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A Bachelor’s degree is required for all graduate programs. Some programs may have additional required prerequisites. Please speak with an Application Specialist for specific requirements for the Data Science, Business Analytics and Accounting graduate degrees. Prerequisite coursework can be taken at any accredited college/university, including Merrimack College. Prerequisite work must be completed with a grade B or better prior to enrolling in classes. For questions about prerequisite coursework, please contact:

MS Data Science/Business Analytics: 978-206-6708

MS in Accounting: 978-208-4739


Application Requirements

To qualify for admission in Merrimack College’s graduate degree programs, two years of relevant work is experience is preferred but not required. Please check with our Application Specialists if you are unsure whether your background and experience applies.

To complete an application for either Master of Science in Data Science, Master of Science in Business Analytics or Master of Science in Accounting programs, please prepare the following for submission:

There is no application fee. Our online application is streamlined for your convenience and can be completed in approximately five minutes. You do not have to wait until you have all your documents and materials to submit your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email containing your Merrimack Admission ID and instructions on how to check your application status.

If you have any questions about the application process or status please contact an application specialist:

MS Data Science/Business Analytics: 978-206-6708

MS in Accounting: 978-208-4739

Applicants to the Master of Science in Data Science or Master of Science in Business Analytics program, require completion of a bachelor’s degree. While there is no specific undergraduate major requirement for the Data Science or Business Analytics degrees, STEM educational background along with some programming experience are preferred; some prerequisite quantitative coursework may be required for those without that background.

Applicants to the Master of Science in Accounting program, require completion of a bachelor’s degree, including or plus prerequisite courses:

  • Accounting for Business
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Taxes

Candidates interested in pursuing an MSA degree who don’t have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a professional background in accounting, can easily start by taking the required prerequisite courses through Merrimack College right away.  Like the graduate courses, prerequisite courses are offered 100% online, in 8 weeks each.

An official copy of your transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended is required.

Electronic transcripts can be sent directly from the registrar’s office to:

Transcripts sent by mail or express mail should be addressed to:

Office of Graduate Studies A485, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845

Merrimack undergraduate students may request release of their transcripts at no cost by indicating their permission for release on the graduate application.

An unofficial copy of your transcript(s) can be uploaded to your application or emailed to

Please note: If you are having your official transcript mailed to Merrimack, it can take up to 15 business days for transcripts to be processed, mailed and received (depending on the originating institution). You will receive a Proxy Authorization form, which allows our Application Specialist to request your transcript on your behalf, once you have begun your online application.

Your resume or CV should contain a summary of relevant job experience and education. It should highlight your quantitative and technical skills. At least two years of relevant work is experience is preferred but not required for admission. You may also include relevant activities, awards and interests. You can upload it to your application file or email it to

All applicants are required to submit a personal statement of between 500 and 1,000 words (500-word minimum). Your personal statement should address why you are interested in the data science, business analytics or accounting program and showcase the applicable skills that you have developed through school or on the job that will help you be successful in the program. Please highlight technical and/or quantitative skills you have developed.

If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, please also include an additional paragraph discussing your readiness for graduate education.

Students have the opportunity to substitute their Personal Statement with a one-on-one conversation with Program Director, Annarita Meeker. Students can schedule an appointment directly with Annarita via a scheduling portal. Ask your application specialist for more details.

Your personal statement can be uploaded to your application or emailed to

Two letters of recommendation from a professional or academic reference are required. Letters should speak to your capacity for completing a graduate program, and your interest in pursuing a career in data science or business analytics.

References from related organizations and/or experience are highly recommended, and should be from separate organizations if possible.

Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.

Please ask your recommenders send their letters to

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Academic Calendar

Term Classes Begin Classes End
Summer 2019 Term 2 Mon. July 8, 2019 Tue. Aug 30, 2019
Fall 2019 Term 1 Tue. Sept 3, 2019 Fri. Oct 25, 2019
Fall 2019 Term 2 Mon. Oct 28, 2019 Fri. Dec 20, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

A: There are six convenient start dates offered per year. Contact a Merrimack online Application Specialist at 978-206-6708 to find the next start date that works with your schedule.

A: Each four-credit course is eight weeks in length. There are two, 8-week modules offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. This schedule allows students to begin the program at six different times during the year.

A: The program typically takes one to two years to complete. You can progress at your own pace. Most students take one course per 8-week module and complete their online degree program in as little as fifteen months.

A: No, there is no application fee.

A: The tuition is $915 per credit. Students choosing the Data Science, Business Analytics or Accounting graduate degree who meet the prerequisite requirements must complete 32-credits to earn the degree. If your company is an official partner with Merrimack’s online degree programs, you are eligible for an additional tuition discount. Please contact your Application Specialist to ask about how your company can partner with Merrimack today at 978-206-6708.

A: A comprehensive fee of $75 per module helps to support the cost of providing the online courses, online library access, academic support and career services, all of which can be accessed virtually. Students pay the comprehensive fee when they take one or more classes during a module. On-campus services are available upon request.

A: A $300 deposit is required to secure your place in the program. This deposit will be credited toward your tuition and fees. Deposits can be made online or by mailing a check.

A: Financial aid is available to qualified applicants. To request Federal Financial Aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Please use Merrimack’s FAFSA school code: 002120. More about Merrimack’s payment plan for graduate programs can be found at

A: A bachelor’s degree is required for all Merrimack graduate degree programs.

A: Merrimack College reviews all graduate applications in a holistic way, taking into consideration many factors in your personal and scholastic records that may contribute to your potential for future academic and professional success. Once you start the application process, you can be guided by our professional advisors toward the best path for you.

If you seek immediate access to complete courses prior to formal admission to the program, we can offer you the ability to enroll in up to two courses right away with just a bachelor’s degree. Formal admission to the program can then be assessed upon your achievement of an average of B or better in one or both courses and upon your completion of the program application.

A: At least two years of previous professional or internship experience in a related field is recommended, but not required for admission to the program.

Merrimack College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.). That accreditation includes the MS in Data Science, the MS in Business Analytics and the MS in Accounting degrees.

Earning a degree or graduate certificate while working is possible. Your weekly time commitment for schoolwork is about 22 1/2 hours.

Your professors will use a mix of different tools to help you understand the concepts. From traditional learning methods such as textbooks to online classroom tools such as discussion board assignments and video lectures, you will be immersed in your program’s content.    Typically projects are individual and not group and tests may be proctored. Merrimack uses an online classroom called BlackBoard.

You will have support from professors as they are available upon appointment and flexible considering students may live in different time zones.

Even though you are taking courses online, they are many ways to feel connected to the Merrimack College community.

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