How to Apply

Apply to a graduate program at UMass Amherst using the secure online application. Make sure you review the admissions requirements below.  Please consult your program's page for additional instructions and deadline information.

Minimum Requirements

Admissions into a graduate degree is a process shared by the UMass Graduate School and the graduate program. To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must meet the requirements of the Graduate School and of the graduate program.

Graduate School's Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree: Prior to their anticipated start date, applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or complete an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned.  If you obtained your degree from a university outside of the U.S., please consult the International Applicants page for more information.
  • English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency.  For more details consult the International Applicants page.

Graduate Program Requirements

Visit the graduate program’s website for any additional requirements. Note that some programs may specify additional material (e.g., portfolio, auditions, test scores) which requires preparation. Links to program websites are listed in the program pages.

Application Instructions

Application requirements differ between graduate programs. Be sure to check your program’s page for specific admission requirements.  If you are interested in applying to more than one degree program you must submit separate applications and fees, but only one set of credentials (e.g. transcripts and test scores).  Please do not submit more than one application to the same department (e.g. master's and doctoral, separate concentrations, etc.).  

Online Application

Application Fee

The non-refundable $85 application fee is payable online via credit card or by check drawn on a U.S. bank (made payable to UMass Amherst).


Please submit your current transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, undergraduate and graduate, where nine (9) or more credits were earned. Current or final unofficial transcripts uploaded to the Additional Materials page of your application are acceptable. Upon admittance, official transcripts will need to be submitted, either electronically or in paper format, directly by each institution's Registrar to the Graduate Student Service Center.  Review After You Apply for instructions on submitting official transcripts.

Personal Statement and Résumé

You may submit these either by entering them directly into your online application, or by uploading the PDF files and attaching them to your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Most programs require a minimum of two letters of recommendation, but some programs require more. Please consult your program's page for the specific requirement. After submission of the electronic application, we send an email to each reference with instructions on how to electronically deliver the recommendation to the Graduate School. All recommendations are non-confidential unless the applicant waives their right of access.

Residency Statement

All applicants applying as a Massachusetts resident or for the New England Regional Student Program must complete and sign a Residency Statement for that application to be fully processed. The Certification of Residency form is automated into the signature process for the application.

For Non-Native English Speakers Only: English Language Proficiency Scores

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting scores from a standardized English Language Proficiency Test. This is not required of U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens who hold U.S. Permanent Resident Status.  Please consult the International Applicants page for more details.

If Required: GRE or GMAT Scores 

Official test scores must be transmitted electronically from the test agency to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School.  The Institutional Code for the University of Massachusetts Amherst is 3917.

If you are applying to a program that requires the GRE or GMAT, the Graduate School will waive this requirement under the following circumstances:  a JD, PhD, or MD has been earned in the U.S. from a regionally accredited institution and the Graduate School has proof of the earned degree; or if an applicant has earned an international MD degree and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate has been obtained and documentation of both are on file with the Graduate Admissions Office.  If you do not fall under any of these categories, waiving the GRE or GMAT requirement is at the discretion of the academic program to which you are applying.  Please contact the academic program for more information about their GRE or GMAT requirement. 

Criminal history/disciplinary information

Although we request that you disclose criminal history on your application, any information you provide will not be used to determine your candidacy for admission. If the program to which you apply recommends you for admission, only then will the Graduate School look at the criminal history information provided. A separate evaluation will be done to determine whether the criminal activity was serious enough to have a bearing on the final admissions decision. In the rare event it is determined that prior criminal history may adversely affect your candidacy for admission, a committee is appointed to review the information and will typically ask an applicant to provide additional information to help them in making the determination.

(Note: You are not required to answer “yes” to the criminal history question if the criminal adjudication or conviction: (1) has been expunged, sealed, annulled, pardoned, destroyed, erased, impounded, or otherwise ordered by a court to be kept confidential; (2) was a first conviction for misdemeanor drunkenness, simple assault, speeding, minor traffic violations, or disturbance of the peace; or (3) any conviction of a misdemeanor where the conviction occurred more than five years prior to the date of this application, unless you were sentenced to imprisonment upon conviction of the misdemeanor, or you have been convicted of another criminal offense within the five-year period.)

Application Deadlines

Please consult your program's page for deadline information.

Application deadlines for Summer and Fall admission vary by program.
For Spring admission, the deadline is October 1 for all programs which offer entrance in January.  Note that some programs only accept fall applications.

Missed Application Deadline

If your application is filed after the deadline, it will be processed for your program's next entrance period. Your application will, however, be available for the graduate program to review at any time. 

That program's admissions committee has the option to evaluate your credentials for the original entrance period for which you had applied, but there is no obligation for them to do so. However, the committee's ability to evaluate late applications depends partly on the completeness of your application materials and whether or not there is any room within the program's admission allotment.

Application Fee Waivers

Applicants in the following categories may qualify for a Graduate School application fee waiver:

  • Members of the McNair Scholars Program - submit documentation as a PDF attachment to
  • Applicants who qualify for a GRE fee reduction - submit a copy of your GRE fee reduction as a PDF attachment to
  • Current UMass Amherst and other Five College undergraduate students applying to a master's only program, excluding MFA programs. The fee is automatically waived, no additional documentation is necessary.
  • Current UMass Amherst graduate students enrolled in a master's program and applying for a doctoral degree in the same program.
  • Eligible domestic students from underrepresented groups who are participants of these organizations and programs.

Out-of-State Students Enrolling in Online Programs and Classes

UMass Amherst accepts students from all over the United States into online programs and classes. Please see below for important information that may pertain to you, as well as check your program's website for the most up-to-date information on additional restrictions.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

UMass Amherst operates distance education classes and programs for out-of-state students under the terms and provisions of SARA. Please see the SARA website for a list of participating states and territories.

California Students

The state of California allows all public institutions to offer distance education to its residents.

Nursing Students

The College of Nursing at UMass Amherst is authorized to accept applications or enrollments for online degree or certificate programs from residents of most states. There are some restrictions, so please check with the College of Nursing for the most recent updates.

Have More Questions?

We’re here to help! Please email the Graduate Student Service Center, or call us at (413) 545-0722.

Applying from another country?

Learn more about becoming an International Student.

Interested in taking a single class or obtaining a graduate certificate?

Learn more about becoming a Non-Degree Student.

Applying to more than one degree?

You must provide separate applications and fees for each program, but only one set of credentials (e.g. transcripts and test scores).  Please do not submit more than one application to the same department (e.g. master's and doctoral, different concentrations, etc.).

Making Graduate School Affordable.

Your goal of attending graduate school at UMass Amherst is within your reach. Learn more about financial assistance and tuition and fees for graduate students, be sure to check your program’s page for funding opportunities, and search UMass Amherst Scholarships.

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