Master of Education in Higher Education


Valuable Hands-On Experience

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

Tuition-Free Higher Education Fellowship

Fellows in the Master of Education in Higher Education 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, full-tuition 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.

Important Information for the 2023-2024 Higher Education Fellowship Program

The Master of Education in Higher Education program is still accepting fellowship applications on a rolling basis! 

We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible for your best chance at a preferred placement. Applications will be accepted until all fellowship positions have been filled.

The process is as follows:

  1. Submit your online application. Be sure to indicate your fellowship interest within your application.
  2. Submit your initial ranking form. Students who are accepted for admission and invited to interview for a fellowship will be eligible to review and rank their preferred positions. If you are invited, your invitation will include a deadline for submitting your selections. Please note: we do not guarantee that you will be invited to interview for your top selections.
  3. Complete your site interviews. First round of interviews will take place. 
  4. Submit your post-interview rankings. After the interviews, both students and sites must complete and submit their post-interview ranking forms, ranking their preferences for final placement.
  5. Receive your match notification. Match letters will be sent to all students and supervisors.

Please note: Participation in the fellowship placement process is NOT a guarantee of a fellowship.

Questions? All interested students should email graduate admission

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.

Available Fellowship Positions

The below list of positions is representative of what fellowships are available, but may not be up-to-date. Please view the Higher Education Fellowship Positions document for the most current information and a full description of each position.

Presidential Fellowships provide 100% of your graduate tuition and include a 9-month, unpaid fellowship placement of 25 hours per week.

Provost Fellowships provide 50% of your graduate tuition and include a 9-month, unpaid fellowship placement of 15 hours per week.


  • Student-Athlete Compliance Graduate Fellow 
  • Freshman Admission Graduate Assistant 
  • Academic Coach Compass Program 
  • First Year Experience Fellow 
  • Campus-Wide Tutoring Programs Coordinator & Success Coach 
  • Student Involvement Fellow- Fraternity/Sorority Life and Leadership 
  • Career Advisor 
  • Presidential Graduate Fellowship for Civic and Community Engagement
  • Activate Graduate Office Advisor and Academic Success Coach 
  • Accessibility Services Graduate Office Advisor and Academic Success Coach
  • Food Recovery Network Program Coordinator Graduate Fellow 
  • Intercultural Initiatives Program Assistant



  • Athletic Operations Graduate Fellow 
  • Equipment Operations Graduate Fellow 
  • Men’s Golf – Coaching/Operations Graduate Fellow 
  • Women’s Golf – Coaching/Operations Graduate Fellow 
  • Women’s Rowing – Coaching/Operations Graduate Fellow 
  • Women’s Swimming – Coaching/Operations Graduate Fellow 
  • Women’s Volleyball  – Coaching/Operations Graduate Fellow 
  • Men’s XC/Track  – Coaching/Operations Graduate Fellow 
  • Women’s XC/Track  – Coaching/Operations Graduate Fellow 
  • Field Hockey  – Coaching/Operations Graduate Fellow 
  • Graduate Faculty and Student Support Fellow 
  • Graduate Fellow for Management 
  • Graduate Fellow for Accounting and Finance 
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Research Assistant 
  • Warrior One Stop Student Services Specialist 
  • Advising Center Program Coordinator for ITEC 
  • Career Advisor Graduate Fellow 
  • Enrollment Service Concierge Graduate Fellow 
  • Research Assistant, Community Engagement Program 
  • Communications Fellow – School of Science & Engineering 
  • Athletic Community Engagement Graduate Fellow

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

Dean and Alumni Scholarships

Dean and Alumni Scholarships are available to students who are not receiving a fellowship. No additional application is needed.

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