UMass Boston

Central Business Unit

UMass Boston from the water

The Central Business Unit (CBU) is a shared-services department providing financial, purchasing, personnel, event, and administrative support to units in Academic Affairs as workload demands and CBU capacity allows. Our mission is to provide excellent service to our customers, and ultimately serve UMass Boston students.

If you are not currently a customer and are an Academic Affairs unit interested in our services, please email us at to request a meeting with our team to discuss how we can best support your operations.

Following are the services currently offered by the CBU. We are always evolving and expanding, so if you don't see what you need on our list, please ask!


  • Personnel Action Forms
  • AddComps
  • PageUp Requisitions


  • Travel and expense reimbursements
  • Annual budget development
  • Monthly budget updates


  • Supplies or Equipment
  • Contract Submissions
  • Invoice Payments
  • Honoraria Payments
  • Vendor Adds

Event Support

  • Catering orders
  • Donating tracking
  • Room reservations
  • RSVP tracking


  • DocuSign signatures
  • Data collection
  • Event support
  • Web page updates
  • Other - please ask


The CBU provides transactional support as identified above. If you need grant-related assistance, please contact your Departmental Research Administrator (DRA) as identified here:


For general questions, contact