduate programs require the following:

- Completion of the application for admission, which can be found at apply.mercyhurst.edu ("Physician Assistant" students must apply through CASPA at caspaonline.org)

- A 500- to 700-word personal statement about the applicant's short- and long-term goals

- The applicant's resume or curriculum vitae

- Three letters of recommendation

- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

GRE scores are required for "Anthropology" and "Physician Assistant" applicants, and are recommended for "Applied Intelligence" and "Data Science" applicants. Additionally, interviews are required for "Anthropology" and "Physician Assistant" applicants, and all programs reserve the right to request an interview before making an admissions decision.

Departments & Programs

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Male (46%)
Female (53%)


Total faculty
Full-time (8)
Part-time (56)
Male (41)
Female (23)

Location & Contact

Address 501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA  16546
United States
Contact Kristen Pepe
Academic Coordinator
Email: kpepe@mercyhurst.edu
Phone: 814-824-2297
Fax: 814-824-2055