Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Community Engagement | Criminology & Criminal Justice | Early Childhood Education | Education | Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Human Development & Human Services | School Counseling | Social Work | STEM Education | Teacher Education

Educating & Inspiring for Social Good

Inspired by our Augustinian values, The Winston School of Education and Social Policy prepares our students to be reflective and engaged educators, practitioners and advocates for the common good. Our students and alumni are in-demand teachers, counselors, social workers and criminology professionals who stand out in their fields.

Our approach links specialized training, personalized attention, theory, research and practice in the classroom and through community-based experiential learning  

Nationally Ranked Online Master's Program:

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The Winston School of Education and Social Policy’s Online Master in Education Program was ranked No. 97 by U.S. News and World Report in 2023.

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Career Outcomes Rate

96% of Winston’s undergraduate class of 2022 were either employed, participating in voluntary service, or continuing their education within nine months of graduation. 

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Student-Faculty Ratio

With a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, you will get to know your professors — experts who have literally been there and done that and want to help you do the same.

Graduate School

Northeastern University, Ottawa University, Vanderbilt University and Merrimack are just some of the graduate programs Winston graduates are attending.



National Teacher Survey

The Winston School of Education and Social Policy and EdWeek, an independent news organization that covers K–12 education, partner to survey the mindset and morale of public school teachers across the country. See 2023 Teacher Survey Results

Undergraduate Majors and Graduate Programs

The Winston School of Education and Social Policy offers a number of undergraduate majorsmaster’s degrees and graduate certificates for you to pursue. With online, hybrid and on-campus options, you’ll find a program that works best for you. 



Explore all that Winston has to offer inside and outside of the classroom to tailor your experience to your unique needs, goals and dreams. 


The Northeast STEM Network cultivates interest and engagement in STEM education and careers. It is a collaborative initiative led by Merrimack College and Salem State University.

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The Merrimack College Police Academy is offered in conjunction with Merrimack’s Master of Science in criminology and criminal justice program.

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The Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support (MINTS) provides a supportive community for new and early teachers.


Education and social policy fellowships offer unparalleled professional experience while significantly reducing graduate degree costs.


Lily Williams“The academic advisors helped me navigate my requirements to graduate, as well as what MTELS I needed to take. 

I was so nervous to take them, but because my wonderful advisors helped me plan out when to take them, I passed them with no problem before graduation.”


Lily Williams ’22, M’23
Education Major
4th Grade Special Education Teacher, Norton, MA

Student, Faculty & Staff Highlights

molly kueter
Undergraduate Student
“One thing I love about the Criminology and Criminal Justice professors is they all have experience in the field. Gaining classroom knowledge with real world examples and stories has been insightful and inspirational."
Molly Kueter '24
Human Development and Human Services, Criminology and Criminal Justice Double Major
Graduate Student
"The Winston School of Education and Social Policy has given me the confidence to achieve my goal of being a school counselor. I have developed personal relationships with my professors, who have provided me with inspiration and support."
Michael Belanger '23, M '24
Masters in School Counseling
katherine willard
Faculty Member
"I was drawn to the robust offerings Merrimack College has to offer. I love being able to work in both the School Counseling program and the Master of Social Work program and share my passion with others."
Katherine Willard, Ed.S.
Assistant Professor of Practice & Director, Field Education, Master of Social Work
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Undergraduate Student
“I interned St. Ann’s Home in Methuen, MA and some of my responsibilities included caring for children of varying ages, mental abilities, and familial statuses. Being able to understand that there is no one solution for all the children is critical in this line of work."
Anthony DiSanto '24
Criminology and Psychology Double Major
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Graduate Student
"Merrimack felt like home from the day I toured its campus. The professors and faculty at Merrimack made my experience so positive and it was always evident that they cared about my success both in and out of the classroom."
Kaitlyn Svendsen '23, M '24
Masters in Teacher Education
Faculty Member
"Our students leave our programs prepared and motivated to succeed. We constantly hear uplifting examples from our local partners of stories where our alumni continue to enrich and shape their communities beyond our campus."
Rory Tannebaum, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Education
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Undergraduate Student
“A lesson I recently learned from a professor is that I shouldn't put myself in a box and limit myself, but rather keep possibilities open. Merrimack sets itself apart from other colleges because of the care they show to all students."
Emma Zimon '25
Elementary Education, Human Development and Human Services Double Major
serena cook
Graduate Student
"The Liberal Arts core education at Merrimack and the flexibility to choose from a variety of courses, allowed me to gain knowledge in so many different areas that really helped elevated my academic experience."
Serena Cook '23, M '24
Masters in Higher Education
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Graduate Student
"The faculty and staff at Merrimack are outstanding, it's very clear that they love their students and what they do! I could not have asked for better professors, advisors or fellowship supervisors."
Samantha Boucher M '24
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Faculty Member
"The WSESP is a fantastic place where future educators, counselors, and community leaders can develop not only the skills they need to be successful, but the dispositions they need to truly embody leadership."
Susan Marine, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Winston School of Education & Social Policy
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Get Involved: Clubs & Organizations

There are endless opportunities to get involved at Merrimack and right within the Winston School of Education and Social Policy.

Gain different perspectives, put learning into action and learn from peers and faculty advisors through one of our Winston School of Education and Social Policy clubs:


The Student Government Association’s Academic Affairs Committee (SGA) worked with faculty and the Office of the Provost to include American Sign Language (ASL) as part of the College’s foreign language requirement starting in spring 2024.


Christine Shaw, Ph.D., professor of practice in graduate education, assisted the Linwood Ambulance in North Woodstock, NH, to obtain a SAMSA grant that will allow for more training and professional development opportunities for first responders. This project will create 20 new EMTs and educate an additional 230 EMTs on topics including mental health, opioid addiction, and substance abuse. This will also provide education to recertify all EMTs that take the education.