Graduate Admissions Application Requirements


As a working professional, we know your time is valuable. Below you will find the resources and information you need to make applying to GMercyU stress-free.  Admissions counselors are available for any questions you may have along the way at 844-707-9064.

We're on a rolling admissions calendar, so you should know shortly after your file is complete if you've been accepted into the program of your choice. (Nursing program applications may take a little longer to review.) 

How to Apply to GMercyU

The first step in applying to GMercyU’s graduate business, education and nursing programs is to complete the Online/Accelerated Graduate Degree Programs application.

For more information on program-specific admissions requirements, please choose your program from the list below.

Master of Business Administration programs (MBA)
Master of Science in Nursing programs (MSN)
Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Master of Education programs (MSed)
Educational Leadership Doctoral Program (EdD)
ABD Completion Program Executive Doctorate of Educational Leadership (ABD EdD)
School Counseling Certificate Program
Special Education Certificate program (for teachers with or without a Master's degree)
Special Education Supervisor Certification (as part of EdD program)
Online Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (as part of EdD program)
Post-Master’s Certification Programs 
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program

 Application Requirements – Accelerated Master of Business Administration

To qualify for admission to any of our MBA programs, you must:

  • Complete and sign your application and pay the application fee 
  • Provide an official college transcript showing completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, normally with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Provide two supervisory letters of recommendation
  • Provide proof of English language proficiency in the form of official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results if English is not your native language

Please note: If your undergraduate major was not in business, accounting, economics, or another related field, you may need to take prerequisite courses before beginning your MBA. We offer six one-credit foundation courses in an online, self-paced format. Each class takes approximately 15 to 20 hours to complete.

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Application Requirements – Master of Science in Nursing Programs

To qualify for admission to any of our MSN programs, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Provide official university transcripts proving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in your BSN
  • Submit a completed application form with fee
  • Show that you have taken a basic statistics course equivalent to three semester hours and a physical assessment course equivalent to two semester hours
  • Provide evidence of current RN licensure
  • Provide evidence of current clinical practice experience as a registered nurse*
  • Provide official results of the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination taken within the past five years
  • Submit two letters of reference from professional nurses
  • Compose and submit a statement of professional goals prior to scheduling an interview with graduate faculty
  • Schedule a personal interview with a graduate faculty member from the appropriate area of specialization
  • If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of a minimum score of 575 on the TOEFL examination.

Prior to beginning your courses, you will also need to prove that you have current professional liability insurance and complete a health form.

* Applicants to pediatric programs should have demonstrable pediatric experience.

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Application Requirements – Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate

To qualify for admission to the NPC, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a master’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Provide official university transcripts proving a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in your MSN program
  • Provide evidence of current RN licensure
  • Provide evidence of current clinical practice experience as a registered nurse* 
  • Submit a completed application form with fee
  • Submit two letters of reference from professional nurses
  • Compose and submit a statement of professional goals prior to scheduling an interview with graduate faculty
  • Schedule a personal interview with a graduate faculty member from the appropriate area of specialization
  • If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of a minimum score of 575 on the TOEFL examination.

You will also need to demonstrate that you have completed the following courses (or an equivalent) during your MSN program: 

  • Pathophysiology (Graduate Level) = 3 credits
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Adv. Practice Nursing = 3 credits

* Applicants to pediatric programs should have demonstrable pediatric experience.

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Application Requirements – Doctor of Nursing Practice

To qualify for admission to the DNP program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a master’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Provide official university transcripts proving a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in your MSN
  • Provide a completed online application
  • Provide official proof of satisfactory achievement on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)* 
  • Provide proof of current professional certification as an APRN and RN licensure in one of the 50 states or U.S. territories
  • Submit official, sealed transcripts from all colleges or universities attended** 
  • Provide proof of current professional liability insurance
  • Provide a current resume/CV reflecting a minimum of two years’ prior clinical experience as an APRN
  • Submit three letters of reference from other APRNs (one may be from a physician)
  • Complete and submit a personal goal statement
  • Complete an interview with a faculty member once application is complete
  • Recent graduates of a nursing master's degree may apply, but you will need to obtain APRN certification before beginning clinicals.

* This requirement can be waived for applicants with a graduate GPA of 3.5 or greater.

** Your transcripts should show that you have taken an undergraduate statistics course equivalent to three semester hours and undergraduate and graduate physical health assessment courses.

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Application Requirements - Master of Science in Education Programs (MSEd)

  • Complete the online Admissions application 
  • You will need a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Provide sealed transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0* 
  • Submit a writing sample stating your professional and academic goals (one-page, double-spaced)
  • Provide two references from supervisors (forms are provided on the application)

*All GPAs scored on a 4.0 scale. If you have a GPA lower than 3.0, you can still apply. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Note: GMercyU's Online Master of Science in Educational Administration is designed for Pennsylvania teachers who already hold an Instructional 1 certificate. 

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Application Requirements – Educational Leadership Doctorate Program (EdD)

To qualify for admission to our EdD in Educational Leadership, you must provide:

  • A master’s degree in a field related to your preferred area of concentration from an institution accredited by the Middle States Association, or comparable accreditation, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • A completed application form with fee
  • A Graduate Record Examination score of 155 or higher or a Miller Analogy Test percentile of 65 or higher (waived if you had a graduate GPA of 3.5 or greater)
  • A professional resume showing a minimum of three years’ relevant experience
  • Three letters of reference from persons in leadership roles in your chosen area of concentration attesting that you have the ability to engage in studies at the doctoral level and to conduct research
  • A personal interview with a member of the graduate faculty representing the applicant’s preferred area of concentration (in person or via electronic means, if distance is a factor)
  • A written statement of your professional goals and topic of research interest
  • A 750-1000 word sample of your writing abilities
  • Official results showing a minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (Internet) on the TOEFL examination if your first language is not English

Personal interviews may be required for any candidates as determined by the admissions committee. After enrollment, you will also need to obtain a Child Abuse Clearance, Criminal Background Check, and Federal Criminal History.

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Application Requirements – ABD Executive Doctorate of Education Completion Program

To qualify for admission to our ABD EdD in Educational Leadership, you must provide:

  • Proof of All But Dissertation (ABD) or Advanced to Doctoral Candidacy status from a regionally accredited institution
  • A portfolio of coursework, scholarship, and career evidence for the Prior Learning Assessment
  • Official graduate transcripts
  • A completed application form with fee
  • A resume showing professional experience and academic scholarship
  • Three letters of reference from persons in leadership roles in your chosen area of concentration attesting that you have the ability to engage in studies at the doctoral level and to conduct research
  • A personal interview with a member of the graduate faculty representing the applicant’s preferred area of concentration (in person or via electronic means, if distance is a factor) 
  • Evidence that you have received a minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (Internet) on the TOEFL examination if English is not your first language.

Applicants who cannot meet one or more of the above requirements are encouraged to contact the Program Director for a review of qualifications. After enrollment, you will also need to obtain a Child Abuse Clearance, Criminal Background Check, and Federal Criminal History.

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Admission Requirements – School Counseling Certificate Program

To qualify for admission to our MSEd program in School Counseling, you must provide:

  • Proof you have obtained a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • A completed application form with fee
  • A current professional resume
  • A writing sample stating your professional and academic goals (one page, double-spaced)
  • Two completed supervisory reference forms
  • A minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (Internet) on the TOEFL examination if English is not your native language

Personal interviews may be required for any candidates as determined by the admissions committee.

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Admission Requirements – Special Education Certificate

To qualify for admission to our post-master’s certificate in special education, you must provide:

  • Proof you have obtained a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0* 
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Proof of a current Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate
  • A completed application form with fee
  • A current professional resume
  • A writing sample stating your professional and academic goals (one page, double-spaced)
  • Two completed supervisory reference forms
  • A minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (Internet) on the TOEFL examination if English is not your native language

*If your GPA was lower than 3.0, we encourage you to apply for evaluation on a case by case basis. Personal interviews may be required for any candidates as determined by the admissions committee.

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Admission Requirements – Special Education Supervisor Certification

To qualify for admission to our post-master’s certification in special education supervision, you must provide:

  • Proof you have obtained a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0* 
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • A completed application form with fee
  • A current professional resume demonstrating significant experience in special education environments
  • A writing sample stating your professional and academic goals (one page, double-spaced)
  • Two completed supervisory reference forms
  • A minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (Internet) on the TOEFL examination if English is not your native language

Students who enroll in our Executive Doctorate of Educational Leadership program also can pursue their Special Education Supervisor Certification.

*If your GPA was lower than 3.0, we encourage you to apply for evaluation on a case by case basis. Personal interviews may be required for any candidates as determined by the admissions committee.

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Admission Requirements – Online Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

To earn your superintendent letter of eligibility, you must meet the admissions requirements for our Executive Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree program.

This EdD program option focuses on preparing candidates for the superintendency in Pennsylvania. If you wish to obtain certification as a superintendent in another state, you will need to check with your state’s board of education to determine whether GMercyU’s program meets its requirements.

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Admission Requirements – Post-Master’s Certification Programs

To qualify for admission to our post-master’s education certification programs, you must provide:

  • Proof you have obtained a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0* 
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Proof of a current Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate
  • A completed application form with fee
  • A current professional resume demonstrating at least five years of full-time teaching experience
  • A writing sample stating your professional and academic goals (one page, double-spaced)
  • Two completed supervisory reference forms
  • A minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (Internet) on the TOEFL examination if English is not your native language

*If your GPA was lower than 3.0, we encourage you to apply for evaluation on a case by case basis. Personal interviews may be required for any candidates as determined by the admissions committee.

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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Program

To qualify for admission to the MSOT program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants to our MSOT Program can apply online using the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)*.
  • You will need a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • You should hold a minimum overall undergraduate and prerequisite course GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer or paid work experience under an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR®).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s academic and professional abilities (one must be from an OTR®). Letters of recommendation are submitted through the OTCAS application.
  • Submit an essay answering questions relative to your views of occupational therapy, why this career is a good fit for you, and the types of goals you may have for yourself in the future. Essays are submitted through the OTCAS application.
  • Conduct an interview with members of the Occupational Therapy faculty.
  • Attest to being able to meet the essential functions of occupational therapy practice.

* non-refundable application fee to OTCAS will apply

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Additional GMercyU Application Information

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