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Special Consideration Programs
Qualified Mercer undergraduate students can earn special consideration status as they seek admission to programs in Business, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy through the following partnerships between Mercer University colleges and schools:
School of Business and the traditional Mercer Undergraduate Programs
College of Education and the Mercer Undergraduate Programs
School of Law and the traditional Mercer Undergraduate Programs
School of Medicine and the traditional Mercer Undergraduate Programs (with sciences taken in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing and Mercer College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Pharmacy and the traditional Mercer Undergraduate Programs (with sciences taken in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
 
The Special Consideration Programs for School of Business
 
SCP for SHSB Students and Graduates. Special Consideration to Mercer University’s MBA may be granted to students completing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree or a Business minor at Mercer University within two years of the completion of the Bachelor’s degree. To be considered for the Special Consideration Program, applicants must meet the following conditions:
a. All BBA degree requirements have been met, and
Minimum of 30 semester hours of undergraduate coursework completed at SHSB, and
32 semester hours completed at Mercer.
a. Overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA) at Mercer (including transfer hours)
b. 3.0 GPA for business core curriculum courses (including transfer hours)
c. Earned grade C or better in ALL business courses taken at Mercer
d. A 3.0 GPA in the Business minor (in addition to an overall 3.0 GPA at Mercer)
GPA requirements must be maintained through graduation to receive Special Consideration upon application to the MBA program.
 
SCP for Non-Business Students and Graduates. Special Consideration to Mercer University’s MBA programs may also be granted to students completing a non-business undergraduate degree at Mercer University. To be considered for The Special Consideration Program, a non-business degree student must meet the following conditions:
a. All undergraduate degree requirements have been met, and
Minimum 32 semester hours completed at Mercer.
b. Completed minimum math and statistics courses, including
At least STA 126 or MATH 220, and
Completed MAT 191 or MAT 141 or MATH 130.
c. Overall 3.0 GPA at Mercer (including transfer hours)
d. 3.0 GPA for business core curriculum courses, including transfer hours (if applicable)
e. 3.0 GPA for major courses at Mercer
f. Earned grade C or better in ALL business, math, and major courses taken at Mercer
GPA requirements must be maintained through graduation to receive Special Consideration upon application to the MBA program.
 
SCP for the Macon Innovation MBA. Special Consideration to Mercer MBA programs may also be granted to students who are employees of Robins Air Force Base and who have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (including transferred hours).
SCP for the Macon Health Care MBA. Special Consideration to Mercer MBA programs may also be granted to students who are employed in a health care field and who have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (including transferred hours).
SCP for the Juris Doctor/Evening MBA. To be considered for Juris Doctor/Evening MBA SCP, a student must be enrolled at the Walter F. George School of Law as a 1L (first-year) student, and must have an overall law school grade point average of 78 or higher.
 
The Special Consideration Programs for Education
Mercer University’s Tift College of Education (TCOE) Special Consideration Programs provide students with the opportunity to transition seamlessly into graduate Education degrees. To be eligible for the Special Consideration Program in Education, graduates must meet the following requirements in one of the two programs described below. Questions may be addressed to the Office of Admissions at mercereducation@mercer.edu or (678) 547-6054.
The Special Consideration Program for Students Completing the Bachelor of Science in Education at Tift College of Education
1. Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Education degree (BSEd) within two academic years of the application to the Master of Education program at TCOE.
2. Completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in residence at Mercer University, to include 30 credit hours completed at the TCOE.
3. Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at Mercer University. Grades of C or higher must be earned for all Education courses at Mercer, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 required for all Education courses (core Education major courses or Education minor courses). If accepted, students will adhere to the academic standards of the MEd program.
4. Application to the Med program no later than February 1 of the year planned for matriculation into the MEd program. Applications must be submitted through Tift’s online application system.
The Special Consideration Program for Mercer University Graduates Who Have Completed a Non-Education Major
1. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a non-Education major within two academic years of the application to the Master’s program at TCOE.
2. Completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in residence at Mercer University, to include 30 credit hours completed at the TCOE.
3. Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at Mercer University. Grades of C or higher must be earned in all courses required by the student’s major and in all Education courses taken at Mercer. If accepted, students will adhere to the academic standards of the MAT program.
4. Application to the MAT program no later than February 1 of the year planned for matriculation into the MAT program. Applications must be submitted through Tift’s online application system.
 
The Special Consideration Program for Law
Mercer offers a Special Consideration Program in Law for students applying to Mercer’s School of Law. This program allows Mercer undergraduate students to receive a special consideration when they apply to Mercer’s School of Law. Students must apply to the School of Law within two years of graduation from one of Mercer’s undergraduate programs. Highly qualified students who meet specific requirements will receive special consideration from the Admissions Committee at the School of Law.
To qualify for the Special Consideration Program in Law, graduates must meet the following requirements:
1. Completion of at least 60 undergraduate credit hours at Mercer University and receipt of a bachelor’s degree from Mercer;
2. Achievement of a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 at the time of Law School application and completion of the Mercer undergraduate degree with at least a 3.50 GPA;
3. Achievement of a score at or above the median Law School Admission Test score of the preceding year’s entering class;
4. Demonstration of a commitment to public service; and
5. Demonstration of the character, fitness and capability of satisfactorily completing the Law School program and being admitted to the bar.
 
The Special Consideration Program for Medicine
Through a partnership with the traditional undergraduate colleges on the Macon campus at Mercer University, Mercer’s School of Medicine offers a Special Consideration Program (SCP) for its Doctor of Medicine degree. Up to 20 incoming freshmen will be selected each year for this special program. Information is available at: https://medicine.mercer.edu/admissions/md/enhancement-programs/scpmedicine.cfm and summarized below:
Eligibility Criteria to Apply to the Special Consideration Program as a High School Senior:
be a US Citizen or a US Permanent Resident.
have continuously maintained status as a legal resident of the state of Georgia for the four years prior to matriculation to a traditional undergraduate program at Mercer University.
have been accepted into one of the traditional undergraduate programs (for fall matriculation) on the Macon campus at Mercer University.
have at least 2 confidential letters of reference (at least one from science or math instructor at high school, and at least one letter of character reference) directly submitted by the letter writer to the MU Office of Admissions (medscp@mercer.edu).
Eventual acceptance to the MD program at MUSM through the Special Consideration Program is contingent upon the applicant meeting the following requirements:
1. Matriculation into the undergraduate program to which the applicant has been accepted at Mercer University, and fulfilling the requirements to graduate with a bachelor's degree from Mercer University within four years of matriculation.
2. Completion of an undergraduate degree from Mercer University before matriculation into the MD program.
3. Completion of all pre-medical course requirements at Mercer University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (https://medicine.mercer.edu/admissions/).
4. Attendance of 80% of the meetings for SCP participants at MUSM. These meetings are held at MUSM Macon Campus and arranged by MUSM Admissions Office twice a year, and are intended to familiarize SCP-Medicine students with what MUSM has to offer.
5. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average and a cumulative BCPM grade point average (refers to biology, chemistry, physics and math coursework) of at least 3.0 at the end of year 1 of undergraduate studies. This will be checked June 30 following year 1. All GPA calculations are performed using the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) GPA formula (https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/applying-medical-school-process/applying-medical-school-amcas/).
6. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average and a cumulative BCPM grade point average of at least 3.25 at the end of year 2 of undergraduate studies. This will be checked June 30 following year 2.
7. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average and a cumulative BCPM grade point average of at least 3.5 at the end of year 3 of undergraduate studies. This will be checked June 30 of year 3.
8. Completion and documentation of at least 100 hours of volunteer work consistent with Mercer University School of Medicine's mission during the first three years of undergraduate studies. This should be documented in the primary AMCAS application and supported by letters of recommendation.
9. Achievement of an overall percentile rank of at least 65 on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
10. Achievement of a percentile rank of at least 50 in the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section of the same MCAT.
11. Application to MUSM thorough the Early Decision Program following completion of the third undergraduate year.
12. No history of institutional action against the applicant during his/her studies at Mercer University.
13. Positive letter of evaluation from Mercer University Health Vocations Committee.
14. MUSM's receipt of verified application data from AMCAS consistent with that submitted by the applicant at the time of a Primary AMCAS Application for that M.D. Admissions Cycle.
15. MUSM's receipt of an acceptable Criminal Background Check following initial acceptance into the M.D. program.
16. Meeting Technical Standards for Admission to the M.D. Program at Mercer University School of Medicine (available upon request by emailing musmadmissions@mercer.edu ).
If the SCP applicant meets the criteria listed above, then a subsequent interview at the time of application submission is waived. If the applicant does not meet one or more of the above criteria or applies to the MD program as a 'Regular Pool' applicant, an interview is not waived at the time of applying to the MD program. Also in this case, an interview is required but is not guaranteed, and such an applicant will be reviewed as any traditional applicant to the M.D. program applying during the senior year of undergraduate studies.
 
Special Consideration Program for the Mercer University Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
Mercer University’s Special Consideration Program (SCP) for Nursing offers high-achieving, first-time students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) the opportunity to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in four years, with two years on the Macon campus enrolled in the CLAS, followed by two years of nursing school on the Atlanta campus. Special Consideration is given to qualified College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students upon application to the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing in year 2.
To be eligible for the SCP, students must enroll in the CLAS as first-time undergraduate students 9transfer students are not eligible for this program) and adhere to the specific SCP requirements for the duration of their time at Mercer. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
1. Completion of a specific set of pre-nursing courses totaling 60 credit hours (with 48 hours required in residence) at Mercer University. Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate credits may meet program requirements if accepted by the Mercer University Registrar, but do not count toward the 48 credit hours required in residence. Limited transient college coursework may be taken with prior permission from the GBCN.
2. Declaration of intent to participate in the SCP for Nursing by November 15 of year 1.
3. Maintenance of a 3.0 science grade point average and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. If accepted, SCP students must adhere to the academic standards of the BSN program beginning in fall of year 3.
4. Achievement of the minimum score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
5. Application to the pre-licensure BSN program at the GBCN by January 30 of year 2. Application must include all required documents and TEAS scores. Application fee waived for Mercer pre-nursing students.
 
Special Consideration Program for Pharmacy at the Mercer University College of Pharmacy
Mercer University’s Special Consideration Program (SCP) for Pharmacy offers first-time students enrolled in any of the traditional undergraduate programs on the Macon campus (College of Health Professions, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Business, or School of Music, with science coursework taken in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) the security of a guaranteed interview with the PharmD program at Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy on the Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta.
To be eligible for an SCP, students must apply to enroll in one of the traditional undergraduate programs on the Macon campus as first-time college students and adhere to the specific SCP requirements for the duration of their time at Mercer. Requirements include, but are not limited to:
1. Completion of the admission pre-requisites for the COP’s PharmD program and the requirements for their bachelor’s degree by August of year 4. With the approval of the COP Director of Admissions, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit may be used to fulfill the pre-pharmacy requirements.
2. Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a math-science GPA of 3.0 or higher. If accepted, SCP students must adhere to the academic standards of the PharmD program beginning in fall of year 5.
3. Attendance of Macon campus visits by representatives from the COP PharmD degree program every fall.
4. Application to the COP through the centralized application service, PharmCAS, as an Early Decision applicant by August 1 between years 3 and 4; letters of recommendation must be included in the PharmCAS application.
5. Completion of a successful interview with representatives of the COP PharmD program during year 4.