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Graduate Programs

Master of Education in Higher Education

Open House

Upcoming Graduate Open Houses
for all M.Ed programs

Tuesday, August 5
Merrimack Club
5:30 - 7:00 pm

The Master’s in Higher Education (M.Ed.) prepares students to be administrative leaders in colleges and universities, working with students and in a variety of roles supporting the advancement of higher education. The curriculum focuses on learning and development of college students, college access, equity and diversity, and organizational development. Students will gain a broad understanding of current trends, leadership challenges, and opportunities to advance social justice in higher education. The Master’s in Higher Education is a 36-credit program.

Faculty in the Higher Education program come from a wide variety of functional areas and institutional types, and bring a wealth of experience in supporting student success and advancing institutional missions. 

Learn more about the Higher Education Fellowship program, which offers a full-tuition fellowship.

Program Components

Core Courses (16 credits) 

The core of our program emphasizes social justice and the multifaceted and critical role that postsecondary institutions play in a democratic, pluralistic, and complex society. Required courses for all students are as follows:

  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Higher Education in American Society
  • Research Methods
  • Capstone

Areas of Concentration and Electives (12 credits)

Student Affairs

  • Student Development
  • Counseling and Advising
  • Financial Management in Higher Education
  • The College Student Experience
  • Student Affairs Theory & Practice

Leadership and Organizational Development

  • Financial Management of Higher Education
  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Fundraising and Grant Writing
  • University-Community Relations

Fellowship/Electives (8 credits)

Each student in the fellowship program works 25 hours a week (average) in their assigned fellowship setting. Fellows also meet twice monthly with an experienced practitioner to reflect upon the experience and document skill and competency development. Students who are not participating in the fellowship program will elect 8 additional course credits.

Capstone 

All students will complete a capstone experience – an original research project designed in partnership with a relevant campus office or service. Your capstone can be practice- or policy-focused. Each student will choose an area of interest related to their career goals, and focused on creating change in Higher Education. The capstone course is the culminating experience of the master’s program.


For more information, contact:

Office of Graduate Admission
graduate@merrimack.edu