Six of our nine colleges award a total of 45 bachelor's degrees: the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Management, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (with both a traditional and an accelerated BSN and an online RN-to-BSN program, as well as a BS program in Exercise & Health Sciences), the College of Public and Community Service, and the College of Education and Human Development. Pre-med, pre-law, and teacher licensure programs are also offered, along with honors study, credit by examination, and advanced placement.
All these colleges offer graduate level programs, as well, including master's and doctoral degree programs and graduate certificate programs. In addition, the McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies, the Graduate School of Global Inclusion & Social Development, and the College of Advancing and Professional Studies offer a range of graduate degree and certificate programs. Altogether, UMass Boston offers some 42 master's degree programs, 20 doctoral degrees and 35 graduate certificate programs.
The academic calendar runs from early September through the end of May, with a one-month optional winter session in January and summer school sessions in June, July and August.
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS and COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
Distribution, core curriculum, and writing comprise the 3 required elements of our general education curriculum. Requirements of the major must also be fulfilled. The Colleges both offer an individual major option.
COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT
Fulfilling the general education, management, and elective course requirements earns graduates a BS degree with a strong liberal arts foundation and the theoretical, technical, and functional training needed to succeed in business.
COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES
The BS programs in nursing offer a liberal arts foundation and intensive study in the principles and practices of nursing. The program in Exercise & Health Sciences prepares graduates for the technical aspects of a professional discipline with a foundation in liberal arts.
COLLEGE OF PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
The college offers a strong emphasis on social justice. Students draw upon a variety of learning options including classroom study, self-directed study, project-based learning, and the demonstration of competence gained through relevant prior experience.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
For undergraduates, the college offers both licensure-focused and non-licensure programs, featuring a BA program in Early Childhood Education in Inclusive Settings.
Honors programs are open to high achievers in all colleges.
As it’s “predominantly a commuter campus,” “affordable and close to home” ranks highly on many undergraduates’ reasons for attending UMass-Boston, as well as its desirable “location” in America’s most college-centric city. Its students laud its “diverse, trend-setting campus with a strong focus on research-based education and innovation”, its “small class sizes”, and consequently, call it a “private quality education at state school price.” They observe that their “extremely welcoming” professors are “evidently passionate about the material they teach”, “very willing to discuss class materials with students outside of classes”, and “100% devoted to our academic and personal success.” As a result, students report that their classes are “interesting and inspiring” and feel that the university instills a central value of “hard work opens all the opportunities.” Thanks to UMass-Boston’s “excellent education”, focus on “getting students ready for a career”, “huge sense of a close community”, and oft-mentioned “diversity”, its undergraduates report resoundingly that they find it to be the “best education possible for a great price.”