UMass Boston

Graduate Student Enrollment Checklist

Congratulations on your acceptance to UMass Boston. As a newly admitted graduate student we recommend that you review the Admitted Student Checklist below to confirm your space in your program and to take the necessary next steps towards finalzing your enrollment. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 617.287.6400 or with any questions. 

New Student Enrollment Deposit

To confirm a space in your graduate program you will need to submit your Enrollment Confirmation Form and $250 New Student Enrollment Deposit. Log into your Beacon Gateway to submit your form and make your payment. 

Claim Your UMass Boston Account (WISER and Webmail)

24 hours after submitting your New Student Deposit, visit and follow the prompts to set up your security questions and password. The Campus ID (e.g. First.Last001) that will be provided to you, in conjunction with the password you create, can be used to access:

  • WISER- your UMass Boston student information system which you will access for course registration, billing, Blackboard, and more.
  • Webmail- your UMass Boston email account

Course Registration

You will soon receive a communication from your respective department and/or program director about registration. This may contain information regarding course registration, your Academic Advisor, and other details to aid you in getting prepared for classes.

If you wish to contact your department or Graduate Program Director for more information about registration and next steps, you can search for program contact information here.

Register for Graduate Student Orientation

Register for an in-person or virtual onboarding session for new graduate students. 

Register today.

Health Services: Immunization and Health Insurance

All new full-time graduate students are required to demonstrate proof of immunization. After having created your UMass Boston account, log into your MyHealthBeacon portal to begin the process of completing/uploading all required documentation. 

Off Campus Housing

UMass Boston's Office of Off-Campus Housing has staff and resources to assist new and continuing students with finding an off-campus residence.

Off-Campus Housing Contact Information

Parking & Transportation

Parking on Campus

Commuting to Campus

Request a BeaconCard

All new UMass Boston students should sign up for a BeaconCard. The BeaconCard is a OneCard that can be used to check-out items at the Healy Library, access on-campus parking, add BeaconBucks or dining plans, and more.

Learn how to go about requesting your BeaconCard

Graduate Assistantships and Financing Your Education

I-20 Certificate of Eligibility and International Student Visas

All international students requiring an F1 student visa are required to complete the following steps in order to receive an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from UMass Boston:

  • Log into your Beacon Gateway and submit your Enrollment Confirmation Form and New Student Enrollment Deposit
  • Claim your UMass Boston student account
  • After having claimed your UMass Boston account and created your unique password, use those credentials to log into UMassVIP
  • After logging into UMassVIP, click on the 'Admissions' link and begin the process of completing the Initial Undergraduate Declaration & Certification of Finance (DCF) E-Form

In order to receive an I-20, students will be required to upload:

  • Completed Declaration & Certification of Finance (DCF) E-form
  • Copy of Passport Biography page (.PDF document)
  • Funding Options (.PDF)
  • Personal Funds: bank statement issued within the last 6 months showing adequate liquid funds
  • Sponsor: Sponsor's Statement and Bank Statemetn in sponsor's name showing adequate liquid funds
  • Government Scholarship: A scholarship letter issued by the governing authority
  • Previous visa history

If you have any issues accessing UMassVIP or have other questions about receiving your I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, please contact the Office of Global Programs

We would encourage you to review the helpful information provided on the Global Programs website, including "Tips for a Successful Visa Interview".