Academics

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.

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Academic Units

College of Liberal Arts

(Macon): The oldest and largest of the University’s academic units, the College of Liberal Arts is Mercer’s academic cornerstone. The College offers baccalaureate programs in the humanities, fine arts, natural sciences and social sciences, along with a variety of interdisciplinary options. Offering a multitude of pre-professional programs in health, law and theology, the College also provides students a strong liberal arts foundation. The core curriculum blends practical skills, such as critical thinking, clear writing and effective communication, along with a deep engagement with the diversity and richness of the peoples, faiths, cultures, and natural processes in the world. The College’s Great Books Program, which provides students the opportunity for focused study of classic writers and thinkers of the Western world, is recognized among the 21 Best Great Books Programs by Best College Reviews. Students in the College take advantage of a variety of study-abroad opportunities, both through faculty-led programs and those organized through the Mercer On Mission program. In 2015, Mercer was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.

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School of Law

(Macon): Founded in 1873, Mercer University School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School’s educational philosophy is based on a commitment to preparing students for high-quality, general practice in a day-to-day learning environment that is both supportive and professional. Mercer Law is a two-time recipient of the prestigious ABA Gambrell Professionalism Award for excellence and innovation in ethics and professionalism throughout the curriculum. With an enrollment of approximately 375 students, taught by an outstanding faculty, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its programs in legal writing, advocacy training, experiential education and ethics and professionalism.

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Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

(Macon, Atlanta and Centers): Established in 1984, Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted more than 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer’s business school delivers career-focused business education in order to develop innovative leaders who are responsible global citizens.

Stetson School of Business and Economics is an accredited member of AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which places it among the top five percent of business schools worldwide. Mercer’s business school has been recognized as one of the “Best Business Schools” in the United States by both The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. It has been recognized among the “Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting,” and the Evening MBA was included among the top 200 MBA programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, CEO Magazine ranked the Online MBA No. 19 and the Professional MBA for Innovation No. 22 in its global rankings of online and executive MBA programs. 

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School of Engineering

(Macon): Mercer’s innovative and academically challenging engineering and engineering-related programs provide students with a comprehensive education, featuring a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences, a core engineering curriculum, a range of courses in engineering specialties and a strong emphasis on communication technologies. The School of Engineering marked its 30th anniversary in 2015 and continues to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top four master’s-degree-level engineering schools in the Southeast. Known for its breadth of instruction in its undergraduate program and its 4+1 joint bachelor’s and master’s degree program, Mercer combines technical education with hands-on laboratory experience.

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Tift College of Education

(Macon, Atlanta and Centers): Mercer’s Tift College of Education prepares more professional educators than any other private institution in Georgia. It offers baccalaureate and graduate degrees for initial teacher certification, teacher preparation and educational leadership. Tift College of Education offers programs approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Guided by the conceptual framework of the “Transforming Educator,” the College supports those who aspire to grow professionally throughout their careers, while also seeking to transform the lives of students. Programs are offered on the Macon and Atlanta campuses, as well as regional academic centers in Douglas County and Henry County. In addition, the College also offers some online and hybrid graduate degree programs.

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James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology

(Atlanta): Established in 1996, McAfee School of Theology brings Jesse Mercer’s founding vision of providing students with a classical and theological education full circle as it prepares students for the ministry. McAfee shares Jesse Mercer’s concern that churches have pastor-leaders who understand Scripture and can clearly articulate their Christian beliefs. The School offers masters and doctoral degrees, along with a growing number of ministerial concentrations. The innovative, fully-integrated curriculum is taught by nationally recognized scholars who are committed Christians. Along with a network of partner churches, McAfee is affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

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Penfield College

(Macon, Atlanta and Centers): Mercer University’s Penfield College is committed to serving adult learners and currently enrolls more than 1,300 students. Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are offered to adult students seeking professional advancement into leadership roles in and beyond their communities. Educational programs provide students with distinctive, multidisciplinary programs that integrate theory and practice. The College also offers general education and elective courses for various colleges and schools at Mercer. Programs are offered on Mercer’s campuses in Atlanta and Macon, as well as regional academic centers in Douglas County, Henry County and online.

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Townsend School of Music

(Macon): Townsend School of Music is nationally recognized for its artist faculty, award-winning students, wide range of performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. Townsend offers a thorough and rigorous curriculum, providing a conservatory-quality music education within a university environment. Students benefit from small class sizes and individual instruction from faculty who regularly perform on campus and at major national and international venues. Specialized music programs include the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Church Music Studies and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.

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Mercer Health Sciences Center

The Mercer Health Sciences Center, a multi-campus academic health center encompasses the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing and College of Health Professions. The Health Sciences Center enrolls more than 2,000 students, employs 400 full-time faculty and staff and annually graduates more than 500 physicians, nurses and nurse educators, as well as family nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, family therapists, public health professionals and biomedical scientists.

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School of Medicine

(Macon, Savannah and Columbus):

The School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and healthcare needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. The Mercer School of Medicine Doctor of Medicine program utilizes a problem-based education that provides early patient care experiences. The School’s academic environment fosters the development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. The School of Medicine operates two four-year campuses. Following their second year, students participate in core clinical clerkships at the School’s primary teaching hospitals: Navicent Health and Coliseum Medical Center in Macon, Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and The Midtown Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. Students also experience clinical and population health clerkships in rural areas of Georgia. Students also experience clinical and population health clerkships in rural areas of Georgia.

Other degree programs offered at the School of Medicine’s Macon campus include Master of Family Therapy, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Master of Science in Preclinical Sciences. In Atlanta, the School of Medicine offers the Master of Family Therapy degree.

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College of Pharmacy

(Atlanta): The College of Pharmacy continues to build on its rich history, tradition of excellence and legacy of caring by offering quality degree programs that provide students with the necessary education and skills for their careers in pharmacy. Mercer is ranked among the top six private pharmacy schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of more than 650 students and a distinguished faculty of scientists and clinicians, the College houses several centers focusing on research, teaching and learning. The College’s motto, “A Tradition of Excellence, A Legacy of Caring,” frames its philosophy of providing excellent academic programs in an environment where every student matters and every person counts.

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Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

(Atlanta): Mercer’s nationally recognized Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the oldest nursing program in Georgia, is grounded in the heritage of educating students to provide superior nursing care. All undergraduate nursing students are members of the National Student Nurses Association, thus providing them excellent leadership and professional development opportunities. Mercer’s distinguished nursing faculty are dedicated to the development of professional nurses committed to scholarship, leadership, practice, research and service within a culture of academic excellence.

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College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions is composed of four departments: Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Public Health, and Clinical Medical Psychology. In addition to its degree offerings, the College offers post-professional residencies and fellowships. With an overall enrollment of more than 475 students, the College seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals and society through excellence in teaching, research and service.

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Mercer University Libraries

The mission of the Mercer University libraries is to serve as learning-centered gateways of information resources through robust collections and innovative, technology-rich patron services to support the educational, research and service endeavors of the University community. The Mercer libraries offer a wide range of print, non-print and electronic resources, including large collections of electronic books and journals available to Mercerians from any location. The Mercer University libraries are actively engaged in the academic enterprise through teaching research and information skills in the classroom, providing effective one-on-one research assistance, consulting with faculty on designed research assignments and offering liaison support and activities to build strong ties between the library and the academic community.

The libraries offer computer support for research, writing and printing, as well as mixed study environments — soft seating gathering spots for meeting friends and quiet areas for individual work and group study rooms for collaborative work on projects.

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Mercer University Press

Mercer University Press has published more than 1,500 books since its establishment in 1979. It publishes approximately 30 to 32 books each year in the areas of religion, philosophy, Southern history, regional studies and creative writing. The Press holds membership in the Association of American University Presses.

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