Higher Education Fellowship Program
Applications for the 2013-2014 Higher Education Fellowship program are now being accepted.
- Priority deadline: February 15, 2013
- Deadline: March 1, 2012
In anticipation of a large number of applications for this program, we encourage you to apply by the priority deadline for best consideration.
Applications for the Fellowship program are accepted online. Click on “apply now” to get started. You will be required to create an account by registering a username and password. Registering an account will allow you to start an application, save, and then log back in at any time to complete it before submission.
- Your essay(s), resume, and any additional documents may be uploaded electronically through the application portal.
- You can also enter electronic contact information for your recommenders and they will be sent an email with a link prompting them to complete your recommendation online. You can also choose to mail in hard copies of your letters of recommendation.
- Enrollment history is collected in the online application. However, an official copy of your transcript(s) must be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Completed online application.
- Official, sealed transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
- Current resume.
- Two (2) letters of reference that speak to your capacity for leadership, professionalism, and ability to succeed in this fellowship program.
- Three essay questions (500 words each). Your essays will be evaluated as part of your application, but may also be shared with potential Fellowship placement sites.
- Please describe 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)
- What specific skills and knowledge do you hope to gain from working 25 hours weekly in a higher education fellowship site? (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)
The 2013-2014 application process:
- Interested applicants submit an application, and all application components, to the Graduate Program office by February 15, 2013.
- After review, applicants will be notified of their acceptance in the Higher Education master’s program and candidates will be invited to interview with potential placement sites in March 2013.
Fellowship site information will be distributed to all accepted students in advance of the March interview day.
About the Program
The Master’s 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 gain a broad understanding of current trends, leadership challenges, and opportunities to advance social justice in higher education.
- The Higher Education Fellowship is a highly competitive, full-tuition fellowship that links graduate study with a nine-month clinical residency in a postsecondary institution.
- Students take graduate courses in the summers and evenings through the academic year while serving a part-time clinical residency in varied capacities in their respective placement sites.
- All Fellows have experienced and highly effective site-based mentors, college supervisors, and faculty advisors to support their learning and to strengthen their impact in their positions.
Fellows graduate in one year with a master’s in education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education. The program is open to all majors.
Sample Partner Sites
- Merrimack College
- Northern Essex Community College
- Massachusetts Campus Compact
- Central Catholic High School
- Little Sprouts
Program Structure and Sequence
The core of our program emphasizes social justice and the multifaceted role that colleges and universities can and should play in a democratic, pluralistic, and complex society. Fellows:
- take a set of core courses
- concentrate in a particular area of specialization
- complete a research project as the culminating capstone experience
All components are interlinked and interwoven to support purposeful and reflective practice, engaged scholarship, and impactful work.
Fellows complete the program in four (4) terms:
- Summer 2013
- Fall 2013
- Winter 2013
- Spring 2014
Internships begin in the fall and wrap up at the end of the spring semester.
For more information:
Office of Graduate Admission
If you have any questions about your application, please contact the Graduate Program office.