Admissions & Financial Aid

International Graduate Applicants

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Important note:  Please refer to your program’s specific deadline to ensure that you submit your application on time.

Application Instructions

International applicants must complete the General Application Requirements. In addition, international applicants must also complete the following requirements:

  1. Official Transcripts and Official English Translations
  2. Evidence of Completion of a University-level Degree Program
  3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) Exam Scores
  4. I-20: Certificate of Eligibility for a Student Visa 
  5. Completed "Transfer Verification Form", if needed
  6. International Applicant Fee

You should also review our Admissions Procedures for additional information on the application process.

Please send all application materials to:

       Office of Graduate Admissions
       University of Massachusetts Boston
       100 Morrissey Boulevard
       Boston, MA 02125-3393

Please note that all materials submitted to the University become the property of the University, and will in no case be returned to the applicant nor forwarded to any third party.

Official Transcripts and Official English Translations

All applicants must submit official transcripts of their academic record, including grades. If your transcript is in a language other than English, each page must be accompanied by an English translation, validated by an official public translator. Please note: Credential Evaluation Reports will not be accepted in place of official transcripts. Unofficial or scanned & emailed copies will not be accepted.

UMass Boston cannot return application materials, so we strongly recommend retaining copies for your records.

Evidence of Completion of a University-level Degree Program

International applicants must submit evidence that they have completed the equivalent of a regionally accredited U.S. university-level Bachelor's degree program. Most international four-year degrees are recognized as being equivalent; however, most three-year degrees, including the Indian Bachelor of Arts, Sciences and Commerce degrees, are not considered to be equivalent.

 If we are unable to determine equivalence, we may require applicants to submit an external evaluation from the Center for Educational Documentation ( Credential evaluations from other agencies may not be accepted.

Acceptable evidence includes official copies of diplomas, certified final degree certificates, and notation on final transcript of degree and date awarded. (Provisional Certificates must be followed by final degree verification.) If you have any questions about what can be submitted to meet this requirement, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 617.287.6400 or send us an email at All documentation must be mailed to:

       Office of Graduate Admissions
       University of Massachusetts Boston
       100 Morrissey Boulevard
       Boston, MA 02125-3393

TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic Test Results

International applicants must submit official score results for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) exam. Please have the testing agency report results directly to UMass Boston. Unofficial or scanned & emailed copies will not be accepted.

Applicants may be exempt from submitting these test scores if they have received at least four (4) years of education (including their undergraduate program) at an English-speaking college or university in the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize,  Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad/Tobago, Singapore, or the United Kingdom.

The requirement may also be waived if the applicant has completed at least two (2) academic years of study (excluding ESL or test-prep), full-time, at an English-speaking college or university in the U.S., by the application deadline of the program to which they are applying.

All other applicants must submit test results to be considered for admission.

Permanent resident immigrants and U.S. citizens who have not met the above requirements are also required to submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS Academic, or PTE Academic.

  UMass Boston requires the following minimum scores




IELTS Academic

PTE Academic

 College of Management





 Applied Linguistics (MA)





 Applied Linguistics (PhD)

600 100 7.0 68
 Early Childhood Education and Care















 Instructional Design





 Most Other Programs






I-20: Certificate of Eligibility for a Student Visa

Obtaining a Visa

International students admitted to any American university need an I-20 "Certificate of Eligibility,"  issued by the admitting institution, indicating that they have been accepted as full-time degree-seeking students, that they have the required proficiency in the English language, and that there is sufficient financial support for their education. The UMass Boston International Student & Scholar Office will normally provide the international applicant with the I-20 form to enable him/her to apply for a visa with which to enter the United States. The University cannot issue the I-20 to part-time or online programs. Visa documents will not be issued until the applicant has been admitted and satisfied the International Student & Scholar Office requirements for issuance.

Once admitted, applicants will be contacted by the International Student & Scholar Office with information on the visa process. Please email if you have questions or need assistance.

The table below provides an estimate of the annual expenses for a single, international graduate student. Please keep in mind that this cost estimate is based upon a 12-month period, and, depending on the individual, actual costs may be higher.

Estimate of Annual Expenses for Academic Year (in US Dollars)
  Annual Expense
Tuition (out-of-state) $30,763.00
Fees (including health insurance) $2,607.00
Room and board; Books and supplies $11,400.00
Miscellaneous personal expenses $3,000.00
Total $47,770.00

Applicants must be prepared to pay their own expenses, and should also anticipate yearly increases in institutional costs (such as tuition and fees) and living expenses. For a complete listing of fees, refer to the Tuition and Fees page of the Bursar’s Office. Transportation to and from the U.S. is not included in this estimate. International students are required to pay non-resident tuition and fees.

Transfer Verification Form

If the applicant holds an I-20 from another U.S. institution, a Transfer Verification Form must be completed by the International Student Advisor at the institution the student is currently attending, or if not currently enrolled, the institution most recently attended. Please email if you need assistance.

International Application Fee

 International graduate applicants are required to submit a non-refundable application fee in the amount of $100 in U.S. currency. This fee cannot be waived or deferred.

This must be paid by Visa or Mastercard when completing the Online Application form (preferred).


Only if applying via hard-copy application, you may pay by cashier’s check, demand draft, or money order made payable to “UMass Boston”. UMass Boston cannot accept personal checks from international applicants. Payment must be mailed along with the application to:

       Office of Graduate Admissions
       University of Massachusetts Boston
       100 Morrissey Boulevard
       Boston, MA 02125-3393

Admissions Procedures for UMass Boston

Once all application materials have been received, and an admission decision has been submitted by the department, UMass Boston will notify the applicant of the admission decision. Please note that this process can take some time. If the applicant is admitted as a student, UMass Boston will send the student an official letter of admission and a Certificate of Eligibility, which is also known as an I-20 form. These forms may arrive separately.

Admission is granted for a specific semester only, and the I-20 form is valid only for the semester for which the student is admitted. If you are unable to attend the semester specified, please notify the Office of Graduate Admissions by email as soon as possible.

If you wish to defer your admissions to a different semester, please indicate in your letter when you would like to attend UMass Boston. UMass Boston is only able to defer enrollment for up to one year. A $25 processing fee will be charged for deferred enrollment.

Important Notes:

  • The I-20 form is valid only for the semester for which it was issued. The Office of Graduate Admissions must be notified of an official decision to defer enrollment before a new I-20 form can be issued.
  • Under no circumstance should an applicant come to UMass Boston without having received both an official letter of admission and an I-20 form for the correct semester. Any applicant who comes to UMass Boston without the required documentation does so at his or her own risk. Your presence on the UMass Boston campus will not expedite or influence the admissions process.
  • UMass Boston does not offer student housing. Please refer to the Office of Student Housing website for information on locating housing or a roommate in the Boston area.