Admissions & Financial Aid

Test Requirements

Programs Requiring Submission of Test Scores

Programs Tests Notes
Accounting GMAT/GRE1 1 Details below
Biology/Environmental Biology GRE  
Biology/Molecular, Cellular, and Organismal Biology GRE  
Biotechnology and Biomedical Science GRE  
Business Administration (MBA, PhD) GMAT/GRE  
Chemistry (MS) GRE Required for applicants with degree from foreign universities
Chemistry/Green Chemistry (PhD) GRE  
Clinical Psychology (PhD) GRE General exam and psychology subject exam
Computational Sciences GRE  
Computer Science (PhD, MS) GRE  

Counseling: School Counseling**, Mental Health, and Rehabilitation Programs

GRE* * Details below
Counseling and School Psychology (PhD)  GRE  
Developmental and Brain Sciences (PhD) GRE General exam required; psychology subject test optional
Early Childhood Education and Care (PhD) GRE  
Economics, Applied GRE or GMAT  
Education (MEd) Teacher Education Licensing Tracks**   ** Details below
Education (MEd) Teacher Education Non-Licensure Track GRE, MAT, or MTEL  
Environmental Sciences (MS) GRE  
Environmental Sciences/ Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences (PhD) GRE  
Exercise and Health Sciences (PhD, MS) GRE ***Details below
Finance GMAT/GRE1 1 Details below
Gane-Based Teaching with Technology (Cert) GRE or Communication and Literacy MTEL  
Gerontology (PhD, MS) GRE Not required for Management of Aging Service track
Global Governance and Human Security (PhD) GRE  
Global Inclusion and Social Development (PhD, MA) GRE/GMAT  
Higher Education (PhD, EdD) GRE/MAT/GMAT/LSAT  
Historical Archaeology GRE  
Information Technology GMAT/GRE1 1 Details below
Instructional Design MAT or GRE*  * Details below
Integrative Biosciences GRE  
International Relations GRE  
Linguistics, Applied/Latin and Classical Humanities Track GRE  
Nursing (BSN to DNP) GRE  
Nursing (PhD, MS) GRE  
Public Administration GRE  
Public Policy GRE  
School Psychology GRE* * Details below
Sociology, Applied GRE or MAT  
Sociology (PhD) GRE  
Special Education Licensing Tracks MTEL** ** Details below
-> Out-of-state applicants GRE or MAT** ** Details below
-> Non-Licensing Track GRE  
Survey Research (Cert.) GRE  
Urban Planning & Community Development GRE  

Programs listed below recommend that applicants submit the appropriate test scores

Programs Tests
American Studies GRE
Chemistry GRE
Critical Creative Thinking GRE or MAT
Urban Education, Leadership and Policy Studies GRE or MAT
Educational Administration GRE or MAT
English GRE
History (MA) GRE
Nursing (MSN to DNP) GRE
Physics, Applied GRE

Please have the testing agency send your test scores directly to UMass Boston. Unofficial test score reports are not acceptable.

UMass Boston’s institution code is 3924.

1 Minimum test score for consideration: GMAT: 450 (the average score of recent successful applicants is over 550); GRE: 300 total for combined Verbal and Quantitative scores

*Test score not required if applicant holds an advanced degree from a U.S. university. Please note that some programs require the advanced degree to be in a specific field. See program description for additional details.

**Applicants may submit MTEL test results during the application process (in addition to other test results noted). Applicants who do not submit MTEL test results at this time will be required, if admitted, to submit the scores prior to the end of their first semester.

***GRE general test scores are required and, when applicable, TOEFL scores.

Note: In accordance with provisions of the General Laws of Massachusetts, Graduate Studies policy permits residents of Massachusetts who have been diagnosed as developmentally disabled (including those with specific language disabilities, such as dyslexia, but not including those whose sole disability is blindness) to request a waiver of the requirement to submit GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores. To qualify for a waiver, an applicant must submit documentation validating his or her disability. A graduate program may require an alternative mode of assessment (e.g., a writing sample) in lieu of the standardized test score. For information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.