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Applicants to the MBA, MSA, MSF, MSIT and MSBA degree programs must submit the following application materials:

  • Online application with the application fee.
  • International graduate applicants submit additional documentation.
  • Current professional resume highlighting professional and academic contributions/qualifications.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, both undergraduate and graduate. Applicants must have the equivalent of a United States bachelor's degree to be eligible to apply. All transcripts are required, regardless of whether credits were transferred.
  • Exam Scores Required:
    • Please note: The admissions cycles through spring 2023, will opt out of requiring GRE scores for admission due to COVID-related closures of testing sites. 
    • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores Learn more here.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professional or academic references.
  • Applicants must provide the name and email address for (2) references as part of the online application. Those references will receive an email notification directing them to a secure site to submit their recommendation. If references prefer to type a traditional letter, it should be sent as a PDF attachment referencing the applicant's name, student ID number and program of interest, to
  • Statement of intent essay: State a current issue, problem or topic from your intended field of study (This can be specific to your country, state or local community) and discuss your strategic plan as to how you would address the issue and how attending graduate school at UMass Boston will aid you in your pursuits.

International Students

  • International graduate applicants must submit supplemental documentation.
  • All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the Center for Educational Documentation (CED) located at We require a course-by-course evaluation report. Applicants must submit the evaluation package as well as a separate copy of their official transcript.
  • All applicants, regardless of current citizenship, who have completed their undergraduate studies outside of the United States must take the TOEFL or IELTS exams.  LEARN MORE HERE.

 UMass Boston requires the following minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores

Applicants may be exempt from submitting these test scores if they have received at least four years of education (including their undergraduate program) at an English-speaking college or university in the United States. Applicants may be exempt from submitting these test scores if they have received at least four years of education (including their undergraduate program) at an English-speaking college or university.

We encourage applicants to submit their complete application, including supplemental materials, early to allow sufficient time for application processing. For additional information or specific questions about the online application, or submitting application material, please contact the College of Management Graduate Programs Office directly at or by calling 617.287.6400.

*If you’re having difficulty completing or submitting any application requirements because of disruptions related to COVID-19, contact us before the application deadline to discuss potential submission extensions or exceptions.

College of Management Graduate Programs Application Deadlines:

Fall Deadline Spring Deadline Summer Deadline
July 1 November 15 May 1 (MBA only)

Where should I mail my materials?

Business CAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9221
Watertown, MA 02471

*NOTE: Materials should not be sent directly to the College of Management Graduate Programs Office. This will delay application processing.


Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE score?

Please note: The admissions cycles through spring 2024 will opt out of requiring GRE/GMAT scores for admission to the MBA, MSA, and MSF degrees.

 The GMAT/GRE is required for the MSBA and  MSIT. View our waiver policy to learn if you qualify.  

The College of Management will accept GMAT scores of 520 or higher and GRE scores of 306 or higher.


​​​​​​​How many students are in a typical class?

Most classes are taught in small classrooms that seat fewer than 40 students, not in lecture halls. On average courses 20-25 students will be registered.


How many classes do I have to take each semester?

The graduate course load is different and more rigorous than your undergraduate education.

Students working full-time generally take one to three classes per semester, depending on their personal and professional schedules.

Taking fall, spring, and summer classes will expedite your degree completion.* 

Students can enroll in one to four classes per semester and five classes with approval from the Graduate Program Director.  

*Contingent upon graduate program course offerings per semester.


Where are classes typically held?

Courses are offered at two locations and online.

UMass Boston's Campus - is easily accessible via public transportation. The university runs a regular, complimentary shuttle bus service from the JFK/UMass Red Line MBTA stop as well as the Bayside Parking Lot and the Campus Center. The bus trip normally takes less than ten minutes. 

UMass Center at Beacon Hill


How do I know my residency status? Will I pay MA in-state tuition or out of state?

You may discuss your residency status with the Office of the Registrar.


Can I transfer courses from another University?

We accept up to six credits of equivalent graduate course work* from outside of UMass Boston, which is evaluated case-by-case by our admissions committee.

*Students must have earned a B or higher in equivalent courses.


What is the typical course work load for graduate school?

While each course will vary, graduate students should expect to spend several hours a week per course. Many classes include group projects, case studies, reading assignments, papers, presentations, and extensive final examinations.


Is financial aid available?

Graduate Financial Aid comes from four sources; please visit the Financial Aid website for further information.