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List of Boston Colleges and Universities with Masters Programs

There are 58 schools within a 25-mile radius of Boston, MA that offer graduate-level education. This article highlights the schools that are closest to the city center, have the lowest net price, highest graduation rates, and largest student body.

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There is no shortage of schools in the Boston area for students who want to get a master's degree. Compare schools based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is known as a university town, and for good reason. There are many colleges and universities in and around the city that offer graduate degrees. If you're looking for a school right in downtown Boston, here are some options to consider:

  • Suffolk University (located downtown)
  • Emerson College (located downtown)
  • Emmanuel College (less than two miles from downtown)
  • Northeastern University (less than two miles from downtown)
  • Simmons College (less than two miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Boston, Massachusetts

Some of Boston's top private and public universities have large student populations. The top five are all four-year schools with combined undergraduate and graduate populations. With over thirty thousand students, Boston University is the largest.

  • Boston University (32,112 students; 14,095 graduate students)
  • Harvard University (28,791 students; 18,453 graduate students)
  • Northeastern University (19,798 students; 6,288 graduate students)
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell (17,179 students; 4,196 graduate students)
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston (16,756 students; 4,056 graduate students)

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Lowest Net Price

In order to calculate a school's net price, the NCES subtracts the average amount of financial aid from the total cost of attendance for full-time undergraduates. The following five schools had the lowest net price for the 2015-2016 school year:

  • University of Massachusetts - Boston ($10,980)
  • Salem State University ($15,588)
  • Harvard University ($15,742)
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell ($17,035)
  • Framingham State University ($18,027)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES determines the graduation rate based on how many full-time undergraduate students complete their degree within 150% of the normal time. In Boston, the top five schools in this category have graduation rates of over ninety percent. These statistics were calculated for the 2015-2016 school year.

  • Laboure College (100%)
  • Harvard University (98%)
  • Tufts University (93%)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (92%)
  • Boston College (92%)

In summary, if you want to get a master's degree in Boston, you can decide based on proximity to downtown, student body size, cost, or graduate rate.

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