Jul 19, 2024  
2010 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2010 School of Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Messages from President and the Dean

Message from the President of Salem State College


It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Salem State College community, to welcome you to campus. Your thirst for knowledge will be sated here, and your quest for knowledge both encouraged and supported. We are truly delighted that you have chosen to join our community of learners. It is my sincere hope that you find your graduate studies at Salem State College both stimulating and intellectually challenging.

There are a myriad of services and extracurricular programs available to you on campus. Please take advantage of them. The more integrated into the life of the college you become, the more rewarding your time here will be.

Historically, Salem State College began offering programs leading to graduate degrees during the 1950s; at that time, just the M.Ed and M.A.T. were available. Nearly half a century later, the college offers a vast array of graduate and certificate programs, including ones in teaching, business, social work, education, English, history, nursing, mathematics, criminal justice and geo-information sciences, to mention just a few. We continue to add to our established programs based on workforce needs with the goal of assisting you achieve your professional goals and satisfy your chosen profession’s licensing and educational requirements.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of this fine institution, I welcome you to our family of learners and look forward to providing you the tools you require as you advance in your field.

Patricia Maguire Meservey, Ph.D., RN


Message from the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

Emerson_BakerEstablished during the centennial year of the college in 1954, the School of Graduate Studies has become one of the largest graduate programs in the Commonwealth. The School of Graduate Studies currently offers over fifty degree and certificate programs. Through its programs, courses, and academic  enrichment activities, the School of Graduate Studies seeks not only to create a stimulating environment for teaching, learning and research at an advanced academic level but also to foster a professional, caring, and positive culture for all students, faculty and staff.

The graduate faculty at Salem State College is responsible for the development, delivery, and quality of graduate programs. Each program has a graduate faculty coordinator who advises prospective and enrolled students on their programs of study. All new programs and courses, as well as changes in existing courses and programs, are presented by departments for approval to the Graduate Education Council, which is comprised of administrators, faculty, and a graduate student.

The School of Graduate Studies responds to the professional needs and interests of students in the development and design of programs. Recognizing that many students have demanding work and personal lives, the School of Graduate Studies has developed innovative program scheduling and services to respond to those needs. Most graduate programs are offered in the late afternoon and evening or on the weekend. Many courses and programs are offered at off-campus locations for the convenience of our students. The School of Graduate Studies office is open throughout the day and into the evening to accommodate the needs of students.

This catalog introduces students to the School of Graduate Studies at Salem State College. It provides an overview of the School’s mission and goals, programs and course offerings, faculty and staff, as well as information about program requirements, academic policies and services, and the campus. We hope students will find it a useful resource whether they are new or continuing graduate students.


Emerson Baker, Ph.D.
Interim Dean