Applied Human Development and Community Studies

Applied Human Development and Community Studies

We are an interdisciplinary department comprised of scholar-practitioners who are committed to activism and social change.

Our Vision

The department of applied human development and community studies promotes resilient people and inclusive communities. Some of our ideas include:

  • People of all ages develop the skills and capacities for living balanced, productive and meaningful lives.
  • Communities activate resources to address their needs and interests through collaborative planning processes.
  • Resources, including power and decision-making, are equitably and responsibly distributed and shared.

Our department includes both undergraduate and graduate programs where you’ll learn to identify human talents, activate community resources and address systemic inequities.

Undergraduate Major

Human Development and Human Services (HDHS), Bachelor of Arts

You’ll study the physical, psychological and social-emotional development of individuals across the lifespan. Although acceptance to our graduate programs is not guaranteed, the HDHS program provides a strong foundation for our graduate programs.

Learn More About the HDHS Major

Graduate Programs

Community Engagement, Master of Education

Our program seeks to engage learners in critical thinking and reflective practice relevant to strengthening communities by building upon community assets and partnering with community members. Our 36-credit program includes opportunities for on-campus and online learning, fellowships that include hands-on experience and full-tuition scholarships, and part-time and full-time options.

M.Ed. Community Engagement 

School Counseling, Master of Education

Merrimack’s school counseling graduate program will prepare you to work in a variety of environments with a focus on providing counseling and future-focused support for youth. The program is approved by the Massachusetts Dept. of Education for licensure as a school counselor or school social worker/adjustment counselor. Post-Master’s work and CAGS options are also available.

M.Ed. School Counseling

Master of Social Work

Rooted in Augustinian values and social justice, our two-year graduate degree is designed to prepare you to be an agent of positive change and transform the society in which you live. You will graduate ready to meet initial social work licensure requirements. We offer full-time and part-time options that include a minimum of 800 clock hours in a field education placement site.

Master of Social Work

Community-Based Nonprofit Leadership, Graduate Certificate

You’ll gain the ability to transform good intentions into impactful results. Offered through the community engagement program, this 12-credit professional development program will help you launch and propel your career in grass-roots nonprofit management.

Graduate Certificate in Community-Based Nonprofit Leadership

Diversity Equity and Social Change, Graduate Certificate

Our online graduate certificate program is designed for community engagement professionals interested in a tailored, focused program in diversity and inclusion. You’ll develop your skills to build institutional policies and practices that are welcoming, inclusive, and equitable.

Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Social Change