School of Education and Social Policy

Higher Education Fellowship

Valuable Hands-On Experience

The Higher Education Fellowship links graduate study with a nine-month field-based professional experience in a post-secondary institution.

Fellows prepare to become highly effective educational, administrative and professional leaders in colleges or universities and work in a variety of roles supporting the advancement of higher education.

Our highly sought-after fellowships offer you unparalleled professional experiences and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve significantly reduced the cost of your graduate degree. With the guidance of experienced site-based supervisors and program faculty, you’ll have the support you need to excel in your field placement and in your graduate studies. 

How to Apply

How it Works

If you’re selected for our prestigious full-tuition M.Ed. fellowship, you will:

  • Complete a nine-month field-based experience in a partner school, college, or community-based organization 
  • Serve 25 hours a week at your placement site while taking graduate courses in the summer and on afternoons and evenings throughout the academic year 
  • Earn your 36-credit M.Ed. in Higher Education in one year - tuition free.

Program Curriculum 

Rooted in social justice, our program deepens your understanding of current educational trends and challenges, and prepares you to pursue a leadership role within all segments of higher education. You’ll gain a broad understanding of current trends, leadership challenges, and opportunities to advance social justice in higher education. 

Our curriculum focuses on learning and development of college students, college access, equity and diversity, and organizational development. Working side-by-side with skilled professionals, you’ll develop leadership skills, organizational skills, and your own unique vision for how you can best contribute to the advancement of colleges and universities. 

All students take a set of core courses, choose one of two concentrations, perform professional experience and complete a research project as their capstone experience. To further facilitate your success, a wide range of professional development opportunities are provided and a range of resources and support are available to you.

Placements

In 2017-2018, Higher Education fellows were placed in over 30 programs and services, such as:

  • The School of Education & Social Policy, Merrimack College
  • Office of Residential Life, Merrimack College
  • Office of Student Involvement, Merrimack College
  • O’Brien Center for Student Success, Merrimack College
  • Stevens Service Learning Center, Merrimack College
  • Multicultural Affairs Office, Middlesex Community College
  • Career Development Office, Northern Essex Community College 

Who Are Our Fellows?

  • Average Undergrad GPA, 2017 -18 Fellows: 3.54
  • Average graduate class size: 17
  • 2017-2018 fellows come from over 50 different colleges and universities.
  • 2017-2018 fellows represent 22 states and 2 countries.

After Merrimack

You’ll find Merrimack graduates making a difference in prestigious jobs such as:

  • Coordinator of External Relations, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Academic Support Counselor, Framingham State University
  • Residential Learning Coordinator, Virginia Tech University
  • Resident Director, Norwich University
  • Associate Director of Admissions, American University of Antigua
  • Coordinator of Career and Mentor Programs, Fitchburg State University
  • Associate Alumni Director, Merrimack College