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Graduate Admission

Graduate Admission Information

  • Graduate Open House

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Cascia Hall


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. Note: for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, three recommendations are required.

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. 


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

Application requirements for School of Education & Social Policy programs

Please review the complete list of application components for graduate programs in the School of Education & Social Policy. All components are listed here. This includes Teacher Education, Higher Education, Community Engagement, Criminology and Criminal Justice, School Counseling, and the CAGS program. 

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 

Students with TOEFL score of at least 55 but lower than 84 can also apply for the pre-master’s program.

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 

Pre-Master’s Program for International Students

The pre-master’s program is a pathway program that allows students that are not qualified for direct entry to enter a graduate program.

The pre-master’s program combines English as a Second Language (ESL) and degree preparation courses to prepare you for chosen graduate degree while earning relevant credits. 

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 the 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