FAQ - Graduate

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We do not offer a terminal master's degree. Students accepted to the PhD program earn the master's degree through their coursework.

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The Admissions Office will send you a letter in mid-March, unless your application is still under consideration.

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You can fax the unofficial scores to 413-545-0996 as soon as you get them. They will be placed in your file for faculty review. The official scores should reach us by December 30.

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Please use the university's code, which is 3917.

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If you have an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university and you submit a full transcript from that university, you will not have to take the TOEFL. The TOEFL minimum score is 550 for paper-based administration and 213 for computer-based administration; TOEFL scores should be less than 2 years old.

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You do not have to apply for financial aid to be considered for admission. Some funding is provided through teaching or research assistantships.

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Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can evaluate the quality of your prior academic performance and your scholastic potential, as well as your personal characteristics. They may be sent to the graduate school directly by the writer, or they may be sent with your other materials; in that case, the envelope flap must be signed by the writer.

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Campus tours are conducted daily and can be scheduled through the Robsham Memorial Center for Visitors.

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The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences requires that all students do some teaching before they graduate. This can be done as a teaching assistant to a faculty member or you can teach your own course, under the supervision of a faculty member.

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The university has a limited amount of housing available, but most graduate students choose to live off campus. Check out the UMass Housing Services website.