Admissions & Financial Aid
The Public Policy PhD program is now welcoming applications for fall 2021 admission. Due to the effects of the pandemic we are waiving the GRE requirement for applications in this admissions cycle.
Deadlines: January 13 (priority) and January 27 (final)
Final decisions are typically made and communicated throughout March and April.
Statement of Purpose
Submit a personal statement (1,500 words) highlighting your research and career interests and goals, and your motivation for pursuing a PhD in Public Policy. Please include answers to the following questions:
What are your career objectives and how will a PhD in Public Policy advance those objectives?
What professional, personal, and academic experiences have prepared you to pursue a PhD in Public Policy?
What research and public policy issues are you interested in pursuing at UMass Boston?
Include official transcripts of all prior academic work, including evidence of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
Letters of Recommendation
Solicit three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should come from individuals who can assess academic preparation for advanced graduate work.
Include a short (3-5 page) academic writing sample or professional policy brief.
We are waiving the GRE requirement for this admissions cycle due to the effects of the pandemic.
Submit official GRE scores. Previous scores less than five years old will be accepted.
Our institutional code is 3924 when you register for the exam.
Résumé or CV
Attach a current résumé or CV listing your educational background on the top of page one with degree(s) earned, name(s) of school(s), major(s) and overall GPA(s).
Don't forget the application fee!