Admission Policies

For a complete Graduate Admissions Policies, see the Catalog.  |  319-286-4420

Admission Requirements

For all graduate programs: Applicants desiring admission to Mount Mercy graduate programs apply through the Graduate Admissions Office and must meet the graduate admissions criteria. Final admission decisions rest with the academic program.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must:

  • Completed online application.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from an accredited institution outside the United States. Undergraduate record should reflect ability to be successful in graduate studies. Documentation of degree equivalencies must be submitted by an agency authorized to do so.
    • Provide official transcripts from all schools previously attended. In order to qualify as official transcripts they must be either directly from the issuing institution or in a sealed envelope that is directly from the issuing institution, and should be delivered directly to Graduate Programs | CRST International Graduate Center | Mount Mercy University | 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE | Cedar Rapids, IA  52402-4797.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and an undergraduate record that reflects ability to be successful in graduate studies. (Students with a GPA less than 3.00 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Provide a personal statement that demonstrates solid writing skills and motivation for graduate studies. (See application form for further instruction.)
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty and/or work supervisors, who can attest to an applicant’s ability to be successful in graduate studies. (See application form for further instruction.)
  • Complete any requirements from the specific area of study.

More Admissions Information

The Mount Mercy University’s Course Catalog also provides details for:
  • Program specific requirements
  • International Students (also see below)
  • Special Student Status (or non-degree Status)
  • Transfer Policies (also see below)
  • Readmission
  • Undergraduate students taking graduate classes
  • Delayed Admissions

International Students

In addition to the information provided here, please see catalog. 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.

Transfer Students

In addition to the information provided here, please see catalogStudents 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.

Special Student or Non-degree Status

In addition to the information provided here, please see catalogA 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