International Student FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for International Applicants

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions and useful resources to help international students through the graduate admission process at Merrimack. If you need further assistance, please reach out to us at graduate@merrimack.edu or 978-837-3563.

No. We do not offer scholarships or fellowships that provide full funding.

 

All applicants are automatically reviewed for  scholarships, depending on the strength of their application and the graduate program for which they are applying. These awards typically cover around 10-15% of the price of tuition. It is dispersed evenly throughout the program and displayed in your admission letter.

In addition, some graduate programs offer graduate fellowship opportunities, which help to absorb the cost of tuition while providing valuable field experience.

All graduate students also have the option of obtaining private loans and/or enrolling in an institutional payment plan.

You can also check with Education USA to see if there are any grants you may be eligible for.

Yes. Information about graduate scholarships and fellowships can be found here.

Application requirements for international applicants include:

  • International Transcripts
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Copy of Passport
  • Declaration of Finances

Detailed information on international application requirements and information on how to apply can be found here.

Yes. 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 can be demonstrated in any of the following ways:

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 84 on internet-based test-iBT (with a minimum of 21 on the writing subset).
  • Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no band below 6.
  • Minimum PTE Academic score of 56.
  • Minimum GTEC CBT score of 1200.
  • Minimum Duolingo score of 110.
    • Duolingo can be taken anywhere using your computer and webcam and costs $49. It takes 45 minutes and your results are available within 48 hours.

Yes, once you’ve been admitted. The Declaration of Finance form must be accompanied by a current notarized bank letter (no older than 3 months) showing proof of funding for the first year of studies/living expenses.

This can be proven by:

  • Demonstrating that your personal funds meet the required dollar amount.
  • Showing you have a sponsor with the adequate funds to meet the required dollar amount.
  • Taking out a loan in your home country to cover the required dollar amount.

Yes. An official course-by-course evaluation of your academic credentials is required if you attended an institution of higher education outside of the United States. You may use any NACES-member organization. Either World Education Services (WES) and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) are recommended. The evaluation must be issued and sent directly to Merrimack College Graduate Admission. If electronic delivery is available, please have it sent to graduate@merrimack.edu.

Our address is:

Merrimack College
Graduate Admission, A-22
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845

Yes. Please refer to this helpful checklist of extra requirements you will need to complete as an international student to get ready for a successful arrival at Merrimack.

Be sure to also review this overview of next-steps and important information for all accepted graduate students

Additional resources for incoming international students are available here.

Congratulations on your acceptance. We are excited to welcome you!