Student Resources

University Policies and Regulations

It is every student’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with University codes, policies and regulations.  Please refer to the University Policies and Regulations site for complete information on sexual offense, academic dishonesty and student misconduct policies, as well as the Code of Conduct site to download the full version of the Code of Student Conduct.


Academic and Administrative Forms

MPA (formerly MSPA) Student Handbook - 2015

MPA (formerly MSPA) Student Handbook - 2014

MPA (formerly MSPA) Student Handbook - 2013

Public Policy PhD Student Handbook - 2015

Public Policy PhD Student Handbook - 2014

Public Policy PhD Student Handbook - 2013

Public Policy PhD Student Handbook - 2012

Public Policy PhD Student Handbook - 2011

Applying for Graduation

Public Policy Dissertation Tracking Forms

Public Policy Assistantship and Internship Forms

Public Policy Additional Forms

Student Life

Academic Calendar

Life on Campus

Visit Life on Campus for information on campus life and community benefits, such as student housing, clubs and organizations, student IDs, dining services, health services, student news, athletics & recreation, parking, the interfaith campus ministry, links to blackboard, the bookstore and the library, discount tickets to museums, cinemas, sporting events and various shows, and much more!

Additional Resources

Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)

GSA is UMass Boston’s graduate student government representation. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies (617.287.5700) for more information.

Writing Resources

Writing Resources Handbook (DOCX)
Thesis/Dissertation Style Guide (DOCX)
Step-by-Step Thesis/Dissertation Submission Instructions (DOCX)

Thesis and Dissertation Format Help
Sara Leahy, Thesis and Dissertation Format Consultant
CC-2-2014, 617.287.5700

Statistics Support
Jie Chen, University Statistician
Healey-5-0001, 617.287.5241

Graduate Writing Center
(Meesh McCarthy, Coordinator)
Academic Support Programs

Career Resources

Career Handbook: MPA Edition (DOCX)
Career Handbook: PhD Public Policy Edition (DOCX)
UMass Boston Career Services & Internships
Internship Handbook (DOC)


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