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Massachusetts Schools

In Massachusetts, academia is a declining field. The trends in Massachusetts' academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Massachusetts By Profession

725 835 874 756
975 978 1,172 1,251
4,691 4,770 4,754 4,541
4,451 4,549 4,664 4,759
7,251 7,302 7,348 7,406
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

In 2009 there were 18,713 higher education faculty at the 202 colleges and universities in Massachusetts, where in 2006 there were 18,093.

Thus the number of collegiate level faculty has seen a increase of 4%.

Average faculty salaries in Massachusetts

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in Massachusetts state is $64,838 per year, which is more than faculty salaries around the nation, which average $57,293 per year. And male faculty in Massachusetts earn more than female faculty by 10%.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Massachusetts

No data at this time.

Approximately 49% of Massachusetts' 18,224 college faculty members are tenured, while 19% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Massachusetts by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Massachusetts Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% -1.49% 2.62% 1.76%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Massachusetts
  • Light Blue: National

In Massachusetts the number of full-time faculty in the state has grown by 2%. Similarly from 2006 to 2009, the number of part-time faculty has also increased by 3%. This shows that in academia in Massachusetts, working full-time is becoming less popular.

National Vs. Massachusetts Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% -2.16% -2.09% 2.64%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Massachusetts
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Massachusetts

No data at this time.

And 8% of part-time faculty in Massachusetts belonged to an ethnic or racial minority in 2009. While 14% of those who were working on a full-time basis identified themselves as being from an ethnically diverse background.

Part time faculty minorities in Massachusetts

No data at this time.

National Vs. Massachusetts Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 2.6% 9.21% 15.44%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Massachusetts
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in Massachusetts has increased by 13%. This is consistent with national statistics, which show that of the 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally in 2006, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background, while of the 855,625 faculty working in 2009, 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Massachusetts by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Massachusetts by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Massachusetts Faculty Employment growth of men

0% -1.03% 0.49% 1.46%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Massachusetts
  • Light Blue: National

While the percentage of ethnic or racial minorities has increased in academia in Massachusetts, the percentage of women has decreased. National trends are inconsistent with this. On a national level, the number of women faculty at institutions of higher learning has increased by 9% between the years 2006 and 2009.

National Vs. Massachusetts Faculty Employment growth of women

0% -2.77% 1.1% 3.02%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Massachusetts
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Massachusetts Faculty employment by Gender

National Massachusetts
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 48%
Women 52%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Massachusetts


As the number of higher education faculty in Massachusetts has grown, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased.

Currently in Massachusetts, there are 378,737 undergraduate students and 124,852 graduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Massachusetts

11086 10902 11234 12072 12072
43402 43661 47361 45504 47289
2812 3101 4480 5498 6746
26795 25943 27892 28169 30466
14656 15051 13750 13722 14890
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Massachusetts


A total of 31,738 students graduated from colleges and universities in Massachusetts in 2009. Approximately 33% of these students graduated from masters and doctoral degree programs. Another 42% graduated from bachelors-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Massachusetts


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

Retention rates in Massachusetts

Returning Students 62%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

It is interesting to note that for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs in Massachusetts, only 62 students return to school the following year and 54 eventually graduate. This is consistent with national trends show a retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Massachusetts

Graduation Students 54%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Massachusetts Students By Gender

National Massachusetts
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 41%
Women 59%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Massachusetts is not very diverse. Of the 503,589 students studying in the state's colleges and universities, 59% are female, and 20% identify themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority. In the US, as a whole, 58% of the student population is female. And approximately 28% belong to a racial or ethnic minority.

National Vs. Massachusetts Students Minorities

National Massachusetts
Minorities 29%
Minorities 20%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Massachusetts

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  1. Massachusetts Business Schools193,496 Employed
  2. Massachusetts Teaching Schools158,727 Employed
  3. Massachusetts Engineering Schools112,728 Employed
  4. Massachusetts Biology Schools103,203 Employed
  5. Massachusetts Art Schools79,207 Employed
  6. Massachusetts Law Schools71,663 Employed
  7. Massachusetts Psychology Schools66,078 Employed
  8. Massachusetts Liberal Arts Schools65,415 Employed
  9. Massachusetts Business Administration Schools60,744 Employed
  10. Massachusetts Music Schools56,373 Employed
  11. Massachusetts History Schools50,967 Employed
  12. Massachusetts Physics Schools50,466 Employed
  13. Massachusetts English Schools48,918 Employed
  14. Massachusetts Health Science Schools46,918 Employed
  15. Massachusetts Math Schools45,742 Employed
  16. Massachusetts Information Technology Schools38,285 Employed
  17. Massachusetts Nursing Schools37,817 Employed
  18. Massachusetts Counseling Schools36,460 Employed
  19. Massachusetts Communications Schools35,607 Employed
  20. Massachusetts Theology Schools34,686 Employed
  21. Massachusetts Information Systems Schools34,447 Employed
  22. Massachusetts Management Schools32,814 Employed
  23. Massachusetts Architecture Schools32,486 Employed
  24. Massachusetts Chemistry Schools30,874 Employed
  25. Massachusetts Finance Schools30,749 Employed
  26. Massachusetts Public Administration Schools29,679 Employed
  27. Massachusetts Educational Leadership Schools29,407 Employed
  28. Massachusetts Criminal Justice Schools29,221 Employed
  29. Massachusetts Design Schools28,830 Employed
  30. Massachusetts Political Science Schools26,689 Employed
  31. Massachusetts Public Health Schools26,062 Employed
  32. Massachusetts MBA Schools25,925 Employed
  33. Massachusetts Biochemistry Schools24,512 Employed
  34. Massachusetts Computer Science Schools24,330 Employed
  35. Massachusetts Sociology Schools24,148 Employed
  36. Massachusetts Accounting Schools21,668 Employed
  37. Massachusetts Visual Communications Schools20,605 Employed
  38. Massachusetts International Business Schools18,838 Employed
  39. Massachusetts Human Resources Schools18,515 Employed
  40. Massachusetts Human Services Schools18,188 Employed
  41. Massachusetts Computer Engineering Schools17,356 Employed
  42. Massachusetts Civil Engineering Schools16,817 Employed
  43. Massachusetts Elementary Education Schools16,745 Employed
  44. Massachusetts Early Childhood Education Schools16,597 Employed
  45. Massachusetts Public Relations Schools15,471 Employed
  46. Massachusetts Marketing Schools15,383 Employed
  47. Massachusetts Mechanical Engineering Schools15,248 Employed
  48. Massachusetts BSN Schools15,192 Employed
  49. Massachusetts Forensic Nursing Schools15,192 Employed
  50. Massachusetts RN to BSN Schools15,192 Employed
  51. Massachusetts Special Education Schools15,103 Employed
  52. Massachusetts Journalism Schools14,937 Employed
  53. Massachusetts Speech Therapy Schools14,466 Employed
  54. Massachusetts Social Work Schools12,670 Employed
  55. Massachusetts Video Production Schools12,341 Employed
  56. Massachusetts Film Schools12,341 Employed
  57. Massachusetts Biomedical Engineering Schools12,332 Employed
  58. Massachusetts Hospitality Schools11,736 Employed
  59. Massachusetts Business Management Schools10,943 Employed
  60. Massachusetts Healthcare Administration Schools10,771 Employed
  61. Massachusetts Radiology Technology Schools10,178 Employed
  62. Massachusetts Advertising Schools9,937 Employed
  63. Massachusetts Nutrition Schools9,911 Employed
  64. Massachusetts Graphic Design Schools9,640 Employed
  65. Massachusetts Creative Writing Schools9,051 Employed
  66. Massachusetts Computer Networking Schools8,486 Employed
  67. Massachusetts Organizational Psychology Schools8,326 Employed
  68. Massachusetts Sports Management Schools7,969 Employed
  69. Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Schools7,230 Employed
  70. Massachusetts Sports Medicine Schools6,732 Employed
  71. Massachusetts Electrical Engineering Schools6,720 Employed
  72. Massachusetts School Psychology Schools6,558 Employed
  73. Massachusetts Paralegal Schools6,459 Employed
  74. Massachusetts X Ray Technician Schools6,435 Employed
  75. Massachusetts Physical Therapy Schools6,336 Employed
  76. Massachusetts Forensic Science Schools6,059 Employed
  77. Massachusetts Culinary Schools6,026 Employed
  78. Massachusetts Clinical Psychology Schools5,874 Employed
  79. Massachusetts Web Design Schools5,855 Employed
  80. Massachusetts Fire Science Schools5,595 Employed
  81. Massachusetts Computer Programming Schools5,420 Employed
  82. Massachusetts Ministry Schools5,259 Employed
  83. Massachusetts Small Business Schools5,057 Employed
  84. Massachusetts Risk Management Schools4,916 Employed
  85. Massachusetts Mental Health Schools4,730 Employed
  86. Massachusetts Respiratory Therapy Schools4,492 Employed
  87. Massachusetts Software Engineering Schools4,344 Employed
  88. Massachusetts Veterinary Schools3,865 Employed
  89. Massachusetts Fashion Schools3,777 Employed
  90. Massachusetts Drafting Schools3,505 Employed
  91. Massachusetts Supply Chain Management Schools3,470 Employed
  92. Massachusetts Interior Design Schools3,407 Employed
  93. Massachusetts Fashion Marketing Schools3,251 Employed
  94. Massachusetts Construction Management Schools3,065 Employed
  95. Massachusetts Physician Assistant Schools2,479 Employed
  96. Massachusetts Dental Hygienist Schools2,420 Employed
  97. Massachusetts Health Information Management Schools2,214 Employed
  98. Massachusetts Healthcare Management Schools2,214 Employed
  99. Massachusetts Surgical Technology Schools2,192 Employed
  100. Massachusetts Sonography Schools2,068 Employed
  101. Massachusetts Ultrasound Technology Schools2,068 Employed
  102. Massachusetts Animation Schools2,010 Employed
  103. Massachusetts Hotel Management Schools1,953 Employed
  104. Massachusetts Criminology Schools1,841 Employed
  105. Massachusetts Fashion Merchandising Schools1,642 Employed
  106. Massachusetts Health Information Schools1,582 Employed
  107. Massachusetts Forestry Schools1,501 Employed
  108. Massachusetts Physical Therapy Assistant Schools1,467 Employed
  109. Massachusetts Medical Coding Schools1,466 Employed
  110. Massachusetts Gerontology Schools1,454 Employed
  111. Massachusetts Homeland Security Schools1,402 Employed
  112. Massachusetts Computer Animation Schools1,332 Employed
  113. Massachusetts Video Game Design Schools1,332 Employed
  114. Massachusetts Christian Counseling Schools1,258 Employed
  115. Massachusetts Fashion Design Schools900 Employed
  116. Massachusetts Property Management Schools766 Employed
  117. Massachusetts Project Management Schools622 Employed
  118. Massachusetts Industrial Design Schools496 Employed
  119. Massachusetts Music Therapy Schools477 Employed
  120. Massachusetts Medical Billing Schools469 Employed
  121. Massachusetts Music Production Schools453 Employed
  122. Massachusetts Restaurant Management Schools442 Employed
  123. Massachusetts Forensic Psychology Schools293 Employed
  124. Massachusetts Web Development Schools94 Employed
  125. Massachusetts Carpentry Schools26 Employed

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