2018 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has more than 168 post-secondary institutions, of which 42 offer online programs. A total of seven are public four-year colleges or universities and five are public community or technical colleges and 30 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 669 online certificate programs, 2,501 online associates programs, 6,793 online bachelor’s programs, 3,566 online master’s programs, 4,491 online professional programs, and 925 online doctoral programs.

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Of the online colleges in Massachusetts, Northeastern University offers the greatest number of programs online. It is a 4-year research university. The school offers 67 online programs.

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The average wage in Massachusetts is more than the national average. In the US, workers earn a reported $42,871 annually. However, in Massachusetts, workers earn a reported $53,700 annually. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $100,860 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $19,960 annually. The median annual income for employees is roughly $41,880.


Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. Public four-year colleges and universities in Massachusetts charged students an average of $1,535 per year. Tuition at public community and technical colleges was $1,295 per year on average. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $7,440 to $39,314 per year.

To offset tuition costs, Massachusetts college students received an estimated $35,903,928,496 worth of financial aid each year. Around 59.7% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. The remainder was in the form of loans that had to be paid back. Institutional grants account for a reported 92.75% of the scholarships and grants. In 2010, the accredited Massachusetts online colleges awarded their students $21,062,027,451 in institutional scholarships and grants.

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Massachusetts, named from the Massachusett Native Americans tribe name, is located in the Northeast region of the United States. The state, which has an area of 10,554 square miles, is the 8th smallest in the country. Approximately 49°F is Massachusetts’s average annual temperature.

The population of Massachusetts is the 14th largest in the US. It has an estimated population of 6,547,629 residents living in its 14 counties. An estimated 39% of Massachusetts’s population is under the age of 30. With approximately 24 percent of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the least diverse populations in the U.S.

Massachusetts’s capital city is Boston, which is the largest city in the state, with a population of 617,594 residents. Approximately 11 percent of the state’s residents live in the Boston metropolitan area. Some of the other populous cities in Massachusetts are Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, and Cambridge.

Massachusetts residents typically have a lower than average level of education as compared to those around the country. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 18 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 7 percent have at least an associate degree, 6 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.