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Admissions Requirements for Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Admissions Requirements for All Master's & Doctoral Applicants for the College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

All Master’s and Doctoral Applicants must submit:

  1. An application
  2. An application fee
  3. A statement of purpose
  4. Letters of recommendation
  5. Official transcripts
  6. Official test score reportNOTE: Please carefully review Temporary Test Waiver Policies page.
  7. Resume

Note: All required materials must be received before the application package can be evaluated.

Program Application Deadlines:

  • Psychology Ph.D.: Application Deadline is January 15 for fall admissions.
  • Criminology Ph.D.: Application deadline is February 1 for fall admissions.
  • Global Studies Ph.D.: Application Deadline is February 1 for fall admissions.
  • International Students: please see the additional application requirements.

Bachelor's to Master's Students: You will need to apply via the application portal. Visit the Bachelor's to Master's page to learn about the process to transition to your desired master's program.


1. Online Application application

Applications are only being accepted using the online process. Instructions are included in the online application link.

Tips for accessing and completing the online application:

  • The online application must be completed and submitted in one sitting.
  • Capitalize your proper name.
  • Once the form is submitted, changes can only be made by calling the Office of Graduate Admissions at 978-934-2390.

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app-fee 2. Application Fee

The application fee is $50 for each application and is non-refundable. Applications will not be processed until this fee is received or application fee waiver has been approved and delivered to the Office of Graduate Admissions.


3. Statement of Purpose statement

In a separate document, submit a brief statement indicating your immediate and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, any teaching experience and/or research conducted/published that may be pertinent to your graduate program. Two page recommended maximum.

Note: If you are applying to more than one program, you will need to submit a program-specific statement of purpose with each application package.

Submit Supporting Documents


4. Letters of Recommendation recommendation

Master's applicants need to submit two (2) letters of recommendation except Community Social Psychology applicants which requires three (3) letters of recommendation. Doctoral applicants will be asked to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide (names and email addresses) referees during the application process and that an automated request will be sent out after the completion of your application. MA Criminal Justice and MA/MS in Security Studies, require 2 letters of recommendation. Alternatively, you may use the graduate admissions recommendation form (pdf) to request letters of recommendation.

Criminal Justice, M.A.: Due to COVID-19, the letters of recommendation requirement is temporarily waived through September 30, 2022

Recommendations should be from instructors who have taught you, ideally in the field to which you are applying. Recommendations may also be from employers or supervisors who are in a position to compare your performance to that of your peers. Please use the recommendation form for these.

Submit Supporting Documents


5. Official Transcripts transcripts

Provide a complete and official transcript from the institution that awarded or will award you a bachelor’s degree. You may also include transcripts from other institutions at which you have taken relevant coursework. Please note that waiting for additional transcripts may delay review of your application.

Transcripts should be sent in sealed and signed envelopes mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions. If you received your degree from UMass Lowell, it is not necessary for you to request a transcript, we are able to provide one for you.

University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Graduate Admissions
GPS Center
839 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01854-3941

International transcripts that do not clearly indicate to the Office of Graduate Admissions that you have received a four-year bachelor’s degree, the equivalent of an American bachelor's degree must be demonstrated before an application will be processed. Please note, the Office of Graduate Admissions reserves the right to have any application credential evaluated. Baccalaureate verification may be obtained for a fee at:

Center for Educational Documentation, Inc.
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117
Telephone: 617-338-7171
Fax: 617-338-7101
Center for Educational Documentation website
World Education Services website


test-score 6. Official Test Score Report(s)

Request that the appropriate agency send an official test score report for the GRE or GMAT to the Office of Graduate Admissions. UMass Lowell’s school code is 3911.

More information about standardized tests.

The following Master's programs do not require a GRE for admission consideration:
Autism Studies
Criminal Justice
Peace & Conflict Studies
Security Studies

Some master's programs waive the test score requirements under certain conditions; further information is available on the GRE/GMAT/MAT Waiver Forms webpage.


Please submit a resume documenting a minimum of two years of full-time work experience for the MBA program. A resume is required as well for the health management program and the related certificates.

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