General admissions standards are outlined in the graduate catalog. Be sure to review the program description carefully for any admissions standards set specifically for your program.  

Neither the Office of Graduate Admissions nor the graduate coordinator for each program publish numerical admissions standards such as minimum scores for standardized tests. Coordinators have consistently chosen successful graduate candidates when they have had the flexibility to review all elements of a student’s application and make their admission decision on each student’s strengths.

If you have any questions regarding Graduate Admissions, please call 978-934-2390, Monday – Friday 8:30, a.m. to 5 p.m EST, or email:

Standardized Tests

All doctoral and master’s degree programs at UMass Lowell require the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test, with the exception of the Master of Business Administration (MBA), which requires the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).

Information about GRE/GMAT/MAT Waivers

The School of Education Initial Licensure Programs require copies of the appropriate MTEL scores. Other Master of Education and Education Specialist programs require proof of an initial or professional teacher license appropriate to the field. Not all M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs require the GRE. Doctoral programs in education require GRE scores. Please see the School of Education for specific examination requirements.

Institutionally Approved Language Tests

The official score report for an institutionally approved language test for students from countries where English is not the national language. he thresholds for English tests are set by the department. Institutionally approved English tests: TOEFL, TOEFL IBT Home Edition, IELTS, Duolingo, PTE Academic, and ASC English School Level 6. All test scores must be official and sent directly by the testing agency.

Request that the appropriate agency send an official test score report to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

  • UMass Lowell's school code is 3911. 
  • Engineering Applicants, please use the GRE school code 4530 to submit your scores through EngineeringCAS. If you have taken the TOEFL, have ETS send your scores to EngineeringCAS (School Code: B887) You may also self-report your scores. If you have taken the IELTS you may self-report your scores on the application.*

Please confirm all requirements by reviewing information in the department’s program description and the guidelines in the graduate catalog to determine what standardized tests may be required for entrance into the program that interests you. Requirements vary by program. Specific information about standardized tests may be obtained from:

Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL):
Educational Testing Service
Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Educational Testing Service Website
Telephone: 609-771-7100

IELTS (The International English Language Testing System)
IELTS website

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE):
Educational Testing Service
Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-7670
Educational Testing Service Website
Telephone: 609-771-7670

Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT):
Pearson VUE
5601 Green Valley Drive
Suite 300
Bloomington, MN55437
GMAT website
Telephone: 800-717-GMAT (4628)