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Graduate Admission

How to Apply

Applications are accepted online, and are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee once complete.
Click on “Apply Now” below to get started.

You will be required to create an account by registering a username and password. Registering an account will allow you to start an application, save, and then log back in at any time to complete it before submission.  Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email containing your Merrimack Admission ID and and instructions on how to check your application status.

A complete application to the graduate program includes: 

  • Completed application.  There is no application fee. All applications are submitted online.   Apply now »
  • Official college transcripts - An official copy of your transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended must be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission. Merrimack undergraduate students may request release of their transcripts at no cost by indicating their permission for release on the graduate application.
  • Resume - Applicant’s resumes or CVs should contain a summary of relevant job experience and education. You may also include relevant activities, awards, and interests.
  • Personal statement - All applicants are required to submit a personal statement (500-1,000 words). The statement should explain your interest in the program and your future goals. 
  • Recommendations - Two professional or academic recommendations are required. Recommenders may submit a letter of recommendation or complete the recommendation form provided by the Office of Graduate Admission. When you’re submitting your two letters of reference, please note the additional requirements for the following programs: 
    • For Higher Education, the letters should be from at least one professor and one college administrator.  
    • For Community Engagement, at least one letter should be from a supervisor in a non-profit, higher education or K-12 education setting.
  • English Proficiency Test Scores (international applicants only)- For the TOEFL, Merrimack College requires a minimum score of 84 on the internet-based test (no subset below 19) for all graduate applicants. For IELTS, Merrimack College requires a minimum score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0 for all graduate applicants.
  • Standardized test scores are not required to complete an application, though we encourage them from students who have taken standardized tests. Merrimack College reserves the right to ask any applicant for additional supplemental requirements in consideration of their application, including but not limited to official standardized test scores or an in-person interview.

 Additional requirements for Fellowships:

  • Please refer to the specific applications requirements for the Fellowships. These requirements are included on the application, but we have also listed the essay requirements here for your convenience.

Teacher Education Fellowship Essay:
One essay (500 words max) that explains your interest in education and your future goals.

Higher Ed Fellowship Essays:

Three essay questions (maximum 500 words each). Your essays will be evaluated as part of your application, but may also be shared with potential Fellowship placement sites.

  • Please describe your interests and motivations for applying to the higher education program, including experiences in college that have been most influential in shaping your interest in this field (500 words max)
  • What specific skills and knowledge do you hope to gain from working 25 hours weekly in a higher education fellowship site? (500 words max)
  • Consistent with the college’s values, Merrimack’s program includes a focus on advancing social justice in higher education. What areas of social justice are most important to you, and what aspects of social justice do you hope to learn more about? (500 words max)

Community Engagement Fellowship Essays:

Two essay questions (maximum 500 words each). Your essays will be evaluated as part of your application, but may also be shared with potential Fellowship placement sites.

  • In your own words, what is community engagement?  What theories, concepts, and experiences have shaped your understanding of community engagement?  
  • What are your professional aspirations?  What type of fellowship placement would further your understanding of community engagement and help you move toward your career goals?


Admission Timeline

*   Applications are only reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee once complete. 

*  Admission to the traditional Graduate Program is on a rolling basis.  Applicants should expect to be notified approximately six weeks after submitting their final application.

*   Fellowship applications are reviewed after the deadline of February 15.

Mailed materials should be sent to: 
Merrimack College 
Office of Graduate Admission A-22
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845