International Graduate Applicants

International Application Requirements

UMass Boston welcomes applications from prospective students around the globe.

In addition to UMass Boston’s general and program-specific graduate application requirements, please review these requirements specifically relevant to international applicants:

Bachelor's Degree Equivalency

International applicants must submit evidence that they have completed the equivalent of a regionally accredited, U.S. university-level bachelor’s degree program. Acceptable documents can include official copies of diplomas, certified final degree certificates, and notation on final transcript of degree and date awarded. Most international 4-year degrees are recognized as being equivalent. Most international 3-year degrees, including the Indian Bachelor of Arts, Sciences and Commerce degrees, are not considered to be equivalent.

If we are unable to determine equivalence, we may require applicants to submit an external evaluation from the Center for Educational Documentation (www.cedevaluations.com). Credential evaluations from other agencies may not be accepted. Credential Evaluation Reports will not be accepted in place of official transcripts. 

Transcripts

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. We cannot accept scanned or emailed transcripts. 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 your transcript is in a language other than English, each page must be accompanied by an English translation, validated by an official public translator.

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

If your transcript is in a language other than English, each page must be accompanied by an English translation, validated by an official public translator.

Please be advised that using this address will extend processing time.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. Applicants that have not completed at least two academic years of full-time study (excluding ESL and test-prep) at an English-language institution in the U.S. or one of the countries listed below must submit official score results. We accept official scores for the following English language proficiency tests:

Australia Guyana
Bahamas Ireland
Barbados Jamaica
Belize Kenya
Canada (except Quebec) Liberia
Dominica New Zealand
Ghana Trinidad / Tobago
Grenada Singapore
Grand Cayman United Kingdom

Our institution code is 3924. We can only accept official score reports sent electronically or in hardcopy directly from the testing agency. Please review the minimum scores required for admission:

 

  UMass Boston requires the following minimum scores

 

TOEFL PBT

TOEFL IBT

IELTS Academic

PTE Academic

DuoLingo

 College of Management

600

90

6.5

61

110

 Applied Linguistics (MA)

600

90

6.5

61

110

 Applied Linguistics (PhD)

600

100

7.0

68

120

 Early Childhood Education and Care (PhD)

600

100

7.0

68

120

 English (MA)

600

90

6.5

61

110

 History (MA)

600

90

6.5

61

110

 Instructional Design

600

90

6.5

61

110

 International Relations (MA)

600

90

6.5

61

110

 Most Other Programs

550

79

6.0

53

100

Visa Information

Once admitted, applicants will be contacted by the International Student & Scholar Office with information on the visa process. Please email international@umb.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

International students admitted to any American university need an I-20 "Certificate of Eligibility," issued by the admitting institution, indicating that they have been accepted as full-time degree-seeking students, that they have the required proficiency in the English language, and that there is sufficient financial support for their education.

Applicants must be prepared to pay their own expenses, and should also anticipate yearly increases in institutional costs (such as tuition and fees) and living expenses. For a complete listing of fees, refer to the Tuition and Fees page of the Bursar’s Office. Transportation to and from the U.S. is not included in this estimate. International students are required to pay non-resident tuition and fees.

The UMass Boston International Student & Scholar Office will normally provide the international applicant with the I-20 form to enable him/her to apply for a visa with which to enter the United States. The University cannot issue the I-20 to part-time or online programs. Visa documents will not be issued until the applicant has been admitted and satisfied the International Student & Scholar Office requirements for issuance.

The I-20 form is valid only for the semester for which it was issued. The Office of Graduate Studies and Admissions must be notified of an official decision to defer enrollment before a new I-20 form can be issued.

If the applicant holds an I-20 from another U.S. institution, a Transfer Verification Form must be completed by the International Student Advisor at the institution the student is currently attending, or if not currently enrolled, the institution most recently attended. Please email international@umb.edu if you need assistance.