eMcCormack Resource Center

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

Cutting Edge Policy Teaching and Learning with Online and Remote Platforms

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 Dean, David Cash

Dear McCormack Community,

Yesterday was a riveting day in which we watched violence descend on the US Capital.  We watched the President of the United States encourage the violence and continue to sow discord with lies about election results.  We saw double standards of law enforcement when we compared its treatment of rioters and insurgents storming the US Capital, waving Confederate flags within its halls, and seeking to violently overturn a free and fair election, to its treatment of peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors seeking justice.  We watched a remarkable Senate debate that went into the early hours of the morning as some lawmakers still maintained the fiction of election fraud in order to disenfranchise citizens, and others, like Senator Cory Booker, admonished those “who are surrendering to the passion of lies as opposed to standing up and speaking truth to power.”  We saw, ultimately, the rule of law prevail and President-elect Biden’s and Vice President-elect Harris’s victory at the ballot box rightfully certified. But we were shaken.

For many, yesterday was a wakeup call about the dangers of ignoring norms of the rule of law, of democratic principles, of decency, of the slide toward autocracy.  For many others, yesterday was the inevitable and predictable outcome of a descent from the principles of good and just governance that goes well beyond the last four years, but that has been accelerated by President Trump and his enablers in Congress.

As we prepare to begin the Spring semester, yesterday’s events should strengthen our resolve as faculty, students and staff of a public policy school to employ our teaching, research and engagement to further just and good governance and to follow our mission:

The McCormack Graduate School equips future leaders with tools to enhance governance, strengthen communities, remedy injustices, catalyze change, and improve our planet and the lives of people across generations...we help shape effective policies that create a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world.

I wish the remainder of the winter intersession is revitalizing as we gear up for the next semester of work to realize this mission in a new era of our country and our university.

Stay healthy and inspired,

David, 1/7/2021

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.