Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Community Engagement (Online Courses)

Girard School of Business

Community Engagement (Online Courses)

Use your passion to change the world and your career with Merrimack’s convenient options.  

Take an online course and earn graduate credit. You’ll build your professional qualifications and skills in areas such as fundraising, community relations, volunteer management, diversity training, and leadership within schools, colleges, and community organizations.

Choose from several options:

Take or audit a course this summer. Classes begin May 2021.  Register for a course now.

Choose from online graduate-level courses that can be taken for graduate credit toward:

Spring 2022 Online Courses

CME 5100 Community Engagement: Theory and Practice - 4 credits

Spring 2022: January 17-May 13
Weekly webinar: Tuesday, 6:30pm-8:50pm


This course examines the contemporary community engagement movement, including civic and community engagement, service learning, community-based research in K-12 and higher education, and community-based education and learning. It explores key pragmatic issues such as planning and implementing community partnerships, developing service learning courses, and identifying outcomes for students and sites, as well as core theoretical issues such as community capacity building, reciprocity, sustainability, and ethical engagement.

CME 6200 Management and Leadership in Non-Profits - 4 credits

Spring 2022: January 17-May 13
Weekly webinar: Wednesday, 4:00pm-6:20pm

This course provides an overview of leadership and management issues pertinent to the nonprofit sector. Topics include human resource development, program development, financial resource management, and organizational learning. The course also focuses on leader qualities and career paths in the nonprofit sector.

CME 6420 School, Family, and Community Partnerships - 4 credits

Spring 2022: January 17-May 13
Weekly webinar: Tuesday, 4:30pm-7:30pm


This course considers the roles of schools in communities and explores methods and models for schools to engage families and communities to maximize student learning and development. Included in this course are issues such as schools as community centers, parent involvement, and interagency collaboration..

CME 6510 Theories of Adult Learning and Development - 4 credits

Spring 2022: January 17-May 13
Weekly webinar: Monday, 6:30pm-8:50pm

This course examines the research of adult learning theories, including such topics as aptitude, motivation, cognitive development, psycho-social development, intelligence, and learning styles through the prisms of gender, ethnicity, race and social class. The course looks at implications for the teaching and learning process, curriculum design, and instructional practices. The course also provides an overview of relevant developmental issues, with specific implications for applied settings.

Partnering with Campus Compact

Merrimack College is partnering with Campus Compact to support the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program. Professional seeking a micro-credential may choose to audit a course for content knowledge, rather than enroll for graduate credit.

  • CME 6300 Community Engagement in Higher Education is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in Community Engagement Fundamentals.
  • CME 6540 University-Community Relations is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in Community Partnerships.
For More Information

Contact the Office of Graduate Admission, at graduate@merrimack.edu.