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Application Process

Priority deadline for all applications is February 1. Applications received after this date will be considered as space allows.

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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. Complete and official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) academic transcripts from all previously attended institutions must be provided. A Master's degree is not required.
  2. If an international transcript does not adequately demonstrate that an applicant has the equivalent to an American bachelor's, the applicant must 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 acceptable.
  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. An interview may also be requested by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Your personal Statement should address the following:

  • 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 2 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
  • A current CV/resume is required

International applicants 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 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.

Application Materials:

  • Application form
  • Proof of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Official GRE scores (in some instances 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.)

Optional, but applicants are strongly encouraged to also submit:

  1. Evidence of bilingual or multilingual skills and level of proficiency (oral and written)
  2. Evidence of research and reasoning skills
  3. 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.

Funding

All accepted full time students will receive funding through assigned Teaching or Research Assistant positions. Research opportunities are arranged through cooperation with our affiliated faculty, and Teaching Assistant positions are available in many academic departments across the University, including Political Science, Economics, Philosophy and others.