What else makes us unique?

What else makes us unique?


Because BGSP is one of the only degree-granting programs in psychoanalysis in the country, it is in the unique position of offering regionally accredited programs in psychoanalysis and related fields. In addition, it holds specialized accreditation for its training programs in psychoanalysis.

Regional accreditation is the process used throughout the higher education system in this country to evaluate colleges and universities, as a whole, for quality, and to assess their efforts toward continuous quality improvement. There are six regional accrediting bodies in the U.S., each covering a different area of the country. Regional accreditation is the primary (but not the only) mechanism by which the federal government qualifies institutions for participation in federal financial aid and other federal programs. In addition, regional accreditation often serves as the basis for transferability of academic credits.

Specialized accreditation is a process by which particular specialized programs at colleges, universities, or institutes are evaluated for quality and for their efforts toward continuous quality improvement in their specific field. Specialized accreditation may also sometimes be used to qualify for certain federal programs. It is more often used as a quality indicator for consumers and is sometimes required for professional credentialing.

Regional Accreditation

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, including its campuses in New York and New Jersey, is accredited by the is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.). Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited institution is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to Carol M. Panetta, Psy.D., Vice President at BGSP. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive
Ste 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514

Specialized Accreditation

The Doctor of Psychoanalysis (Psya.D.) and Certificate in Psychoanalysis (Cert. Psya.) psychoanalytic training programs are accredited by the American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis (ABAP, Inc.). Accreditation of a psychoanalytic training program by ABAP, Inc. indicates that the program is periodically reviewed by an evaluation team who finds that the program meets ABAP, Inc.’s Standards for Accreditation. Accreditation is not a guarantee, but provides reasonable assurance about the quality of training available to students in the program.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by ABAP, Inc. should be directed to Carol M. Panetta, Psy.D., Vice President at BGSP. Individuals may also contact:

American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis, Inc.
28 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016

Fast Facts

Since its inception in 1973, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis has worked to open the doors to the study of psychoanalysis to motivated students from all walks of life. With its main campus in Brookline, MA (10 minutes from Boston), BGSP also has campuses in New York City and Livingston, New Jersey.

BGSP is the only accredited graduate school in the nation which offers Master of Arts and Doctoral Programs in Psychoanalysis. It is one of the few such institutes in the world.

Dr. Jane Snyder


Corporate Status: Private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization

Boston Faculty: 42
New York Faculty: 42
New Jersey Faculty: 13

Student/faculty ratio
Boston: 3:1
New York: 1:1
New Jersey: 2:1

Average class size
Boston Faculty: 12
New York Faculty: 6
New Jersey Faculty: 4


Avg. costs per full-time semester (2017-18):
Tuition: $9,500 | Fees $485 | Analysis up to $2,400

Financial Aid
Boston: 48% of student population | 28% receive institutional aid | 24% borrow loans

New York: 24% borrow loans
New Jersey: 28% borrow loans

Average class size
Boston: 10
New York: 6

Continuing Education
Total events in Spring 2014: 8
Number offering CE Credits: 7

(Based on 2013-14 Academic Year)



Gender Female - Male

Minority Overall


Full-time/Part-time FT - PT - Research Only



69%  31%



36%  44%  20%

New York


54%, 46%



46%, 38%, 16%

New Jersey


61%, 39%



11%, 72%, 17%