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125 PhD students

211 master's degree students

49 certificate students

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Our Distinctive Strengths

Nationally recognized as a model for public service schools, the McCormack Graduate School is committed to social justice and equity. We offer an interdisciplinary education and conduct cutting edge research that seeks to understand and remedy some of the most important social, political, economic, and environmental issues of our time.

Our distinctive strengths include:

  • Pioneering academic programs recognized for their innovation, applied learning opportunities, and focus on equity.
  • Research funded by the Carnegie, Fulbright, Guggenheim, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health, among others.
  • Educational and research partnerships in Brazil, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, South Africa, and others
  • Entrepreneurial centers focusing on aging issues, peace, public collaboration, public management, social policy, sustainability, and women in politics and public policy

We welcome new students, research partners, and community collaborators to help us build a better world for all.

Pioneering and Award-Winning Academic Programs

Noting the public service mission of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, BestValueSchools.com ranks UMass Boston 29th in its list of the 50 Most Innovative Public Service Schools in the United States.

U.S. News & World Report ranks several of our offerings among its Best Graduate Schools:

Our Conflict Resolution Master’s Program was one of the first in the field of dispute resolution graduate education.

Our Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy Program has earned awards from the University Continuing Education Association and the American Association of University Women for innovation and progress toward equity.

Our Gerontology PhD Program has produced one quarter of all the PhDs in the field. It is one of the oldest and largest such programs.

Our Global Comparative Public Administration Program earned top 30 honors as one of the best online master's in public administration by TheBestSchools.org.

Our Global Governance and Human Security PhD Program is the first of its kind.

History of our School:
Accomplishments and Impact

The McCormack Graduate School was founded in 2003 to create a dynamic academic and research center in policy studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The school was built upon the foundation of its predecessor, the McCormack Institute, established in 1983 and named in honor of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John W. McCormack. In 2010, we changed our name to the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies to better reflect our expanded global mission.

Read about our 30-year history, beginning with the McCormack Institute, in Three Decades of Accomplishment and Impact, 1983-2013.

History of our Namesake:
Speaker McCormack’s Legacy of Justice for All

Speaker John W. McCormackBorn in nearby South Boston, John W. McCormack was a committed public servant and a champion for the disadvantaged, a staunch advocate for the elderly, ethnic minorities, and families.
During his 42-year career in the U.S. Congress, McCormack left an indelible mark on some of the most progressive social legislation of the last century. His powers of persuasion as Speaker of the House helped to pass groundbreaking bills on civil rights, economic security, education, foreign aid, health care, housing, immigration, labor, protecting the environment, and voting rights. He championed important legislation like Medicare and Social Security, the G.I. Bill, Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the Marshall Plan, and establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Administration on Aging. 

His commitment to social justice and economic mobility lives on at the school that proudly bears his name.  We keep his legacy alive by training the next generation of academic activists and policy practitioners who make an impact in their local and global communities.