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2010 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2010 School of Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Salem State College


The College
Affirmative Action Non-Discrimination & Diversity Policy
Graduate Committees
Board of Trustees
Graduate Education Council
School of Graduate Studies
Goals of the School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies Mission Statement


The College

Salem State College, founded in 1854, is the largest of Massachusetts’ nine state colleges. Located along historic Salem and Marblehead harbors in the North Shore region of the state, the campus consists of sixty-two acres and twenty buildings on four sites within a one-mile radius: North Campus, Central Campus, South Campus, and the O’Keefe Athletic Center. The campus is approximately one mile from the center of the city and its important attractions and resources, including the Peabody Essex Museum, the sites associated with Nathaniel Hawthorne and other New England writers, as well as historic period houses. The college is within easy access of Boston, only eighteen miles away.



All-College Accreditation

Salem State College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by NEASC should be directed to the administrative staff of the school or college. Individuals may also contact NEASC:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Rd.
Bedford, MA 01730-1433

Salem State NEASC Information

Education Unit Accreditation

The Education Unit at Salem State College is accredited by:
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036

Salem State College is also accredited by:

  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Geological Institute
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education 
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Council on Social Work Education 
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design 
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre 
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education 
  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges

For more information:
Office of Academic Affairs
Phone: 978.542.6240


Affirmative Action, Non-Discrimination and Diversity Policy

Salem State College is committed to a policy of affirmative action, equal opportunity, non-discrimination and diversity. The College is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment for students, employees and other members of the College Community which values the diverse backgrounds of all people. The College is committed to assuring that the “college experience” is one that challenges, empowers, supports and prepares its students to live in, work in, and value our increasingly global and diverse world. The College believes that the diversity of socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds of members of the College Community enriches the institution and its various constituencies. Salem State College will not tolerate behavior based on bigotry, which has the effect of discriminating unlawfully against any member of the College Community.

Salem State College provides equal access to educational, co-curricular and employment opportunities at the College for all applicants, students and employees regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies. All benefits, privileges and opportunities offered by the College are available to students, employees and other persons having dealings with the institution on a  non-discriminatory basis within the framework of applicable laws, rules, regulations and collective bargaining agreements. The College is committed to taking a pro-active affirmative action posture with respect to the recruitment, selection and promotion of students and employees.

Any member of the College Community who has a question about his or her responsibilities under this policy should contact the Director or Associate Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity or the Equal Opportunity Coordinator. For more information about Salem State College policies and procedures on Diversity and Equal Employment, please visit

Board of Trustees Salem State College

Mr. Jacob S. Segal, chairperson

Ms. Regina M. Villa, vice chairperson

Mr. Kyle Meadows, student trustee

Mr. David C. Abdoo

Mr. James S. Ansara

Mr. Roger S. Berkowitz

Ms. Monica D. Cost

Mr. Wayne Gates

Mr. Lawrence McCully

Ms. Daniela G. Messina, Esq.

Ms. Pamela C. Scott


School of Graduate Studies

The School of Graduate Studies office is located on the first floor of the Sullivan Building in Room 113. The Sullivan Building is located on the North Campus at the intersection of Loring Avenue (Rt. 1-A) and Lafayette Street (Rt. 114).

Office Hours

The School of Graduate Studies Office is open from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday, and 8 am to 5 pm on Friday.

School of Graduate Studies: 978.542.6323

School of Graduate Studies Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Graduate Studies at Salem State College is to create a stimulating environment for research and interactive learning at a post-baccalaureate level for both students and faculty.

The School of Graduate Studies provides programs on campus, off-site, and through distance learning technologies that are responsive to regional and global educational needs. It seeks to enhance a lifelong commitment to learning among its students enabling them to lead personally rewarding and socially beneficial lives in the 21st century. It promotes the cultivation of scholarship and the expansion of knowledge, the development of professional skills and scholarly research at an advanced level, and the interchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff.

The School of Graduate Studies helps learners achieve professional competencies and realize broad intellectual and social interests. Responsive to the needs of all academically qualified students, graduate programs are offered with flexible day and evening schedules and financial arrangements.

Goals of the School of Graduate Studies

  • Provide high quality academic programs at the post-baccalaureate level that are responsive to societal needs and students’ interests.
  • Prepare graduate students for professional careers in both private and public sectors, as well as for further graduate study.
  • Provide programs and services that meet the ever-changing needs of graduate students in a multicultural world through flexible and innovative services and delivery.
  • Promote research and scholarly activity to advance and share knowledge.

Graduate Education Council

The Graduate Education Council of Salem State College makes reports and recommendations concerning the changing of course requirements within the existing graduate curricula, the addition of new courses, and the change or deletion of existing courses within each program. The Council also hears appeals from graduate students related to the graduate program. It is comprised of faculty, a graduate student, and administrators.

Graduate Committees

Each department that sponsors a graduate program has a graduate committee comprised of graduate faculty appointed on the basis of their academic credentials and professional experience. The departmental committees make recommendations concerning graduate curricula and other related graduate matters. These graduate committees transmit their recommendations to the department chairperson for transmission to the Dean of the Graduate School.