Academics

Program Requirements

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  • When are classes offered?

    Classes are generally offered during afternoon and evening hours on Mondays through Thursdays. Most courses meet once a week. See the Academic Handbook for descriptions of the courses.
  • Is it possible to transfer credits from previous graduate work?

    No. You may be able to waive some required courses based on prior studies but all PhD students must take a minimum of 14 courses while in residence at UMass Boston.
  • What exams do students take?

    You will take an examination for admission to candidacy at or near the conclusion of your formal coursework. The examination is usually both written and oral and includes the defense of your dissertation proposal. The Finance track also has a qualifying exam after the first year in the program.
  • What does it mean “to defend your dissertation proposal”?

    Students must develop a written document that defines the research problem which is the focus of their dissertation and that explains how they intend to investigate it for answers. Students publicly present their dissertation proposals to members of their dissertation committees.
  • What is a dissertation like?

    During the final part of the program, you must write an extended study based on original research. You choose the topic of research with guidance from your dissertation committee. The dissertation typically takes at least a full year to complete. Like the proposal, the completed study is subjected to scrutiny in a public forum (called the dissertation defense) before final approval.During the final part of the program, you must write an extended study based on original research. You choose the topic of research with guidance from your dissertation committee. The dissertation typically takes at least a full year to complete. Like the proposal, the completed study is subjected to scrutiny in a public forum (called the dissertation defense) before final approval.
  • Have more questions?

    Contact the PhD Program Office at: phdcm@umb.edu