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Curriculum Practical Training (CPT) Information

Curriculum practical training (CPT) is available for students during their program and after completion of a whole academic year. Although CPT could be paid and is an off-campus employment, students receive credits for CPT and it should be required by your program. Please read the International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) website section on CPT and contact them with any questions you might have.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information

Optional practical training (OPT) is an opportunity for graduates to work in the field of their study. Your degree allows you to be employed while still in student status for 12 months. OPT requires precision with paperwork and timing so please be sure to contact the ISSO well in advance with any questions you might have. Make sure to study the OPT section of the ISSO website.

 

Declaring Final Semester

Our academic calendar features deadlines to file for graduation. Be sure to plan in advance. Remember to consider applying for OPT well in advance as this process is time-consuming. Contact the ISSO with any questions you might have.

 

Adding an Edge to Your Degree

As a graduate student, you can consider adding an edge to your future degree. MBA students can choose from the list of our specializations. Also, you can graduate with a dual degree. Please contact your academic advisor to discuss this option.

 

Change of Program

Somewhere along the way you might realize that you are more drawn to a different field of study. As long as that is absolutely natural, try to catch this early on and contact your academic advisor to discuss your options. Remember: there are always options.

 

STEM Degrees

STEM degrees (Science Technology Engineering Math) are in high demand on the market. For an international student, a STEM degree also means that your OPT could be 3 years instead of one.

Here is the list of STEM degrees offered by the College of Management:

 

On Campus Employment

As an international student, you are eligible to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week during school year. These are some of the resources to explore:

 

Registration

Many students are eligible to waive or substitute courses. If the WISER system produces an error, you will need to submit the registration request form and your academic advisor will enroll you in courses and send a confirmation email.

 

Enhance Your Student Portfolio

 

Courses Eligible to Waive or Substitute

Master of Business Administration - MBA
MBA course eligible to substitute Undergraduate courses
MBA AF 601 Economics for Managers Microeconomics & Macroeconomics
MBA AF 610 Accounting for Managers Financial Accounting & Managerial Accounting
MBA AF 620 Financial Management Intro to Finance & upper level finance elective
MBAMS 630 Statistical Analysis for Managers Intro to Statistics & Managerial Decision Making
MBAMS 635 Operations Management Operations Management
MBAMS 640 Computer Information Systems Intro to Info Systems & upper level info systems elective
MBAMKT 670 Marketing Management Intro to Marketing & upper level marketing elective

 

Master of Science Accounting -- MSA
MSA course eligible to waive Undergraduate courses
MBAMS 600 Mathematical Analysis for Managers Quantitative Analysis
MBA AF 601 Economics for Managers Microeconomics & Macroeconomics
MBA AF 620 Financial Management Intro to Finance & upper level finance elective
MBA AF 610 Accounting for Managers Financial Accounting & Managerial Accounting
MBA AF 620 Financial Management Intro to Finance & upper level finance elective
MSA course eligible to substitute Undergraduate courses
MBA AF 611 Intermediate Accounting Intermediate Accounting I & Intermediate Accounting II
MBA AF 612 Cost Accounting Cost Accounting
MBA AF 613 Federal Tax Planning Completion of two tax courses
MBAMGT 664 Legal Environment of Business Business Law

 

Master of Science Information Technology -- MSIT
MSIT course eligible to waive Undergraduate courses
MBAMS 630 Statistical Analysis for Managers Intro to Statistics & Managerial Decision Making
MBAMS 635 Operations Management Operations Management
MBAMS 640 Computer Information Systems Intro to Info Systems & upper level info systems elective
MBAMGT 650 Organizational Analysis & Skills Completed bachelor’s degree in business administration
MSIT course eligible to substitute Undergraduate course
MSIS 614 Business Data Communication Networks and Communication
MSIS 615 Business Programming Object Oriented Information Systems
MSIS 618 Database Management Database Management

 

Master of Science Finance -- MSF
MSF course eligible to waive Undergraduate courses
MBAMS 600 Mathematical Analysis for Managers Quantitative Analysis
MBA AF 601 Economics for Managers Microeconomics & Macroeconomics
MBA AF 610 Accounting for Managers Financial Accounting & Managerial Accounting
MBAMS 630 Statistical Analysis for Managers Intro to Statistics & Managerial Decision Making
MBA AF 620 Financial Management Intro to Finance & upper level finance elective

 

Master of Science Business Analytics -- MSBA
MSBA course eligible to waive Undergraduate courses
MBAMS 630 Statistical Analysis for Managers Intro to Statistics & Managerial Decision Making
 

MBA Specializations

Students in the FT/PT MBA program can choose from 12 optional MBA specializations. Specializations are completed by taking a group of designated electives as part of the general MBA elective requirement.

 

Graduate Certificates

UMass Boston’s graduate business certificates are a great way to add skills to your resume with as little as one year’s commitment. You can take them part-time or full-time, and in some cases, entirely online. Course credit from a certificate will count toward an MBA or MS degree should you choose to continue on. Graduate business certificates do not require the GMAT and if the student’s GPA is higher than 3.3 they are eligible to waive the GMAT requirement upon entering the MBA and MS programs.

 

Degree Audit

Currently the WISER system degree audit feature is not applicable to graduate students. Submit a request to receive a customized degree audit. Your academic advisor will follow up; please allow two business days.

 

Applying for Graduation

All graduating students must declare their intent to graduate by applying online through WISER.

 

Dual Degree

Students interested in enhancing multiple skill sets may be enrolled in two programs i.e. MBS/MSF. Students will be enrolled in two degrees and receive two diplomas. Domestic students may be enrolled in two degrees at the simultaneously. However, international students will need to complete the first program before they can apply to complete the second degree. All students are required to complete a minimum of six additional courses if the second degree is a master’s of science. For example, a student completes his/her MBA degree (12 courses) and then would like to complete the MSF degree. If many of the MSF requirements have been completed while studying the MBA, she would still be required to complete 6 additional courses.

Get information about accelerated bachelor's/master's programs.

 

Independent Study

An independent study is an option for students to work 1-on-1 with a professor over the course of a semester to complete one of their 3-credit elective requirements, according to a plan that is agreed upon by the student and the professor. Students may participate in a maximum of two independent studies while completing their degree. An independent study cannot take the place of a course offered by the College of Management. It is a good idea to identify more than one professor with whom you would like to work, in case certain professors are not available. Be sure to complete the Independent Study Agreement Form.

 

Leave of Absence/Taking a Semester Off

Each degree-seeking graduate student must maintain continuous registration. If in any semester, for any reason a student will not enroll in courses he/she may maintain continuous registration by registering for the program fee (CAS 600). Discuss your options with your academic advisor. Students that are not in continuous enrollment will be subject to applying for readmission to the program.

 

Incomplete Grade

The grade INC is reported only where a portion of the assigned or required classwork, or the final examination, has not been completed because of serious illness, extreme personal circumstances, or scholarly reasons at the request of the instructor. Permission of the instructor must be obtained and the Incomplete Contract form must be completed by the faculty member. Further details are available through the Registrar’s Office.

 

Grades and Transcripts

To view the grading system and learn how to calculate your GPA refer to the Registrar’s Office.

The lowest grade assigned at the graduate level is a letter grade of C.

The Course Pass/Fail Option does not apply to graduate students.

Students have the option to withdraw from a course, refer to the Registrar’s Office for further detail.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be issued a diploma upon completion of fulfilling degree course requirements

Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 in a given semester are placed on academic probation. Consecutive semesters with a GPA below 3.0 may result in academic dismissal from the program.

 

Career Services

If you’re a current UMass Boston student, this is where you’ll find information on career planning, as well as internships and co-ops for that all-important work experience. Contact William Farrick, Career Specialist, College of Management.

 

Workshops Offered by University

The University of Massachusetts Boston offers a series of free Tech Training Workshops on campus.

 

Grad CM Blog

Be sure to subscribe to the Graduate Programs Blog to stay up to date on industry trends, job postings, on and off campus events, along with all offerings through the College of Management.