Community Engagement Master’s Degree: Why Merrimack College?

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 OrganizationsUniversity, Institutional, and Government Relations; and PreK-12—the program stands out for its:

Interdisciplinary approach.

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.

Outstanding real-world experience.

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.

Practical, relevant skills.

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.

Flexible degree options.

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.

Exceptional faculty.

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.

Hands-on community engagement.

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.