Master of Education in Community Engagement


Program Information

The Master of Community Engagement is a 36-credit program at Merrimack College.

Students may take up to two courses as a non-matriculated student before formally applying to the program. Students may be interested in taking a class or two in topics relevant to their work or professional interests.  Please contact the Graduate Admission office for more information.

Core Courses

The core of our program emphasizes social justice and the role that schools, colleges and communities can and should play in a democratic, pluralistic, and complex society. These courses provide a foundation in community engagement and social justice.

  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Community Engagement: Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Fellowship or Assistantship seminar

Concentration Courses

Students take additional courses relevant to their concentration, Community Organizations, K-12 Education, or University, Institutional, and Government Relations. Students will select two of the three courses offered.

  • School, Family, and Community Partnerships*
  • Youth Development: Leadership and Mentoring for Social Change
  •  Positive Youth Development*
  • Community Organizing and Development
  • Nonprofit Leadership and Management*
  • Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Development*
  • Community Engagement in Higher Education
  • Institutional Partnerships
  • Politics of Community Engagement


Fellows take a yearlong Fellowship seminar that corresponds with their fellowship experience; traditional students completing qualifying assistantships may also take the course.

Capstone Alternatives

Three unique capstone pathways are available for students.

  • Research Methods
  • Capstone in Community Engagement
  • Social Justice Education in Action
  • Capstone in Community Engagement
  • Social Policy for Children and Families*
  • Capstone in Community Engagement


Students choose electives for the remainder of their courses. Fellows have one elective; traditional students have two. Courses in other graduate programs may be taken as an elective with the approval of the program and advisor; note that other graduate programs have their own fee structures which affect fellows and traditional students.

Academic Advising and Course Registration

Advising is provided by the Director of the Community Engagement program. Students will consult with the program director regarding course registration and electives. After conferring with the program director, students involved in the fellowship program will be registered for classes directly by the program. Traditional students will register online for courses.

Courses You’ll Take

Community Engagement Requirements

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