University of Massachusetts
The University of Massachusetts was founded in 1863 under the Morrill Land Grant Act. Its schools and colleges are the Graduate School; the Colleges of Engineering, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Resources and the Environment, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Schools of Education, Management, Nursing, and Public Health and Health Sciences. Five Colleges, Inc., is a consortium composed of the University and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. With their adviser’s prior approval, students in any of the five colleges may enroll for courses at the others.
Graduate students total 5,600. They represented fifty states and consisted of 51 percent women and 11 percent minority students. More than half were supported by teaching assistantships, research assistantships, teaching associateships, and fellowships. Undergraduate enrollment is 18,000.
The Location and Community
Amherst is located in the Connecticut River Valley, approximately a 2-hour drive from Boston and 3 hours from New York. The area is semirural, with outdoor sports available during all seasons.
Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
The Graduate School offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Afro-American studies; animal biotechnology and biomedical science; anthropology; astronomy; biology; chemical engineering; chemistry; civil engineering; communication; communication disorders; comparative literature; computer science; economics; electrical and computer engineering; English; entomology; exercise science; food science; forestry; geosciences; Germanic languages and literatures; Hispanic literatures and linguistics; history; industrial engineering and operations research; linguistics; management; mathematics; mechanical engineering; microbiology; molecular and cellular biology; music; neuroscience and behavior; nursing; organismic and evolutionary biology; philosophy; physics; plant biology; plant, soil, and insect sciences; political science; polymer science and engineering; psychology; public health; regional planning; resource economics; school psychology; sociology; sport management; and wildlife and fisheries conservation. In several fieldsall departments in the biological sciences, astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physicsdegrees are awarded under the Five College Cooperative Ph.D. Program. The Doctor of Education degree is also offered.
Major fields in which courses leading to a master’s degree are offered are accounting; Afro-American studies; animal biotechnology and biomedical science; anthropology; applied mathematics; art; art history; astronomy; biochemistry; biology; chemical engineering; chemistry; Chinese; civil engineering; classics; communication; communication disorders; comparative literature; computer science; economics; education; electrical and computer engineering; engineering management; English; entomology; environmental engineering; exercise science; food science; forestry; French and Francophone studies; geography; geosciences; Germanic languages and literatures; Hispanic literatures and linguistics; history; hospitality and tourism management; industrial engineering and operations research; Italian studies; Japanese; labor studies; landscape architecture; linguistics; management; manufacturing engineering; mathematics; mechanical engineering; microbiology; molecular and cellular biology; music; nursing; nutrition; organismic and evolutionary biology; philosophy; physics; plant biology; plant, soil, and insect sciences; political science; polymer science and engineering; psychology; public policy and administration; public health; regional planning; resource economics; sociology; sport management; theater; and wildlife and fisheries conservation. A Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is awarded in the School of Education.
Facilities & Resources
Present library holdings include more than 5.4 million books, periodicals, serials, and government documents and more than 2.3 million items in microformat. In addition to discipline-oriented laboratories and equipment, special research facilities include the Donahue Institute for Government Services; the Labor Relations and Research Center; the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities; the Marine Station at Gloucester, Massachusetts; the Polymer Research Institute; and the Environmental Institute. The Office of Information Technologies provides computing facilities for faculty members, staff members, and students; Internet connections through the campus network; World Wide Web support, LAN support, and desktop computing hardware and software support; multimedia development; and many training classes.
Expenses and Aid
Graduate tuition is $3,840 per year for full-time Massachusetts residents and a maximum of $10,940 per year for nonresidents. A typical full course load is 9 credit hours. Part-time tuition is one twelfth of a full semester’s tuition for each credit hour. Fees for health and other services average $7,550 per year.
Teaching assistantships, teaching associateships, research assistantships, and Graduate School and minority fellowships, carrying full tuition waivers, are available to qualified graduate students. NSF and NIH traineeships are also available. The Financial Aid Office assists students through the Federal Work-Study, Perkins Loan, and Stafford Student Loan programs..
University residence room rent is $3,978 per year, with board charges of $3,533 per year. The University owns and manages 345 unfurnished apartments for students with families, and an Off-Campus Housing Office maintains listings of privately owned living accommodations.
How to Apply
The application and application fee ($40 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, $65 for international applicants) are due between December 1 and February 1 for September or summer session enrollment, depending on desired program of study, and by October 1 for January enrollment. The General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is required of nearly all applicants. Applicants to programs in management, sport management, and hospitality and tourism management are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) instead of the GRE. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants from non-English-speaking countries. Students are encouraged to apply online at http://www.umass.edu/gradschool/application/online/index.html.
Who to Contact
Graduate Admissions Office
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
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The Graduate Departments and Deans
• John Lombardi, Chancellor.
• John Dubach, Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Chief Information Officer.
• Charlena Seymour, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost.
• Sharon Fross, Vice Provost for Outreach.
• Paul Kostecki, Vice Provost for Research.
• John R. Mullin, Graduate Dean.
• College of Engineering: Michael Malone, Dean.
• College of Humanities and Fine Arts: Lee R. Edwards, Dean.
• College of Natural Resources and the Environment: Cleve Willis, Dean.
• College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Leon Osterweil, Dean.
• College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Janet Rifkin, Dean.
• School of Education: Andrew Effrat, Dean.
• School of Management: Thomas O’Brien, Dean.
• School of Nursing: Eileen T. Breslin, Dean.
• School of Public Health and Health Sciences: Eileen T. Breslin, Dean.
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