Congratulations! Deciding to apply is the first step toward graduating and getting your degree. We are here to help you every step of the way.

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required for all graduate programs.
  • Some programs may have additional required prerequisites.
  • 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.


Application Requirements

To qualify for admission in some of 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 will apply.

To complete an application for either Master of Science in Data Science, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Accounting, Product Management (Master of Science in Engineering Management), or Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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 at 978-206-6708 or 978-208-4739

Applicants to any of our graduate degree programs require completion of a bachelor’s degree. While there is no specific undergraduate major requirement, some prerequisite coursework may be required depending on experience.

An official copy of your transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended is required. Electronic transcripts can be uploaded directly into your application.

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

Merrimack College
Office of Graduate Admission
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.

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. 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 directly to your application file.

All Programs:
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 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. You can upload it directly to your application file.

Students may have the opportunity to substitute their personal statements with a one-on-one conversation with the Program Director. Ask your application specialist for more details.

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Only:
Students may submit a writing sample in lieu of a personal statement.

All Programs:
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 the chosen career path. Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Only:
Three letters of recommendation, including at least one non-academic letter that addresses the character of the applicant and readiness for work in the field, and one letter from a faculty member if the applicant has attended any classes during the past 5 years from the date of application are required.

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Academic Calendar

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall I Monday, August 15, 2022 Monday, August 29, 2022
Fall II Tuesday, October 11, 2022 Monday, October 24, 2022
Spring I Monday, January 5, 2023 Monday, January 16, 2023
Spring II Monday, March 1, 2023
Monday, March 14, 2023

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. Clinical Mental Health Counseling has three start dates per year.

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. Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers two 15-week terms in the Fall/Spring and one 12-week term in the summer.

A: No, there is no application fee.

  • MS in Data Science: $625 per credit (32 credits)
  • MS in Business Analytics: $625 per credit (32 credits)
  • MS in Product Management: $784 per credit (33 credits)
  • MS in Computer Science:  $653 per credit (32 credits)
  • MS in Management: $653 per credit (32 credits)
  • MS in Accounting: Based on credit level, $653 per credit (32-38 credits) which can be found on the MS in Accounting page
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: $650 per credit (60 credits)

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 or 978-208-4739.

A: A comprehensive fee of $89 per course 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.

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.).

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.

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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