eMcCormack Resource Center

Welcome to the eMcCormack Resource Center, the hub for current information for the McCormack Graduate School (MGS) Spring & Summer 2021 semester.

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If you cannot find what you need, please don’t hesitate to contact the MGS Dean’s Office.

To ensure the health and safety of our faculty, students, staff, and surrounding community, UMass Boston will continue to operate in hybrid fashion, with some courses lodged on campus and others—the majority—continuing in remote modality during the spring 2021 semester. Many answers about the campus's response to the coronavirus can be found in our special section.

Message from the Interim Dean, Rita Kiki Edozie

Dear McCormack Leadership, Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Those of you who have worked closely with McCormack will recognize the boot above - David Cash's favorite shoes - his cowboy boots! He wears them whenever the College holds a high-profile event:))

Today, as we now wish former Dean David Cash farewell, and he passes on the baton to me; I'm reminded that I have deep boots to fill in carrying on his legacy! I feel a bit like acting Mayor, Kim Janey in relation to former Mayor, Marty Walsh! David, like Marty, a very charming and popular/populist leader, will be a tough act to follow!

I wish to thank you all for your well wishes and congratulatory tributes in assuming the role of interim Dean today, August 3rd. I'm honored and humbled, and even though I feel prepared to lead, I am still a bit dazed by the quick and sudden turn of events as they occur today especially following these tumultuous times of a hard to get rid of global pandemic!

Be that as it may, I am ready to lead! To this end, I'd like to thank Provost Berger, Chancellor Saurez-Orozco, and "You" for supporting my interim candidacy as set forth in the current appointment.

My first act is to have you join me in showing great gratitude to David Cash for what I like to see as his distinctive "branding" of McCormack into our small college-school's current performance, visibility and progressive reputation in Greater Boston, the Commonwealth, the Nation, and the Globe as a foremost policy, public service, and global affairs' college! We are grateful for David's leadership and will severely miss his graciousness in forging our current dynamic and collegial McCormack identity. I will try to continue David's tradition.

The past few weeks in my capacity as Associate Dean, with David, we have been carefully reading through the annual strategic reports submitted by each of your units (departments/centers/institutes) in preparation to develop the college-level report. I agree with David when he noted to me that he is proud of what we, as a community, have accomplished and equally proud to be part of such an amazing group of scholars, educators and staff devoted to the mission!

Despite what will no doubt be a difficult "return to open" semester and year ahead after a year and a half of surviving and adjusting to the global pandemic off-campus remotely; David and I deduced from your reports the following shared key strategic priorities. We wrote, 

"In tandem with the university-wide strategic planning process, in addition to engaging a parallel college-led dialogue about a prospective academic master plan and internal structuring; AY’ 21-22 strategic priorities include fundraising and strengthening the college’s extramural grant awards; strengthening cross-campus collaborations to grow and expand the college’s academic programs to enhance student success; and  conducting multiple DEI initiatives that will serve to diversify doctoral student enrollments, increase faculty and staff of color appointments, and improve the curricular and workplace compositional climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the college." (extract, MGS Strategic Annual Report, AY'20-21).

All right... sort off...beginning shortly... through mid-August, I'm going to... "virtual Disney-land" for a much-needed stay-vacation...of sorts! No worries, I will still be around and available to you, preparing for the transition to physical campus and the interim deanship ahead. However, in between "Mundo Zoom", I do want to take some work-life balancing spaces here and there before MGS (Dean's Office) officially starts back on campus in our offices on Monday, August 16th.

Thank you again, much more later, and see you soon!

Rita Kiki Edozie, 8/3/2021

For Students

McCormack Graduate School Programs

Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs

Department of Gerontology

Important Dates to Remember!

  • Monday, May 17 to 21 - Final Exam Period (Note: CAPS course finals are on the last class meeting.)
  • Thursday, May 27 - Graduate Commencement Celebration
  • Friday, May 28 - Undergraduate Commencement & Spring 2021 Grades Due
  • Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day - no classes
  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - In-Person Doctoral Hooding Celebrations
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021 - In-Person Commencement at TD Garden



MGS Spring 2021 Course Schedule by Programs 

Last updated: 2/23/2021

Office of Graduate Studies

Information for New Teaching Assistants

Student Unions

Dean's Office Student Success (DOSS)

The DOSS initiative is a coordinated support system for graduate student success that engages college and university-wide support services for all MGS graduate students.

Office of the Registrar

As full-time or part-time students, each semester, your courses, grades, transcripts, and progress are tracked and updated by the office of the Registrar.  


International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Ths ISSS unit serves as your resource for all immigration matters and is the university’s liaison to the U.S. governmental agencies concerned with matters relating to international students and scholars studying and working in the United States.


Here4U is the university latest way to let you know, we are here for you. This electronic resource can assist you with your campus questions, concerns, and feedback. 

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

McCormack Racial Equity Task Force (MRET)

We Are Beacons! 

UMass Boston students share their experiences navigating school and life through 2021. To contribute, tag us in social posts and use #WeAreBeacons.


Visit the Resources4U website to find helpful resources on financial matters, housing rights, food insecurities, campus life, and more important information gathered specifically for you.

Office of Civil Rights and Title IX

Office of Urban and Off-Campus Support Services (U-ACCESS)

For Faculty and Staff

Teach Online

The eLearning and Instructional Support unit has gathered information from instructional designers, education specialists, systems administrators and graduate students to provide a wide range of instructional services to the faculty at UMass Boston. 


Faculty and Staff Resources4U is there to help you support your students. Find these helpful resources gathered specifically for UMass Boston students.