Mercyhurst University

Erie, PA

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
English Language and Literature
Fine/Studio Arts
Foreign Languages and Literatures
General Music
Interior Design
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Music Performance
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education
Spanish Language and Literature


Major Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management
Fashion Merchandising
Hospitality Management and Administration
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing Research
Organizational Leadership and Team Building
Other Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Other Marketing

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Graphic Design


Major Bachelors Masters
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education
Education / Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Art Therapy/Therapist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
Other Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
International/Global Studies
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences
Exercise Physiology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Physical Anthropology
Political Science and Government

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Social Work


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer and Information Sciences

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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 1 Review

100% of students gave Mercyhurst University 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Academics Rating

Mercyhurst allows a "contract major which is perfect for students looking to study in two or three different areas. This option is allowing me to combine the aspects of music and business into one degree, tailoring my degree requirements to what I think will be best suited for my career path. When I came to Mercyhurst, my original major did not require as many in-class hours. The average student takes 3-4 classes a term. Classes are longer than most schools (about 1.5 hours MWF and about 2 hours and 10 minutes TTH), and because of the trimesters, there are only 10 weeks instead of 15. Classes are pretty intensified, but not too overwhelming because most students do not take many classes at one time. For anyone interested in the music department, we have to take many more classes each term plus rehearsals and performances. The workload is about average for a college, although because it is a small school, the professors get to know the students, become mentors, and therefore do hold high expectations, which (in my opinion) provides for a better education. Class sizes are small--about 50 students maximum in an intro level lecture style class, and much smaller, more intimate classes within the majors themselves.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Academics Rating

They have nice programs such as associates degree, bachelor degree and certificate

Mercyhurst University Academic Details

Academic Calendar Trimester
Average Freshman GPA 2.90
Retention Rate 81%
Minimum GPA to Graduate 2.00
Carnegie Class Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in June and August.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Washington Semester (American University)
  • Sea Semester

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry

Class Sizes at Mercyhurst University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 53%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 1%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 47%
Fewer than 20 Students 53%
50 - 100 Students 1%
20 - 49 Students 47%

Faculty at Mercyhurst University

Total Faculty 329
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 14
Full-Time Professors 185
Male Faculty 175
Part-Time Professors 144
Women Faculty 154

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