Merrimack College

School of Education and Social Policy

Master of Education in Higher Education


315 Turnpike Street

Mailstop O-15

North Andover, MA 01845

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Education in Higher Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

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! 


The School of Education offers multiple licensure programs that have been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Interstate Certification Compact of the National Association of State Directors of Teachers Education. Students are able to receive reciprocal teaching licenses in more than 45 states. Please refer to the DESE's website and each state's requirements for exact terms of reciprocity.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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