Live and study in New York, take your career anywhere. Mercy University will give you the tools and support you need to succeed in a competitive world.
Mercy University will help position you for success with access to all New York City has to offer. The University is located on three campuses in the New York City area – Manhattan, Westchester, and Bronx!
At Mercy you will be joining a community of students from around the US and the world who study, learn and have fun together. Countries represented on campus include: Norway, Spain, Sweden, Japan, China, Korea, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil and many more.
To get in touch with International Admissions team, please email us at email@example.com.
Students are able to apply at: www.mercy.edu/apply-now
Official academic transcripts and/or Foreign Academic Credential Evaluation (FACE)* for all foreign transcripts. Evaluations of foreign transcripts are accepted from any NACES or AICE member such as WES, IFCS, Scholaro, or SpanTran.
|Freshman||Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign high school transcripts|
|Transfer||Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign college transcripts, and, General Evaluation with GPA for foreign high school transcripts|
|Graduate||Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign college transcripts|
*Mercy partners with Scholaro and SpanTran to offer special evaluation rates to Mercy Applicants.
*Mercy University also waives the FACE requirement depending upon academic program, please contact Mercy's International Team for details regarding the FACE waiver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minimum Required Score for English Language Proficiency
Please note that the Music Production and Recording, Nursing, Pre-Occupational Therapy Assistant and Veterinary Technology programs require supplemental documents.
SAT or ACT: Mercy University is a test-optional institution, with the exception of our traditional Nursing program. We do not require ACT or SAT for international undergraduate students. If you have taken a standardized test, you are welcome to submit your scores for consideration with your application.
|M.S. in Business Analytics (STEM)||
|M.S. in Public Accounting||
|M.S. in Computer Science (STEM)||
|M.S. in Cybersecurity (STEM)||
|M.S./M.P.A. in Health Services Management||
|M.S. in Psychology||
Please address the following: Describe your interest in studying Psychology as a discipline, Describe why you are pursuing a Masters in Psychology, Explain why you have chosen Mercy University to pursue this degree, and Discuss how you plan to use your Master’s degree in Psychology to meet your personal career goals
Statement format: Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 2 pages (minimum) to 3 pages (maximum), and Double-spaced
M.S. in Mental Health Counseling
M.S. in Counseling: School Counseling
|M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy||
The essay should detail: Why the applicant wants to be in the MFT program, What personal and professional attributes the applicant brings to this endeavor, and The applicant’s career goals
This essay should reflect the applicant’s knowledge of what the field of MFT involves, include specific ideas and demonstrate the good writing skills required in graduate school.
|M.S. in Educational Studies||
|For all other graduate programs||
Please send all required admissions documents to:
Student Support Services Center
828 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Important: Please submit an online application to Mercy University before sending your admissions documents to the above address.
After acceptance, the International Student Services office will contact you within one week of your acceptance to begin the Mercy University I-20 application process. Please see the Getting your I-20 section of the International Students Office website for more information on your I-20 and F-1 student visa , or SEVIS Record transfer.
After the acceptance, the International Student Services Office will contact you within one week of your acceptance to begin the Mercy University I-20 application process. Please see the Getting your I-20 section of the International Students Office website for more information on your I-20 and F-1 student visa, or SEVIS Record transfer.
Mercy University operates on a rolling admissions schedule, so we accept your documents at any time. However, we ask that you submit your documents for admission and an I-20 at least 30 days before the start date of your program so you have enough time to get a visa or transfer your SEVIS record from your current US institution.
You can check the start date of your program on our Academic Calendars page.
International Undergraduate Academic Merit Scholarships
All incoming full-time undergraduate (freshman and transfer) students are automatically reviewed for scholarships based on their current academic standing.
3 Campuses in the New York City Area
Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan and Bronx
International applicants whose primary language is not English are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS).
Required Minimum TOEFL, IELTS, and other accepted English Tests Scores for Admission:
|Duolingo English Test (DET)||105||110|
TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy
International applicants are eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver under certain conditions, in which case they do not need to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.
A TOEFL/IELTS waiver may be granted by demonstrating proof of English proficiency based on one or more of the following requirements:
- Applicants from the following countries:
|Belize||British Virgin Islands||Canada|
|New Zealand||Nigeria||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Scotland||St. Lucia|
|Tanzania||Trinidad/Tobago||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Uganda||United Kingdom||U.S. Pacific Trust|
- Applicants who graduated from an American high school in the U.S. or abroad and completed two full years of regular English courses
- Applicants who received an American GED
- Applicants who completed 12+ credits at an American college or university in the U.S. or abroad with a cumulative GPA of a 2.0
- Applicants who have taken an English course at an American college or university with a grade of a "C" or better
- Applicants who have taken the SAT (although not required for admission) and received a 500 or better on the Critical Reading section
- Applicants who have taken the Pearson Test of English (PTE) and received overall score of a 48 for undergraduate programs and 53 for graduate programs
- Applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) English B Standard Level (SL) and received a score of a 4 or better, or have an 80%/B average in English B HL/SL at the time of application
- Applicants who have taken the AP English Composition and Literature Exam and received a score of 3 or better
- Applicants from Sweden with a grade of VG ("C" on the new scale) or above in English
- Applicants from Norway with Level 4 or above in English
- Applicants who have completed a professional certificate program at U.S. institution
- Undergraduate applicants who have received a minimum score of 160 on Cambridge English Exam.
- Graduate applicants who have received a minimum score of 180 on Cambridge English Exam.
- Graduate applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years of post-secondary full-time study or completed a bachelor's or first master's degree at a U.S. institution
- Graduate applicants who have completed a degree in a country where English is the primary language and this degree is from an institution where English is the primary medium or instruction
- Applicants who have successfully completed an equivalent of B2 level on Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for undergraduate and C1 level on CEFR for graduate programs through an approved English language school.
Mercy University reserves the right request additional documentation to determine a student's English language proficiency. Although it is rare that we request additional information, in doing so we hope to ensure your success at Mercy University. If you have any questions regarding the TOEFL/IELTS requirements, please contact International Admissions
What is a Foreign Academic Credential Evaluation (FACE)?
A foreign academic credential evaluation is a document that equates foreign degrees to American degrees using the American degree using the American grading scale and credit system. Since Mercy University receives applicants from around the world and has a relatively small International Admissions Office, we require or students to have their credentials evaluated for equivalency and authenticity. A credential evaluation will provide an American equivalent of the courses you have taken, your final average and your American degree equivalency. A credential evaluation ensures that your application will be reviewed fairly and under the same academic guidelines as your American peers.
Mercy University also waives the FACE requirement depending upon academic program, please contact Mercy's International Team for details regarding the FACE waiver at email@example.com.
Where can I get an evaluation?
Mercy University accepts evaluations from NACES or AICE members such as IFCS (Discount code: DISNY), WES, Scholaro (Discount link: Scholaro), SpanTran (Discount link: SpanTran), and IIE (Discount Link: IEE), or any members of NACES / AICE.
What kind of evaluation do I need and what should I submit to the agency?
|Freshman||Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign high school transcripts*|
|Transfer||Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign college transcripts, and, General Evaluation with GPA OR Course-by-Course Evaluation for foreign high school transcripts*|
|Graduate||Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign college transcripts|
|*If you have taken a secondary exam such as the GCSE and A-levels, CXC, WAEC or a national secondary exam; please send your official scores to the evaluation company.|
Please arrange for the evaluation agency to send the evaluation directly to Mercy University and include copies of the official documents when available.
*If you have taken a secondary exam such as the GCSE and A-levels, CXC, WAEC or a national secondary exam; please send your scores to the evaluation company.
What is a Verification Pending evaluation?
If you submitted unofficial university transcripts to an evaluations agency, your documents will have to be verified by the evaluations agency for authenticity. This usually means that the evaluations agency will call or email your home institution to verify that you attended the university and the transcript you submitted is authentic. While Mercy University will accept unverified evaluations for an admissions decision, a verified evaluation must be sent to Mercy University by the middle of your fist semester to complete your application file; otherwise you will not be able to register for the next semester's classes. In short, an unverified evaluation is treated the same way an unofficial transcript from a college or university. It is the student's responsibility to contact their evaluation agency to send a verified evaluation to Mercy University by the required date.
Where should I send my transcripts - to Mercy University or to the evaluation agency?
Please have your transcripts sent directly to your evaluation agency. Mercy University does not require a copy of your foreign transcripts.
Where should I have my evaluation sent?
Please have your evaluation sent to our Student Services Support Center:
Student Services Support Center
828 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Mercy University considers three-year Bachelor degree holders to be eligible for graduate-level study in some cases. This includes, but is not limited to, applicants from participating European Bologna Process countries and students from India who have completed a Bachelor's degree with Division I from an institution ranked "A" or higher by NAAC. If you have a three-year Bachelor's degree and have questions regarding your eligibility for graduate-level study, please contact International Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that certain graduate programs such as Public Accounting, Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy and the graduate Education programs have specific pre-requisite and degree requirements that may affect your eligibility. Pre-requisite work as an undergraduate student may be required. Please check your program's website or contact International Admissions if you have any questions.
If your native language is not English and you fall below our TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo English Test score requirement, but you are academically qualified to study for your degree at Mercy University, you are eligible for our conditional admissions program (Bachelor’s degrees only).
Mercy University offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) conditional admissions program through our on-site ESL Program, Oxford International - New York.
After the successful completion of English as a second Language (ESL) courses at Oxford International - New York, your TOEFL/IELTS requirement will be met. Retaking the TOEFL/IELTS exam is not required.
Conditional Admissions Application Process:
- Contact Oxford International - New York (email@example.com) for information on tuition, registering for classes
- Accepted into Oxford International - New York then get your acceptance letter and I-20
- Complete Online Application for Mercy University
- Send copies of your ESL acceptance letter and I-20 to Mercy’s International Admissions via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Receive a conditional admissions acceptance letter from Mercy University.
- Apply F-1 Student Visa
- Attend and successfully complete the ESL program at Oxford International - New York and submit proof of completion to Mercy University via email (email@example.com). Required a successful completion of B2 or higher level on Common European Framework Reference (CEFR)
- Receive full acceptance letter from Mercy University
- Submit documents to obtain Form I-20 to the International Student Services office
- Transfer SEVIS record from Oxford International - New York to Mercy University
- Begin your degree program at Mercy University
Mercy University also offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) conditional admissions program through the following approved ESL schools:
Congratulations on your recent acceptance to Mercy University! We are looking forward to meeting you at our International Student Orientation. The next steps to becoming a Mercy University student are (1) obtaining your Form I-20 for an F-1 student visa or SEVIS Record Transfer, and (2) registering for classes.
Form I-20 and F-1 student visa
The International Students Office will contact you within one week of your acceptance to begin the Mercy University I-20 application process. Please see the Getting your I-20 section of the International Students Office website for more information on your I-20 and F-1 student visa, or SEVIS Record transfer.
Registration for the Fall semester usually open in March or April, and registration for the Spring semester usually opens in October or November. Undergraduate students register with the International PACT Office and graduate students register with the International PACT Office and graduates students register with the International Students Office.
After you are accepted, Mercy University's International PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) Counselor will contact you to teach you how to register using our online system platform, Mercy Connect. Your International PACT Counselor will help you create a personalized plan to reach all of your academic, personal and professional goals; and will serve as your mentor for your entire program at Mercy University.
After you are accepted, Mercy University's International Student Services Office will contact you to teach you how to register using our online system platform, Mercy Connect. The Director of International Students will serve as both your academic and international advisor for the duration of your graduate program.
Get On A Path To Success
In partnership with Oxford International Mercy University is working hard to make access to international study easier for students. Our University Pathway program is designed for students who need a little extra support as they start their college journey in the US.
Students in the Undergraduate and Graduate pathway program become part of a highly supportive international community at Mercy's Manhattan Campus, with specialized courses designed to improve English language skills and build a strong foundation of college level skills.
At Mercy our goal is to make sure that every student has the tools they need to succeed in college and beyond.
FAQs for International Students
Where is Mercy University located?
Mercy University has three campuses in the New York City area. Our main campus is located in Dobbs Ferry, along the Hudson River. Our Manhattan Campus (New York City Campus) is in the heart of Midtown, Manhattan and boasts all new infrastructure with student housing opened in Fall 2020. With campuses in Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan, and Bronx, our diverse student body sustains a vibrant on-campus culture.
Do I need a visa to study at Mercy University?
Yes. You will need to submit documentation to apply for an I-20. After you are admitted to Mercy University, the International Student Services Office will contact you to begin the I-20 application process.. If you would like to learn more about our I-20 Eligibility Forms, I-20 application process, financial requirements and obtaining an F-1 student visa, please visit our International Student Services Office website.