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Only a few U.S. education schools offer a master’s degree in community engagement—and none can match Merrimack’s flexibility, breadth and depth of expertise. Offering three concentration options—in Community Organizations; University, Institutional, and Government Relations; and PreK-12—the program stands out for its:
Our one-of-a-kind community engagement master’s program integrates concepts related to civic leadership, social justice, cultural diversity, service-learning and organizational change.
Merrimack’s competitive community engagement fellowships provide a robust nine-month field placement, along with a full-tuition scholarship. You’ll work at a school, college or nonprofit that’s aligned with your academic interests and career goals, gaining extraordinary hands-on experience and professional mentorship.
Our master’s in community engagement equips you with marketable expertise that employers value heavily. You’ll develop proficiencies in writing, research, public presentation and program evaluation, along with the ability to collaborate, persuade, inspire and lead. The community engagement master’s degree culminates in a self-designed capstone project that highlights your talents and displays your specialized subject-matter knowledge.
We’ve designed our master’s program in community engagement to offer a wide range of options that fit your schedule. Whether you study online* or on-campus, as a full- or part-time student, or start during any one of our 3 entry semesters, you’ll benefit from the same innovative curriculum, top-notch faculty, and close-knit sense of community. Not ready for a full degree program? Get started with our online Community-based Nonprofit Leadership Certificate.
The program is led by nationally prominent researchers and practitioners in community engagement. You’ll work in a small-class setting that guarantees extensive faculty face-time and one-on-one support, learning from accomplished scholars such as community engagement specialist Audrey Falk and education policy expert Dan Sarofian-Butin.
As a vibrant hub of civic activity, Merrimack provides you with direct access to partner organizations throughout Greater Boston. You’ll have opportunities to practice community engagement on campus and off, interacting with institutions such as Catholic Charities, Lawrence Public Schools, ACT, Neighbors in Need, North Shore Community Development Coalition and Northern Essex Community College.
Merrimack’s community engagement graduate program attracts individuals who want to help communities, transform organizations and create a more just, equitable society. The program is committed to core values of inclusion, change and social justice, and it offers robust training for promoting these values through local activism and global citizenship.
Merrimack faculty and students apply the principles of community engagement to effect change on a number of fronts. You’ll have the opportunity to conduct research, gain field experience, forge partnerships and pursue careers related to community issues such as:
Nearly 100 percent of our community engagement graduate students find jobs within a year of completing the master’s degree, working in niches that include nonprofit leadership, service learning, government service, community organizing, policy analysis, academic research and digital media strategy. Depending on which concentration you choose, Merrimack can help you prepare for a successful career in roles such as: