About

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125 PhD students

211 master's degree students

49 certificate students

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34

foreign countries
represented

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57%

are in-state residents

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21.5%

are self-identified
students of color

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.