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Graduate Admission

Graduate Admission Requirements

All graduate applications to Merrimack College are reviewed in a holistic way, taking into consideration many factors in a student’s personal and scholastic records.

The Graduate Admission Committee will review 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 Requirements

  • Standardized test scores are not required to apply, 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 scores or an in-person interview.

  • Applicants to the graduate programs at Merrimack must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and submit the required materials in order to be considered for admission. 

    • Management: If your undergraduate degree is in a non-management-related field, some demonstration of math proficiency is preferred.

    • Accounting: The MSA program requires an undergraduate accounting background (i.e., an accounting major or having earned at least 15 credits in accounting or taken a prerequisite set of accounting courses.  For questions about your coursework, contact graduate@merrimack.edu or 978-837-3563.

    • Engineering: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a Bachelor of Science in a science field or mathematics.  NOTE: Students with non-engineering degrees (e.g., chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics or biology) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. They may be required to take additional courses, based upon guidance from the faculty advisor, to prepare them for their advanced studies in engineering.

    • Education: K-12 Teacher Education program: Official scores from the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)  It is strongly recommended that applicants have passed at least the Communications and Literacy Skills (01) test. 

    • Education: K-12 Teacher Education program:  A copy of current teaching license(s), if applicable. A current teaching license is not required for admission into a licensure graduate program. However, if you do hold a current teaching license, we encourage you to include a copy with your application materials.  

    • Computer Science: Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in computer science or a bachelor’s degree with 18 - 24 credits of specific prerequisite coursework that includes:

      • Discrete Math
      • Problem Solving with Programming
      • Theory of Computation
      • Object Oriented Programming
      • Data Structures
      • Analysis of Algorithms

      Prerequisite coursework can be taken at any accredited college/university, including Merrimack College. Prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of B or better prior to enrolling in classes. For questions about prerequisite coursework please contact graduate@merrimack.edu.

For International Applicants 

Applicants whose native language is not English and did not complete a bachelor’s degree in the US must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting scores from one of the following tests:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is designed to measure an applicant’s ability to communicate in English in a college or university setting. Merrimack College requires a minimum score of 84 on the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 21 on the writing subset) for all graduate applicants.  For IELTS, Merrimack requires a minimum score of 6.5 (with no band below 6.0) for all graduate applicants. For the Pearson Test of English Academic, a minimum score of 56 is required.