Academics

Info for Prospective Students

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts, the largest and most intellectually diverse college of UMass Boston. Here you can prepare for a career in one of the professions and simultaneously explore your interests in the arts, humanities, languages, and social sciences.

CLA offers students a choice of 17 academic departments, 26 majors, and 9 graduate programs. We promote interdisciplinary thinking and we encourage you to pair a major in one field with a minor in another, either within CLA or in one of the other colleges on campus.

Are you a student returning to complete a degree after years in the work force or a student arriving straight from high school? Do you have a BA in hand and an interest in one of our graduate programs?   Whether you are applying as a graduate or an undergraduate, the diversity of our students, the dedication of our faculty and our array of academic options increase the likelihood that you will find CLA a comfortable and interesting fit as you journey to your degree.

for entering freshmen:

  • click on admissions in the left menu to apply--once you have been accepted, make sure you pay your $200 deposit to secure your spot at UMass Boston!
  • check out CLA First! and apply to be part of a dynamic program for first year students.
  • be sure to pay attention to the information in your acceptance packet about Beacon Beginnings, New Student Orientation, which will include a group meeting with an advisor, taking placement tests, and registering for courses.  You can sign up for a session directly online!

for transfer students:

  • click on admissions in the left menu to apply
  • once you have been accepted, make sure you pay your $200 deposit to secure your spot at UMass Boston!
  • be sure to pay attention to the information in your acceptance packet about Beacon Beginnings New Student Orientation for transfer students, which includes a group meeting with an advisor, getting acclimated to the University, and registering for courses.
  • during your group advising session, get questions answered about transfer credits, including which of your transfer courses count toward General Education requirements.
  • after Orientation, if you have an academic major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor within that major.  You can discuss major requirements, transfer credits, and any minor(s) or concentration(s) you wish to add to your major with your faculty advisor.
  • if you do not yet have a major but wish to declare one after Orientation, you can do so by visiting the One Stop

for graduate students: