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Acting Schools in Massachusetts

There are 33 Massachusetts schools offering acting programs. In 2010, 686 students graduated from programs at Massachusetts acting schools. 612 of all these students graduated with bachelors degrees and 27 of all these students graduated with masters degrees.

Overview

On average, 907 students graduate from acting programs in Massachusetts every year. This accounts for 3% of acting students who US schools graduate. Out of those, 18 students graduated with certificates in acting, 23 with a degree at the associate's level, 612 with a bachelor's level degree, 27 with a master's level degree, and six with a doctorate level degree.

33 acting schools are in this eastern state. Of these, ten schools are public, while 23 schools are private. Tuition at a private acting school varies from $28,526 to $41,982, while tuition at a public acting school varies from $7,053 to $11,917.

Average tuition for acting programs is $28,422. The lowest tuition in this state, which is $7,053 every year, is at Fitchburg State University, while the highest tuition for programs in acting, which is $41,982 per year, is at Bard College at Simon's Rock.

Massachusetts acting schools offer certificates, associates degrees, bachelors degrees, masters degrees, and doctoral degrees.

Acting Program Completions in Massachusetts 2006 - 2010

On average, 907 students graduate from acting programs in Massachusetts every year. This accounts for 3% of acting students who US schools graduate. Out of those, 18 students graduated with certificates in acting, 23 with a degree at the associate's level, 612 with a bachelor's level degree, 27 with a master's level degree, and six with a doctorate level degree.

Acting Program Completions in Massachusetts 2006 - 2010

  • Certificate 2006: 1
  • Certificate 2007: 0
  • Certificate 2008: 0
  • Certificate 2009: 3
  • Certificate 2010: 18
  • Associate 2006: 20
  • Associate 2007: 15
  • Associate 2008: 34
  • Associate 2009: 33
  • Associate 2010: 23
  • Bachelor 2006: 552
  • Bachelor 2007: 594
  • Bachelor 2008: 1019
  • Bachelor 2009: 586
  • Bachelor 2010: 612
  • Master 2006: 35
  • Master 2007: 49
  • Master 2008: 65
  • Master 2009: 33
  • Master 2010: 27
  • Doctorate 2006: 3
  • Doctorate 2007: 4
  • Doctorate 2008: 10
  • Doctorate 2009: 4
  • Doctorate 2010: 6

Acting Program Availability in Massachusetts

Massachusetts schools offer a total of 73 acting programs. Of these programs, around 75.3% are programs at the bachelor's level. The remaining programs are certificates and degrees at the masters level, the associates level, and the doctoral level.

Acting Program Availability in Massachusetts

  • Certificate: 1
  • Associate: 6
  • Bachelor: 55
  • Master: 10
  • Doctorate: 1

Career Trends

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Salary by Percentile

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Salary by Percentile

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 38670
  • 25th Percentile: 50190
  • Median: 71790
  • 75th Percentile: 100930
  • 90th Percentile: 149520

Actors — Salary by Percentile

Actors — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 22110
  • 25th Percentile: 32365
  • Median: 45074
  • 75th Percentile: 63731
  • 90th Percentile: 84760

Career Trends

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Employment Trend

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Employment Trend

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 61670
  • Median Salary 2007: 69010
  • Median Salary 2008: 64290
  • Median Salary 2009: 76690
  • Median Salary 2010: 71790
  • Total Employed 2006: 4210
  • Total Employed 2007: 3620
  • Total Employed 2008: 3230
  • Total Employed 2009: 3920
  • Total Employed 2010: 4670

Actors — Employment Trend

Actors — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 40200
  • Median Salary 2007: 41350
  • Median Salary 2008: 42730
  • Median Salary 2009: 43955
  • Median Salary 2010: 45074
  • Total Employed 2006: 1375
  • Total Employed 2007: 1390
  • Total Employed 2008: 1400
  • Total Employed 2009: 1370
  • Total Employed 2010: 1350

Massachusetts vs National Acting Employment

Massachusetts vs National Acting Employment

  • Employed in Massachusetts: 4.251% (6020)

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1. Westfield State University

577 Western Ave
Westfield, MA 01086-1630
(413) 572-5300

Westfield State University is located in the suburbs of Westfield, Massachusetts and Westfield State offers one acting program. 5,885 students seek degrees in 77 programs at Westfield State, overall. Westfield State is the eighth oldest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering acting programs.

2. Dean College

99 Main Street
Franklin, MA 02038-1941
(508) 541-1900

Dean College offers two programs in acting. Students are offered two associate's level degrees in acting by Dean. This very small school is located in the suburbs of Franklin, Massachusetts. Dean is a 4-year institution. This school is the oldest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering programs in acting.

3. Emerson College

120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-4624
(617) 824-8500

Emerson College, which is near the heart of downtown, is located in Boston, MA. It offers five programs in acting. Students are offered five acting degrees at the bachelor's level by it. Overall, 4,566 students seek degrees in 33 Emerson College programs.

4. The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

375 Church St
North Adams, MA 01247-4100
(413) 662-5000

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is located in town of North Adams, Massachusetts and it offers one program in acting. It is a public 4-year institution.

5. Bard College at Simon's Rock

84 Alford Rd
Great Barrington, MA 01230-9702
(413) 644-4400

Bard College at Simon's Rock, which is very close to Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is located in a rural area. Simons Rock offers five acting programs. It offers five acting degrees at the bachelor's level to students. 380 students pursue degrees in 63 programs at this liberal arts college, overall.

6. Wheaton College

26 E Main St
Norton, MA 2766
(508) 285-7722

Wheaton College offers three acting programs. It offers students three bachelor's level acting degrees. This liberal arts college is located in the suburbs of Norton, Massachusetts. It is one of 27 liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts. In terms of programs, it is the sixth biggest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering acting.

7. Mount Holyoke College

50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075-1489
(413) 538-2000

Mount Holyoke College offers one program in acting and this school is in the suburbs of South Hadley, Massachusetts. It is one of 27 liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts.

8. Amherst College

Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2000

Amherst College offers one program in acting. It is a 4-year institution.

9. Stonehill College

320 Washington Street
Easton, MA 02357-6110
(508) 565-1000

Stonehill College is located in the suburbs of Easton, Massachusetts and this school offers one program in acting. Stonehill is one of 27 liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts.

10. The College of the Holy Cross

One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610-2395
(508) 793-2011

The College of the Holy Cross, which is near the heart of downtown, is located in Worcester, MA. It offers two acting programs. Holy Cross offers students two degrees at the bachelor's level in acting. 2,899 students seek degrees in 22 programs at this liberal arts college, overall.

11. Wheelock College

200 the Riverway
Boston, MA 02215-4176
(617) 879-2000

Wheelock College, which is 2.7 miles from the heart of downtown, is located in Boston, MA. It offers two programs in acting. It offers two acting degrees at the bachelor's level to students.

12. Clark University

950 Main St
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
(508) 793-7711

Clark University offers one acting program and Clark, which is near the center of the city, is in Worcester, MA. It is a 4-year institution.

13. Berkshire Community College

1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201-5786
(413) 499-4660

Berkshire Community College, which is very close to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is located in a rural area and it offers one acting program. This small college is one of 15 community colleges in Massachusetts. It is the third oldest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering acting programs.

14. Pine Manor College

400 Heath St
Chestnut Hill, MA 2467
(617) 731-7000

Pine Manor College is a 4-year institution, founded in 1911. It is located in the suburbs of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. It offers subjects such as english, music, and acting. PMC offers students six associates level degrees, 12 degrees at the bachelors level, and one degree at the masters level. In 2010, 485 students sought degrees from the 14 programs at PMC. PMC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. It is one of 27 liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts.

15. Gordon College

255 Grapevine Rd
Wenham, MA 1984
(978) 927-2300

Gordon College offers one program in acting and Gordon is located in the suburbs of Wenham, Massachusetts. It is a 4-year institution.

16. Smith College

Elm St
Northampton, MA 1063
(413) 584-2700

Smith College is in the suburbs of Northampton, Massachusetts. It offers two acting programs. More specifically, this liberal arts college offers students one bachelor's level degree in acting and one master's level degree in acting. This school is a 4-year institution.

17. Regis College

235 Wellesley St
Weston, MA 02493-1571
(781) 768-7000

Regis College is located in the suburbs of Weston, Massachusetts and this school offers one acting program. It is one of 27 liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts.

18. The Boston Conservatory

8 the Fenway
Boston, MA 2215
(617) 536-6340

The Boston Conservatory is near the heart of downtown. This school offers two acting programs. Out of those, this school offers one acting degree at the bachelor's level to students and one master's level degree in acting. It is a 4-year institution.

19. Hampshire College

893 West St
Amherst, MA 01002-5001
(413) 549-4600

Hampshire College is located in town of Amherst, Massachusetts and it offers one program in acting. This school is a 4-year institution.

20. The University of Massachusetts - Boston

100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125-3393
(617) 287-5000

The University of Massachusetts-Boston is near the heart of downtown and it offers one program in acting. Overall, 15,454 students seek degrees in 110 University of Massachusetts-Boston programs.

21. Brandeis University

415 South St
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
(781) 736-2000

Brandeis University, which is 1.3 miles from the center of the city, is in Waltham, MA. This university offers three programs in acting. More specifically, it offers students one acting degree at the bachelor's level and two degrees at the master's level in acting. 5,642 students pursue degrees in 112 Bramdeis programs, overall. This university is the fifth largest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering acting in terms of programs.

22. Assumption College

500 Salisbury St
Worcester, MA 01609-1296
(508) 767-7000

Assumption College, which is near the center of the city, is in Worcester, MA. It offers two acting programs. It offers students two bachelor's level acting degrees. It is a 4-year institution. In terms of programs, this school is the seventh biggest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering acting.

23. Wellesley College

106 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
(781) 283-1000

Wellesley College offers one acting program and it is located in the suburbs of Wellesley, Massachusetts. This small school is one of 27 liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts.

24. Williams College

880 Main St
Williamstown, MA 1267
(413) 597-3131

Williams College offers one acting program and it is located in Williamstown, MA. It is one of 27 liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts. This school is the second oldest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering programs in acting.

25. Suffolk University

8 Ashburton Pl Beacon Hill
Boston, MA 02108-2770
(617) 573-8000

Suffolk University is located in the center of Boston. SU offers six acting programs. Of those, this school offers students five degrees at the bachelor's level in acting and one master's level acting degree. 9,068 students pursue degrees in 171 programs at Suffolk, overall.

26. Salem State University

352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 1970
(978) 542-6000

Salem State University offers three programs in acting. It offers three bachelor's level acting degrees to students. This mid-sized school is in the suburbs of Salem, Massachusetts. It is one of 42 public post-secondary institutions in Massachusetts. This school is the fifth biggest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering acting in terms of programs.

27. The University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 1003
(413) 545-0111

The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers three acting programs. Of those, this university offers one certificate in acting to students, one bachelor's level acting degree, and one degree at the master's level in acting. 27,569 students pursue degrees in 218 UMass Amherst programs, overall.

28. Harvard University

Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 2138
(617) 495-1000

Harvard University offers one program in acting and Harvard is in the center of Cambridge. This university is one of 4 institutions with a medical school in Massachusetts. This large university is the oldest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering acting programs.

29. Boston College

140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 2467
(617) 552-8000

Boston College, which is near the heart of downtown, is located in Chestnut Hill, MA and it offers one program in acting. Overall, 14,868 students pursue degrees in 143 Boston College programs.

30. Bridgewater State University

131 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 2325
(508) 531-1000

Bridgewater State University is in the suburbs of Bridgewater, Massachusetts and BSU offers one program in acting. This liberal arts college is a public 4-year institution.

31. Fitchburg State University

160 Pearl St
Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697
(978) 345-2151

Fitchburg State University is in the suburbs of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. FSU offers two acting programs. This public school offers two degrees at the bachelor's level in acting to students. 6,771 students seek degrees in 83 programs at this school, overall. FSU is the ninth largest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering acting in terms of programs.

32. Cape Cod Community College

2240 Iyannough Rd
West Barnstable, MA 02668-1599
(508) 362-2131

Cape Cod Community College, which is near the heart of downtown, is located in West Barnstable, MA. It offers two programs in acting. It offers students two acting degrees at the associate's level. Overall, 4,482 students seek degrees in 65 programs at this college. It is the fourth oldest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering programs in acting.

33. Massasoit Community College

One Massasoit Boulevard
Brockton, MA 02302-3996
(508) 588-9100

Massasoit Community College is in the suburbs of Brockton, Massachusetts and it offers one program in acting. Overall, 8,053 students seek degrees in 64 programs at this college. In terms of enrollment, this college ranks first in the state of Massachusetts.

34. Tufts University

28 Sawyer Avenue
Medford, MA 02155-5555
(617) 628-5000

Tufts University is located in the suburbs of Medford, Massachusetts. It offers three acting programs. Out of those, students are offered one bachelor's level degree in acting by this university, one master's level acting degree, and one doctorate level degree in acting. This university is one of 4 institutions with a medical school in Massachusetts. In terms of programs, this university is the seventh biggest institution in the state of Massachusetts offering acting.

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