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Graduate Admission

Graduate Admission Information

Applications are accepted online, and are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee once complete.  Apply online.

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: 

  • Online application.  Your application may be completed and submitted at any time.  You do not have to wait until you have all of your materials to submit your application. There is no application fee.  Apply now »
  • Official college transcripts - An official copy of your transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended is required. Electronic transcripts can be sent directly from the registrars office to or you can mail them to
    Office of Graduate Studies A485, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845.
    Merrimack undergraduate students may request release of their transcripts at no cost by indicating their permission for release on the graduate application.
  • Resume - Your resume or CV 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. 
  • Standardized test scores are optional.


- 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 Studies. 

Letters of recommendation can be mailed to us in sealed envelopes, or recommenders can email them directly to If you upload letters of recommendation, please make sure they are signed and dated, and include your recommender’s contact information. PDF files are preferred. 

When submitting your 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. 
  • For Teacher Education, two (2) letters of reference that speak to your capacity for leadership, professionalism, and ability to succeed in this program. Letters should be from a direct supervisor or college professor who can speak to your interest and potential for success in a graduate education program.
  • For Clinical Mental Health Counseling, three recommendations are required.  

Some programs may require interviews for our full or part-time programs as well as fellowships.

*  For Community Engagement, phone interviews are a required part of the application process for the traditional program and fellowships.

Additional requirements for international students

*  Proof of English Proficiency - 

 All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an academic degree in the U.S. must submit proof of English proficiency. This graduate entry requirement to Merrimack College can be demonstrated in any of the following ways:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 84 on the internet-based test (with a minimum of 21 on the writing subset)
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0
  • A minimum PTE Academic score of 56 

* Certificate of Finances - This form must be completed by all students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents who intend to be enrolled full-time at Merrimack College. The form must be accompanied by current (no older than six months) proof of funding for the first year of studies in the form of a notarized bank letter.  The total costs that must be documented can be found on the form.

* Copy of Passport 

Admission Prerequisites

Some graduate programs may have required prerequisites.  Please check the program of your interest for specific requirements.  Prerequisite coursework can be taken at any accredited college/university, including Merrimack College.  Prerequisite work must be completed with a grade B or better prior to enrolling in classes.  For questions about prerequisite coursework, please contact 

Admission Review 

The Graduate Admission Committee reviews undergraduate GPA, course of study and curriculum in addition to relevant job or internship experience, personal or professional accomplishments or demonstrated leadership, letters of recommendation, and an applicant’s goals for the program as outlined in their personal statement.   

Admission Timeline

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee once complete. Admission to the traditional graduate program is on a rolling basis. Fellowship programs have different application deadlines. 

Official transcripts should be mailed to: 
Merrimack College 
Graduate and Professional Studies A485
315 Turnpike Street 
North Andover, MA 01845