Admissions & Financial Aid

We encourage you to join other students seeking a research career investigating the social, economic, and policy issues that impact the aging population.

Begin by reviewing the university's general application requirements for graduation admission

If you are an international applicant, please see additional requirements

As you consider applying, please review the application requirements shown below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.

Please note that your application may be delayed if your current last name is different than the last name on your transcripts or other application materials. If this is the case, please email, to alert admissions officers.


Cover letter

Include a brief cover letter.

Statement of Purpose

Attach a three to four page essay/letter of intent on your experiences and why you wish to enter our program.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from each college or university you attended, even if you were not awarded a degree.

You must demonstrate evidence of a bachelor's degree.

GRE Scores

Provide your official GRE Score Report.

Our institutional code is 3924 when you register for the exam.

Letters of Recommendation

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

Application fee

Include the application fee.

Application Deadline

June 1 for fall. Late applications will be considered if space is available. Priority is given to students seeking full-time status.

Decisions will be announced by the first week of April for applications received by February 1.

Graduate Financial Aid

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

Accelerated Bachelor’s to 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.

Learn more about the accelerated Master's Degree in Gerontology.