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Graduate Programs and Application Deadlines

The Graduate School has established February 1 for summer/fall admission as the latest deadline for submitting a completed application; however, many programs have established earlier deadlines.

For Spring/January admission, the deadline is October 1 for all programs which offer entrance in January.

Degree(s) Offered Fall Application Deadline Spring Applications Requirements Program Address Program Telephone Program Note
Accounting M.S.Acctg.

February 1

Yes GMAT School of Management (413) 545-5662
Advanced Feminist Studies Graduate Certificate

March 1

Internal application and writing sample W401 South College (413) 545-1922

This certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

African Diaspora Studies Graduate Certificate 329 New Africa House (413) 545-2751

This certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Afro-American Studies
M.A.
Ph.D.

January 15

No Writing sample and three letters of recommendation New Africa House (413) 545-2751
Aging, Public Health & Policy Graduate Certificate Arnold House (413) 545-4530

This online certificate program is available to matriculated students in Public Health and non-degree students with experience in a related field.

Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences
M.S.
Ph.D.

January 15

No GRE General Test required for Ph.D. Integrated Science Building (413) 577-1193
Anthropology
M.A.
Ph.D.

January 15

No Machmer Hall (413) 545-2221
Architecture
M.Arch.
M.L.A./M.Arch.
M.R.P./M.Arch.
M.Design/M.Arch.

January 1

No GRE General Test and 3 Letters of Recommendation 210 Olver Design Building (413) 577-0943

Applications for this program are processed through ArchCAS™. Architecture will consider applications on a space-available basis until June 1st. Architecture also offers dual degree programs with Landscape Architecture, Regional Planning, and Historic Preservation.

Art
M.A.
M.F.A.

January 15

No Portfolio 218 Studio Arts Building (413) 546-6937
Astronomy
M.S.
Ph.D.

January 15

No GRE General Test; (Physics Subject Test is optional) Lederle Graduate Research Center Tower (413) 545-2194

Astronomy also offers a Five College PhD.

Biochemistry M.S.

February 1

Yes Lederle Graduate Research Center Tower (413) 545-0352

Only current UMass students are eligible for the terminal MS; the PhD is offered through Molecular & Cellular Biology.

Biology
M.S.
Ph.D.

See individual programs

See individual programs See individual programs See individual programs

Graduate degrees in Biology are offered by four interdisciplinary programs that are listed here separately: Molecular & Cellular Biology; Neuroscience & Behavior; Organismic & Evolutionary Biology; and Plant Biology.

Biomedical Engineering Ph.D.

January 1

Yes GRE General Test Marston Hall (413) 577-0324
Business Analytics Graduate Certificate Isenberg School of Management (413) 545-4088

This online certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Chemical Engineering
M.S.Ch.E.
Ph.D.

January 15

No GRE General Test Goessmann Laboratory (413) 545-6164
Chemistry Ph.D.

December 15

No GRE General Test Lederle Graduate Research Center Tower (413) 545-2664

Chemistry only accepts applications to the PhD program.

Chinese M.A.

February 1

No GRE General Test 440 Herter Hall (413) 545-0886
Civil Engineering
M.S.C.E.
Ph.D.

January 2

Yes GRE General Test Marston Hall (413) 545-0686

Civil Engineering also offers a dual MSCE/MBA degree program in conjunction with Management.

Climate Change, Hazards & Green Infrastructure Graduate Certificate Olver Design Building (413) 545-2255

This certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate 427 Tobin Hall (413) 545-4714

Matriculation in a participating program is required. Currently: Communication Disorders, Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy or Psychology.

Communication Ph.D.

January 2

No GRE General Test, Three Letters of Recommendation, Writing Sample Integrative Learning Center (413) 545-2795
Communication Disorders
Au.D.
M.A.
Ph.D.

February 1

Yes (PhD only) GRE General Test 358 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 545-0131
Comparative Literature
M.A.
Ph.D.

January 5

No GRE General Test and Writing Samples Herter Hall (413) 545-0929
Complementary and Integrative Modalities (CIM) Graduate Certificate Skinner Hall (413) 545-1302

This online certificate program in CIM is available to degree and non-degree students with a bachelor's degree.

Computer Networking Graduate Certificate Marcus Hall (413) 545-3836

This online and on-campus certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Computer Science
M.S.
Ph.D.

December 15

Yes (MS only) GRE General Test Computer Science Building (413) 545-3640

Spring admission is only available for the terminal MS degree program.

Computer Systems Security Graduate Certificate Marcus Hall (413) 545-3836

This online and on-campus certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Cultural Landscape Management Graduate Certificate 210 Design Building (413) 545-2266

This certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Design
M.Design
M.Design/M.Arch.

June 1

Yes Portfolio and 3 Letters of Recommendation 210 Olver Design Building (413) 577-0943

Applications for this program are processed through ArchCAS™. Design Studies also offers a dual degree program with Architecture.

Early Grade Reading in Developing Countries Graduate Certificate Furcolo Building (413) 545-6984

This online certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Economics
M.A.
Ph.D.

January 15

No GRE General Test Crotty Hall (413) 545-2082
Education
M.Ed.
Ph.D.
Ed.S.

Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) February 1;
all others, January 2

Programs vary, see website for details. Furcolo Hall (413) 545-6984

The MEd concentration in Higher Education also offers a dual degree program in conjunction with Public Policy & Administration (MPPA).

Electrical & Computer Engineering
M.S.E.C.E.
Ph.D.

January 15

Yes GRE General Test Marcus Hall (413) 545-3836

Only UMass students are eligible for acceptance to the accelerated MS program (GRE waived).

Embedded Systems Graduate Certificate Marcus Hall (413) 545-3836

This online and on-campus certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

 

Engineering Management M.S.Eng.Mgt.

June 1

Yes GRE General Test or GMAT Engineering Laboratory (413) 545-3827
English
M.A.
Ph.D.

December 15

No See program website W329 South College (413) 545-0979
English M.F.A.

December 15

No Fiction or Poetry writing samples W329 South College (413) 545-0643
Environmental Conservation
M.S.
Ph.D.

February 1

Yes GRE General Test Holdsworth Hall (413) 577-0655
Environmental Engineering M.S.Env.E.

January 2

Yes GRE General Test (GMAT for MBA/ MSEnvE) Marston Hall (413) 545-0686

Environmental Engineering also offers a dual MSEnvE/MBA degree program in conjunction with Management.

Film Studies Graduate Certificate Integrative Learning Center (413) 545-3659

Matriculation in a degree program is required.

Food Science
M.S.
Ph.D.

February 1

Yes GRE General Test Chenoweth Laboratory (413) 545-2277
French & Francophone Studies
M.A.
M.A.T.

February 1

Yes GRE General Test Herter Hall (413) 545-2314
Geography M.S.

February 1

No GRE General Test Morrill Science Center (413) 545-2286

The GRE is not required for applicants to the 1-year master's concentration in GIST.

Geosciences
M.S.
Ph.D.

January 15

Yes GRE General Test Morrill Science Center (413) 545-2286

Geosciences also offers a Five College PhD.

German & Scandinavian Studies
M.A.
Ph.D.

January 15

Yes Writing Sample in English & German Herter Hall (413) 545-6686
Global Health Graduate Certificate Application, Transcript, Resume/CV, and Two Letters of Recommendation Arnold House (413) 545-4530

This certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Higher Education Leadership Graduate Certificate No See program website Furcolo Hall (413) 545-6984

This online certificate program is available to non-degree students with a bachelor's degree. It is most suitable for those who already have several years of experience working in higher education.

Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics
M.A.
M.A.T.
Ph.D.

February 1

No Writing Sample, CV, Three Letters of Recommendation Herter Hall (413) 545-0544
Historic Preservation
M.Design
M.Design/M.Arch.

June 1

Yes Portfolio and 3 Letters of Recommendation 210 Olver Design Building (413) 577-0943

Applications for this program are processed through ArchCAS™.  Historic Preservation is a concentration in the Design program. It also offers a dual degree program with Architecture.

History
M.A.
Ph.D.

January 2

No Personal statement, writing sample, 2 letters of recommendation Herter Hall (413) 545-6755
History of Art & Architecture M.A.

January 15

Yes GRE General Test and 7-20 Page Writing Sample W301 South College (413) 545-3595
Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
M.S.I.E.O.R.
Ph.D.

January 1

Yes GRE General Test (GMAT or GRE for MBA/ MSIEOR) Engineering Laboratory (413) 545-3827

Industrial Engineering also offers a dual MSIEOR/MBA degree program in conjunction with Management.

Information Security Graduate Certificate Computer Science Building (413) 545-3640

This certificate program is available online and inperson to matriculated and non-degree students.

Internet of Things Graduate Certificate Marcus Hall (413) 545-3836

This online and on-campus certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Italian Studies M.A.T.

February 1

Yes GRE General Test Herter Hall (413) 545-2314
Japanese M.A.

February 1

No GRE General Test 440 Herter Hall (413) 545-0886
Kinesiology
M.S.
Ph.D.

February 1

No GRE General Test Totman Building (413) 545-6070
Labor Studies M.S.

February 1

Yes Thompson Hall (413) 545-4875
Landscape Architecture M.L.A.

February 1

No GRE General Test & Portfolio 210 Design Building (413) 545-2266

Landscape Architecture also offers dual degree (MLA) programs with Architecture (MArch) and Regional Planning (MRP).

Latin & Classical Humanities M.A.T.

February 1

No GRE General Test Herter Hall (413) 545-0512
Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies Graduate Certificate 522 Thompson Hall (413) 545-4868

Matriculation in a degree program is required.

Linguistics Ph.D.

December 20

No Integrative Learning Center (413) 545-0885
Management M.B.A.

1st round: Dec. 1;
2nd round: Feb. 1;
3rd round: April 1
(U.S. only)

No GMAT or GRE General Test Isenberg School of Management (413) 545-5608
Full-time M.B.A.
 
Management M.B.A.

Spring: Oct. 1;
Summer: Feb. 1;
Fall: June 1

Yes GMAT or GRE General Test Isenberg School of Management (413) 545-5608
Online and part-time M.B.A.
Management M.S.B.A.

Early action:
December 1; Regular action:
February 1

No GMAT or GRE General Test Isenberg School of Management (413) 545-5608

The Master of Science in Business & Analytics (MSB&A) is a new 1-year degree program that provides graduates of non-business majors with business analytics tools and techniques as well as core business management knowledge.

Management: Alternative Investments M.Fin.A.I.

Early action:
February 1; Regular action:
April 1

No GMAT or GRE General Test Isenberg School of Management (413) 545-5608
Management: Doctoral Programs Ph.D.

January 20

No GMAT or GRE General Test Isenberg School of Management (413) 545-5675
Management: Dual Degree Programs M.B.A.

January 2 for
Civil & Envir;
January 15 for
Mech & Indus;
February 1 for
PubPol & Sport

Yes GMAT or GRE General Test Isenberg School of Management (413) 545-5608

The Isenberg School of Management offers dual degree programs which combine a full-time MBA with degrees in Civil (MSCE) & Environmental (MSEnvE) Engineering; Mechanical (MSME) & Industrial (MSIEOR) Engineering; Public Policy & Administration (MPPA); and Sport Management (MS).

Marine Science & Technology
M.S.
Ph.D.

December 15

Yes GRE General Test & 3 Letters of Recommendation Holdsworth Hall, UMass Amherst, MA 01003 (978) 934-3898

This is a collaborative degree program offered by the UMass system (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth & Lowell).

Mathematics
M.S.
Ph.D.

February 1

Yes GRE General Test (recommended) and Mathematics Subject Test Lederle Graduate Research Center Tower (413) 545-2282
Mathematics: Applied Mathematics M.S.

February 1

No Lederle Graduate Research Center Tower (413) 545-2282
Mathematics: Statistics
M.S.
Ph.D.

February 1

No GRE General Test (recommended) Lederle Graduate Research Center Tower (413) 545-2282

Offered through the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanical Engineering
M.S.M.E.
Ph.D.

January 1

Yes GRE General Test (GMAT or GRE for MBA/MSME) Engineering Laboratory (413) 545-3827

Mechanical Engineering also offers a dual MSME/MBA degree program in conjunction with Management.

Microbiology
M.S.
Ph.D.

December 1

No GRE General Test Morrill Science Center IV North (413) 545-6675
Microbiology: Applied Molecular Biotechnoloogy M.S.

December 1

No Morrill Science Center IV North (413) 545-6675
Molecular & Cellular Biology
M.S.
Ph.D.

PhD: Dec 1;
MS: April 15

No 201 French Hall (413) 545-3246

Only current students in the Five College Consortium are eligible for the terminal MS.

Music
M.M.
Ph.D.

February 1

Yes See program website for specific requirements Fine Arts Center (413) 545-0311
Music History Pedagogy Graduate Certificate Diagnostic Exam Fine Arts Center (413) 545-0311

This certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Music Theory Pedagogy Graduate Certificate Diagnostic Exam Fine Arts Center (413) 545-0311

This certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Native American Studies Graduate Certificate 104 Machmer Hall (413) 577-1607

Matriculation in a degree program is required.

Neuroscience & Behavior
M.S.
Ph.D.

December 15

No GRE General Test is optional Morrill Science Center II South (413) 545-2046

Only current UMass and Five-College Consortium students are eligible to apply to the fast-track/terminal MS.

Nursing
D.N.P.
M.S.
Ph.D.

December 15

No Requirements vary Skinner Hall (413) 577-2322

The College of Nursing has a number of degree programs and specializations. Please see their website for the admissions requirements of each program.

Nursing Education Graduate Certificate Skinner Hall (413) 545-1302

This certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Nutrition
M.P.H.
M.S.

February 1:
 - MS
March 1:
- online MPH
- online MS

 
Yes GRE General Test Chenoweth Laboratory (413) 545-0740

Ph.D. offered through Public Health.

Organismic & Evolutionary Biology
M.S.
Ph.D.

December 1

No GRE General Test and 3 Letters of Recommendation Morrill Science Center III South (413) 545-0928
Philosophy
M.A.
Ph.D.

January 2

No GRE General Test, 3 Letters of Recommendation, Writing Sample E303 South College (413) 545-2330

Does not offer terminal master's degree program.

Physics
M.S.
Ph.D.

January 15

No GRE General Test & Physics Subject for Ph.D.; GREs optional for M.S. 3 Letters of Recommendation Lederle Graduate Research Center Tower (413) 545-2548
Plant & Soil Sciences
M.S.
Ph.D.

On-campus:
   February 1
Off-campus:
   April 30

Yes GRE General Test Paige Laboratory (413) 545-2222
Plant Biology
M.S.
Ph.D.

December 15

Yes GRE General Test and Optional Biology, Chemistry or Biochemistry Subject Test Morrill Science Center (413) 577-3217
Political Science
M.A.
Ph.D.

January 15

No GRE General Test, 3 Letters of Recommendation, Writing Sample Thompson Hall (413) 545-0410

Applications to the Accelerated M.A. program will be accepted up to April 1 for Fall admission and November 1 for Spring admission

Polymer Science & Engineering
M.S.
Ph.D.

January 2

No GRE General Test Conte Polymer Research Center (413) 577-9120

Does not offer terminal master's degree program.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate Skinner Hall (413) 545-1302

This online post-master's degree certificate is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Psychology
M.S.
Ph.D.

December 1

No GRE General Test and 3 Letters of Recommendation; Clinical program requires the Faculty Interest Ranking Form, see department website Tobin Hall (413) 545-2503

Does not offer terminal master's degree program.

Public Health Ethics Graduate Certificate Arnold House (413) 545-4530

This online certificate program is available to matriculated and non-degree students.

Public Health: Biostatistics
M.P.H.
M.S.
Ph.D.

February 1

No GRE General Test Arnold House (413) 545-2861

Applications for this program are processed directly through the Graduate School.

Public Health: Community Health Education
M.P.H.
M.S.
Ph.D.

February 1

Yes GRE General Test Arnold House (413) 545-2861

Applications for this program are processed through SOPHAS

Public Health: Environmental Health Sciences
M.P.H.
M.S.
Ph.D.

February 1

Yes GRE General Test Arnold House (413) 545-2861

Applications for this program are processed through SOPHAS

Public Health: Epidemiology
M.P.H.
M.S.
Ph.D.

February 1

No GRE General Test Arnold House (413) 545-2861

Applications for this program are processed directly through the Graduate School.

Public Health: Health Policy and Management
M.P.H.
M.S.
Ph.D.

February 1

Yes GRE General Test Arnold House (413) 545-2861

A dual M.P.H./M.P.P.A. in conjunction with Public Policy & Administration is available. See admissions information here.

Applications for the individual M.S., M.P.H. and Ph.D. programs are processed through SOPHAS.

Public Health: Nutrition Ph.D.

February 1

Yes GRE General Test Chenoweth Laboratory (413) 545-0740

The M.S. and M.P.H. degrees are offered through Nutrition. The Ph.D. is a concentration within Public Health.

Public Health: Public Health Practice M.P.H.

March 1

Yes GRE General Test, 2 Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statement Arnold House (413) 545-4530

Online program

Public Health: Worcester MPH M.P.H.

February 1

Yes GRE General Test Benedict Building Worcester campus (774) 442-6499

This is a blended online and face-to-face program with in-person courses which meet on the Worcester campus.

Public History Graduate Certificate 612 Herter (413) 545-6791

Matriculation in any M.A. program on campus.

Public Policy & Administration
M.P.P.A.
M.P.P.

MPPA Feb 1;
MPP March 15

No GMAT for MBA/MPPA Thompson Hall (413) 545-3956

Public Policy & Administration also offers dual degree (MPPA) programs with: Health Policy & Management (MPH); Higher Education (MEd); Management (MBA); and Regional Planning (MRP).

Regional Planning
M.R.P.
Ph.D.

February 1

Contact Program Director GRE General Test 210 Design Building (413) 545-2266

Regional Planning offers dual degree (M.R.P.) programs with: Architecture (M.Arch.); Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.); Public Policy & Administration (M.P.P.A.); Sustainability Science (M.S.); and a combined M.R.P./J.D. in conjunction with Western New England College. The program does not offer a sequential M.R.P./Ph.D.

Resource Economics
M.S.
Ph.D.

February 1

No GRE General Test Stockbridge Hall (413) 545-5732
School Psychology Ph.D.

January 2

No 3 Letters of Recommendation Furcolo Hall (413) 545-6984
Social Justice Education Graduate Certificate Furcolo Hall (413) 545-2231

Matriculation; teaching a diversity course.

Sociology Ph.D.

January 15

No GRE General Test, Three Letters of Recommendation, Writing Sample Thompson Hall (413) 545-4057

Email writing sample to Graduate Admissions

Soft Materials for Life Sciences NRT Graduate Certificate Conte Polymer Research Center (413) 545-2994

Matriculation in a participating degree program is required.

Sport Management M.S.

February 1

No GMAT or GRE General Test Isenberg School of Management (413) 545-0471

M.B.A./M.S. in conjunction with Management. Ph.D. offered through Management.

Statistical and Computational Data Science Graduate Certificate Computer Science Building (413) 545-3640

Matriculation or non-degree status required.

Sustainability Science M.S.

February 1

No Holdsworth Hall (413) 545-1768

The GRE General Test is optional but encouraged.
Sustainability also offers a dual degree program with Regional Planning.

Teaching of Writing Graduate Certificate South College (413) 545-5466

Matriculation or non-degree status required.

Theater M.F.A.

January 15

No Requirements vary Fine Arts Center (413) 545-3490

Admission openings 2 out of every 3 three years--the next opening will be for Fall 2020. See Theater website for requirements.

Wind Power Engineering Graduate Certificate Gunness Laboratory (413) 577-0887

This certificate program is available to matriculated students in the Mechanical Engineering program and non-degree students.