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School of Education and Social Policy

Master of Education in Higher Education

Master of Education in Higher Education

The Master of Education in Higher Education (M.Ed.) prepares students to be administrative leaders in colleges and universities, working with students and in a variety of roles supporting the advancement of higher education.

The curriculum focuses on learning and development of college students, college access, equity and diversity, and organizational development. Students will gain a broad understanding of current trends, leadership challenges, and opportunities to advance social justice in higher education. The Master of Education in Higher Education is a 36-credit program.

Faculty in the Higher Education program come from a wide variety of functional areas and institutional types, and bring a wealth of experience in supporting student success and advancing institutional missions.

Spring 2019 Course Schedule

Spring term dates are January 16-May 10, unless otherwise noted.

HED 570G Internationalization in Higher Education (4 cr)
Elaine Ward
Monday, 12:30pm-4:20pm

ED 620G Retention and Success (4 cr)
Kim Burns
Monday, 5:00pm-8:50pm

HED 546G Leadership Theory and Practice in Higher Education (4 cr)
Elaine Ward
Tuesday, 6:00pm-9:50pm

ED 630G Higher Education in American Society (4 cr)
Susan Marine
Wednesday, 5:00pm-8:50pm
This course is eligible for Grad Advantage. Please contact Susan Marine for more information.

HED 560G Higher Education Fellowship Seminar (2 cr) - Sections A and C
Jaleh Dashti-Gibson
Thursday, 12:00pm-1:50pm

HED 560G Higher Education Fellowship Seminar (2 cr) - Sections B and D
Jaleh Dashti-Gibson 
Thursday, 2:00pm-3:50pm

GRAD 590 Capstone (4 cr) - Sections B and C
Susan Marine
Thursday, 6:00pm-9:50pm

GRAD 590 Capstone (4 cr) - Section D
Elaine Ward
Thursday, 6:00pm-9:50pm

HED 6570G Introduction to Admissions and Enrollment Management (2 cr)
Nicole Williams
Wednesday, 6:00pm-9:50pm
*Spring I: January 16-March 15

HED 6750G Introduction to supervision in Higher Education (2 cr)
Rose Gage
Tuesday, 6:00pm-9:50pm
*Spring II: March 18-May 10

HED 6700G Introduction to Assessment in Student Affairs (2 cr)
Sara Quagliaroli
Wednesday, 6:00pm-9:50pm
*Spring II: March 18-May 10


Three students studying together in the library

Why Merrimack?

  • Two pathways to completion:
    • Full-time through the Higher Education Fellowship program, which offers a full-tuition fellowship.
    • Full-time or part-time as a traditional student, working closely with an academic advisor to plan your program of study and timeline to completion. Traditional students have the opportunity to participate in a field-experience assistantship.
  • Fellowship and assistantship opportunities at three area community colleges
  • Three full-time faculty and eight adjunct faculty, all with extensive higher education leadership experience, dedicated to supporting students in individualized plans of study
  • Connection to a broad network of current alumni who are leaders in higher education across the country
  • Social justice curricular focus, including numerous opportunities for meaningful engagement with communities off-campus
  • Self-designed capstone project allows you to focus on your area of passion in higher education
  • Funding available to every student for attending conferences and workshops
  • Opportunities to co-teach an undergraduate course and/or do research alongside a faculty member
  • Ireland Higher Education Public Policy study abroad trip
  • Our cohort model… 35 instant friends! 


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