Four UMass Boston Programs in U.S. News’s 2019 Edition of Best Graduate Schools

Office of Communications | March 20, 2018
Christine Thurlow Brenner, an associate professor of public policy and public affairs in the McCormack Graduate School, meets with UMass Boston graduate students.

Christine Thurlow Brenner, an associate professor of public policy and public affairs in the McCormack Graduate School, meets with UMass Boston graduate students.
Image by: Lisa Link

U.S. News & World Report's 2019 edition of Best Graduate Schools, released today, includes four UMass Boston graduate programs in the top 100:

UMass Boston's part-time MBA program also made the 2019 edition, at No. 204.

Rankings are based on student acceptance rate, program size, number and strength of faculty, and research activity.

“The McCormack Graduate School’s rise in the rankings reflects our world-class teaching, driven students, and an ethos of applying rigorous research to solve the world's most pressing problems,” said McCormack Graduate School Dean David W. Cash.

“We are deeply committed to enhancing education and lifelong learning through high quality, socially just, and inclusive teaching, research, and community engagement,” said Joseph Berger, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. “Through research, teaching, and community engagement, our faculty, staff, and students make a significant local, national, and global impact through cutting-edge innovations and strong partnerships. We are proud of our graduates who assume roles of responsibility and leadership in a wide variety of educational settings.”

"Our faculty and staff continue to work diligently to provide our students with the finest possible education," said Linda Thompson, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. "It is absolutely imperative that we ensure innovative and accessible resources for our students as we help to prepare them for real-world experiences. Being ranked as one of the top 100 master of nursing and doctor of nursing practice programs is a truly an honor and a testament to that mission.”

To see the full list of rankings, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.

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Posted by Rosanna DeMarco | March 16, 2018 - 3:10 p.m.

Congratulations to our colleague, Dr. Hayman.
We are very happy for the recognition given to your work and the many lifetime achievements you have accomplished. The Department of Nursing celebrates YOU!

Posted by Mary Driscoll | March 16, 2018 - 11:19 a.m.

Congratulations, Laura!

Posted by Jemadari Kamara | March 14, 2018 - 1:13 p.m.

Congratulations to our awesome student athletes and athletics program! You have made us all proud at UMass Boston. Continue to strive for excellence on the track and in the classroom!

Posted by Apurva Mehta | March 13, 2018 - 5:21 p.m.

Congratulations, Laura.

Posted by Joanne Spitz | March 11, 2018 - 8:03 p.m.

Great. So proud of our UMass athletes.

Posted by Dawn Cuthrell | March 09, 2018 - 3:50 p.m.

Great young man!! Colin has worked very hard. I am happy that he has this opportunity!

Posted by tatyana | March 08, 2018 - 5:22 p.m.


Posted by Ed Sullivan | March 07, 2018 - 9:30 a.m.

From all alumni players who ever put on the jersey, Boston State to UMass Boston, congratulations and good luck to a player and person who really earned this opportunity!
  Ed Sullivan, Boston State ‘69

Posted by Reverend Adrienne Berry-Burton, Chaplain | February 28, 2018 - 4:29 p.m.

Congratulations to our scholar athletes and their coaches! Well done, UMass Boston Women’s Basketball Team!
And congratulations to the other winter UMass Boston teams who are excelling!

Posted by Kim Matunis | February 26, 2018 - 6:59 p.m.

Why did she still carry the name of Wheatley (her slave owner) if she married John Peters?  Shouldn’t her last name have been Peters? Wonderful story. I love hearing about women and people of color in our history as they were often omitted from the history books when I was growing up.

Posted by Ross Krieger | February 13, 2018 - 10:37 a.m.

Way to go, John. Was a fun class. It really was incredibly valuable.

Posted by Ann LeBoeuf Evans | January 31, 2018 - 7:33 a.m.

Heartfelt thanks to Jack for honoring Winston Langley and supporting UMass Boston students. I am so honored to be associated with two such amazing individuals and this great university!

Posted by Steve | January 23, 2018 - 11:36 a.m.

Great work guys! Kaley Major is one of the best researchers in the School for the Environment. Glad to see her and Dr. Poynton getting recognition for all their hard work.

Posted by Luiz Rabelo | January 20, 2018 - 12:20 p.m.

In 2007 I was one of the two students who presented to the foundation for support of this project. Very happy to see where it is now.

Posted by Cathryn Rench, PhD | January 18, 2018 - 1:23 p.m.

Congratulations to Ed, and many thanks to him as well for an outstanding IPMH Program. As a fellow who completed her doctorate during the 2014-2015 session, much of the new material gleaned from the luminaries enriched the dissertation which resulted in a book contract from a UK/US publisher, not to mention the professional workshop and conference invitations that were direct offshoots of the final project requirement for IPMH certification. Cathryn Rench, PhD, Dijon, France

Posted by Michael H. Cunningham | January 09, 2018 - 4:35 p.m.

Tom - Job well done! Congratulations. Reaching out to each other is cathartic, for all sides, and I am proud of the Joiner Institute for doing this.
If you think it would help, I would be honored to donate a copy of my book, Walking Point, to Mr. Huu Thinh.

Posted by Dan Higgins | January 09, 2018 - 8:48 a.m.

Long overdue for the Joiner Institute to be acknowledged for the great work that they do. Congratulations!!!!

Posted by Linda Dittmar | January 08, 2018 - 3:09 p.m.

Wonderful and well-earned recognition. I applaud the Joiner for years of wonderful work supporting so many writers.

Posted by Robert Driscoll | January 08, 2018 - 2 p.m.

Congratulations. I am very proud to be part of the Joiner Institute. My years of helping out in the office and the directions received at the workshops supported me in writing my story, “Returning for My Brother.”  I wish you many years of success and growth. Many blessings and peace.

Posted by Dorothy Shubow Nelson | January 08, 2018 - 12:59 p.m.

These awards and recognitions are well-deserved. The story, for its very important details, and the remarkable photo of those who received the medals, combine to paint a moving and memorable portrait of these devoted activists, teachers, leaders, and writers and their purposeful and unchartered course of work that was initiated many years ago and continues to this day.

My respect and admiration for the faculty and administrators of the Joiner Institute runs deep. I will always remember and value the presence of Paul Atwood in my honors classes at UMass Boston. I am grateful for Kevin Bowen’s supportive initiatives and organized readings beyond UMass Boston into our communities, and the many programs throughout the year that offered the provocative and innovative work of American and International artists and writers. I am glad that I have been able to participate in the summer workshops over recent years. My experience with the Joiner Institute has inspired me to develop my own writing workshops for veterans and their families at Cape Ann Veterans Services in Gloucester, MA. This is the fifth consecutive year of those workshops. We have just published a book from the writers in these workshops, called The Inner Voice and The Outer World, Writings by Cape Ann Veterans and Their Families. On December 10, 2017 a cross-section of more than 150 people listened for two hours as 16 writers read their excerpts from this anthology.—Dorothy Shubow Nelson (former member of the English Dept. at UMass Boston)

Posted by Bruce Weigl | January 08, 2018 - 12:12 p.m.

It was a real joy traveling to the city that I love so much and think of now as my second home, Ha Noi, with Tom, Kevin, Chung, and Chan. I was especially happy to be able to introduce Tom to some old friends in Ha Noi. I can’t wait to return!  Thanks, Joiner Institute.  Bruce Weigl

Posted by Jeneva Beraldi | January 05, 2018 - 1:12 p.m.

Gina McCarthy, your work is admirable. When will you be back to UMass Boston? I hope to meet you and attend your seminars. I too will be studying EPA policies there and would hope to study by your side. Thank you.

Posted by Chantrarat Vongareesawat | January 01, 2018 - 8:02 a.m.

Congratulations, Dr. Teri on this great recognition. You have inspired others to keep doing great works by promoting the nursing profession and contributions to society. Thank you so much, my dear professor. How wonderful you are!

Posted by Sylvia Henderson | December 30, 2017 - 7:03 a.m.

Thank you, Ms. Killingback!
This article exposes more people to some of Councilwoman Stevenson’s concerns and passions for Norwood.
She appears to be a harbinger of hope for needed change, for necessary transformation, in Norwood. When this happens, ALL the people in the City of Norwood will thrive!

Posted by Barbara Graceffa | December 13, 2017 - 10:52 a.m.

Congrats to Paul. His dedication to his students and community has always been one of his hallmarks! I have enjoyed working with him over the years - especially in the early days of the PhD Program in Public Policy.

Posted by Susan Antovil | December 12, 2017 - 8:21 a.m.


Posted by Kathleen P. Castagna | November 27, 2017 - 2:36 p.m.

I am so happy to see the food pantry services that UMass Boston now has for its students. People who are talented, intelligent, trying to make a good life for themselves and a good future for themselves deserve all the support and encouragement that our society and our culture can give to them. The “dead wood people” who are throwing their lives down the toilet bowls with drugs and alcohol can find good role models from the people who are trying their best to live good-quality lives and improve their culture and society and get good educations.

Posted by Catherine Carmona | November 26, 2017 - 10:17 p.m.

This is so exciting to read. I hope there will be more female scientists speaking at UMass Boston in 2018!

Posted by Brenda | November 21, 2017 - 8:53 p.m.

I have been looking for a resource like this. Thank you!

Posted by Kathleen Shepherd-Segura | November 20, 2017 - 1:14 p.m.

This is awesome. I volunteer at the commuter food pantry at Lesley University which opened this past September. When I was a commuter during the big dig era, I commuted from Merrimac, MA to Boston and I would eat my tuna sandwich on the Tobin bridge. I had two sandwiches but always gave one to my carpool partner. I would starve the rest of the day because I had to pay for parking and art supplies. I hope all universities implement this because it is important to a successful college experience to not be hungry.

Posted by Betty C Nalungwe | November 16, 2017 - 7:58 p.m.

Well done, Kosar!
Unless you have walked a mile in their shoes, you can never understand what they go through. You are so better placed to tell them how, and why. We need more women to do this for ourselves.
Thank you and congratulations on your upcoming graduation.

Posted by Maria Menzi | November 16, 2017 - 5:44 p.m.

I’m so excited about your book! I’m going to purchase it immediately! How wonderful I was part of last spring’s class which has impacted me deeply. Congratulations!

Posted by Cassandra Veney | November 15, 2017 - 12:58 a.m.

Congratulations, Dr. Edozie. I am so proud of you and humbled that I have had the pleasure to work with you. Your new university is very lucky to have you.

Posted by Brenda | November 13, 2017 - 10:17 p.m.

Congratulations, Anne! You are an inspiration to all early educators.

Posted by Judith Knight | November 13, 2017 - 9:41 p.m.

Wonderful to learn about the many supports offered at UMass Boston that assist students in achieving academic success as they seek to improve their lives and secure their futures. Bravo!

Posted by Tanya Ames | November 07, 2017 - 8:57 a.m.

Congratulations, Amy!!!!!

Posted by | November 03, 2017 - 6:18 p.m.

Nice work, ex-colleagues and the others.

Posted by barbara lewis | November 02, 2017 - 12:10 p.m.

in this city of world-class hospitals, the life expectancy gap is stark. Thirty-three more years of life, statistically, for Beacon Hill residents versus the relegated in Roxbury and similar zip codes. Being committed to a life-sustaining environment for all is a necessary focus. I am so glad that Dean Linda Thompson has come to UMass Boston.

Posted by Sarah Rajab | October 30, 2017 - 11:01 a.m.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to welcome Dean Linda Thompson to UMass Boston.

Posted by Michelle Ferguson | October 30, 2017 - 9:14 a.m.

What a fantastic visionary leader and asset to this university environment that supports forward thinkers like Dr. Thompson. Welcome!

Posted by Daphnee Cameron | October 29, 2017 - 10:09 p.m.

Welcome to UMass Boston, Dean Thompson.

Posted by juan evereteze | October 25, 2017 - 8:23 a.m.

This is great news. I travel often to West African nations as a faculty member in the COM. We run a joint certificate program with the Department of African American Studies and often come in contact with potential issues around Dengue Fever. Fortunately, we have to get vaccinated every two years in order to travel to these countries, but when you are on the ground there, you realize how fortunate you are to have the vaccine and how unfortunate large portions of the African population aren’t because they don’t have the same access to knowledge and vaccination against this disease. Hopefully this research will change these limitations for the better in the near future.


Juan J. Evereteze, Sr. Lecturer

Posted by Nina Hayes | October 04, 2017 - 12:12 p.m.

I am very much interested in this study. My mom is 89 and worked until she was 85. I am the oldest of her six ‘kids’ (69) that she thinks are still capable of running errands or cleaning roof gutters. My own day-to-day research confirms the challenges outweigh the rewards.
Thank you
Virginia Fitzgerald Hayes ‘79 and McCormack ‘90

Posted by Mustapha Coker | September 27, 2017 - 9 p.m.

Brilliant!! Welcome Dr. Berger!!! I like your foresight, energy and enthusiasm. As a doctoral candidate in urban education leadership, UMass Boston has been my home since my undergraduate years. I also did my master in education here and I am about to complete my doctoral work in urban education leadership at the university. I am proud of the changes happening at the moment but I like what you said about the university and the community. You said, “There are two types of urban research: those that are islands in the cities and the communities they serve, and those that are fully integrated and enmeshed in the communities they serve,” Berger said. “Being here at UMass Boston, that was one of the attractions, to be at a university and a College of Education and Human Development that are really immersed in their communities.”
The challenge is to go further but not to lose our identity as a community university. Your promise to us in college of education and to the whole study body should be, “We will expand further than before but we will not lose our identity as a community university.” We will support you in all your efforts to make UMass Boston the #1 community university in not only America but in the whole world.

Welcome to the home of the Beacons!!!
Thank you for coming.
Mustapha C.

Posted by eliane markoff | September 20, 2017 - 5:20 p.m.

I enjoyed reading your article. It resonates with me. May I share it and the link with others?
Thank you, Eiane Markoff, Ombuds at Wheelock College

Posted by Jane Pickett | September 13, 2017 - 3:19 p.m.

I’m proud to say that I got my master’s in instructional design from UMass Boston. Going back to college after 50 was daunting,and also one of the best things I ever did.

Posted by Rick Clarke | September 07, 2017 - 10:59 p.m.

Awesome and very inspiring. Congratulations, and your ten reasons are beautiful!

Posted by Inita jones | September 02, 2017 - 12:24 p.m.

Thanks so much for this story about my mom. She is truly a pioneer and a living legend. Thanks for the recognition.

Posted by Joey Wise | August 30, 2017 - 9:52 a.m.

I think you ar nothing short of amazing!!

Posted by Abdul AbuFannouneh | August 24, 2017 - 4:47 p.m.

Congrats, Dr. Aronowitz! You deserve the best and keep going.

Best regards, Abdul

Posted by Mary Driscoll | August 24, 2017 - 8:43 a.m.

Congratulations, Teri, on well-deserved recognition!

Posted by Paul Properzio | August 22, 2017 - 9:21 p.m.

Well deserved. A good number of my former students at Boston Latin Academy enrolled at and graduated from UMass Boston. They really liked the education they received there and are doing well in their careers now.

Posted by Dotsy Zirkle | August 21, 2017 - 2:13 p.m.

Congratulations, Dr. Lee!

Posted by wmcarroll | August 12, 2017 - 2:12 p.m.

excellent ... inspiration

Posted by Ola Nwabara | August 08, 2017 - 12:43 a.m.

Congratulations, you’ve definitely received a gem in Dr. Edozie! As a former student and mentee, I can attest to her commitment to developing teacher-scholars who are innovative and intersecting in their approaches to research, teaching, and community engagement in both national and international settings. She will be an extraordinary addition to your community.

Posted by Liz Marran | August 06, 2017 - 4:22 p.m.

Terrific work! Congratulations.

Posted by Kevin Scott | July 20, 2017 - 10:57 a.m.

Simply one of the best political scientists/professors in the world.
Ethical, honest, passionate and compassionate.
An underlying sense of humor was almost always present as well.
The first day I had his class, he said, “One of the best ways to destroy a country is not by invading it, but by electing a PhD to be the leader of that country.” He then said, “I am putting myself down a bit by saying that, since I have a PhD.”  smile

Posted by Sandra Philpott-Burke (Michigan State University B | July 18, 2017 - 9:08 a.m.

Congratulations to Dr. Edozie. She deserves it!

Posted by Igbo Rowland | July 16, 2017 - 11:46 a.m.

Very interesting. I hope to follow in her footsteps.

Posted by Kelechi | July 15, 2017 - 1:28 p.m.

Excellent choice!!!

Posted by Helen Odibo | July 15, 2017 - 11:50 a.m.

Great, Uniben! Proud of you!

Posted by Kirk Etherton | July 12, 2017 - 2:16 p.m.

This is an excellent article—informative, and important.

Posted by Richard Rowe | July 10, 2017 - 4:44 p.m.

This is a powerful statement about the importance not only of words but of the ideas and beliefs that they convey. As the saying goes, “believing is seeing” —- we can see only those things that we believe to be there.

Posted by Rita Kiki Edozie | July 10, 2017 - 11:41 a.m.

A well deserved accomplishment. Congrats!

Posted by Craig Burelle | July 06, 2017 - 3:21 p.m.

This is fantastic news! Way to go guys.

Posted by Jim Smith | July 05, 2017 - 10:07 a.m.

I agree with Ms. McClellan. There is no need to list other schools to prove our competitiveness. This is simply another example of the great work being done at the university. Congratulations to the team.

Posted by aimi | July 04, 2017 - 7:35 p.m.

In looking back, I feel like I still have more to share.

Posted by Roland Dennis | July 02, 2017 - 5:44 p.m.

Inspirational, and genuine

Posted by Leona Thomas | June 29, 2017 - 9:40 a.m.

Congrats to this awesome team. They worked very hard. In the end it was worth it all.

Posted by Ethel McClelland | June 29, 2017 - 8:39 a.m.

Congratulations to all! Mr. Ibarra, perhaps you meant to say, “We were competing against some OTHER really, really good schools.”  I hope that will soon come naturally for our UMass Boston students.

Posted by Liliana Mickle | June 23, 2017 - 11:01 a.m.

Ms. Duffy, congratulations on the novel. It is wonderful feel when dreams come true. I look forward to reading your novel and suggesting it be added to our common read list for incoming students and have you as the guest speaker at a future Freshmen Induction Ceremony. There are so many students at UMass Boston who want to publish, but don’t know how to go about identifying a publisher and bringing their work to life. Any advice you can give as to how I can guide our students would be greatly appreciated. Congratulations again and continued success on your new journey!

Posted by Andrea | June 19, 2017 - 9:32 p.m.

Congrats, Lisa.

Posted by Pat Artis | June 16, 2017 - 11:34 a.m.

What a story of determination. .... Joan Donovan has been a mentor to me for many years, teaching me to keep moving forward. ... So proud of her!

Posted by Monica McAlpine | June 15, 2017 - 12:53 p.m.

As a former fellowships advisor at UMass Boston, I know the enormous amount of work and effort, on the part of both students and their supporters, that these awards represent. Congratulations to all!

Posted by Teresa Moon Hauck | June 14, 2017 - 11:26 a.m.

Thrilled about the opportunity for my son, Tim Brady - an inspiring global citizen!

Posted by Duncan Nelson | June 06, 2017 - 7:36 p.m.

This is a story/ That reflects the glory/ Of our school through these speeches/ Whose far-flung outreaches/ Extend as far as/ The very stars!

Posted by Sarah Mann | June 03, 2017 - 7:14 p.m.

That’s my grandmother!

Posted by Sachin Shukla | June 03, 2017 - 9:38 a.m.

Wow! Congrats!! Subi, you make us proud; keep it up.

Posted by S | June 02, 2017 - 11:25 p.m.


Posted by Sj | June 02, 2017 - 5:43 a.m.

Wow!! Congratulations!!! Keep it up!!!

Posted by Nada Mustafa Ali | May 30, 2017 - 11:42 a.m.

Proud of you, Kosar!

Posted by Albis Mejia | May 29, 2017 - 11:23 p.m.

Excellent and congratulations, Daniela.

Posted by Lorraine Burse | May 28, 2017 - 3:14 p.m.

Great work, Tan.  Remember I know you well. Love you.

Posted by Audrey Tyrell | May 26, 2017 - 12:23 p.m.

As a UMass Boston student, you’re a tower of strength. As I read your story, I can only have compassion and sympathy for you and the fellow Somali girls. I am touched and moved by your story. God bless you, Kosar.

Posted by Jacqueline M Van Voorhis | May 26, 2017 - 9:13 a.m.

An excellent university offering diverse studies at different levels of education.

Posted by V. Muna Kangsen | May 25, 2017 - 9:08 a.m.

Hi Daniela! I was the winner of the JFK Award in 2008 and I am proud of your efforts to shed light on the plight of immigrants. Keep up the good work and best of luck with all future endeavors!

Posted by Mai | May 19, 2017 - 5:49 p.m.

I’m a facilitator in Soliya and this is wonderful news to hear smile))

Posted by James Bynum | May 16, 2017 - 10:13 a.m.

Congratulations, Professor Tomlinson! All the best!

Posted by Octavia Nixon | May 15, 2017 - 10:42 a.m.

Congrats, Susan!! You were one of the main reasons I pursued a career in education! Although it was more than 5 years ago, I will never forget engaging in amazing class discussions that uncovered the implications and increased my curiosity for reading obscure and unknown literature!!!

Posted by Kathleen Hallman Adams | May 15, 2017 - 9:14 a.m.

Wish I could have been there! Congratulations, dear David Patterson.

Posted by Amy Cardoso | May 15, 2017 - 8:18 a.m.

Congratulations, Professor Tomlinson! Wishing you all the best in this new role smile

Posted by Cardrienne Turner | May 09, 2017 - 12:42 p.m.

Congratulations Chair Tomlinson!!!!

Posted by Marijo McCarthy | May 09, 2017 - 8:58 a.m.

Clearly, Boston has always been a place where young people could find and make the most of opportunities in its neighborhoods. Makes me proud to be a UMass Boston alum, right here in the heart of the historical Dorchester neighborhood. The website for the Industrial School is fascinating.

Posted by Denise Korn | May 06, 2017 - 6:37 p.m.

Congratulations and enjoyed reading your story. You are a rock star!

Posted by Jane Kelley | May 05, 2017 - 10:08 p.m.

Super young woman! Great success story! Congratulations Kristen on your graduation!

Posted by Tracy | May 05, 2017 - 6:47 p.m.

This is so interesting!!

Posted by Monica Calzolari | May 05, 2017 - 3:58 p.m.

Very nice story. Inspiring.

Posted by Ping-Ann Addo | May 04, 2017 - 8:59 a.m.

This is wonderful to read. Such a tribute! And long overdue.

Posted by Colleen Locke | May 01, 2017 - 4:33 p.m.

The free concert took place in the Recital Hall in UMass Boston’s University Hall.
Colleen Locke
Digital Communications Editor
UMass Boston

Posted by Renee Walwyn | May 01, 2017 - 12:13 p.m.

Congratulations, Joann.