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.
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:
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
BGSP at a Glance
BGSP is the only accredited graduate school in the nation to offer master’s and doctoral programs in psychoanalysis. With its main campus in Brookline, MA (10 minutes from Boston), BGSP also has campuses in New York City and Livingston, New Jersey.
President: Dr. Jane Snyder
Corporate Status: Private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in Massachusetts. NYGSP is separately incorporated with a provisional charter from the New York State Education Department, but it is accredited as a campus location of BGSP.
Financial Status, FY 2019:
Annual Revenue: $1.70 million
Endowment: $1.95 million
Real Estate: $4.2 million
Federal Financial Responsibility Composite Score: 2.2
Audited Financial Statements can be found here.
The Student Experience
Faculty/student ratio: Boston 1:4, New York 1:2, New Jersey 1:2
Average class size: 7 students
Enrollment: Boston, New York, New Jersey
Total enrollment: 89 / 24 / 17
Gender (female/male/other): 67% / 33% / 0%
White, non-hispanic: 42%
Other race/ethnicity: 42%
Non-resident (international): 16%
Enrollment status (full-time, part-time, research only): 32% / 60% / 8%
Students receiving financial aid:
Boston: 48% (28% receive institutional aid, 24% receive federal aid)
New York: 24% receive federal aid
New Jersey: 28% receive federal aid
Retention and Graduation:
Retention rate of students from the first year to the second year of study:
New York: 84%
New Jersey: 50%
What percentage of students graduate within 150% of the minimum time to graduate?
Master’s: 41% (This is expected to increase significantly, because the thesis requirement has been dropped.)
New York: 75%
New Jersey: 0% (Almost all students attend part-time.)
Average time to graduate:
Master’s: 3.6 years (This is expected to decrease significantly, because the thesis requirement has been dropped.)
Doctoral: 9 years (non-clinical)
14 years (clinical)
New York: 3.9 years
New Jersey: 3.8 years (This is expected to decrease significantly, because the thesis requirement has been dropped.)
Among students graduating within the last eight years from the Mental Health Counseling program, licensure exam passage rate: 89%
Among students graduating within the last eight years with the clinical Psya.D. degree, rate of state licensure or certification in psychoanalysis, for those who applied: 100%
Life After Graduation:
Percentage of graduates working in the field:
Master’s grads working in private practice: 60%
Average salary for grads in private practice: $74,750
Master’s grads working in clinical agencies: 50%
Average salary for grads in agencies: $67,786
Percentage of master’s graduates pursuing a higher degree: 42%