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Graduate Programs

Community Engagement

The Community Engagement Fellowship links graduate study with a nine-month clinical residency in a partner school, college, or community-based organization.

Community Engagement Fellows work hand-in-hand with their partner organizations to make a deep and powerful impact in the lives of the communities in which they serve.  

This program focuses on diversity and social justice, community development, and organizational change.  Students gain a broad understanding of civic engagement in the nonprofit sector, including trends, theoretical models, and best practices.  This versatile degree will prepare students for outreach and partnership work in schools, colleges, and community organizations.  

Fellows graduate in one year with a Master of Education in Community Engagement (M.Ed.) - equipping them to pursue careers as nonprofit leaders, social change activists, and leaders in the national service learning movement.

View a video of our recent informational Fellowships online chat.


Fellows do clinical residencies with community partner organizations, including:

  • Bread & Roses
  • Community Teamwork
  • Greater Lawrence Community Partnerships for Children
  • Greater Lawrence Community Action Council
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lawrence Community Connections
  • Lawrence Public Schools
  • Little Sprouts 
  • Lowell Catholic High School
  • Massachusetts Campus Compact
  • Merrimack College,Center for Engaged Democracy
  • North Shore Community Development Coalition
  • The Community Group Town of Andover



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    Merrimack students participate in a civic initiative in Lawrence, MA that gives residents a space to reflect, write, draw, and voice their goals and aspirations, framed within the statement, “Before I Die”.


Who are our Fellows?

  • 52% acceptance rate for 2013-2014
  • Average Undergrad GPA, 2013-2014 Fellows: 3.41
  • Average graduate class size: 17
  • 2013-2014 Fellows come from 75 different colleges and universities