Massachusetts College Of Art And Design

Massachusetts College Of Art And Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, popularly referred to as MassArt, was established in 1873. It is a public institution and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the first college of arts in the United States to grant a degree in the subject. MassArt awards bachelor's and master's degrees in the fields of fine arts, science, and architecture, among others. Several pre-college programs for high school students as well as continuing education programs are also offered by the institution.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design has a co-ed basketball team named the Masstadons. There are several other varsity sports teams that participate in cross country, basketball, tennis, and softball.

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Ave
Boston , MA 02115-5882
General Phone: (617) 879-7000

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MassArt Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Design114design and visual communication, industrial design, fashion design, graphic design, illustration
Photography and Commercial Art95commercial art, cinematography, photography, film and photography, multimedia, printmaking
Fine Arts81crafts and folk art, fine arts, art history and criticism, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textile arts, metal and jewelry, fine arts studies ...
Education and Teaching50art education
Architecture and Planning12environmental design

Number of programs and degrees for MassArt in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree27420
Postbaccalaureate certificate131
Master's degree504
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years81
Award of less than 1 academic year71

MassArt Student Body

In 2007-2008, MassArt had a total enrollment of 2,312 students (1,845 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 29%
Women 71%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 93%
Graduate 7%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 56%
Black 2%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 4%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 30%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 20%
20-21 26%
22-24 19%
25-29 15%
30-34 7%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 4%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Hampshire6%
New York4%
Rhode Island4%
(International Students)3%
New Jersey1%
Washington, DC1%

MassArt Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %

MassArt Room and Board (2007)

MassArt offers campus housing for 370 of its 1,845 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Boston, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

MassArt Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510620
SAT Math480590
SAT Writing500600
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT7%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

MassArt Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,900
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,000
Room and board $ 11,220
Room charge $ 8,430
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,790
Books and supplies $ 2,000
Other expenses $ 1,280

Financial Aid:
MassArt participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 218000)

MassArt Faculty

MassArt has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track41
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1315

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year28$79,24025$76,249
Associate professoracademic year9$64,78814$64,754
Assistant professoracademic year14$60,1148$58,194
All faculty totalacademic year51$71,43947$69,751

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

MassArt Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture

Design and Visual Communications, General
Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Industrial Design

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Metal and Jewelry Arts

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

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What Sets MassArt Apart:

% of degrees in fine arts
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% of degrees in photography and commercial art
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% of degrees in design
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Top 12%MassArt % of degrees in design
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%MassArt Female % of student body
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%MassArt Salaries of full-time faculty

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checked Option to study abroad
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