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How to Apply
Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:
- Transcripts. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required.
- Three Letters of Recommendation. Emphasis should be on academic and professional references.
- Statement of Interest and Intent (Required Writing Sample). Submit a two-part essay:
- Explain your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies (approximately 300 words).
- Indicate your specific interest in Assistive Technology, and discuss the type of work you would like to do in this field (at least 1,200 words).
- This statement will be reviewed for both your overall message and your ability to write at the graduate level. Proofread your writing carefully; it is ranked according to its clarity, grammar, and syntax.
- Personal Interview with Faculty Member. When the Office of Graduate Admissions has notified us of your completed application, we will contact qualified candidates to arrange an interview (either in person or via teleconference).
Deadlines & Cost
Deadlines: June 1 for fall
Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.
Program Cost Information: Bursar's website
Required Courses (28 Credits)
- VISN 603 - Braille I 3 Credit(s)
- VISN 604 - Eye Anatomy and Disease 3 Credit(s)
- VISN 605 - Clinical and Functional Assessment of Vision 3 Credit(s)
- VISN 660 - Introduction to Assistive Technology for People with Visual Impairments 3 Credit(s)
- VISN 661 - Assistive Technology Assessment and Instruction for People with Visual Impairments 4 Credit(s)
- VISN 662 - Configuration and Exploration of Assistive Technology solutions for People with Visual Impairments 4 Credit(s)
- VISN 663 - Technological Methods of Accessibility and Accommodations for People with Visual Impairments 4 Credit(s)
- VISN 669 - Assistive Technology for People with Visual Impairments Practicum 4 Credit(s)
Complete 28 credits from eight required courses. Those who have a background in visual impairment may be eligilbe to waive up to 9 credits.
Statute of limitations: Three years
Graduate Program Director Laura Bozeman
laura.bozeman [at] umb.edu
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