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.
- Information for entering freshman
- Information for transfer students
- Information for graduate students
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.
- 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!
- 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 information about a specific graduate program, you may navigate directly to its website:
- MA in American Studies—American Studies Department
- MA in Historical Archeology—Anthropology Department
- MA or Online MA in Applied Linguistics—Applied Linguistics Department
- MA in Applied Economics--- Economics Department
- English MA Program and the MFA in Creative Writing—English Department
- MA in History—History Department
- PhD in Clinical Psychology—Psychology Department
- MA in Applied Sociology—Sociology Department
- MA in Latin & Classical Humanities—Classics Department
- Visit Graduate Admissions to apply to any graduate program.