Admissions & Financial Aid

International Relations MA Program 

We encourage you to join other students who want to make a difference across the globe in the International Relations MA Program. Begin by reviewing the university's general application requirements for graduate admissionIf you are an international applicant, please see additional requirements

Application Deadlines

Applicants are accepted for fall enrollment 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. 

Master's Program:

  • March 15 is the priority deadline (apply by priority deadline if you want to be considered for assistantship)
  • May 1 for the accelerated master's program (AMP)  for qualifying UMass Boston undergraduates 
  • June 1 is the final deadline

Accelerated Master's Program

For highly-qualified UMass Boston undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Honors College, this unique program allows you to finish your master’s degree in approximately half the time and at half the cost of a traditional two-year master’s program.

You will replace undergraduate electives with graduate coursework before matriculating as a graduate student to complete your master’s degree.

Application deadline is May 1 for the accelerated master's program (AMP)  for qualifying UMass Boston undergraduates  

Learn more about the Accelerated Master's Degree Program

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 

Application

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.

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 paul.kowert@umb.edu to request a waiver.

The GRE is not required for UMass Boston undergraduates applying for the Accelerated Master's Program.

Letters of Recommendation

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

Résumé

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

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

Writing Sample

A writing sample is optional.

Statement of Purpose

  • Write a personal statement of your reasons for wishing to attend graduate school in international relations (300 words).
  • Write an essay on your specific interests and what kind of work you would like to after completing the master’s program in international relations (1200 words).

Financial Aid

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

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

Accelerated Master’s Degree Program

For highly-qualified UMass Boston undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Honors College, this unique program allows you to finish your master’s degree in approximately half the time and at half the cost of a traditional two-year master’s program.

You will replace undergraduate electives with graduate coursework before matriculating as a graduate student to complete your master’s degree.

Learn more about the Accelerated Master's Degree Program.

Virtual Info Session and FAQ

Check out this virtual info session addressing frequently asked questions.