Admissions & Financial Aid

Global Governance and Human Security, PhD 

The application deadline is February 1 for fall admission (the date applications must be marked complete).  

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.

The GRE is waived for all applicants for the fall 2023 application cycle.

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


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 core faculty with whom you are interested in working.

Core faculty:

  • Samuel Barkin
  • Rita Kiki Edozie
  • Darren Kew
  • Jeffrey Pugh 
  • Karen Ross
  • Courtenay Sprague
  • Stacy VanDeveer
  • Eben Weitzman 

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.  

If you are an international applicant, you must satisfy the English proficiency requirement as detailed international students.  page. This requirement is set by the UMass Presidents office and  If you do not meet the exempt criteria, you must take this test.  It cannot be waived. 

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.