School of Education and Social Policy

Master of Education in Community Engagement

Master of Education in Community Engagement

The Master of Education in Community Engagement (M.Ed.) prepares students to be non-profit leaders, social change activists and leaders in the national service-learning movement.

Finish in as little as 12 - 18 months*

Start this summer - apply by May 11, 2020


Program Benefits


Customized for You

  • Small class sizes with personalized attention
  • Cohort model designed to foster teamwork
  • Fellowship/assistantship opportunities 
  • Self-designed capstone projects
  • Social justice curricular focus
  • Conference and workshop funding

Two Pathways to Completion

  • Full-time through the Community Engagement Fellowship Program. Our full-tuition fellowships link graduate study with nine months of field experience.
  • Full time or part time as a traditional student, working closely with an academic advisor to plan your program and timeline. Traditional students may participate in a field-experience assistantship. 

Learn from the Best

  • High caliber faculty with extensive community engagement leadership experience
  • Classmates with a range of interests/careers
  • Connection to a broad network of current alumni who are leaders in a variety of fields across the country


*Completion time of the program will be discussed with your academic advisor and based on course availability.

What You’ll Learn

Students in our program are passionate about addressing pressing social issues and needs through community organizing and community partnerships. You’ll gain a broad understanding of civic engagement, including trends, theoretical models and best practices. Our versatile degree prepares you for outreach and partnership work in schools, colleges, and the community.

Our Core Values

We embrace important core values, including:

  • Inclusion. We welcome people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives who prepare us for global citizenship.
  • Change. We pursue positive changes in ourselves, our institutions and our communities.
  • Social Justice. We educate ourselves and our community to better understand power, privilege, and oppression and to find ways to build a more equitable and just society.

Diversity Statement
We develop, engage, and support a diverse learning community where we encourage courageous spaces for dialogue. We welcome individuals of all backgrounds and experiences to engage in our program as students, faculty, supervisors, speakers, and more.

Career Opportunities 

You’ll find Merrimack graduates making a difference in prestigious jobs such as:
  • Nutrition Research and Outreach Assistant, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  • Program Coordinator, NYU School of Medicine, Office of Diversity Affairs

  • Residence Director, Bentley University

  • Education Specialist, Essex National Heritage Commission

  • Development/Social Media/Volunteer Coordinator, Plummer Home for Boys

  • Advisor, Career Pathways Bridge Program, Northern Essex Community College

Contact Us

For more information on the Master of Education in Community Engagement, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or 978-837-3563.

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The deadline to apply for spring term is January 9, 2020.


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