Admissions & Financial Aid

Application deadline for fall 2016 is January 15, 2016 

All required documents for application to the Global Governance and Human Security PhD program are required to be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the above deadline.

In addition to sending all the required documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions applications must submit a copy of all these materials to the department via email at

Admission Requirements

  • Official UMass Boston Application and application fee
  • Official transcript from each college and university attended
  • Graduate Record Exam [GRE] test scores
    Official report from Educational Testing Service:
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from people familiar with your academic abilities
  • Statement of Purpose [1500 words]: Statement of your research and career interests and goals; your motivation for pursuing a PhD; why you are interested in an interdisciplinary  PhD program; member(s) of the faculty with whom you are interested in working
  • Writing sample: Any substantial piece of academic writing of which the applicant is the sole author

Application procedures


Submit application and supporting documents

Visit How and When to Apply

NOTE: If you are utilizing the online application follow instructions for submitting required documents. If you are utilizing the paper version of the application form all required supporting documents, including letters of reference, must be mailed directly to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston MA 02125 USA

Financial Support

Accepted students are eligible to receive financial support in the form of Teaching and Research Assistantships. Assistantships include waivers of tuition and most fees, plus a cash stipend to help defray living expenses.

Assistantships are limited in number. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of financial support for which they may be eligible.