Graduate Schools in Boston, MA
Big city meets small town comfortable is a good way to describe this college town that has a high energy level, multi-cultural diversity, and makes a vibrant place to live and learn. And you wouldn’t be alone. Boston has a student population of over 400,000. Start here to learn about going to grad school in Boston.
Why Consider Graduate Programs in Boston?
There are many reasons to earn a graduate degree in the capital city of Massachusetts. It melds colonial history and cobble-stoned streets with a lively sports scene, great food, tons of entertainment and more.
Universities in Boston include the oldest ivy league school in the United States, Harvard University. There are many schools in Boston and Massachusetts that have made it to U.S. News and World Report list of notable institutions.
Among them are some of the partner schools you may find as you read about graduate programs in Boston. Boston University, Boston College, Brandeis University, and Tufts University are a few examples.
But academics is only part of the reason this city appeals as a destination for graduate study.
Located within an hour's drive of Cape Cod, Boston is also two hours from Newport, RI, less than three hours from the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, and four hours from New York City.
Plus, it’s just across the Charles River to nearby Cambridge. Visit the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, stroll through the historic Harvard Yard, shop and eat.
Boston is a city of neighborhoods with distinct personalities. While not an exhaustive list, the few examples below could provide a glimpse. It is also worth noting that many places are accessible by multiple buses and subway lines.
So, whether you attend a university in the heart of Boston or outside it, there are ways to stay connected with friends and fun in diverse locations.
- Allston/Brighton is connected to the rest of the city by a narrow strip of land between Commonwealth Avenue and the Charles River. Surrounded by Newton, Watertown, Cambridge, and Brookline, this area is home to some hot spots and Boston University, a partner school
- Brookline is easily accessible by the subway and buses. Look for a mix of urban and suburban, bars, restaurants and the shops near Washington Square
- Cambridge is a city in itself and located opposite Boston on the Charles River
- Downton Boston/Back Bay includes areas like the Financial District, Government center and waterfront
- Newtown is six miles west of Boston and is a quiet and affluent suburb. Home to Chestnut Hill and bounded by the Charles River
- Jamaica Plain, or “J.P” as the locals call it is a hip and diverse neighborhood. Look for local businesses and many different restaurants
- Whaltham is located north-west of downtown Boston, by about 11 miles and home to Brandeis University, a sponsor. In Whaltham, which stretches along the Charles River, there are many other neighborhoods as well
What is the weather usually like in Boston? Averages range between the 50’s and 70’s in September and turns colder (think, frost) towards Thanksgiving.
Winter could bring snow, though days typically warm up to the 40s in April. The year's hottest days are normally in mid-July. The average temperature peaks then with daily highs of 82 °F.
As a New England city, Boston adapts to the changes in its four seasons with plenty of reasons to enjoy each one. Fall is for football (New England Patriots), foliage and temperatures where you might need a light jacket in September.
Winter is ski season, but it’s also for hockey (Bruins) and basketball fans (Celtics). Spring is Swan Boats, Sox games, and outdoor patios. If you are around in summer, ring in the 4th of July with the Boston Pops.
Food and Fun
Whether you prefer to grab a quick bite off a local food truck, or head out with friends, Boston is a foodie’s friend. Plus, the City of Boston website has a host of helpful ways to map your meals. You can find information on food trucks by neighborhood. Or, just head to a place like Faneuil Hall for its pubs, restaurants, outdoor cafes and food vendors.
What to eat? Boston is best known for New England clam chowder, fish and chips, lobster rolls, grilled clams, baked beans, Boston cream pie, and roast beef sandwiches. Baseball fans may get over to Fenway Park for some Fenway franks.
Remember that famous TV show, Cheers? The pub known as Cheers is a real place, and a big attraction in Boston. Have a mug of Samuel Adams. The city is also home to a number of Irish pubs if you like it cheeky and rowdy.
Need a jolt of caffeine? Between home-grown local coffee shops and national chains, Boston neighborhoods each have something to offer from hipster to your corner café.
The Walkability Factor
Boston is reported as one of the top ten walkable cities in the United States. The city itself covers just short of 50 square miles, and while well-known for the Boston Marathon, it also has some great walking trails.
How do you get around in Boston? Boston ranks third highest in its category for commuters who want alternatives to the car. This could be thanks to the T (subway system), numerous bike paths, and its pre-car-era downtown street patterns.
Like Revolutionary War Landmarks? Take a 2.5 stroll on the Freedom Trail.
This iconic red brick trail cuts through Boston’s historic neighborhoods and tells the story of the American Revolution. You could start off in Boston Common, and end your journey at the USS Constitution in Charleston.
Prefer a more modern route? Take a long walk or jog on the Boston Harborwalk or enjoy 7 miles of the Emerald Necklace. The Emerald Necklace is a series of connected greenways that journeys through a bunch of neighborhoods. Start at Boston Common and follow the path through the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, the Black Bay Fens, the Riverway, Jamaica Pond and Franklin Park.
On that note, while NYC has Central Park, Boston Common (the Common) is said to be the oldest city park in the United States. Located near the Financial District and Beacon Hill, the Common is one of many great places to get your run on.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Boston Tea Party was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty on December 16, 1773.
The city is home to galleries and art museums, Tudor architecture and a vibrant theatre district.
Music is also big – bands such as Boston, Aerosmith, the Cars, and the Pixies come from the area so you may be in for some great concerts at the Bank of America Pavilion.
You might try a History Tour Pub Crawl which mixes craft beer with a unique Boston experience.
Boston Graduate Schools & Programs
Excited to study in Boston? The historical overtones of this New England city coupled with its business muscles make it a great place to live. Here are a few ideas from our partner universities in Boston to get you started.
RN to MSN
There are many reasons to look for graduate programs in Boston. Aside from over 100 colleges and universities in Greater Boston, the city boasts industries like biotechnology, financial services, tourism, venture capital firms and innovation.
Plus, local digital tech companies, start-ups, and companies such as Trip Advisor, Hubspot and Wayfair may be internship opportunities to target.
Boston College: PhD in Mathematics
Founded in 1863 by the Jesuits, Boston College is located in the Allston, Brighton neighborhood. Of the many programs that could beckon, the Mathematics department offers a PhD in Mathematics. With a wide variety of active faculty research, students might focus in one of three broad research areas:
- Number Theory/Representation Theory
- Algebraic Geometry
Boston College is a member of the Graduate Consortium. Therefore, BC mathematics graduate students may cross-register for one course each semester at Boston University, Brandeis, or Tufts.
Aside from coursework in topics such as complex analysis and algebra, students usually have responsibilities as teaching assistants and teaching fellows. Also, PhD in Mathematics students take part in a required Teaching Seminar in the fall semester of their first two years.
Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of Mathematicians and Statisticians is expected to grow by 33% from 2016 to 2026.iWhy not nurture your intellect in this academically strong city!
Simmons: RN to MSN
Located in Boston's Simmons's School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) main campus and residence campus are located in Boston's vibrant Fenway neighborhood. From campus, students might walk to numerous cafes, colleges, museums, shops, parks, performance venues, and movie theaters.
Also, Simmons is next to renowned Longwood Medical Area and close to teaching hospitals and biomedical research centers. It offers a blend of strong academics, clinical experiences and research opportunities. To this end, each student is assigned a Clinical Placement Specialist who could work with the student and local health care providers to try to establish placement prospects.
Planned-out for licensed Registered Nurses (RNs), SNHS offers two degree programs, each with unique program track options for RNs and advanced practice nurses at different stages in their education and careers. Students could study at Simmons with an online program, which may be an asset to hard at-work Boston area nurses and non-locals alike.
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – Family Nurse Practitioner (for students with their BSN)
- RN to MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (for non-BSN graduates)
- Post MSN to DNP (for MSN graduates)
The FNP and RN to MSN programs at Simmons are accredited through 2019 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The DNP degree program offered on-campus is already accredited by CCNE through 2025.
Per the BLS, employment of advanced practice nurses is on the rise, with growth projected at 31% from 2016 to 2026.ii Why not prepare for this trend as you study nursing in Boston?
Endicott College: MBA Degree
Endicott College Boston is located in downtown Boston, which could provide a great backdrop for Masters in Business Administration (MBA) students. In addition, all Van Loan students in any location have access to the wide array of resources of the main campus in Beverly—from the Halle Library to their private beaches.
The variety of MBA programs may appeal to students who want to sharpen business skills and leadership experience. Courses are often tailored to students’ potential career paths, whether this is accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, human resource management, and marketing and sales.
MBA programs include an evening MBA for local professionals who want to earn their degree while at-work. The Full Time Intensive MBA is planned-out for business degree undergraduates and those with bachelor's degrees in other areas. An online MBA could provide an alternative, while still providing access to campus facilities.
Check out some of the possible MBA concentrations at Endicott below (there are more).
- Health Care
- International Business
- Nonprofit Management
- IT Management
- Maritime Economics
Located on the health science campus in Boston's Chinatown, the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) Physician Assistant Program is a 25-month master's degree program that begins in January of each year. They also offer a combined Physician Assistant and Master of Public Health PA\MPA degree program.
Students could take a blend of classroom courses in disease management, health promotion and palliative care. At the same time, there is a major emphasis in clinically-based education. Masters in Physician Assistant participants may have access to a gross anatomy lab, the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, and might train on mannequins and in the simulation rooms.
To this end, since TUSM is located on the Tufts University Medical Campus, the physician assistant program might opportunity to collaborate with students and professionals in medical, nutrition, dental, public health, and biochemistry disciplines.
The TUSM Physician Assistant Program has been granted the status "Accreditation-Continued" by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Students who graduate from this program may be eligible to sit for their certification exam and practice as a PA.
Physician Assistants, per reports from the BLS, are in demand; a 37% growth in employment is projected from 2016 to 2026.iiiMany of Boston's medical facilities are associated with universities, and Tufts is a great example!
Find Universities for Graduate Study in Boston
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[i] bls.gov/ooh/math/mathematicians-and-statisticians.htm#tab-6 | [ii] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm#tab-6 | [iii] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm#tab-6
- Bristol, RIBristol, RI
Roger Williams University
Guaranteed paid internships and NAAB-accredited. Exciting two- and three-year options available in the M.Arch program offered by the School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation.
- Bristol, RI
With a rich history dating back to 1918, Boston University School of Social Work continues to educate agents of change through our comprehensive graduate program housed at a leading private research university.
Anna Maria College
Designed with law enforcement officials in mind, Anna Maria College’s Master of Public Administration with a Criminal Justice specialization balances the leadership and organizational aspects of public service with the specific needs of the justi...
- Paxton, MA
MPH@Simmons is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to positively impact public health and address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.
- Weston, MAWeston, MA
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- Weston, MA
- North Dartmouth, MANorth Dartmouth, MA
Southern New England School Of Law
- Cambridge, MACambridge, MA
Shady Hill School
Learn to teach by teaching.
- Cambridge, MACambridge, MA
Longy School Of Music
Located in Cambridge's Harvard Square, across the Charles River from Boston, Longy is a small, dynamic conservatory in a world-class city.
- North Andover, MANorth Andover, MA
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- North Andover, MA
- Cambridge, MACambridge, MA
Harvard University And Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
The Harvard-MIT Program in Speech and Hearing Science and Biotechnology (SHBT) is the only one of its kind in the country û a tight-knit research comm...
- Weston, MAWeston, MA
Pope John Xxiii National Seminary
- Paxton, MAPaxton, MA
Anna Maria College
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- Paxton, MA
- Paxton, MA
- Newton Centre, MANewton Centre, MA
Boston Theological Institute
Graduate programs at nine theological schools in the Greater Boston Area.
- Newton, MANewton, MA
Mount Ida College
A program geared toward interior design practitioners looking to expand their management knowledge and design skills.
- Newton, MA