To be eligible for the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher.

Required Admissions Materials

Application Fee 
One Letter of Recommendation
Autobiography and Career Goals


Mailing Address - All application materials and admissions correspondence should be mailed to:

Mercer University 
Office of Graduate Admissions
Penfield College 
3001 Mercer University Dr. 

Atlanta, GA 30341

Priority Deadlines
NOTE: All application materials must be submitted to be considered for admission.

Fall Session I (August) - July 15
Fall Session II (October) - October 1
Spring Session I (January) - November 15
Spring Session II (March) - March 1
Summer (May) – April 15

Admission Requirements

Application –Complete the Application for Admission. Begin application now >

Application Fee -Please include $35 application fee ($50 for international applicants) in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not send cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition. Former or current students of Mercer University need not submit another application fee.  Mailing address is provided above.

MAT/GRE - All applicants must take the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)Scores must be no more than five years old at the time of application. Testing information can be provided through the official MAT or GRE website. The target score for the MAT is 397 and the target score for the GRE is 151 verbal and 143 quantitative. This is but one tool used in the decision making process.

*MAT/GRE not required for applicants who meet one of the following exceptions:  
(a) Five years of professional experience in the field of criminal justice/public safety. These applicants must meet the target 2.75 GPA requirement to be admitted to the program, and must submit two letters of recommendation (one from an executive level public service representative and one from an academic reference)

(b) Achieved a 3.0 GPA in the last 30 hours of academic work.

Unofficial MAT/GRE - If you have already taken the MAT or GRE and have the score results, we request that you include this information with the application. For example, you may submit a copy of the unofficial score report given at the time the test was taken (sometimes referred to as the "walk-out score report") or a copy of your examinees score report received through the mail. This will allow the admissions department to begin the file evaluation process. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts –Applicants must submit one official transcript from each college and university attended. Transcripts are required for both undergraduate (including summer school and studies abroad) and graduate course work, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript. 

One Letter of Recommendation – Submit one letter of recommendation/support from a person in current or past leadership structure.

Autobiography and Career Goals– In a one to two page typed double spaced essay, briefly discuss your background, your current occupation and future goals.

Résumé - Please include a current résumé with your application.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for graduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.

B. Official Translations Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.

C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.

Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.

D. Financial Guarantee:International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US$25,000.

E. Visa Status: International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)