Ridge College
of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences
Mercyhurst University

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Undergraduate Programs

Apply online today. All undergraduate applicants to Mercyhurst University must submit the following information:

  • An application — Use our streamlined online application or include Mercyhurst University when you complete the Common Application.
  • An official high school transcript — Talk to your school counselor to request an official transcript be sent to Mercyhurst. Transcripts for all coursework completed in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades are required. If you are granted admission, you’ll also need to send a final transcript following high school graduation.
  • A writing sample — Writing is a foundational part of our curriculum and we require a 250- to 500-word writing sample from all applicants. You submit your writing sample when you complete the online application or Common Application. You can respond to one of several writing prompts or, if you’d prefer, submit a sample of writing you’ve completed in high school which you feel best represents your ability.
  • A letter of recommendation— All applicants must submit a letter of recommendation, preferably from a teacher, school official, or employer.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for international students)— International students from non-English speaking countries must complete the TOEFL and submit copies of their official scores.

Holistic Review.  In addition to considering your academic and personal credentials, we also consider your application in the context of your life circumstances.  When making admissions decisions, we consider the availability of resources in your high school and the strength of the curriculum.  Your unique family and economic circumstances are also considered.  We do this to ensure that applicants are not unfairly penalized if they did not have sufficient access to college-going resources and services.

Test-Optional Admissions. We do not require the SAT or ACT for admissions, though students who believe that their SAT or ACT scores represent a positive component of their admissions portfolio are invited to submit their official test scores.  To send your scores directly to Mercyhurst University, use SAT Code 2410 or ACT Code 3629. If you’ve taken the test multiple times, we consider the highest score you’ve received on each section of the test to generate your SAT or ACT “superscore.”  

Student-athletes must still submit SAT or ACT scores in accordance with NCAA’s policy for evaluating athletic eligibility.  Home-schooled students are required to submit and ACT or SAT.   In addition, students seeking admission to colleges and universities with whom Mercyhurst University has affiliation agreements may still be required to submit SAT or ACT scores to the affiliated institution; consult that institutions admissions requirements for more information.

If you or your high school sent SAT or ACT scores to Mercyhurst University and you do not want them considered in the admissions process, please complete a Request for Test-Optional Consideration.  We’ll remove your test scores from your admissions file, though we may retain the original scores for internal analysis of our test-optional policy.

For more information about our test-optional admissions policy, please consult answers to frequently asked questions.

 

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Master of Science in Applied Intelligence (Erie, PA)

Apply online for the MS in Applied Intelligence today for free. Applications are currently being accepted for entrance to the Fall 2016 cohort, beginning August 23, 2016.  Application deadline in April 30, 2016.

 Application Procedure

  • An application form, which can be found online at http://apply.mercyhurst.edu
  • All official transcripts from accredited higher education institutions (all documents and credentials submitted must be translated into English; Mercyhurst University recommends that international students contact World Evaluation Series (WES) at www.wes.org, the foremost organization that specializes in transcript and credential evaluation, to provide such translations)
  • An essay of 300-500 words outlining the student's personal, professional, and educational goals.
  • An official score report from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (may be waived for students who have already completed several graduate courses from another accredited institution, international students without access to examination sites, or individuals with extensive work experience in the intelligence field; email graduate chair for waiver)
  • Three recommendations from supervisors or faculty (a letter or this form may be used)
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • An official score report from the TOEFL or IELTS examination (international students from non-English speaking countries only)


Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (814) 824-2297 for further information on any of these requirements.

Address for submission of application materials:

Kristen Pepe, Application Coordinator
Graduate Admissions
Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546-0001

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Online Master of Science in Applied Intelligence

Applications for the online MS in Applied Intelligence program are currently being accepted for cohorts starting in the spring term, on March 7, 2016, and for the fall term, beginning on September 5, 2016.

Application Procedure

  • An application form, which can be found online at http://apply.mercyhurst.edu
  • All official transcripts from accredited higher education institutions (all documents and credentials submitted must be translated into English; Mercyhurst University recommends that international students contact World Evaluation Series (WES) at www.wes.org, the foremost organization that specializes in transcript and credential evaluation, to provide such translations)
  • An essay of 300-500 words outlining the student's personal, professional, and educational goals.
  • An official score report from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (may be waived for students who have already completed several graduate courses from another accredited institution, international students without access to examination sites, or individuals with extensive work experience in the intelligence field; email graduate chair for waiver)
  • Three recommendations from supervisors or faculty (a letter or this form may be used)
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • An official score report from the TOEFL or IELTS examination (international students from non-English speaking countries only)

Please Note:

Completion of the Applied Intelligence and/or Counterintelligence Certificates does not guarantee admission to the online or Erie-based Master of Science in Applied Intelligence programs. Two separate application processes exist for these programs.  Address for submission of application materials:

Kristen Pepe, Application Coordinator
Graduate Admissions
Mercyhurst University
501 E. 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546-0001

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Master of Science in Data Science (Erie, PA)

Apply online for the MS in Data Science today for free. Applications are currently being accepted for entrance to the Fall 2016 cohort, beginning August 23, 2016.  Application deadline in April 30, 2016.

Application Procedure

  • An application form, which can be found online at http://apply.mercyhurst.edu
  • All official transcripts from accredited higher education institutions (all documents and credentials submitted must be translated into English; Mercyhurst University recommends that international students contact World Evaluation Series (WES) at www.wes.org, the foremost organization that specializes in transcript and credential evaluation, to provide such translations)
  • An essay of 300-500 words outlining the student's personal, professional, and educational goals.
  • An official score report from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is suggested, but not required
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • An official score report from the TOEFL or IELTS examination (international students from non-English speaking countries only)

Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (814) 824-2297 for further information on any of these requirements. Address for submission of application materials:

Kristen Pepe, Application Coordinator
Graduate Admissions
Mercyhurst University
501 E. 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546-0001
 
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Applied Intelligence Graduate Certificate

We are currently accepting applications for the online Graduate Certificate in Applied Intelligence cohorts starting in the spring term, on March 7, 2016, and for the fall term, beginning on September 5, 2016.

The Certificate in Applied Intelligence is open only to individuals who have completed their undergraduate degree. It is not necessary for that degree to be in an intelligence-related discipline. Participants will be selected by Mercyhurst University, Intelligence Studies Admissions Office. Each cohort will begin with a maximum of twenty students.

Application Procedure

  • An application form, which can be found online at http://apply.mercyhurst.edu
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Immediately request that official transcripts from prior graduate and undergraduate studies be sent to the attention of Kristen Pepe at the address below or by secure and official email transmission to kpepe@mercyhurst.edu (all documents and credentials submitted must be translated into English; Mercyhurst University recommends that international students contact World Evaluation Series (WES) at www.wes.org, the foremost organization that specializes in transcript and credential evaluation, to provide such translations)
  • An official score report from the TOEFL or IELTS examination (international students from non-English speaking countries only)

Address for submission of application materials:

Kristen Pepe, Application Coordinator
Graduate Admissions
Mercyhurst University
501 E. 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546-0001

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Business Analytics and Intelligence Graduate Certificate

We are currently taking applications for the Online Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics and Intelligence cohort Graduate Certificate starting in the summer term on June 6, 2016.

The Business Analytics and Intelligence Graduate Certificate is open only to individuals who have completed their undergraduate degree. It is not necessary for that degree to be in an intelligence-related discipline. Participants will be selected by Mercyhurst University, Intelligence Studies Admissions Office. Each cohort will begin with a maximum of twenty students.

Application Procedure

  • An application form, which can be found online at http://apply.mercyhurst.edu
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Immediately request that official transcripts from prior graduate and undergraduate studies be sent to the attention of Kristen Pepe at the address below or by secure and official email transmission to kpepe@mercyhurst.edu (all documents and credentials submitted must be translated into English; Mercyhurst University recommends that international students contact World Evaluation Series (WES) at www.wes.org, the foremost organization that specializes in transcript and credential evaluation, to provide such translations)
  • An official score report from the TOEFL or IELTS examination (international students from non-English speaking countries only)

Address for submission of application materials:

Kristen Pepe, Application Coordinator
Graduate Admissions
Mercyhurst University
501 E. 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546-0001

 

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Applications can be submitted online at: http://apply.mercyhurst.edu

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