Admission Policies

For a complete list of Graduate Admissions Policies, see the Catalog.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer in graduate courses upon the approval of the Program Director. The maximum number of transferable credit hours is 9. Credit allowance for graduate courses is considered on an individual basis, however student must have earned a B or higher for the course to be considered. Course syllabi, college catalog, and a sample of previous course work may be requested for consideration of a class.

International Students

Mount Mercy welcomes international students to our campus, recognizing that they enrich the educational experience for all students by contributing to the intellectual, social and cultural diversity of the College community. The following additional items are required for admission for international students.

  • Official or true certified copies of the applicant’s post-secondary academic record (transcripts, examination scores, mark sheets, etc.) evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation agency, which is a member of NACES. If a transcript is evaluated, a course-by-course evaluation is required to register.
  • Official or true certified copies of the applicant’s diploma or degree certificate in both English and the original language needed to register.
  • Documentation of English language proficiency for all non-native speakers of English.
    • TOEFL 79 iBT; 213 CBT; 550 paper-based
    • IELTS - 6.5
    • STEP - Eiken (Grade 1)
    • Completed ELS Level 112
    1. Program Directors may waive the English language proficiency test scores upon interviewing a student who meets one of the following criteria:
      1. Undergraduate education in English
      2. Worked in the United States in a professional job for more than 1 year 
      3. Studied for at least two semesters in the United States
      4. English is native language
  • Students who need Mount Mercy to issue an I-20 form for the F-1 (student) visa must also provide a Certificate of Finance form or letter with affidavit from their bank stating that they have sufficient funds to study in the U.S.
  • Copy of the information page of the passport for the student and any dependents who seek an F-2 visa.

Submitting Digital Transcripts/Proof of Degree

For international candidates only, we are able to review your application using unofficial, digitally duplicated copies of your transcript submitted from a Mount Mercy partnered international recruiting service.

These records must be legible and include:

  • The subjects you studied by year, with grades, marks, or percentages;
  • Grades, marks, or percentages earned in year-end examinations;
  • Proof that the degree was conferred. I.E., diplomas, titles, degrees, or certificates awarded.

If you are offered admission, the offer will be contingent upon receipt and verification of official transcripts. You will not be able to register until this has been completed.

Special Student or Non-degree Status

A student with a baccalaureate degree who wishes to earn graduate credit, but not a graduate degree, may be accepted for admission to study as a graduate student with special status. Credits earned as a graduate student with special status with a grade of “B” or above may be applied to a graduate degree at Mount Mercy, upon admission to the program and with the approval of both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Program Director. Special student status students are not eligible for financial aid.

Contact Us

For more information, contact: Graduate Programs Admissions Office 319-286-4420 or email