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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 the additional application requirements.

1. Application  

Applications are only being accepted using the online process!

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).

 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  

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. 

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 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.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

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 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
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. 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 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.