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2018-2019 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2018-2019 School of Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Salem State University

Accreditation 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 University

Salem State University, founded in 1854, is the largest of Massachusetts’ nine state universities. 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 university is within easy access of Boston, only eighteen miles away.



All-College Accreditation

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

Occupational Therapy Accreditation

Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Their address is:
ACOTE C/O Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
phone: 301.652.2682.

Salem State University is also accredited by:

  • 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

please visit salemstate.edu/offices-and-services/human-resources-and-equal-opportunity


Board of Trustees Salem State University

please visit salemstate.edu/salem-state-difference/board-trustees


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 is to provide high-quality graduate education and create a stimulating environment for research, scholarship and civic engagement that prepares a diverse community of learners for success in an ever-changing global society.


Goals of the School of Graduate Studies

  • Advance innovative graduate programs and comprehensive educational opportunities in graduate studies
  • Advance the prominence of graduate education and the School of Graduate Studies
  • Expand diversity initiatives within the graduate community
  • Identify and acquire resources necessary to support the future development of the School of Graduate Studies

Graduate Education Council

The Graduate Education Council of Salem State University 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 School of Graduate Studies.