University of Massachusetts Boston requires a minimum of 120 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. UMass Boston accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, UMass Boston has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 49% of students who start college at UMass Boston graduate within six years.
UMass Boston offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: UMass Boston may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
UMass Boston has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with UMass Boston directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, UMass Boston students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at UMass Boston.
Student Designed Majors
UMass Boston allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
UMass Boston does not require students to complete a senior project.
Double Majoring at UMass Boston
UMass Boston offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ UMass Boston does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ UMass Boston has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ UMass Boston offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ UMass Boston offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and offers a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at UMass Boston.
❌ UMass Boston studets are not required to complete an internship.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While UMass Boston does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
The main library on campus is the Joseph P. Healey Library and there are no other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
UMass Boston does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does UMass Boston have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
UMass Boston has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at UMass Boston include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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