Graduate School University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Graduate School University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA
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A World Class Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Established in 1895, the University of Massachusetts in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts -- is one of 5 campuses of the esteemed public University of Massachusetts. It provides nearly 9,500 students with a well-rounded academic experience that emphasizes multi-disciplinary study and personalized teaching.

Highly regarded for its academic programs, innovative research, and community involvement, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has a consistent ranking on U.S. News and World Report's 2011 list of the best colleges in the northern region of the United States.

Furthermore, the entire University of Massachusetts Dartmouth system has a ranking of 56 out of 200 on the Times of London's prestigious "2010 World University Rankings" list.

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Distinguished Faculty Members

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth employs accomplished faculty members who are dedicated to advancing their disciplines through teaching, research, and community service.

In fact, five faculty members were named as Fulbright Scholars in 2011. Associate professors Maureen Hall, Vicki Crayhon, Catherine Curran, Lisa Knauer, and Jerry Blithefield will travel the world to teach and conduct research.

In addition, Anna Dempsey, professor of art history, received the National Endowment for the Humanities-Winterthur Fellowship to continue with her research that focuses on design history and modern/contemporary art.

Graduate Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth offers a diverse group of students excellent doctoral, master's, and graduate certificate programs that emphasize professional and technical fields.

The university offers graduate students small classes, solid relationships with faculty members, state-of-the-art laboratories, and a variety of research centers and institutes.

These amenities make it possible for students to engage in advanced study, research, and creative work.

UMass Dartmouth Funding for Graduate Students

UMass Dartmouth offers several financial programs to help degree-seeking, matriculated graduate students fund their education.

Students may qualify for teaching, research, or administrative assistantships; federal loans; university scholarships; and Federal Work Study funds. They may also obtain non-need-based employment on campus or seek off-campus employment.

In addition, doctoral students may receive merit-based fellowships that include annual stipends and full-tuition waivers.

The University of Massachusetts School of Law- Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is home to the first and only public law school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The school provides students with the intellectual and professional training needed to practice law in a variety of settings and meet the state's bar requirements.

It consists of 3 programs -- full-time day, part-time day, and evening/weekend -- that lead to the Juris Doctor degree.

Doctoral Programs at UMass Dartmouth

The university provides a diverse range of doctoral programs that give students the comprehensive education needed to excel in a complex and dynamic world.

It offers 10 independent but collaborative Ph.D. programs: biomedical engineering and biotechnology, chemistry, engineering and applied science, electrical engineering, Luso-Afro-Brazilian studies and theory, marine science and technology, mathematics education, nursing, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Master's Degree Programs

UMass Dartmouth has 30 master's degree programs including art education, biology, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, fine arts, nursing, public policy, psychology, chemistry, marine science and technology, Portuguese studies, professional writing, textiles and business administration. Some of the programs emphasize research while others focus on professional practice.

Because the university is located on Massachusetts' south coast, students in certain disciplines use "living laboratories" such as Buzzards Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to conduct valuable research.

Moreover, the university's extensive library collection, art studios, and business, engineering, and science incubator facilities provide excellent resources for advanced study.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Students who are interested in pursuing specialized fields or gaining teaching licensure will benefit from UMass Dartmouth's graduate certificate programs. Certificates can be earned in more than 30 programs including acoustics, communications, international business, teaching, sustainable development, environmental policy, fine arts, artisanry, accounting and web interaction and design.

Several of these programs can be completed online and many of them consist of coursework that can be applied toward the university's master's degree programs.

Students in formal graduate certificate programs may qualify for student loans.

Graduate Student Housing

Graduate students may apply for on-campus housing. There is a residential complex specifically designed for graduate students. The university also provides resources that help students obtain suitable off-campus housing.

Graduate Student Life at UMass Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth provides a supportive, diverse community that helps students achieve success. Academic resources include the Academic Advising Center, International Study and Travel Office, and Career Resource Center.

In addition, resources such as the Counseling and Student Development Center, Frederick Douglass Unity House, Religious Resource Center, and Women's Resource Center help students maintain a sense of well-being, achieve personal growth, and celebrate diversity.

Furthermore, the university offers more than 120 student clubs and organizations, intramural and instructional athletics, and community service opportunities. Students may also enjoy visual, performing, and literary arts events; intercollegiate athletics; and numerous special events including Fall Festival, Spring Fest, and Freedom Festival.

Beyond UMass Dartmouth

UMass Dartmouth is located in North Dartmouth on Massachusetts' southern coast and is approximately 1 hour from Boston, 35 minutes from Providence, Rhode Island, and 30 minutes from Cape Cod.

The campus is just minutes from shopping, restaurants, movies, beaches, and nature trails. Since the region is so rich in history, diversity, and culture, students have a myriad of arts, culture, shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, and entertainment options to explore.

Location & Contact

Graduate School

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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

Scott Webster

Director for Graduate Studies and Admissions

Phone: 508-999-8202
Fax: 508-999-8183

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
    • Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      Graduate Certificate
      Post-Master's Certificate
      Doctor of Education (Ed D)
      Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Juris Doctor (JD)
      Master of Art Education (MAE)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
      Master of Public Policy (MPP)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 398
    • Doctoral Degrees 104
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 35
    • * 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? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,867
    • Accepted 1,271
    • Acceptance Rate 68
    • Enrolled 533
  • 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, GMAT (for MBA); Massachusetts Tests for Education Licensure (MTEL), MAT, statement of purpose (minimum of 300 words), resume, 3 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts, portfolio (20 images of work for MFA)
    • Doctoral's DegreesLSAT (for JD), GRE, GMAT, statement of purpose (minimum of 300 words), resume, 3 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts, scholarly writing samples
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesMassachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), statement of purpose (minimum of 300 words), resume, 3 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts, portfolio (10 images of work for Fine Arts certificates)
    • 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 Students1464
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students1464
    • Part-time Percentage56%
    • Full-time Percentage44%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian79%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown4%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty416
    • Full-time Percentage68%
    • Part-time Percentage32%
    • 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, managing diversity, e-commerce, agile manufacturing, green business, activity-based management, build-to-order supply chain management, regenerative and bioactive materials, bioreactors and waste conversion, water/wastewater treatment systems, highway sustainability, human-computer interaction
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$27,463,000