Master’s Degree in Higher Education: Why Merrimack College?

We designed our higher education master’s degree for professionals who are passionate about the transformative power of education. The program excels for its:

Superior fellowship opportunities.

Merrimack College’s selective higher education fellowships cover 100 percent of your tuition and provide nine months of intensive training for jobs in higher education. Working at Merrimack or a partner institution, you’ll acquire first-rate professional experience in educational administration, building skills and achievements that set you apart in the higher education job market.

Rigorous, relevant instruction.

Whether or not you apply for a fellowship, you’ll get a hands-on education that equips you to solve problems and deliver outcomes. Our master’s in higher education addresses real-world challenges confronting educational administrators and stakeholders, using a practical framework that’s rooted in theory, informed by research and aligned with evidence-based practice.

Individualized study.

You can tailor Merrimack’s flexible higher ed master’s degree to fit your interests and passions. Our program plays a dynamic role in the community and offers excellent opportunities for meaningful civic engagement and faculty-supervised research. The master’s degree in higher education concludes with a self-designed capstone project on an issue that matters deeply to you.

Exceptional faculty.

Our higher education graduate program is led by nationally recognized scholars, researchers and innovators, including many who have affiliations with Harvard, MIT and other high-profile institutions. Merrimack’s small classes and high-touch culture enable you to work closely with leading experts on a wide range of higher ed frontiers, including LGBTQ+ equity, feminism, counseling, social equity and digital technology.

Active alumni network.

Graduates of our higher ed master’s degree program hold jobs in higher education institutions all over the country. You’ll start your career with a built-in network of colleagues who recognize the value of Merrimack-trained educational administrators.

Flexible timetable.

You can complete the program in one academic year as a full-time student, or study part-time and earn the degree over 18 to 24 months.