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Admissions Requirements

Requirements for All Master's & Doctoral Applicants

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 report
  7. Resume

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

International Students: please see the additional application requirements.

1. Online 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.

 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  

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  

You are required to submit three letters of recommendation. If you choose, you may use the graduate admissions recommendation form (pdf) for these; use of the form is optional. 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.

Recommendation letters should be signed and sealed in envelopes by the person who is making the reference sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions, along with the other application materials.

Submit Supporting Documents

5. Official 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.

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

 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.

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

 7. Resume (MBA, Health Management & related certificates only)

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.

Submit Supporting Documents

Admissions Process

Contact the appropriate graduate coordinator to get additional information about programs of study, financial aid possibilities and any additional requirements, standards or deadlines.

Admission to a graduate program is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor’s degree. An official transcript indicating that the degree has been or will soon be awarded must be filed with the Office of Graduate Admissions by the end of your first semester at UMass Lowell. Additional information about official transcript requirements

All required materials must arrive before the application package can be evaluated. Generally, the Office of Graduate Admissions holds application materials for two years from the date of application.

All materials received by the Office of Graduate Admissions become the property of the office and in no case will be given to the student or a third party.

The Office of Graduate Admissions has the authority to approve or deny admission and credit transfers. Written or verbal commitments from any other source are not official and will not be honored.

Please allow 2-3 weeks for the checklist to be updated online after submitting supporting documents.

You will receive an email notification once all required application materials have been received. Your application is now ready for review and decision. Once a decision has been reached, you will be notified via email and a letter will be sent to the address on file.