University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston, MA
student ratio
total students
$2,590 | $9,758
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Not Reported
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate


Programs of Study

The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) offers 44 master's degree programs, encompassing some 31 tracks within them, 22 doctoral degree programs with 24 tracks among them from which to choose, as well as 41 graduate certificate programs, post-master's certificate programs, and CAGS programs. These programs are offered through the UMass Boston Colleges of Liberal Arts, Management, Nursing and Health Sciences, Public and Community Service, Science and Mathematics, Education and Human Development, the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, and the Graduate School of Global Inclusion and Social Development. Within this selection there's surely something of interest! Please use the appropriate link above to find information about specific program offerings and contacts.

Research Facilities

In addition to a collection of well over 600,000 volumes, 85,000 electronic and 700 print journals and newspapers, 60,000 electronic books, 100 databases, and more than 5,000 academic videos, DVDs, and films, the Joseph P. Healey Library, centrally located on the campus and easily accessible from a "catwalk" connecting all buildings, maintains membership in the Boston Library Consortium, among other sharing associations.

The Boston Consortium provides access to the libraries of BC, BU, Brandeis, Brown, MIT, Northeastern, Tufts, Wellesley, and all five campuses of the University of Massachusetts system, as well as the renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. UMass Boston graduate students may use materials on-site and are eligible for cards granting borrowing privileges at any of these libraries.

UMass Boston's Computing Services provides students with seven-day-a-week access to desktop labs, as well as other specialized, course-related facilities. A wide variety of information technology and data communication resources is available, with network connections in nearly every office and classroom.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, a public institution for education and research, stands next to the campus. The JFK Library is linked to UMass Boston by a series of educational programs, enabling students and their instructors to share its rich resources.

The Archives of the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Museum are also adjacent to the UMass Boston campus, and members of the UMass Boston community benefit greatly from this additional repository of research materials covering the past three centuries. These institutions are augmented by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, sharing the campus and providing further research enhancements.

Financial Aid

Graduate assistantships carrying stipends, tuition waivers, partial fee waivers, and a health insurance program are available to qualified graduate students in all programs. The UMass Boston Office of Financial Aid assists graduate students through the Federal Work-Study program, Federal Perkins Loan program, and Federal Stafford Student Loan program. UMass Boston uses the FAFSA. Some tuition waivers are also available to international students who have completed at least one semester of study.

Cost of Study

Academic year 2013-2014 costs for a full-time student (twelve state-supported credits per semester for two semesters) were $14,338 for Massachusetts residents and $27,614 for residents of other states, and just over $200 more for international students. This estimate includes both mandatory fees and tuition, but does not include one-time, course-related, and optional fees, medical insurance, room and board, transportation, or books.

Living and Housing Costs

UMass Boston students are responsible for their own living arrangements. However, housing rental referral assistance and roommate matching services are available from the campus's Office of Student Housing, and UMass Boston maintains agreements with a number of local apartment complexes, some directly adjacent to the campus.

Student Group

UMass Boston boasts one of the most diverse student bodies in New England. Of the 5,115 graduate students enrolled in the fall of 2013, for example, 68% were women; reported members of minority groups represented some 25% of the graduate student population; and almost 10% of the campus's total graduate student population consisted of international students. The mean graduate student age was 34.


UMass Boston's proximity to the educational, professional, and cultural riches of Boston's urban milieu provides resources that greatly enhance its students' educational experiences. The picturesque campus location on Boston Harbor and Dorchester Bay affords a sweeping vista that includes the Boston skyline and the Harbor Islands. The campus is easily accessed by both public transportation and automobile.

The University

The University of Massachusetts Boston was founded in 1964 to provide first-rate educational opportunities for the people of the commonwealth, especially those of the greater Boston area. Since its founding, UMass Boston has demonstrated a deep commitment to serving both its students and the community at large.

Now engaged in an active long-range planning and building program, the campus currently consists of eight connected buildings on about 100 acres of waterfront property. A campus center provides enhanced student services and various student and community venues. A new Integrated Science Center is due for completion this year, and a new academic building is currently under construction.

Life at the university is as rich and varied as the city of Boston itself. Students on campus can join a variety of student-based organizations and clubs; attend plays, musical recitals, films, and lectures; use outstanding specimen collections and facilities for research; navigate the bay by rented sailboat; or conduct research on the various harbor islands and at the university's field station on Nantucket Island.


Deadlines for submitting domestic applications and application fees ($60 for US residents; $100 for all others) range from January 1 to June 1 for fall-semester (September) enrollment, and from October 1 to December 15 for spring-semester (January) enrollment. Some programs have specific earlier or later deadlines.

For many programs, submission of GRE scores is required. The MBA and other College of Management programs require GMAT scores. Other programs, especially in education, may prefer or require the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and/or the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam is required of all applicants from schools whose language of instruction is not English.

Unless otherwise specified, completed applications from international students must be received by UMass Boston by May 1 for September enrollment or October 1 for January enrollment.

Re: Admissions/enrollment, contact:

Enrollment Information Services

University of Massachusetts Boston

100 Morrissey Boulevard

Boston, Massachusetts 02125-3393

United States

Phone: 617-287-6000

617-287-6010 (TTY/TDD)

Fax: 617-287-6040


Web site:

Re: research and service activities, contact:

Office of Public Information

University of Massachusetts Boston

100 Morrissey Boulevard

Boston, Massachusetts 02125-3393

U. S. Phone: 617-287-5380

Fax: 617-287-5393


Location & Contact

University of Massachusetts Boston

100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393
United States

Mrs. Peggy Patel

Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 617-287-6400
Fax: 617-287-6236

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Colleges, Departments, and Programs

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$2,590
    • Out-of-state tuition *$9,758
    • International student tuition$9,758
    • * Tuition for full-time graduate student per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$10,944 - $16,644 (room & board not included)
    • Per-term fees$5,472 - $8,322
    • One-time feeVaries (see
    • * Fees for full-time graduate students
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFederal FAFSA form
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1 (fall) and November 1 (spring)
    • Types of financial support availableAssistantships, Grants, Loans, Federal Work/Study

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students3445
    • Female Percentage67%
    • Male Percentage33%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students3445
    • Part-time Percentage61%
    • Full-time Percentage39%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,219
    • Full-time Percentage53%
    • Part-time Percentage47%
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%