Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Community Engagement | Criminology & Criminal Justice | 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:

top 100!

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. 



5-year bachelor's to master's program

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5-year bachelor's to master's program

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On-campus or online



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



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.