Academic Programs

Mercer University's reputation is built on its rigorous academic programs, outstanding faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities. Yet, tradition plays an important role in the University's unique identity as a faith-based institution committed to religious and intellectual freedom and respect for religious diversity. 

Students across Mercer's 12 schools and colleges benefit from a welcoming atmosphere and small-class learning environment. They learn from a prestigious, yet caring, faculty — not from teaching assistants, as found at many universities. Mercer's faculty members, whose credentials come from some of the world's finest academic institutions, are distinguished for both teaching and research. More than 90 percent of the faculty hold doctorates or the highest attainable degrees in their respective fields.

Distance Learning Delivery Formats

Distance Learning Programs at Mercer University are delivered in one of two formats: Online or Blended. Online programs are conducted 100% online.  Students should note that some online programs may require an on-campus program specific orientation.  Additionally, some programs require synchronous activities, which means you will have some regularly scheduled class meetings online. 

Blended Programs integrate the best features of online learning with on-campus experiences.  A blended program may require a student to attend on-campus classes, meetings, or weekend seminars.  

The University offers many additional distance learning courses. See the Registrar's Office for course listings.

Program  Online    Blended 
 College of Business    
     Accounting, BBA  X *
     General Business, BBA X *
     Human Resource Management, BBA X *
     Management, BBA X *
     Marketing, BBA X *
     Online MBA  X  
 College of Education    
     Curriculum and Instruction, PhD   X
     Elementary Education, MAT   X
     Elementary Education, MEd    X X
     Elementary Education, EdS X  
     Education Endorsements  X  
     Educational Leadership: P-12 Track, PhD   X
     Educational Leadership: Higher Education Track, PhD   X
     Middle Grades Education, MAT   X
     Middle Grades Education, MEd X X
     Secondary Education, MAT   X
     Secondary Education, MEd X X
     Teacher Leadership, EdS   X
 School of Engineering    
     Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication Management X  
     Software Systems, MS X  
     Software Engineering, MSE X  
     Technical Communication Management, MS X  
 College of Health Professions    
     Master of Public Health (MPH) X *
 College of Nursing    
     Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN   X
     Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practioner, MSN   X
     Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP   X
     Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN   X
     Nursing, PhD   X
     Post Masters AGACNP Certificate    X
     Post Masters AGPCNP Certificate   X
     Post Masters FNP Certificate   X
     RN-BSN Completion Track X  
 College of Pharmacy    
     Health Outcomes, MS X  
 College of Professional Advancement    
     Communication, BA X *
     Criminal Justice Leadership, BS X *
     Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership, MS  X  
     Health Informatics, BS X X
     Health Informatics, MS X  
     Homeland Security and Emergency Management, BS X  
     Human Services, BS X *
     Information Technology & Informatics, BS X X
     Organizational Leadership, MS   X
     Psychology, BS X *
     Software Applications Development and Human Computer Interactions, BS X X
 School of Theology    
     Christian Ministry, MA  X  
     Doctor of Ministry, DMin   X
     Master of Divinity, MDiv X *

* These programs are also offered in a face-to-face on-campus format. Students in those programs may take a blend of online and in-person courses.