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 prepares you to be an administrative leader in a college or university, working with students in a variety of roles supporting the advancement of higher education.

Finish in as little as 1 year

Start this summer - apply now   Start this fall - apply by August 30

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Program Benefits


Customized for You

  • Fellowship and assistantship opportunities at three area community colleges

  • 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

  • You will have the opportunity to co-teach an undergraduate course and do research alongside our faculty member
  • Our cohort model… 35 instant friends!

Two Pathways to Completion

  • One year, full time through the Higher Education Fellowship Program. Our full-tuition fellowships link graduate study with nine months of field experience. 
  • Full time or part time as a traditional student, working closely with an academic advisor to plan your program and timeline. Traditional students may participate in a field-experience assistantship and are eligible for the Dean Scholarship.

Learn from the Best

  • Faculty with extensive higher education leadership experience, all 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

What You’ll Study

Our curriculum focuses on learning and development of college students, college access, equity and diversity, and organizational development. You will gain a broad understanding of current trends, leadership challenges and opportunities to advance social justice in higher education. 

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


Career Opportunities 

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

Contact Us

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

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Apply Now 

The deadline to apply for fall term is August 30, 2019.