Accelerated Master’s Program

Save time and money. Earn accelerated bachelor's and master's degrees in as little as 5 years.

For qualified UMass Boston undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts, including students in the Honors College, the Accelerated Master's Program allows you to finish both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as little as five years. Students replace undergraduate electives with graduate coursework before matriculating as a graduate student to complete your master’s degree.

In addition to entering the workforce sooner, students in an accelerated program can save significant money by paying undergraduate tuition rates and applying undergraduate financial aid awards to any graduate coursework taken in your junior/senior year.

GREs are not required.

Conflict Resolution, MA
  • The Conflict Resolution MA Program examines the causes and characteristics of local and global conflict while training students to facilitate peaceful problem solving and collaborative decision making. Graduates have gone on to become leaders and facilitators in fields as varied as peacebuilding, environmental and public policy, health care, human resources, labor relations, law, ministry, and public and private sector management.
  • Application deadlines: April 1 for fall admission. Please note: students applying to the Conflict Resolution Accelerated Master’s Program should also submit one or more examples of written work from a course.
  • See the program and application requirements for the Conflict Resolution MA Program.

Gerontology: Research/Policy, MS
  • This program offers interdisciplinary courses that link theory, concepts, and research methods based on social, behavioral, and policy sciences in the study of aging. The research track encompasses a broad body of specialized knowledge in social policy and social science theories related to aging, as well as methodologically sound procedures to expand that base of knowledge. This program is ideal for those interested in a career in research, advocacy, policy analysis, and nonprofit and private sector leadership.
  • Application deadlines: June 1 for fall admission; December 1 for spring admission
  • See the program and application requirements for the Gerontology Research/Policy MS Program.

Global Comparative Public Administration, MPA (online or in-class)
  • The Global Comparative Public Administration (GCPA) MPA Program provides a global perspective to the study of public administration and aims to prepare students to lead and manage state, national, and international organizations, both in the public and nonprofit/NGO sectors. This new interdisciplinary master's degree program equips students with critical skills to resolve global inequities, drawing on faculty expertise in global best practices. Students can choose to complete the degree either in-class or online, and will be ready to face the challenges of today’s interconnected world.
  • Application deadline: May 1 for fall admission
  • See the program and application requirements for the Global Comparative Public Administration MPA program.

International Relations, MA
  • The International Relations Program provides the theoretical foundation and research methods needed to understand the actors and systems that compose our increasingly dynamic international system. The program’s interdisciplinary faculty bring expertise in environmental politics, conflict resolution, and the Global South. Graduates of the program have gone on to work in internationally-oriented national or local government agencies, international nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations, international business, or have continued on to academic careers.
  • Application deadline: April 1 for fall admission
  • See the program and application requirements for the International Relations MA Program.

Management of Aging Services, MS (online)
  • Gerontology examines the aging process at the individual, family, and community level. The gerontology programs prepare students to address issues surrounding the growing local and national aging population, with special attention paid to the needs of low income elderly and issues of racial and cultural diversity. The online Management of Aging Services Track is designed for individuals interested in managing elder care organizations and community services.
  • Application deadlines: June 1 for fall admission; December 1 for spring admission
  • See the program and application requirements for the Management of Aging Services MS Program. 

Public Administration, MPA
  • The Public Administration Program offers a holistic understanding of the political, social, technological, and economic factors that influence the development and implementation of public policies. Students gain the skills needed to plan and manage public sector programs including budgeting and finance, ethics, and organizational behavior and management. Graduates go on to become leaders in government, public agencies, and nonprofits.
  • Application deadline: April 15 for fall admission; December 1 for spring admission.
  • See the program and application requirements for the Public Administration MPA Program. 

Eligibility for Accelerated Master's Degree Programs

  • Open to UMass Boston undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), including CLA students in the Honors College. We hope to broaden this opportunity to many more UMass Boston students in the future.
  • No prerequisite courses are required and all majors within CLA are welcome!
  • Applicants need a cumulative 3.2 GPA at the time of application.
  • Students are required to complete all UMass Boston undergraduate degree requirements by the time they have earned 104 credits. This includes major requirements, first year and intermediate seminars, quantitative reasoning, distribution requirements, and writing requirements. Honors College students must also complete all required Honors College curriculum.

Admissions & Financial Aid for Accelerated Master's Degree Programs

Admissions

  • Accelerated master’s program applicants submit the standard graduate application and fee in addition to providing supplementary requirements such as the statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Applicants do not need to submit GRE scores.
  • Specific admissions requirements vary by program:
  • College of Liberal Arts students will apply in their junior year and need a minimum of 75 credits at the time of enrollment. Honors College students will apply in their sophomore or junior year and need a minimum of 60 credits at the time of enrollment. Transfer students must have earned at least 30 of those credits at UMass Boston.

Financial Aid

  • Even though students will be taking graduate-level courses in their senior year, they are only responsible for paying standard undergraduate tuition and fees while matriculated as a bachelor’s student. Students will be charged graduate tuition only after they matriculate as a graduate student to complete their remaining master’s requirements.
  • Undergraduate students’ financial aid eligibility and funding packages will not be affected by entering the accelerated master’s program, even if they are taking graduate-level courses. Once a student matriculates as a graduate student, they will be eligible for funding opportunities available to traditional master’s students. Though graduate students are not eligible for need-based grants, they may be eligible for federal student loans and other external scholarships. Limited research assistantships and funding opportunities may be granted by individual programs. For more information about available funding opportunities for master’s students, please contact your program of interest or the financial aid office.

Program Logistics for Accelerated Master's Degree Programs

  • College of Liberal Arts students will apply in their junior year and need a minimum of 75 credits at the time of enrollment. Honors College students will apply in their sophomore or junior year and need a minimum of 60 credits at the time of enrollment. Transfer students must have earned at least 30 of those credits at UMass Boston.
  • Each semester students should first meet with their undergraduate advisor to determine their undergraduate coursework before discussing potential graduate coursework with their graduate program advisor.
  • Students move from undergraduate student status to graduate student status when they have earned 120 credits and completed all UMass Boston undergraduate degree requirements.
  • The bachelor’s and master’s degrees are awarded upon the completion of requirements for both degrees.
  • Undergraduate students that wish to leave the program before matriculating as a graduate student will be eligible to receive their bachelor’s degree once they have earned 120 credits and fulfilled all undergraduate degree requirements as outlined in their degree audit. Certain graduate-level courses taken as an undergraduate have been preapproved to count towards the 120 credits needed to earn the bachelor’s degree.