Unlock Your Psychology Career Potential: Compare the Best Psychology Degree Programs in Massachusetts for 2023


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Psychology Degree Programs in Massachusetts

Find and compare the best psychology degree programs by state.


Number of Schools

In Massachusetts, there are 53 4-year schools that offer psychology degrees


Number of Programs

With 53 schools offering psychology programs, the total number of programs offered in Massachusetts is 258


Number of Graduates

The 258 psychology programs in Massachusetts produced 8,905 psychology graduates in 2021

Psychology Degree Programs in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Psychology Degrees Programs

Top (10) Psychology Programs in Massachusetts

Harvard University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 254
Average Cost to Attend: $73,584
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $3,660
Average Net Price: $13,910
Average Admitted: 4%
Average Enrolled: 84%
Average Graduation Rate: 97%
Student / Faculty: 7 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 44%
Massachusetts Ranking: #1
National Ranking: #1

Amherst College

2021 Psychology Graduates: 31
Average Cost to Attend: $79,600
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $1,109
Average Net Price: $18,809
Average Admitted: 9%
Average Enrolled: 42%
Average Graduation Rate: 92%
Student / Faculty: 7 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 95%
Massachusetts Ranking: #2
National Ranking: #30

Wellesley College

2021 Psychology Graduates: 57
Average Cost to Attend: $80,762
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $1,489
Average Net Price: $21,862
Average Admitted: 16%
Average Enrolled: 49%
Average Graduation Rate: 92%
Student / Faculty: 8 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 77%
Massachusetts Ranking: #3
National Ranking: #31

Boston University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 728
Average Cost to Attend: $78,350
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $8,502
Average Net Price: $25,852
Average Admitted: 19%
Average Enrolled: 28%
Average Graduation Rate: 89%
Student / Faculty: 11 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 64%
Massachusetts Ranking: #4
National Ranking: #63

Tufts University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 260
Average Cost to Attend: $80,346
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $2,514
Average Net Price: $31,630
Average Admitted: 11%
Average Enrolled: 50%
Average Graduation Rate: 94%
Student / Faculty: 10 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 49%
Massachusetts Ranking: #5
National Ranking: #40

Northeastern University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 236
Average Cost to Attend: $77,110
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $9,666
Average Net Price: $38,927
Average Admitted: 18%
Average Enrolled: 33%
Average Graduation Rate: 90%
Student / Faculty: 15 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 61%
Massachusetts Ranking: #6
National Ranking: #101

Smith College

2021 Psychology Graduates: 176
Average Cost to Attend: $78,154
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $1,523
Average Net Price: $29,569
Average Admitted: 30%
Average Enrolled: 37%
Average Graduation Rate: 91%
Student / Faculty: 9 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 79%
Massachusetts Ranking: #7
National Ranking: #84

Boston College

2021 Psychology Graduates: 693
Average Cost to Attend: $79,482
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $4,537
Average Net Price: $30,159
Average Admitted: 19%
Average Enrolled: 33%
Average Graduation Rate: 90%
Student / Faculty: 14 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 47%
Massachusetts Ranking: #8
National Ranking: #103

College of the Holy Cross

2021 Psychology Graduates: 102
Average Cost to Attend: $73,780
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $1,890
Average Net Price: $29,198
Average Admitted: 43%
Average Enrolled: 29%
Average Graduation Rate: 93%
Student / Faculty: 10 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 90%
Massachusetts Ranking: #9
National Ranking: #108

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

2021 Psychology Graduates: 448
Average Cost to Attend: $31,786
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $19,437
Average Net Price: $17,291
Average Admitted: 66%
Average Enrolled: 17%
Average Graduation Rate: 84%
Student / Faculty: 18 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 68%
Massachusetts Ranking: #10
National Ranking: #134

Psychology Programs Offered in Massachusetts

There are 258 undergraduate psychology programs offered by 53 different 4-year colleges, comprising 11 public and 42 private schools.

Additionally, psychology programs in Massachusetts produced 4,954 bachelor’s graduates, 3,543 master’s graduates and 276 doctorate graduates.

The table below details the programs offered and the total number of graduates in Massachusetts.

Psychology GraduatesBSMAPMCPhD
Applied Psychology97158
Clinical Psychology198214
Cognitive Psychology121
Community Psychology12
Counseling and Applied Psychology2407845189
Counseling Psychology71171126
Developmental Psychology68278
Educational Psychology285
Experimental Psychology2332718
Forensic Psychology167
General Psychology3,148151235
Industrial Organizational Psychology18
Marriage and Family Therapy15
Medical Psychology20
Mental Health Counseling444112
Psychometrics Psychology1
Research Psychology5907331
School Psychology39397
Social Psychology29121
Social Work3431,64921
Total Graduates4,9543,54394276
US Department of Education

Credits Accepted for Massachusetts Schools

The types of academic credits available to Massachusetts students are varied and include:

  • Dual enrollment
  • Credit for life experiences
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits

Psychology Admission, Enrollment, and Graduation in Massachusetts

On average, Massachusetts schools admitted 66% of students who applied to 4-year institutions. Of those who were offered admission, 23% enrolled.

The average freshman retention rate for Massachusetts schools is 77%, compared to 71% for all universities nationwide.

The overall graduation rate for 4-year colleges and universities in Massachusetts is 69%, compared to 56% for all universities nationwide.

The top three schools in Massachusetts for highest graduation rate are Harvard University (97%), Tufts University (94%), and Williams College (94%).

The top three schools with the highest number of psychology graduates in Massachusetts are Simmons University (791), Boston University (728), and Boston College (693).

1st Year Return77%71%
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Student & Faculty Information in Massachusetts

In the fall of 2021, Massachusetts schools that offered psychology programs had an average of 59% full-time instructional or research faculty members and 40% part-time instructional faculty members.

The average student-to-faculty ratio for Massachusetts schools offering psychology programs is 12:1.

The table below shows a comparison of the percentage of full-time instructional and research faculty members and the student-to-faculty ratio between Massachusetts and the United States as a whole:

Full-Time Instructional49%56%
Full-Time Research9%6%
Part-Time Instructional40%35%
Student Faculty Ratio12:115:1
US Department of Education

Tuition and Student Expenses in Massachusetts

If you’re an undergraduate psychology student in Massachusetts, the average tuition you’ll pay depends on the institution you choose. Typically, tuition costs range from $910 to $61,646 per year, with an average of $32,671. In addition to tuition, you’ll also need to budget for books and supplies, which can cost between $800 and $2,000 annually, with an average of $1,142.

The three most affordable undergraduate psychology schools in Massachusetts are Fitchburg State University ($15,760), Worcester State University ($16,606), and Westfield State University ($16,809). Meanwhile, the three most expensive institutions are the Tufts University ($80,346), Boston College ($79,482), and Brandeis University ($78,358).

As for prospective graduate psychology students, the average cost of tuition and fees for graduate programs varies widely based on the school and program chosen. Graduate tuition costs between $775 and $58,560 per year, with an average of $22,183. However, most graduate programs also require additional fees, such as application fees, technology fees, and library fees, which can add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars. In-state graduate fees typically range from $60 to $10,410, with an average of $1,522.

The three most affordable graduate psychology schools in Massachusetts are Worcester State University ($5,796), Fitchburg State University ($6,012), and Gordon College ($6,400). Meanwhile, the three most expensive graduate programs are Boston University ($59,418), Tufts University ($55,216), and Brandeis University ($53,618).

If you’re curious about how Massachusetts schools stack up against national averages, you can compare average total expenses in the table below. Note that these figures don’t take into account financial aid, grants, loans, or scholarships. If you’re interested in that information, you can find it in the sections below.

Average Expenses for Psychology SchoolsMassachusettsU.S.
On Campus Room & Board$15,086$11,729
On-Campus Living Expenses$2,071$3,474
Total Living Expenses$17,157$15,203
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$32,671$21,301
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,142$1,254
Total Undergraduate Expenses$50,970$37,758
In-State, Graduate Tuition$22,183$14,479
In-State, Graduate Fees$1,522$1,155
Total Graduate Expenses$23,705$15,634
US Department of Education

Cost to Attend, Financial Aid, Net Price in Massachusetts

Average Net Price

In Massachusetts, the cost to attend a college or university that offers psychology programs is a significant financial investment. The key term to know for college affordability is the net price.

The average net price for a college or university in Massachusetts that offers psychology programs is $23,230. This figure is calculated based on the most recent data provided by each institution to the US Department of Education.

Net price is determined by adding up the costs of tuition, room and board, living expenses, books, and supplies and then subtracting the average financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, and loans, received by federal financial aid recipients.

Cost to Attend$50,970$37,758
Average Financial Aid$20,502$13,984
Percent Receiving Aid89%90%
Net Price$23,230$17,524
US Department of Education

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend Massachusetts universities shown by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$10,035$8,902
$30,001 – $48,000$10,837$10,028
$48,001 – $75,000$13,453$12,140
$75,001 – $110,000$17,011$15,471
$110,001 and more$18,716$17,470
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Additional Top Ranked Psychology Degree Programs in Massachusetts

Find information on each school’s ranking, number of graduates, net price, and graduation rate along with a link the school’s full 2023 report.

RankSchool# of GraduatesNet PriceGraduation
#11Mount Holyoke College90$29,21885%
#12Brandeis University118$35,14788%
#13Simmons University791$19,02671%
#14Gordon College74$25,91772%
#15Stonehill College62$31,46785%
#16Worcester State University185$12,85361%
#17Clark University96$31,56579%
#18Springfield College209$28,29673%
#19University of Massachusetts-Lowell306$13,22769%
#20Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts22$14,90258%
#21Wheaton College (Massachusetts)47$28,86773%
#22College of Our Lady of the Elms72$22,88968%
#23Eastern Nazarene College43$19,90157%
#24Assumption University95$26,51372%
#25Endicott College53$38,19678%
#26Fitchburg State University72$16,86257%
#27Salem State University346$18,12557%
#28Emmanuel College122$28,13370%
#29University of Massachusetts-Boston493$17,57549%
#30Bridgewater State University455$12,74462%
#31Lasell University27$29,40167%
#32Framingham State University104$16,90051%
#33Lesley University349$31,92860%
#34Bay Path University358$18,66451%
#35University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth140$21,70854%
#36Western New England University80$30,40363%
#37Suffolk University131$32,39360%
#38MCPHS University40$38,39065%
#39Merrimack College59$35,50069%
#40Curry College57$28,78255%
#41Regis College117$35,77561%
#42Westfield State University224$19,19461%
#43Anna Maria College50$24,61448%
#44American International College104$20,95842%
#45Fisher College30$26,13038%
#46Cambridge College233$27,166%
US Department of Education

Psychology Salary Reports for Massachusetts

We use annual surveys of 100,000 psychologists to compile data on salary, employment projections, cost-of-living adjustments, comparisons to related professions, salary based on years of experience, and rankings by city.