College of Arts and Sciences University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

College of Arts and Sciences University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA
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The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the 7 colleges belonging to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth). The college enrolls nearly half of the university's students and offers 14 distinct graduate degrees: Biology/Marine Biology MS; Marine Science and Technology PhD (conjoint with School for Marine Science and Technology); Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology PhD (conjoint with the College of Engineering); Chemistry MS; Chemistry PhD (conjoint with UMass Lowell); Education MAT; STEM PhD; Educational Leadership and Policy Studies PhD; Professional Writing MA; Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory MA and PhD; Public Policy MA; and Psychology Clinical MA, Research MA, and ABA MA. There are also certificate programs in Sustainable Development and Professional Writing. Programs use collaboration, service, and engagement to prepare students to be leaders within both the community and their fields of interest.

Alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences are leaders in business, communication, government, public service, and science. Notable graduates include the Director of the Urban Initiative, the Founder of Yomega Corporation, and an NSF expert for geosciences.

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Graduate Programs in Biology

The proximity of UMass Dartmouth to coastal habitats allows for unique opportunities in biology research. The university offers the Master of Science (MS) in Biology to students interested in areas such as cell biology, genetics, developmental mechanisms, immunology, animal behavior, plant ecology or microbiology. Students interested in biological oceanography, marine biology, and marine benthic ecology can earn MS degrees in Marine Biology. UMass Dartmouth also offers an interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Marine Science and Technology and a nationally recognized PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (BMEBT).

Graduate Programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry

The College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers an MS with 5 specializations: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, or physical chemistry. Students can also delve into the specialized areas of biotechnology and environmental chemistry.

Graduate students participate heavily in research projects, and have access to a number of research laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment, including DCS calorimeters, mass spectrometers, laser spectrometers, and more than 16 high performance liquid chromatographs.

Students pursuing their degrees beyond the master's level can complete the PhD in Chemistry, offered jointly with the UMass Lowell's Department of Chemistry.

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development

UMass Dartmouth offers Graduate Certificates in Sustainable Development (GCSD) to students and professionals seeking to explore, identify, and develop best practices in many areas of sustainable development, including sustainability auditing, carbon management, and energy management. The post-baccalaureate program is offered completely online and uses a hands-on, multidisciplinary approach to provide one of the few programs worldwide that offers professional credentials at the graduate level. MBA students may choose to concurrently earn MBAs with concentrations in Sustainable Development along with the GCSD degrees.

Graduate Programs in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory

The Department of Portuguese, in collaboration with the Departments of Art History, Educational Leadership, History, Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology, Teaching and Learning, and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, offers the MA and PhD in Portuguese Studies and the PhDin Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory. Both degrees give graduates an in-depth understanding of the literary and cultural history of the Portuguese-speaking world within a broad, interdisciplinary context of humanities and social sciences. Course offerings are complemented by frequent guest lectures, colloquia, and an international peer-reviewed academic journal,Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies.

The majority of core and elective courses are taught in the Department of Portuguese, in the disciplinary area of literary and cultural studies. These courses are mostly offered in Portuguese. Students may also take courses related to the Portuguese-speaking world that are taught in English in the departments of Art History, Educational Leadership, History, Political Science, and Sociology/Anthropology. In addition to regular curricular offerings, students take seminar-level courses taught by a rotating pool of distinguished visiting scholars, in residence at UMass Dartmouth as holders of the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies. Graduate courses are also offered during the summer, in conjunction with the Summer Program in Portuguese.

Graduate Program in Psychology

UMass Dartmouth offers Master of Arts (MA) in Research Psychology degrees to students who are planning to pursue PhDs, as well as those seeking higher-level careers in research. The MA program creates opportunities for close interaction and collaboration with faculty members, both in the classroom and in the laboratory. Coursework uses a number of research skill objectives, such as critically analyzing research, writing literature reviews, developing ideas for research, and designing studies.

Graduates have found careers in institutional or market research, career resources, junior college, or business training.

The university also offers an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program, which prepares students for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination. Unlike many ABA programs, the UMass Dartmouth program leads students to earn MAs in Psychology. The flexible program allows for maximum individualization; classes are offered in the late afternoon and evenings, and post-MA certificates are available for students who have previously earned their MAs.

The Master's degree in Clinical Psychology is a 3 year program directed at meeting the requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Massachusetts. Although the curriculum provides a broad exposure to a variety of therapy modalities the emphasis is on training in a behavioral perspective.

Graduate Programs in Professional Writing

The UMass Dartmouth professional writing program offers two, student-tailored avenues of study: a full M.A. (33 credits) or Post-Bac Certificate (12 credits). Our program allows students to develop experience and abilities that span multiple professions. As communications technology continues to revolutionize all the fields of professional writing, our students train to lead in those fields of tech comm., journalism, public relations, publishing, organizational and business comm., web authoring and design, and creative writing. Working in small classes in our community of writers, full- and part-time students build theoretically grounded, applicable skills that they take with them into their professions.

Graduate Programs in Public Policy

UMass Dartmouth's Department of Public Policy is an interdisciplinary academic unit that offers its students a wide variety of graduate educational options including a traditional and online Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, and online graduate certificates in environmental policy and educational policy. All of the Department's programs of study center around courses that emphasize the development of policy analysis, applied research, and public management skills and are especially designed for individuals seeking employment in state, federal, and municipal governments, non-profit organizations, and business, trade, and labor associations.

The Department of Public Policy offers students the opportunity to work with and learn from an interdisciplinary community of scholars who are actively engaged in the world of public policy and who regularly work closely with policymakers in federal, state and local government and a myriad of non-governmental organizations.

Graduate Program in STEM Education

UMass Dartmouth offers a Ph.D. in STEM Education. The program supports students to become educational researchers in one of the STEM disciplines (e.g., mathematics or science). The program focuses on hands-on experience in conducting research through classwork and internship opportunities with researchers in academic and Research & Development settings. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of theoretical positions on teaching and learning mathematics and science as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods and related analytical tools to conduct educational research. This is set up as a 4-year program in which the student has two years of preparatory coursework and 2 years dedicated to the dissertation project and advanced doctoral seminars.

Graduate Programs in Teacher Development

The UMass Dartmouth programs for teachers include a variety of routes to initial and professional licensure in the state of Massachusetts. These programs provide students with theoretical and practical foundations needed for a successful teaching career. There are two different versions of the Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. One is for applicants seeking initial certification, while the other serves those seeking professional licensure. There is a "4+1" program that allows undergraduate students to pursue both their Bachelor's degree and their Master's degree in an overlapping approach. This typically leads to students receiving both degrees in a 5-year program (4 years of undergraduate study plus one at the masters level).

Financing Graduate Education at UMass Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is committed to providing an affordable and accessible education. The financial aid office on campus works to find assistance for more than 65 percent of students through federal, state, and university source. Qualifying students may apply for grants and waivers, loans, scholarships, work-study, or campus employment opportunities.

Teaching, Research and Graduate Assistantships are available and awarded by the department to many students who qualify.

History and Profile of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts system has been providing top quality education opportunities since 1863. The system is made up of 5 physical locations in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and the UMass Medical School in Worcester, as well as the award-winning distance learning division, UMassOnline. The University of Massachusetts School of Law is located on the Dartmouth campus.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus has its roots in several textile schools in the area. Today, the university offers over 40 diverse graduate degree programs and 25 graduate certificate programs in many fields of study. Noted architect Paul Rudolph was responsible for the campus's original master plan in the early 1960s, as well as the design for most of the buildings. His influence can be seen in the Brutalist style with decorative fluting, exposed structure design, and repeated geometrical shapes. UMass Dartmouth is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Location & Contact

College of Arts and Sciences

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
United States

Dr. Jeannette Riley

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 508-999-8352
Fax: 508-999-9125

Steven Briggs

Director of Marketing and Recruitment for Graduate Studies

Phone: 508-999-8604
Fax: 508-999-8183

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Graduate Certificate
      Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      Post-Master's Certificate
      Doctor of Education (Ed D)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
      Master of Public Policy (MPP)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 161
    • Doctoral Degrees 1
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 20
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


66% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 342
    • Accepted 226
    • Acceptance Rate 66
    • Enrolled 145
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, MAT, Massachusetts Tests for Education Licensure (MTEL), statement of purpose (minimum of 300 words), resume, 3 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts, writing sample in Portuguese (minimum 10 pages)
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, statement of purpose (minimum of 300 words), resume, and 3 letters of recommendation, official transcripts
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesMassachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), statement of purpose (minimum of 300 words), resume, and official transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 533 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students418
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students418
    • Part-time Percentage68%
    • Full-time Percentage32%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian80%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty150
    • Full-time Percentage64%
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Female Percentage48%
    • Male Percentage52%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMarine mammal biology, cell biology, bioanalytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, translation studies, literature in Luso-Afro Brazilian studies, social and developmental psychology, child neuropsychology, journalism and related nonfiction, creative writing, human rights policy, globalization policies, role of metacognition in advanced mathematical thinking, conceptual and historical development of mathematical concepts, reading/special education, education reform, curricular theory
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$6,902,000