Graduate Programs in Education and Social Policy
Our master’s degrees and graduate certificates in education and social policy equip you to tackle some of society’s most challenging problems.
Education and Social Policy Master’s Degrees: Why Merrimack College?
Merrimack College’s Winston School of Education and Social Policy has a decades-long commitment to social justice and reform. Our graduate programs give you the practical skills and theoretical expertise to strengthen your professional impact and create a better world.
Whether you’re seeking a master’s degree in Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Community Engagement, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Higher Education, School Counseling, or Social Work (MSW), our graduate programs are known for:
You’ll work closely with pioneering researchers and practitioners, including many who’ve gained national recognition. Our classes encourage strong one-on-one relationships with professors, who support you academically and professionally.
Exceptional hands-on training.
Our master’s degree programs offer career-building nine-month fellowships that include full tuition. Whether or not you receive a fellowship, our programs enable you to conduct research and gain workplace experience that helps you stand out in the job market and on the job.
Deep community engagement.
Merrimack College’s longstanding partnerships enable you to interact directly with school districts, social service organizations, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders. You’ll have the opportunity to change lives and influence minds while you’re completing your graduate studies.
Ongoing career development.
Our graduate programs cater to students at every career stage, from recent college graduates to established professionals. Whether you’re seeking to earn a license, qualify for a promotion or simply deepen your skill set, our graduate certificates and master’s degrees can make you a more marketable, more effective employee.
Convenience, flexibility and affordability.
Merrimack designed its programs to serve working adults who are balancing graduate education with full-time employment, as well as full-time graduate students. Many courses (and some entire programs) are available online, and most in-person classes are scheduled for evening hours. We also offer reasonable tuition, scholarship opportunities and fellowships, making our programs both accessible and affordable.
Explore Our Graduate Programs in Education and Social Policy
The Winston School of Education and Social Policy offers a broad range of graduate programs.
In the field of education, our master’s degrees and graduate certificates include:
- Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership, Certificate
- Catholic School Leadership, Certificate
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in K-12 Schools, Certificate
- Higher Education, M.Ed.
- Independent School Leadership, Certificate
- Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL) Preparation
- School Counseling, M.Ed.
- Social-Emotional Learning, Certificate
- Teacher Education, M.Ed.
We also offer social policy and social work graduate programs in:
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.
- Community-Based Nonprofit Leadership, Certificate
- Community Engagement, M.Ed.
- Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.S.
- Diversity, Equity, and Social Change, Certificate
- Merrimack College Police Academy
- Social Work, M.S.W.
The Winston School of Education and Social Policy attracts students from across the United States. You’ll belong to an inclusive community that embraces all individuals and bridges social, cultural and racial boundaries.
Careers in Education and Social Policy
All of Merrimack’s graduate programs in education and social policy equip you to take the next step in your career.
Graduates of our master’s degree and certificate programs have an outstanding record of professional achievement, with near-perfect success rates in licensing exams and job placement. These outcomes reflect not only the high quality of Merrimack’s programs, but also the excellent job market within Massachusetts in K-12 education, higher education, nonprofits, social service and criminal justice and criminology.
Scholarships and Fellowships
Learn how our full- and half-tuition fellowships and generous scholarships create affordable degrees in education and criminology/criminal justice.
How to Apply
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