Bachelor's-to-Master's Program

Qualified UMass Lowell undergraduate junior or senior students may apply for admission to the bachelor's-to-master's public health accelerated option. This program is designed to facilitate admission from a bachelor's degree program to one of two master's degrees:

Students accepted into this option may take up to four graduate level public health core courses (5000 level) during their senior year that will be credited toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees upon approval by their undergraduate adviser. Prerequisites for the bachelor's-to-master's accelerated option include a semester of either biology or anatomy and physiology and a semester of statistics with a grade of C or better. Visit the graduate catalog for details.

Expanding Employment Opportunities

It is an exciting time to pursue a master's degree in public health. You will not only make a difference in the world by improving human health, but you will also be in demand to fulfill much needed roles in the field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that there are currently over 5 million people working in health-related jobs in the United States. Between 2021 and 2030, job growth in expected to increase at or above the rate of other jobs for dietitians (+7%), community health workers (+12%), epidemiologists (26%) and health service managers (+28%). Trends fueling the need include a greater public interest in health promotion and disease prevention, an aging population and an increase in the number of people retiring from public health jobs.

Advantages of this Option

  • Bachelor's-to-master's students are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission into the master's program.
  • Bachelor's-to-master's students pay undergraduate tuition for graduate courses taken during the undergraduate program resulting in a cost savings in the graduate program.
  • Bachelor's-to-master's students complete the graduate degree in an accelerated time frame, allowing them to pursue careers more quickly.
  • Students accepted in the accelerated Bachelor's-to-master's option may waive the application fee for the master's program.


  • Grade point average of a 3.000 or greater. (Must be maintained through completion of the baccalaureate degree).
  • Application to Graduate Admissions bachelor's-to-master's accelerated option in junior or senior year.

Master of Public Health Contact

For more information about the bachelor's-to-master's option, MPH in Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Health and Health Care Management, please contact:

Leland Ackerson
Phone: 978-934-3128

Special Requirements for BS to MPH in Dietetics

In addition to a GPA of 3.000 or higher, applicants to the BS to MPH in dietetics may also be required to take an entrance exam and must earn grades of B- or higher in all prerequisite courses. These include:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Microbiology
  • Food Science
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Biology or Anatomy and Physiology
  • Psychology or Sociology

Master of Public Health Nutrition and Dietetics Options Contact

For more information and the bachelor’s-to-master’s option in nutrition or dietetics please contact:

Renee Barrile
Phone: 978-934-4457