Application Process

Before you begin your application, please review the below requirements for graduate study at UMass Boston, as well as your program’s specific application deadlines, instructions, and requirements. If you are an international applicant, you may be asked to submit additional materials such as a writing sample or list of discipline-specific coursework. If you are interested in taking graduate courses as a non-degree student, please review the non-degree registration process.

All hardcopy materials, including transcripts, should be mailed to:

UMass Boston Graduate Admissions
PO Box 402
Randolph, MA 02368

Please note it can take up to 10 business days for application materials to be received, processed, and linked to an application.  We appreciate your patience.

All graduate applications require the following:

Graduate Application Requirements:

GPA

A minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or international equivalent) in all undergraduate work. Please note that some programs may require a supplemental list of coursework and/or discipline specific GPA calculation. Please review your programs’ requirements to confirm.

Bachelor's Degree

At the time of enrollment, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing or an international equivalent.

Online Application and Fee

$60 for domestic applicants and $100 for international applicants, paid by Visa or MasterCard.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts for all institutions where you have earned more than 6 credits. Originals must be sealed in an envelope from the issuing institution. We accept electronic transcripts from most universities and delivery services. If possible, please select “UMass Boston-Graduate” when ordering transcripts. Please use GADocs@umb.edu for transcripts services that require an institutional email.

Test Scores

  • Some programs require official GRE or GMAT test scores. Please review program requirements to confirm.
  • Applicants who completed undergraduate coursework outside of the United States may be required to submit English proficiency test results, even if they are permanent residents or citizen of the U.S. Please review the international applicant page.
  • UMass Boston’s institution code is 3924. We can only accept official score reports sent electronically or in hardcopy directly from the testing agency.
  • In accordance with Massachusetts state law, Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions policy permits residents of Massachusetts who have been diagnosed as developmentally disabled (including those with specific language disabilities, such as dyslexia, but not including those whose sole disability is blindness) to request a waiver of the requirement to submit GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores. To qualify for a waiver, an applicant must submit documentation of their disability. Some graduate programs require an alternative mode of assessment (e.g., a writing sample) in lieu of the standardized test score. For information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions.

Letters of Recommendation

  • The number of letters required varies by program. Please review program requirements. The recommenders you identify will receive an email with instructions upon submission of the online application.
  • Typically, one or more letters from former professors familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities provide the strongest recommendations. Recommenders should have worked closely with the applicant in an academic, professional, or community service setting. Letters should not be written by friends or family members of the applicant. Letters should focus on the applicant’s abilities and past academic performance, while also indicating an ability to effectively complete graduate-level coursework.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is your opportunity to show the graduate admissions committee why you wish to pursue graduate study, as well as your specific interests and goals. The program to which you are applying may have other instructions regarding the content and nature of this statement. You will be able to upload your Statement of Purpose to your application in .doc or .pdf form.

Disclaimers

Admission is granted only for the semester requested and cannot be guaranteed for future semesters. Admission to graduate study does not automatically indicate approval of candidacy for a degree. Please refer to the specific graduate programs for more information about degree timeline and requirements.

All materials submitted to the university become the property of the university and cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to any third party.