School History / State Disclosures / CORI Check

The Massachusetts School of Barbering is a postsecondary private vocational school specializing in the teaching of all facets of the barbering profession. It is centrally located in Quincy, MA at 58 Ross Way, and within easy access by car, bus and public transit authority. It is New England’s longest running Barber School, continuously providing the barbering industry with professional tradesmen since its founding by Mr. Aram Conragan in 1940. The business was incorporated in 1947.

Our first Quincy facility was built in 1986 at 152 Parkingway. In 1988 Massachusetts School of Barbering decided to close its other two training facilities, one in the city of Boston, which ran continuously for 48 years, and the other in Lynn, MA, which served the north shore for 15 years.

In 1998 we moved to 1585 Hancock St. and stayed there for 11 years. In 2009 we relocated to 64 Ross Way, the former home of Woolworth’s department store….and in late 2015 we moved to 58 Ross Way, just 50 feet away from our last location. The last two moves were forced upon us due to Quincy’s plan for downtown redevelopment.

This is our fourth home in the Quincy area in over 33 years. We have been able to keep each location a short distance from the previous one. Thus, our current location is just several hundred yards away from our very first one. This has allowed us to grow and maintain our client base, giving our students the much needed practice to develop their haircutting skills.     


Massachusetts School of Barbering


Registered by:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Cosmetology and Barbering

Accredited by:

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Approved by:

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Veterans Administration

Member of:

Better Business Bureau, Inc.
Massachusetts Association of Cosmetology Schools

Main Campus

58 Ross Way
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169


Alan Conragan, Director

Edward Russian, Co-Director

Admissions, Student Services, Operations
Financial Aid, Education            

Nicole George, Office Manager 

Instructional Staff

Alan Conragan

Edward Russian

Marcus Lewis

LaCarl Russell

Shannon Lesley

State Disclosures and CORI Check – (see formulas below)

Median Completion Time 11 Months
Graduation Rate 76.8%
Graduate Placement Rate 0%*
Total Placement Rate 0%*


Median Completion Time = Median duration of certificates received from 01/01/19 – 12/31/20
Graduation Rate = Students receiving certificates from 01/01/19 – 12/31/20 (divided by) Students starting 01/01/19 – 12/31/20
Graduation Placement Rate = Students employed full time (32 hours per week) (divided by) Students completing the program 01/01/19 – 12/31/20
Total Placement Rate = Graduate placement rate X Graduation rate
* The school is unable to verify full time placement for its graduates at this time (accrediting commission graduation and employment rates available under Tuition and Payment Schedule).

CORI (Criminal Offender Record Check)

All students with a misdemeanor or felony conviction in any jurisdiction, as well as all students that already hold a  professional license (example: Cosmetology license), must first submit their state licensure examination application  to the Board of Cosmetology and Barbering for approval after completing the program. The Board will then review their  CORI and any licensure complaints. The Board must approve the application by signing and stamping it before the student  can take the state licensing exam. If a student has convictions for murder, sexual offenses, assault on a public official, a lengthy criminal record, or licensing issues, the Board may require to interview the candidate in person before approving  the application. The Board could possibly vote to deny the student the right to take the exam. This whole process could  take as little as a couple of weeks or as long as several months.
In addition to all this, ALL OTHER STUDENTS must bring a notarized CORI authorization from with them to the state exam, enabling the Board to run a CORI check within one year of the date signed.