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How to Apply
In addition to the criteria listed below, applicants must also meet general graduate admission 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 Orientation and Mobility, 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: March 1 for summer
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 601 - Physical and Functional Aspects of Visual Impairments 3 Credit(s)
- 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 621 - Orientation and Mobility Assessment and Instructional Strategies: Children 4 Credit(s)
- VISN 622 - Orientation and Mobility Assessment- Adult 4 Credit(s)
- VISN 625 - Methods of Orientation and Mobility 3 Credit(s)
- VISN 628 - Orientation and Mobility Praxis Lab 1 Credit(s)
- VISN 629 - Orientation and Mobility Practicum 4 Credit(s)
Complete 28 credits from nine required courses. Those who have a background in visual impairment may be eligible to waive up to 9 credits.
Minimum grade: No course with a grade below B- may be applied toward the program.
Statute of limitations: Three years.
Graduate Program Director Laura Bozeman
laura.bozeman [at] umb.edu
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