Graduate Programs

Graduate students at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences enjoy an innovative and supportive learning community at UMass’ flagship campus. SBS is steeped in a tradition of outstanding scholarship, vital research and relevant social change. Numerous departments, programs and centers within SBS offer graduate degrees, accelerated master's degrees, and certificates.

The social sciences are concerned with what makes people tick, and how they create societies, appropriate power, navigate relationships, and tell stories. Understanding these motivations is key to mitigating conflicts and solving complex problems. Our graduate students dive deep in their areas of interest, producing rigorous, evidence-based study and research that advances the social issues of the day.

The hallmark of our graduate programs is our research opportunities, which allows graduate students to embark on meaningful research locally, nationally and abroad. In SBS alone, there are 18 institutes, centers and services devoted to interdisciplinary research, including the Institute for Social Science Research, which offers free support in methods and training needs.

Students are taught and mentored by world-renowned faculty, who are also contributing invaluable social science research to their fields. Our close-knit learning community is diverse, supportive and collegial. SBS is set against the backdrop of beautiful Amherst, a vibrant and culturally sophisticated town within driving distance of Boston and NYC.  

Accelerated Master's Programs

The Accelerated Master’s Degree Option is created to encourage undergraduate students with top academic records to remain at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst for a graduate degree. It also seeks to encourage undergraduates from the five college consortium to attend UMass. The Accelerated Master’s Degree Option is designed to enable graduate programs to identify potential candidates as early as the junior year of study by extending an “early” (conditional) offer of admission. 

The UMass Graduate School will waive the $75 application fee for all master’s applicants (except MFA applicants) who are currently enrolled as undergraduates on our campus or at the four colleges. SBS offers an Accelerated Master’s Degree for Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, and Regional Planning.

Ready to apply? Visit the UMass Graduate School for details related to admissions requirements, the application process, deadlines, transcript requests and more. We welcome your inquires.