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The general requirements for admission to graduate study at the University are listed below.
The rules, regulations, and policies delineated by the University constitute only the minimum requirements for admission, retention, and graduation. Each department may have additional requirements mandated by the unique nature of its programs. It is the responsibility of the graduate student to be aware of the minimum requirements of the University and, in addition, to fulfill the special requirements of the particular program in which he or she is enrolled.
Applicants to graduate programs are encouraged to apply online. Apply now with our Online Application.
Application forms and materials may be obtained from:
The Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Cumnock Hall, Suite 110
One University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854
978-934-2390 or 1-800-656-GRAD
A non-waivable and non-refundable application fee must be received before the application is processed. Each applicant must file the following documents:
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, U.S.A.
All test scores must be official and sent directly by the testing agency.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell Graduate Admissions Office has a "rolling admissions" policy. However, some programs have early, fixed application deadlines. Consequently, the applicant is strongly urged to contact the department of interest to determine the last date on which applications may be received. In general, early applications will ensure that all materials are processed on time and that a student who wishes to apply for a teaching assistantship will be given due consideration. Many programs will fill available openings several months before the beginning of the semester. A student who has been accepted into a graduate program must attend within a year of acceptance or may, at the discretion of the department, be required to submit a new application. Application files for individuals who do not matriculate will be retained for only two years from the date of application.
A student may be admitted to graduate study at the University of Massachusetts Lowell under one of the two classifications listed below.
Graduate certificate programs are designed for students holding a baccalaureate degree in a field related to the certificate program. A student who wishes to apply to a certificate program must complete the Graduate Certificate Application, submit the appropriate application fee, and submit an official transcript indicating the conferral of a Bachelor's degree. The graduate record exam (GRE) and letters of recommendation are not required.
A student in a certificate program who wishes to enroll in a master's or doctoral program is ineligible to receive credit towards a degree until he or she files a formal application and is then admitted as a matriculated student.
The maximum number of graduate credits a student may complete while enrolled in a graduate certificate is 12 credits.
An individual without advanced degree objectives may take courses in certain programs with non-degree status. A student who wishes to take courses as a non-degree student must submit an official transcript indicating the conferral of a Bachelor's degree. A student in non-degree status is ineligible to receive credit towards a degree until he or she files a formal application and is then admitted as a matriculated student.
The maximum number of graduate credits a student may complete with non-degree status is 12 credits.
NOTE: International students are not eligible for non-degree status.