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Application Components

Applications to the traditional graduate programs* in the School of Education & Social Policy are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Each graduate program may have different and distinct application components, and applications will be reviewed as soon as the application components are complete. In addition to the general Merrimack graduate application components, programs in the School of Education & Social Policy have detailed application requirements.

*The Fellowship programs have a definitive deadline and separate application components.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)

  • Current resume/CV that demonstrates three years employment as a teacher, administrator, or supervisor in a public, private, or higher education setting.
  • Official final transcript that demonstrates the receipt of a master’s degree in education or an educational related field.
  • Two letters of recommendation from a supervisor in the education field who can speak to the candidate’s professionalism, leadership, and ability to be successful in an advanced degree program. Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.
  • Personal statement (500-1000 words) that answers the question, “What does it mean to be an educational leader in the 21st century?”

Competency-Based Education (CBE) - Online Teacher Education (PreK-12)

  • Personal statement (500-1000 words) that answers the question, “What is your interest in pursuing a career in PreK-12 education in Massachusetts?”
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professional or academic reference. Letters should speak to your capacity for completing a graduate program, and interest in pursuing a career in education. References from education related organizations and/or experience are highly recommended, and should be from separate organizations. Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.
  • Evidence of passing theCommunications & Literacy (01) MTELhighly recommended.
  • Official transcripts - for the CBE online program ONLY - should be sent directly to the School of Education & Social Policy, Attn: Stacey Klasnick.

Community Engagement

  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to your capacity for leadership, professionalism, and ability to succeed in the graduate program. Letters should be from a college professor and a direct supervisor in a non-profit, higher education, or K-12 education setting. Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.
  • Personal statement that addresses:
    • In your own words, what is community engagement? What theories, concepts, and experiences have shaped your understanding of community engagement? (500 words)
    • What are your professional aspirations? How will the Community Engagement Program help you move toward your career goals?(500 words)
  • Phone interview

Criminology & Criminal Justice

  • Personal statement (500-1000 words) that speaks to your interest in pursing a career in criminal justice.
  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to your capacity for leadership, professionalism, and ability to succeed in the graduate program. Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.

Curriculum & Instruction

  • Personal statement (500-1000 words) that answers the question, “What is your interest in pursuing a career in education?”
  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to your capacity for leadership, professionalism, and ability to succeed in the graduate program. References from education related organizations and/or experience are highly recommended, and should be from separate organizations. Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.

Higher Education

  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to your capacity for leadership, professionalism, and ability to succeed in the graduate program. Letters should be from a 1) college professor and 2) college administrator who can speak to your interest and potential for success in a graduate program. If you do not feel you can provide a reference from a professor and/or a college administrator, please contact the program director to discuss alternatives. Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.
  • Personal statement that addresses:
    • Your interests and motivations for applying to the higher education program, including experiences in college that have been most influential in shaping your interest in this field. (500 words)
    • Consistent with the college’s values, Merrimack’s program includes a focus on advancing social justice in higher education. What areas of social justice are most important to you, and what aspects of social justice do you hope to learn more about? (500 words)
  • Phone interview with the program director (optional).

School Counseling

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Human Development, Psychology, or related major is required. Individuals with other majors may request a transcript audit to determine if their course work meets the minimum course content in: Introduction to human development or psychology; Human behavior; Developmental psychology (Ex. child development, adolescent development, lifespan); and Research or statistics.
  • Evidence of passing the Communications & Literacy (01) MTEL.
  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to your capacity for leadership, professionalism, and ability to succeed in the graduate program. Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.
  • Personal statement (500-1000 words) that speaks to your interest in pursuing a career in school counseling.
  • Possible interview with the program director.

Teacher Education (PreK-12)

  • Personal statement (500-1000 words) that answers the question, “What is your interest in pursuing a career in PreK-12 education in Massachusetts?”
  • Two letters of recommendation, one professional and one academic reference. Letters should speak to your capacity for completing a graduate program, and interest in pursuing a career in education. References from education related organizations and/or experience are highly recommended, and should be from separate organizations. Letters should be on letterhead, signed by the recommender, and in PDF format.
  • Evidence of passing the Communications & Literacy (01) MTEL highly recommended.

Take it to the next level - the graduate level - at Merrimack.