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How to Apply
Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:
- A minimum, cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or international equivalent) in all undergraduate work, though an exception may be made based on the holistic strength of the application
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing or an international equivalent at the time of enrollment
- Official transcripts for all institutions where you have earned more than 6 credits: Applicants who completed the majority of their undergraduate coursework outside of the United States are typically required to submit official TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo English proficiency test score
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Statement of Purpose
- Two (2) letters of recommendation
Deadlines & Cost
Deadlines: June 1 for fall, November 1 for spring
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: For additional information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s Office or send an email to Bursar@umb.edu. Please refer to Graduate Student Financial Aid for more information on financial aid.
Core Required Courses (12 Credits)
- GISD 601 - Current and Historical Perspectives on Global Inclusion and Social Development 3 Credit(s)
- GISD 605 - International Responses to Social Inclusion 3 Credit(s)
- GISD 606 - Research and Evaluation in Diverse Settings: Methods and Implications 3 Credit(s)
- GISD 801 - Innovations Seminar 3 Credit(s)
- GISD 802 - Social Innovations in Domestic Settings Seminar& 3 Credit(s)
Core Electives (9 Credits)
Complete three from below.
- GISD 608 - Ethics and Professionalism in Global Inclusion and Social Development 3 Credit(s)
- GISD 609 - Justice: A Global Transdisciplinary Framework for Culture and Innovation 3 Credit(s)
- GISD 610 - Strategies for Systemic Change 3 Credit(s)
- GISD 611 - Managing Change: Supporting Communities and Embracing Cultures 3 Credit(s)
- GISD 615 - State, Sovereignty and Governance for Inclusion and Social Development 3 Credit(s)
- GISD 616 - Population Needs and Global Practice 3 Credit(s)
Concentration Courses (15 Credits)
Complete five courses from one of the concentrations below.
- Disability Studies Concentration
- Gerontology Concentration
- Human Rights Concentration
- Nonprofit Management Concentration
- Transnational, Cultural, and Community Studies Concentration
- Individualized Plan of Study Concentration
Complete 36 credits from twelve courses including four required core courses, three core electives, and five concentration courses.
Concentration: Students must choose a concentration from disability studies; gerontology; human rights; non-profit management; transnational, cultural, and community studies; or individual plan of study.
Capstone: Completion of a master’s project consisting of a 7,000 to 8,000 word writing project (research paper, policy analysis project, program development project, grant application, or self-directed paper) and a public oral or poster presentation of the writing project.
Minimum grade: No course with a grade below B may be applied toward the core courses for the program.
GPA: A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required from all courses applied toward the program.
Residency: No more than six credits of graduate coursework from another institution may be applied toward the program. Transfer courses must have a grade of B or higher and be approved by the graduate program director.
Statute of limitations: Five years.
Graduate Program Director Kaitlyn Siner
kaitlyn.siner [at] umb.edu
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