Tom Ridge School
of Intelligence Studies and Information Science
Mercyhurst University

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Undergraduate Programs

Apply online for the BA in Intelligence Studies today. All undergraduate applicants to Mercyhurst University must submit the following information:

  • An application — Use our streamlined online application or include Mercyhurst University when you complete the Common Application.
  • An official high school transcript — Talk to your school counselor to request an official transcript be sent to Mercyhurst. Transcripts for all coursework completed in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades are required. If you are granted admission, you’ll also need to send a final transcript following high school graduation.
  • A writing sample — Writing is a foundational part of our curriculum and we require a 250- to 500-word writing sample from all applicants. You submit your writing sample when you complete the online application or Common Application. You can respond to one of several writing prompts or, if you’d prefer, submit a sample of writing you’ve completed in high school which you feel best represents your ability.
  • A letter of recommendation— All applicants must submit a letter of recommendation, preferably from a teacher, school official, or employer.
  • TOEFL (for international students)— International students from non-English speaking countries must complete the TOEFL and submit copies of their official scores.

Holistic Review.  In addition to considering your academic and personal credentials, we also consider your application in the context of your life circumstances.  When making admissions decisions, we consider the availability of resources in your high school and the strength of the curriculum.  Your unique family and economic circumstances are also considered.  We do this to ensure that applicants are not unfairly penalized if they did not have sufficient access to college-going resources and services.

Test-Optional Admissions. We do not require the SAT or ACT for admissions, though students who believe that their SAT or ACT scores represent a positive component of their admissions portfolio are invited to submit their official test scores.  To send your scores directly to Mercyhurst University, use SAT Code 2410 or ACT Code 3629. If you’ve taken the test multiple times, we consider the highest score you’ve received on each section of the test to generate your SAT or ACT “superscore.”  

Student-athletes must still submit SAT or ACT scores in accordance with NCAA’s policy for evaluating athletic eligibility.  Home-schooled students are required to submit and ACT or SAT.   In addition, students seeking admission to colleges and universities with whom Mercyhurst University has affiliation agreements may still be required to submit SAT or ACT scores to the affiliated institution; consult that institutions admissions requirements for more information.

If you or your high school sent SAT or ACT scores to Mercyhurst University and you do not want them considered in the admissions process, please complete a Request for Test-Optional Consideration.  We’ll remove your test scores from your admissions file, though we may retain the original scores for internal analysis of our test-optional policy.

For more information about our test-optional admissions policy, please consult answers to frequently asked questions.

 

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Master of Science in Applied Intelligence (Erie, PA)

Apply online for the MS in Applied Intelligence today for free. Applications are currently being accepted for entrance to the Fall 2015 cohort.

Application review will begin IMMEDIATELY and end April 30, 2015.

 

Application Procedure

  • An application form, which can be found online at http://apply.mercyhurst.edu
  • All official transcripts from accredited higher education institutions (transcripts from international universities must be evaluated by World Education Services; please use "course-by-course report")
  • An essay of 300-500 words outlining the student's personal, professional, and educational goals.
  • An official score report from the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Exam (may be waived for students who have already completed a graduate degree from another accredited institution)
  • Three recommendations from supervisors or faculty. Use the following form.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • An official score report from the TOEFL examination (international students only)


Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (814) 824-2297 for further information on any of these requirements.

Address for submission of application materials:

Kristen Pape, Application Coordinator
Graduate Admissions
Mercyhurst University
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546-0001

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Online Master of Science in Applied Intelligence

Applications for the online MS in Applied Intelligence program are currently being accepted for a fall term with classes beginning on Monday, September 7th, 2015. Priority application deadline is June 30, 2015.

Application Procedure

  • An application form, which can be found online at http://apply.mercyhurst.edu
  • All official transcripts from accredited higher education institutions (transcripts from international universities must be evaluated by World Education Services; please use “course-by-course report”)
  • An essay of 300-500 words outlining the student's personal, professional, and educational goals
  • An official score report from the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Exam (may be waived for students who have already completed a graduate degree at another accredited institution or Mercyhurst’s Applied Intelligence or Counterintelligence Certificates)
  • Three recommendations from supervisors or faculty (two may be waived if the applicant has already completed Mercyhurst’s Applied Intelligence or Counterintelligence Certificates). Use the following form
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • An official score report from the TOEFL examination (international students only)

Please Note:

Completion of the Applied Intelligence and/or Counterintelligence Certificates does not guarantee admission to the online or Erie-based Master of Science in Applied Intelligence programs. Two separate application processes exist for these programs.  Address for submission of application materials:

Kristen Pepe, Application Coordinator
Graduate Admissions
Mercyhurst University
501 E. 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546-0001

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Master of Science in Data Science (Erie, PA)

Apply online for the MS in Data Science today for free. Applications are currently being accepted for entrance to the Fall 2015 cohort.  Application review will begin IMMEDIATELY and end April 30, 2015. 

Application Procedure

  • An application form, which can be found online at http://apply.mercyhurst.edu
  • all official transcripts from accredited higher education institutions (transcripts from international universities must be evaluated by World Education Services; please use “course-by-course report”).
  • An essay of 300-500 words outlining the student's personal, professional, and educational goals.
  • An official score report from the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Exam (may be waived for students who have already completed a graduate degree at another accredited institution).
  • Three recommendations from supervisors or faculty. Use the following form.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • An official score report from the TOEFL examination (international students only)

Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (814) 824-2297 for further information on any of these requirements. Address for submission of application materials:

Kristen Pepe, Application Coordinator
Graduate Admissions
Mercyhurst University
501 E. 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546-0001
 
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Applied Intelligence Graduate Certificate

We are currently accepting applications for an online Applied Intelligence graduate certificate cohort starting in the fall term, on Monday, September 7, 2015.  Priority application deadline is June 1, 2015.

The Certificate in Applied Intelligence is open only to individuals who have completed their undergraduate degree. It is not necessary for that degree to be in an intelligence-related discipline. Participants will be selected by Mercyhurst University, Intelligence Studies Admissions Office. Each cohort will begin with a maximum of twenty students.

Application Procedure

  • An application form, which can be found online at http://apply.mercyhurst.edu
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Immediately request that official transcripts from prior graduate and under-graduate studies be sent to the attention of Kristen Pepe at the address below or by secure and official email transmission tokpepe@mercyhurst.edu (transcripts from international universities must be evaluated by World Education Services; please use “course-by-course report”)
  • An official score report from the TOEFL examination (international students only)
  • Address for submission of application materials

Kristen Pepe, Application Coordinator
Graduate Admissions
Mercyhurst University
501 E. 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546-0001

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Business Analytics and Intelligence Graduate Certificate

We are currently accepting applications for an online Applied Intelligence graduate certificate cohort starting in the summer term, on Monday, September 7, 2015.  Application deadline is June 30, 2015.

The Business Analytics and Intelligence Graduate Certificate is open only to individuals who have completed their undergraduate degree. It is not necessary for that degree to be in an intelligence-related discipline. Participants will be selected by Mercyhurst University, Intelligence Studies Admissions Office. Each cohort will begin with a maximum of twenty students.

Application Procedure

  • An application form, which can be found online at http://apply.mercyhurst.edu
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Immediately request that official transcripts from prior graduate and under-graduate studies be sent to the attention of Kristen Pepe at the address below or by secure and official email transmission tokpepe@mercyhurst.edu (transcripts from international universities must be evaluated by World Education Services; please use “course-by-course report”)
  • An official score report from the TOEFL examination (international students only)
  • Address for submission of application materials

Kristen Pepe, Application Coordinator
Graduate Admissions
Mercyhurst University
501 E. 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546-0001

 

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Applications can be submitted online at: http://apply.mercyhurst.edu

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