Global Studies

Application & Admissions

Requirements

  1. Applicants must show official evidence of having earned a baccalaureate degree or its U.S. equivalent from an accredited college or university. Applicants must also show official evidence of having earned a Master’s degree from an accredited program (M.A., M.S., MBA, M.Phil., M. Litt., M.Ed., etc.). Complete and official undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts from all previously attended institutions must be provided.

  2. If an international transcript does not adequately demonstrate that an applicant has the equivalent of an American bachelor's or master's degree, the Office of Graduate Admissions will require that the applicant obtain such verification by an independent service such as the Center for Educational Documentation, Boston, MA (617-338-7171).

  3. All prior degrees must have been earned with a satisfactory scholastic average to demonstrate that the applicant has adequate preparation for the field in which doctoral studies are undertaken.

  4. Applicants must have achieved satisfactory Verbal and Quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). In some instances, GMAT or LSAT scores may be substituted. The official score report must be submitted; a photocopy of the examiner’s report is unacceptable. 

  5. Three (3) letters of reference must be provided from individuals familiar with the educational [two letters minimum] and/or professional performance [maximum of one letter] of the applicant.

  6. Applicants must submit a personal statement which indicates why the applicant wishes to pursue a doctoral degree in Global Studies (see below). An interview may also be requested by the Graduate Admissions Committee. 

  7. A current CV/resume is required.

  8. International applicant (whose native language is not English and who have not earned a university degree where English was the primary language of instruction) must also provide official test score report of the Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A waiver may be given to candidates who have completed at least two semesters of full-time college/university work in the United States by the date of submission of this application.

  9. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that all full-time graduate students (9 or more credits) must be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria. Students will not be permitted to register for courses at the University unless proof of immunization has been sent directly to the Director of Health Services, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854 (978-934-4991).

Required Personal Statement

Please submit a statement that contains the following components:
  • Describe your personal, professional and academic background, and what has led you to apply for admission to the UMass Lowell doctoral program in Global Studies at this point in your personal and professional journey. 
  • Describe a global problem or challenge that is of particular interest to you, and why.
  • Indicate which of the 3 tracks you are most interested in, and why.
  • Indicate in your statement (and on the application form) whether you intend to enroll full-time or part-time in this program
The Graduate Admissions Committee can accept transfer credit for graduate courses from an accredited university with a grade of “B” or better. Transfer credit can be awarded for up to 21 credit hours from a completed Masters. Transfer credit will only be awarded for courses that are substantially similar to those offered at UMass Lowell and are consistent with GLS curriculum. Applicants are required to submit Course Descriptions and Course Syllabi for each course to be considered for transfer credit.

Summary of Admission Requirements

A complete application to the PhD program includes the following materials: 

  • Application form
  • Proof of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Proof of an earned Master’s degree from an accredited program
  • Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Official GRE scores (GMAT or LSAT scores may be substituted)
  • Current CV/resume
  • Personal statement
  • Letters (3) of reference from individuals familiar with your educational [two letters minimum] and/or professional performance [maximum of one letter]
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores. (Required for international students whose native language is not English and who have not earned a university degree where English was the primary language of instruction.)
  • Proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria

Optional but applicants are strongly encouraged to also submit:

  • Evidence of bilingual or multilingual skills and level of proficiency (oral and written)
  • Evidence of research and reasoning skills

Each application will be carefully evaluated by an admissions committee comprised of faculty participating in the Global Studies program. All of the items mentioned above will inform their deliberations – thus, an incomplete application will not be considered.

Timeline for Admissions Decisions 

Decisions for admission into the Ph.D. in Global Studies program are made for the fall semester only. Applications for the program are due by February 20 of the calendar year for which admission is requested. Applications will be reviewed by an admissions committee during the first half of the spring semester. 

Please ensure that the online application and all supplemental materials (including the letters of reference) are submitted by February 20. Late applications are not accepted for the Ph.D. program, and there is no Early Notification deadline. Applicants will be notified of the Admissions decision by April 1st. Once an admissions application is accepted, students are required to indicate by April 20th their intention to enroll in the program.