Accelerated Program Admission

Accelerated Program Admission

Mount Mercy's Accelerated Programs are designed for working adults like you — so you can work, enjoy life, and still earn your degree.

Applications accepted year-round with 9 start-times per year!

Even with admissions being granted on a rolling basis, we encourage you to start the application process early. Your application will be valid for one year from submission.

Admissions Process

1. Complete Your Mount Mercy Application

Our MMU application makes applying to your program easy. The application takes you step-by-step through the process. You can save your work as you go, and return later to finish. 

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2. Provide Official Transcripts

Provide official transcripts from all schools that you previously attended. If you have earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, you do not need to submit your high school transcript. 

To qualify as official transcripts, they must be received directly from the issuing institution or in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution which displays the appropriate seal and signature of the institution. Mount Mercy cannot accept any transcripts if the seal on the envelope has been broken or tampered with. 

Official transcripts should be submitted to:

Mount Mercy University
Accelerated Programs
1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797  

3. Get ready for the next steps

Once all documents have been received and you're accepted to the program, we'll help you schedule an appointment with your personal academic advisor. Together you'll discuss your plans, review any of your transfer coursework, and decide upon your schedule of classes. 


Admission Requirements

We're here to help you reach your goals. If by any chance you don't think you meet the following criteria, you may still qualify for admission after review by the Admissions Committee.

  • Be at least 23 years old
  • Have a minimum of three years full-time work experience
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale* (Apply anyway. If your high school grades weren't so great, that is okay. We understand things change, and that you may be ready for college now.)
  • Applicants to the RN to BSN Nursing program must have a valid RN license and follow the specific admission requirements
  • International applicants must follow specific requirements

* Kirkwood Community College or Hawkeye Community College students: In accordance with articulation agreements, students who have earned an associate degree from Kirkwood Community College or Hawkeye Community College, and who have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, are allowed admission to Mount Mercy.

More Admissions Information  The Mount Mercy University’s Course Catalog also provides specific information about:

  • RN-BSN Program requirements for admission
  • International Students requirements for admission
  • Special Student Applications (or Non-Degree Status)
  • Transfer Policies 
  • Readmission
  • Second Degree or Second Major Declarations
  • Policies


Have questions or need help?

If at any point in your application process you have questions, we're here to help.

Email |  Call 319-861-2392 | Visit Basile Hall Room 207

International Students

  1. Official or true certified copies of the applicant’s post-secondary academic record (transcripts, examination scores, mark sheets, etc.) evaluated by a Foreign Credential Evaluation Agency (such as World Educational Services ( or International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (  
  2. Documentation of English language proficiency for all non-native speakers of English. (TOEFL, Step Eiken, IELTS or equivalent). TOEFL test scores accepted:
    1. 550 on the paper-based version (scores between 500-550 may be accepted upon an interview with the Program Director) or 79 on internet version (iBT) or 213 on computer-based total.
    2. Proof of comprehension and conversational proficiency as indicated by a 23 or higher on the TOEFL speaking sub-section and interview with the Program Director (phone interview can be substituted). Program Directors may waive the English language proficiency test scores upon interviewing a student who meets one of the following criteria:
      1. Undergraduate education in English
      2. Worked in United States in a professional job for more than 1 year
      3. Studied for at least two semesters in the United States
      4. English is native language
  3. Students who are applying for an F-1 visa must also provide a Certificate of Finance form or Letter with Affidavit from the Bank stating that they have sufficient funds to study in the U.S. The Certificate of Finance form can downloaded here.