Admissions & Financial Aid

Global Governance and Human Security, PhD 

The application deadline is February 1 for fall admission. 

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. 

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.


Application Fee

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

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.

GRE waived for applicants applying for fall 2022 admission.

The GRE requirement has been waived for fall 2021 applicants due to the difficulty in taking the test amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Standard requirement:  Applicants must supply 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. 

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.