Admissions & Financial Aid

Global Governance and Human Security, MA Program

Begin by reviewing the university's general application requirements for graduate admission. If you are an international applicant, please see additional requirements here

Application Deadlines

Fall admission only: We encourage applicants to submit their complete application, including supplemental materials, early to allow sufficient time for application processing. All application material must be received by the posted deadline. 

Final deadline is March 15 

You can also take a class as a non-degree student to start earning credits. 

Take a Class

Get to know our programs by taking a single course. This will let you assess if the content and structure of the program meets your goals and fits with your other commitments.  These are 3-credit graduate level courses and the credits can transfer to one of our programs  (restrictions apply).  You must have a bachelor's degree to enroll. 

Learn about taking a class as a non degree student 


Official Transcripts

When you apply online, you must submit official transcripts from each college or university you attended, even if you were not awarded a degree.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic abilities.

GRE Scores

Get an official report from the Educational Testing Service that's less than five years old and have the testing agency send your official test scores directly to UMass Boston. Unofficial test score reports are not acceptable. UMass Boston’s institution code is 3924.

Requests for waivers will be considered for applicants encountering difficulties taking the GRE test due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Contact the Graduate Program Director to request a waiver.


You'll also need to submit your résumé/curriculum vitae.

Each application requires a non-refundable fee of $75. 

Writing Sample

A writing sample is optional.

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose: 

In 1,500 words, provide a statement describing your research and career interests and explaining why you are interested in an interdisciplinary MA program in Global Governance and Human Security.

Review the additional requirements for international students. 

Financial Aid

A limited number of merit-based research assistantships are awarded to accepted master’s students. These assistantships waive a portion of tuition and fees. In addition, graduate assistants work for a faculty or staff member in exchange for a partial cash stipend. If you are interested in being considered for an assistantship send a letter of interest detailing your relevant experience and skills to

Learn more about assistantships, grants, loans, and Federal Work-Study awards.