Academics

For Prospective Students

The College of Liberal Arts, the largest and most intellectually diverse college of UMass Boston. CLA offers students a choice of 19 academic departments, 27 majors, and 10 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.

If you are interested in transferring to UMass Boston, please stop by our Open House for Transfer Students on April 6th!

For graduate students: