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

Create your account by registering a username and password. This will allow you to start an application, save and then log back in at any time to complete it before submission. 

Please review our graduate admission and academic policies here.

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A complete application includes:


Online application

Your application may be completed and submitted at any time. There is no application fee. Apply now.


Personal statement

All applicants are required to submit a personal statement (500 to 1,000 words). The statement should explain your interest in the program and your future goals.*

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Some graduate programs, including fellowships and assistantships, may require interviews.

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Standardized test scores

Standardized test scores are optional.



Your resumé or CV should contain a summary of relevant job experience and education. You may also include relevant activities, awards and interests.

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Two professional or academic recommendations are required. For the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, three recommendations are required. 


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 registrar’s office to or you can mail them to:

Office of Graduate Studies A485
315 Turnpike St.
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.


Application requirements for School of Education & Social Policy

Please review the complete list of application components for graduate programs in the School of Education & Social Policy. This includes Teacher Education, Higher Education, Community Engagement, Criminology and Criminal Justice, School Counseling, and the CAGS program. See also application information about our M.Ed. Fellowships.

*Does not apply to fellowships.
**Online Programs – Merrimack complies with individual U.S. state regulations before enrolling students in our online degree programs who reside outside of Massachusetts. Review more about the regulations.


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International Students Requirements

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-iBT (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 whose TOEFL iBT score is at least 55 but lower than 84 can still enter, but will have a longer course of study by enrolling in the pre-master’s program

Copy of Passport

Certificate of Finances

The 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 International Declaration of Finances form must be accompanied by current (no older than nine 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. 

Admission Prerequisites

For all programs, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution in the United States or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution is required. Some programs may have additional 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


Dates & Deadlines



Application Deadline

Fellowships ( Education)

Summer 2018

January 12, 2018

Fellowships (Health Sciences)

Fall 2018

February 1, 2018

Summer I 2018

May 22, 2018

May 10, 2018

Summer II 2018

July 9, 2018

June 30, 2018

Fall 2018


August 24, 2018

**International applicants: To allow for sufficient time to process visas, please see below for specific deadlines.

International Applicants



Application Deadline

Fellowships (Education)

Summer 2018

January 12, 2018

Fellowships (Health Sciences)

Fall 2018

February 10, 2018

Summer I 2018

May 22, 2018

April 10, 2018

Summer II 2018

July 9, 2018

May 30, 2018

Fall 2018

September 6, 2018

August 24, 2018

Verification of Credentials

It is the policy of the Office of Graduate Studies to verify all credentials submitted in support of an application. All transcripts, recommendations, publications, standardized test scores, and supplemental materials must be traceable to their source in order to confirm their authenticity. Written materials submitted by an applicant may be subject to review for the purpose of identifying plagiarism.

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