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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.

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
  • New England’s only Higher Education program based at a residential liberal arts college
  • 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!


2016-2017 Higher Education Program Chart

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For more information, contact:

Office of Graduate Studies

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