How to Apply

  • Choose which graduate program is the best fit.
  • Review your program’s application requirements and deadlines.
  • Submit your application, statement of purpose, and transcripts through Liaison’s Centralized Application System (CAS):
  • Order transcripts electronically in the Centralized Application System (CAS) or by requesting official hardcopies be mailed to the address for your CAS:
    • BusinessCAS Transcript Processing Center
      P.O. Box 9221
      Waltham, MA 02471
       
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
      P.O. Box 9217
      Waltham, MA 02471
       
    • NursingCAS Transcript Processing Center
      P.O. Box 9201
      Waltham, MA 02471
       
  • If GRE or GMAT scores are required for your program, request official scores be sent to the University of Massachusetts Boston (institution code 3924).
  • If you are an international applicant, please review our bachelor’s equivalency and English language proficiency requirements. If submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores, request that they be sent to the University of Massachusetts Boston (institution code 3924).
  • If we are unable to determine international degree equivalence, we may ask applicants to submit an external evaluation from the Center for Educational Documentation (www.cedevaluations.com). The foreign evaluation does not replace the official transcript requirement.

If you need to submit other hardcopy materials or cannot send materials to a P.O. Box, you can send materials directly to our office (please allow for additional processing time):
UMass Boston Graduate Admissions
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125

After you Apply

  • Check your application status at any time.
    • Processing times
      • Please allow up to 10 business days for hardcopy materials to be processed and reflected in your status portal
      • Please request electronic test scores be sent at least 2-3 weeks before your program’s deadline
  • You will receive an email when a decision letter is ready to be viewed in your applicant portal.

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. International applicants must submit evidence that they have completed the equivalent of a regionally accredited, U.S. university-level bachelor’s degree program. Most international 3-year degrees, including the Indian Bachelor of Arts, Sciences and Commerce degrees, are not considered to be equivalent.

Online Application and Fee

The nonrefundable application fee is $75.

No application fee for UMass Boston alumni! UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts for all institutions where you have earned more than 6 credits. Most transcripts can be requested electronically through the Centralized Application System (CAS). Original hardcopy transcripts must be sealed in an envelope from the issuing institution.

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 your program of interest.

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 your 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. In general the first part of your statement (about 300 words) shares your reason for wanting to attend graduate school while the second part (about 1200 word) indicates your specific interest and the kind of work you would like to do in your intended field. 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.

If you are unable to submit an online application you may send a hardcopy application to our mailing address.