Admissions & Financial Aid

Global Governance and Human Security, PhD 

Application deadline is January 15 for fall admission.

Begin by reviewing the university's general application requirements for graduate admission.  If you are an international applicant  please pay close attention to additional requirements.

Each application requires a non-refundable fee of $60 for domestic applicants and $100 for international applicants. This fee cannot be waived or deferred.

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

Get an official report from the Educational Testing Service 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. 


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

Letters of Recommendation

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

Statement of Purpose

In 1,500 words, provide a statement of your research and career interests and goals; your motivation for pursuing a PhD; why you are interested in an interdisciplinary PhD program; member(s) of the faculty with whom you are interested in working.

Writing Sample

Your required writing sample should be a substantial piece of academic writing of which you are the sole author.

Review the additional requirements for international students. 

Additional Application Procedures

In addition to uploading and/or sending all the required documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions, please submit a copy of the following materials to the department via email at

  • Résumé/curriculum vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample
  • Unofficial copies (if available) of transcripts and test scores

An interview, though not required, is strongly recommended for those living in the greater Boston area. Phone or Skype interviews are possible for those living out of the area.

Financial Support

Accepted students are eligible to receive merit-based financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Assistantships include waivers of tuition and most fees, plus a cash stipend to help defray books and living expenses.

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