All College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences master’s and doctoral applicants must submit:
- An application
- An application fee
- A statement of purpose
- Letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts
- Official test score report
Note: All required materials must be received before the application package can be evaluated.
Program Application Deadlines for Fall Admissions:
- Global Studies Ph.D. - January 1
- Psychology Ph.D. - January 15
- Criminology Ph.D. - February 1
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.
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.
4. Letters of Recommendation recommendation
Master's applicants need to submit two (2) 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 then an automated request will be sent out after the completion of your application. Alternatively, you may use the graduate admissions recommendation form (pdf) to request letters of recommendation.
Criminal Justice, M.A.: Letters of recommendation are optional, not required.
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.
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.
UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions
839 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor
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
Center for Educational Documentation website
World Education Services website
test-score 6. Official Test Score Report(s)
For programs that require test scores, please request that the appropriate agency send an official test score for the GRE/GMAT or MTEL to the Office of Graduate Admissions, UMass Lowell's school code is 3911.
For more information about standardized tests, our Admissions Standards page and Admissions Requirements page provide current information.