Why Merrimack

Whether you want to develop a successful professional career or become a leading entrepreneur, graduate education at Merrimack is designed to help you succeed. 

At Merrimack you will discover new ways of thinking and acquire the perfect balance of professionally relevant skills, subject knowledge, and real-world experience that relates directly to your chosen career.

  • Top 10 regional college US News & World Report, 2016
  • #50 in Regional Universities North U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • One of America's top colleges Forbes
  • #52 in Best Value Schools Regional Universities North U.S. News & World Report, 2018
  • 21st in America for colleges that add the most value Money Magazine, 2016
  • Among the best in the Northeast Princeton Review 
  • 1 year Master's degree programs

Experience that adds up

After you graduate, you will be able to take advantage of the employment opportunities in Boston and the surrounding area that so many people proudly call home. 

America's technology highway

The city of Cambridge and Route 128, which surrounds the Greater Boston area, are home to some of the nation’s largest financial firms, innovative healthcare and biotechnology organizations and fastest-growing technology companies.

New England's cultural hub

Boston is a cosmopolitan city of culture where you can enjoy fine dining, art museums, shopping, professional sports and some of America’s most famous tourist attractions. 

A few things to see and do:

  • Walk the Freedom Trail just as the heroes of the American Revolution once did
  • Visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential library, a tribute to America’s thirty-fifth president 
  • Get creative inspiration at the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Listen to the famous Boston Pops Orchestra perform music hits of the past and present
  • Take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the historic Boston Harbor
  • Try local food specialities such as fresh steamed lobster and clam chowder
  • Catch a Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park, watch the Celtics play basketball, or the Bruins play hockey
  • Browse Harvard Square’s rich selection of bookstores, or take a break in a coffee shop

Top Companies include:

Autodesk / 3Com / Bank of America / Bose Corporation / Converse / Fidelity Investments / GE / Gillette / iRobot / Polaroid / Puma / Raytheon / State Street Bank / Sun Microsystems + many more

The Boston advantage

  • America's smartest city Forbes
  • Center of academic excellence, home to more than 250,000 students


One of the Best Colleges for your Money

Money Magazine

Next start dates

Fall 2019

September 3, 2019

Resources for success

Access to a wide range of career resources empowers graduates to become inspirational members of Merrimack’s alumni. 

O’Brien Center for Student Success

The Center provides career services that meet your specific needs, helping to improve your odds of success:

Co-ops and internships
The Center provides a comprehensive list of hands-on learning opportunities that give you the opportunity to apply your classroom skills in real-world settings.

Individual career coaching
Career counselors provide one-on-one assistance with everything from resume writing and strengths assessment to internship placement and career path selection.

Powerful online resources
You will have access to Advantage and InterviewStream, online systems that will help you find jobs, co-ops, and internships, and prepare for interviews.

On-campus recruitment
The Center invites prospective employers to visit campus for possible on-campus interviews for graduate students – companies that are seeking to hire Merrimack graduates.

Alumni network
Merrimack’s alumni participate in mentorship programs and attend on-campus events.

Real-world experience

What sets Merrimack apart from other universities is that here you can put your learning into practice. North Andover and Boston provide hands-on opportunities with some of the most prestigious finance, technology, and healthcare companies.


graduates are part of our inspirational and supportive alumni network

Next start dates

Fall 2019

September 3, 2019

What our graduates say

Merrimack graduates go on to successful futures and interesting careers around the world. Don't take our word for it, hear what they have to say.

Cristopher Algarra, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

When Cristopher Algarra ’16 was searching for graduate program in mechanical engineering, he admired the way Merrimack College designed its program from both a technical and non-technical stand point. 

He wanted a strong technical curriculum along with considerable faculty support - both of which he found through the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at Merrimack College. 

“This program has offered me the ability to see mechanical engineering in a variety of ways,” said Algarra. “From the very first course, I feel like I have learned something new every day. The professors also use specific software programs that help me to create new things with wider precision. Most importantly, I’m really enjoying each course.” 

As an international student native to Venezuela, it was also important for Algarra to feel comfortable in his new environment. “My interactions with professors have been something really important in this process. From my first day, they’ve been able to help me with all my doubts at any time. They always find a way to clarify any concerns I may have on any topic.” 

An extremely goal-oriented individual, Algarra aims to absorb as much knowledge as possible while on the Merrimack campus - even concerning his language and communication skills. 

“This program has offered me the opportunity to learn about my field, while improving my English skills. I have found so much help along the way at Merrimack College.” 

From a career standpoint, Algarra – who would like to ultimately earn his doctorate in mechanical engineering design – believes the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at Merrimack will take him to the next step of his future profession. 

“This program will change my career 360 (180) degrees,” said Algarra. “My experience at Merrimack in mechanical engineering design has opened a new window with different opportunities, and has greatly changed my personal and professional point-of-view. This has been one of the most challenging goals I have set up in my life, but now I am confident that I will reach my goal.” 

Algarra currently serves as a teaching assistant in the Engineering Department at Merrimack College, as well as an international assistant in the International Programs Office at Merrimack.

Christopher Algarra
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Merrimack Pre-Masters Program in Boston

"Getting an education that could help me understand how different functions work together and provide relevant, real-world experience was incredibly important to me. Through both my undergraduate and graduate experiences at Merrimack, I’ve developed a broad range of skills and capabilities that are proving vital in my current role at Nike."

Sarah Bourouphaels Master of Science in Management

More than 500

graduate students at Merrimack will inspire you to achieve more

Next start dates

Fall 2019

September 3, 2019

Faculty committed to your future

Merrimack professors will engage, mentor, and connect with you, helping you become a more confident and prepared graduate.

S. Bruce Han, Ph.D

Dr. Han acquired his Ph.D at the University of Rhode Island. He is a professor at Merrimack's Department of Management. He has several years of extensive industrial experience with Eastman Kodak Company and TRW, Inc. His current research interests are in the areas of supply chain, quality, and operations management.

"This program has been carefully structured to benefit several different types of students. For those with non-business backgrounds – including students with degrees in science, engineering, or liberal arts – this program helps them convert their education into a career. They will acquire a comprehensive business education, enhance their professional skills and learn how to apply their knowledge in a business setting."

Franco Capaldi, Ph.D

Dr Capaldi acquired his Ph.D at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Merrimack, Dr. Capaldi spent several years on the faculty of Drexel University's Mechanical Engineering Department. His research is centered on polymer nanocomposites, property characterization of biological materials, and engineering education.

"Our curriculum has been carefully designed to blend theory with practical skills. To connect the classroom with industry, we continually forge connections with local and regional employers. To allow students to focus on their area of interest, we offer the ability to take courses that are targeted toward a particular career path."

Fang Zhao Ph.D

Dr Zhao acquired her Ph.D at the Florida International University. She is an Assistant Professor of Accounting. Dr. Zhao’s research has focused on financial reporting issues. Before joining Merrimack, she had been an accounting instructor at Florida International University.

"The course design of the Master of Science in Accounting program helps students not only build professional proficiency, but improve their analytical skills and communications skills, which are necessary for successful accounting professionals."

More than just teachers

Merrimack's professors are experts in their fields who take an active interest in your studies. You will be able to get to know them, receive individual attention and ask questions.


student to faculty ratio at Merrimack means you'll study in small, supportive and engaging classes

Next start dates

Fall 2019

September 3, 2019