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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 (M.B.A., Health Management and Policy, Education Ed.D. and related certificates only)

International Students: Please see additional application requirements.

1. Application  

You may apply online or use a paper application form (pdf).

Online Application:

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.
  • Use the ‘Back’ button on your browser to navigate to a previous page in your application.
  • Complete all required fields on the application pages, denoted by the asterisk (*).
  • Use title case when supplying proper name information. Title case refers to capitalizing the first letter of proper names.
  • Once the form is submitted (accomplished by hitting the 'submit' button at the end of the form) changes can only be made by calling the Office of Graduate Admissions: 800-656-GRAD (978-934-2390).

Paper Application:

  • Download and print the paper application form (pdf). Complete and send it to the address on the form;
  • Pick up a printed application at the Office of Graduate Admissions at One University Avenue, Suite 110, Cumnock Hall on North Campus

 2. Application Fee

The application fee is $50 for each application and is non-waivable and non-refundable. Applications will not be processed until this fee is received in the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Please make check payable to: University of Massachusetts Lowell and send to:
The Office of Graduate Admissions
One University Avenue, Suite 110
Lowell, MA 01854

3. Statement of Purpose  

On a separate sheet of paper, 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. Please mail to the address below.

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.

4. Letters Of Recommendation  

You are required to send 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 referees and mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions, address above, with the other application materials.

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 from the UMass Lowell Solution Center.

International transcripts that do not clearly indicate to the Office of Graduate Admissions that he or she has 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
Tel: 617-338-7171
Fax: 617-338-7101

World Education Services

 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. For the Graduate School of Education, Initial Licensure Programs require copies of the appropriate MTEL scores. Other M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs require proof of an initial or professional teacher license appropriate to the field. Doctoral programs in Education require GRE scores. 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 (M.B.A., Health Management and Policy, and 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 and Policy program and the related certificates.