Full-time students will complete two years of core course work followed by full, or part-time study consisting of electives and dissertation research and writing. Part-time students will complete core courses in three years.

Course and Credit Requirements

Students are required to complete 76 credits, distributed as follows:

  • Core requirements   42 credits (14 courses)
  • Elective courses        24 credits (8 courses)
  • Dissertation                10 credits

Additional Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements (DOC)

Admission to Candidacy

In addition to course and dissertation credits, students must pass two competency exams to reach doctoral candidacy. Each exam is given at the end of the first and second years of the program, respectively.

MS in Public Policy

Although we do not offer a MS degree study option, our students are awarded an en route master's degree after successful completion of all core courses and electives, and the successful completion of both competency exams.

Research and Dissertation

For completion of the PhD program, students must work with a faculty member to complete a dissertation consisting of rigorous academic research on a topic of the student's choosing.  The dissertation must culminate into a written piece of publishable content, and must be successfully defended.

Why UMass Boston?

Rendering of University Hall

University Hall

The building will contain state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching labs, and specialized spaces for the Art and Performing Arts Departments

“This general academic building will help further enhance the learning experience of our students.”

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