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Our campuses offer a wide range of majors, minors and certificates. Learn about some of the most unique programs by scrolling down, or downloading our most recent brochure.

 

Game Design Program at Fitchburg State University

Game Design

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State University is the only public institution in Massachusetts to offer a bachelor of science in game design, preparing students for careers in a thriving industry. Coursework and internships explore game design and development, art and visual design, computer programming, 3D modeling and animation, and creative writing.

Dental Lab Technology at Middlesex Community College

Dental Laboratory Technology

Middlesex Community College

Middlesex offers the only dental laboratory technology program in New England and only one of 19 programs nationwide. The curriculum is composed of lecture, internship and an extensive laboratory component covering all phases of dental technology, including creating dentures, crowns, ceramics, and orthodontics.

Aviation Science at North Shore Community College

Aviation Science

North Shore Community College & Bridgewater State University

North Shore is the only community college in the state to offer an aviation science degree with two tracks: management and professional piloting. The program combines classroom instruction and flight training in both aircraft and a ground simulator, preparing graduates for careers as professional pilots for regional airlines, corporate and general aviation, and government agencies such as the military and the FAA.

Students who complete the program may also transfer to Bridgewater State University for their bachelor’s degree in aviation science. Bridgewater offers a concentration in aviation management for those looking for supervisory positions in the air transportation industry, or a concentration in flight training for those interested in general, airline and military aviation. It is home to the largest and only accredited collegiate aviation program in New England.

Atmospheric Science

Berkshire Community College

This concentration in atmospheric science provides a strong foundation in meteorology and climate change, preparing students with all of the essential courses to successfully transfer into the third year of a four-year bachelor of science program.

Thanatology (Death & Dying)

Bristol Community College

The thanatology certificate examines how loss affects physical, psychological, and social well-being. This program is unique to Bristol and can be taken on its own or as a program to enrich such care-giving and service professions as education, nursing, criminal justice, human services, pastoral ministry and funeral service.

Plastics Engineering at UMass Lowell

Plastics Engineering

UMass Lowell

UMass Lowell offers the nation’s only accredited undergraduate program in plastics engineering. Top companies in the industry support dozens of scholarships just for plastics engineering students, and have helped fund the building and renovation of numerous state-of-the-art laboratories on campus. Graduates go on to careers in manufacturing, product development, marketing and research.

Accelerated Manufacturing Careers

Springfield Technical & Holyoke Community Colleges

This new program allows students to intern with a local manufacturing employer; have access to tutoring and coaching; receive academic advising; and receive help with their résumés, job search, and interviewing. The best part? Funding from outside companies allows students to take the course for free.

Geography and Regional Planning

Westfield State University

The only undergraduate degree in regional planning among Northeast public colleges and universities offers three tracks: environmental science and regional planning with concentrations in either environmental planning or urban and social justice.

Urban Studies

Worcester State University

Worcester State offers the only urban studies major in the Massachusetts state university system and one of only a handful in New England. Graduates work in rewarding careers like public administration, business, human services, social work, and gerontology. Through Worcester State’s 4+1 program, students may also qualify for both a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and a master’s degree in non-profit management within five years.

 

Special Mission Spotlight


MCLA

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Ranked a Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College by U.S. News & World Report, MCLA cultivates critical thinking and analysis through small undergraduate classes and a collaborative spirit of informed and open-ended inquiry.

MassArt

Massachusetts College of Art & Design

MassArt is the nation’s only public college of art and design. A 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and nearly one million square feet of classrooms, galleries, studios and workshops equip students to explore all facets of fine arts, design, art education and art history.

Mass Maritime

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Mass. Maritime prepares students for adventurous careers on land and sea by combining a typical four-year college environment with the structure and discipline of a cadet corps.