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MGH Institute Overview

A graduate school founded by the highly ranked Massachusetts General Hospital, MGH Institute of Health Professions offers unparalleled opportunities for faculty and students to learn and work alongside expert practitioners in a variety of hospital, clinical, educational and community settings.

The MGH Institute is composed of the:

Entry-level and post-professional programs in Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies are among the Institute’s offerings. Other programs, including a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and a Master of Science in Health Professions Education, have been added in recent years to meet rising demand for highly educated health care professionals, educators, and researchers.

Integrating classroom learning with research and clinical experience, the Institute grants doctoral degrees, master's degrees, awards certificates of advanced study, and offers continuing education to practicing professionals, as well as to baccalaureate-educated individuals entering health care from another field.

The MGH Institute, which is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, has more than 1,400 full- and part-time students. A Masters in Physician Assistant Studies is the school's newest offering, the first class starting in May 2015.

A graduate school founded by the world-renowned Massachusetts General Hospital, the Institute operates within Partners HealthCare, offering unparalleled opportunities for students to learn and work alongside expert practitioners in a variety of hospital, clinical, and community settings.

The MGH Institute boasts more than 130,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory space spanning six buildings, including a dedicated research center and research labs for grant-funded scholars. On-campus functional-living, rehabilitation, and simulation labs use state-of-the-art technology and equipment for teaching and assessment activities. These labs allow students and faculty to engage in active learning across the curriculum.

In addition, the school also houses pro-bono rehabilitation centers, where students receive real-world experience treating clients from underserved surrounding communities.

The MGH Institute believes that knowledge begins with discovery through research. The Institute’s faculty engage in original clinical research – much of it collaborative and interprofessional – aimed at ultimately improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human disorders and disabilities.

All of our programs promote interprofessional teamwork and offer personalized attention in a rigorous, collaborative learning environment that is driven by our faculty's professional expertise and scholarly accomplishments. The academic experience is further enriched by the diversity of our students' backgrounds and life experiences.

Whether you're just out of college, changing careers, or are a practicing clinician looking to advance in your career, the MGH Institute has a degree or certificate program that’s right for you.

Where we are

Building 36Catherine Filene Shouse Building


The MGH Institute is located in and around the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, overlooking downtown Boston. Its first, fully renovated, state-of-the-art teaching facility is in the Catherine Filene Shouse Building.

The Shouse Building houses classrooms, study areas, the School of Nursing, the departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies, the Speech-Language Literacy Center, the Aphasia Center, the Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion, the Offices of Information Technology and Facilities, and MGH Institute Security.

Originally built as the joiner's shop in 1866, the Shouse Building also houses The Children's Quarters, which offers kindergarten and preschool daycare to staff and students of the Institute, as well as to the Charlestown community. The Shouse Building is Building 36 on First Avenue in the Navy Yard.

In 2008 the Institute expanded its campus to two other buildings. The Office of Student Affairs, and departamental offices for the School of Nursing are now located on the ground floor of Building 39 on First Avenue. The President's Office, the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Communications and Marketing, the Office of Development, and other administrative offices are located on the second and third floors of Building 34. 

2CC interactive clasroomActive-learning classroom in 2CC


In January 2012 the Institute expanded by 21,000 square feet taking over the top floor of 2 Constitution Center (2CC), located just outside the Navy Yard and directly overlooking the USS Constitution, more commonly known as “Old Ironsides.” The addition includes new and expanded physical therapy labs, a 102-seat active learning classroom with state-of-the-art technology, an occupational therapy functional living lab, and lounge and study areas that students from across the disciplines share.

In 2013 the Institute opened its Center for Health and Rehabilitation Research in Building 79/96, and departmental offices for Physical Therapy moved into One Constitution Center.

The Institute's space now exceeds 130,000 square feet – nearly a 100% increase within a decade.

The MGH Institute is readily accessible by car, harbor ferry and public transportation, making it convenient to points of interest throughout the Boston area.

View the Interactive Map of the MGH Institute and the Charlestown Navy Yard.

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