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 deadline: Fall admission only, May 1. 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: May 1 for fall admission; December 1 for spring admission
  • See the program and application requirements for the Gerontology Research/Policy MS 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: Fall admission only, May 1.
  • 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: May 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: Fall admission only, May 1.
  • See the program and application requirements for the Public Administration MPA Program.