Admission process

Undergraduate degree applicants

  1. Complete and submit your application: online or on paper  (Paper applications take longer to process. Do not mail a paper application if you complete the online application.)
  2. Submit $30 non-refundable application fee:
    • Online application, we accept MasterCard or Visa.
    • Paper application, we accept money orders, personal and banks checks.
  3. Submit official transcripts of all previous college or university courses for which you enrolled.

Students with fewer than 13 college credits will be required to:

    • Have your high school transcript sent to UMass Dartmouth.
    • Have your official SAT or ACT scores sent to UMass Dartmouth.
    • Send a personal statement of up to 500 words that demonstrates qualities of leadership, community service, work experiences and/or other significant interests.

Students who complete high school through the GED program must submit a copy of the GED certificate from the state, along with a copy of your GED test record. An official high school transcript is still required.

RN-BS degree applicants need to submit copy of active Nursing license or date of Nursing exam.



Second Degree Accelerated BS in Nursing applicants

This program is not eligible for tuition waivers or credits.

  • Submit an essay that does not exceed 600 words that answers the three following questions (email PDF attachments to
    • Why do you want to pursue a career in nursing?
    • Discuss your skills and strengths which will help you to succeed in this accelerated program.
    • What challenges do you anticipate?
  • Send in your professional resume. Email PDF attachments to
  • Have your official TEAS test scores sent to UMass Dartmouth
  • Three professional letters of recommendation with at least one being an academic reference should be sent directly from your recommenders via their professional e-mail address (gmail, yahoo, etc will not be accepted) to, or sealed letters may be mailed or hand delivered to:

UMass Dartmouth Online & Continuing Education
Foster Administration Building, Room 001
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

  • Must have a GPA of 3.00 or better in original degree. Mail official transcripts to:

UMass Dartmouth Online & Continuing Education
Foster Administration Building, Room 001
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

  • An overall GPA of 3.20 is required for the seven prerequisite courses:
    • Growth & Development Across the Life Span – 3 credits
    • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab – 4 credits (Online version of this course not accepted)
    • Anatomy & Physiology II with lab – 4 credits (Online version of this course not accepted)
    • Chemistry – 3 credits
    • Medical Microbiology with lab – 4 credits (Online version of this course not accepted)
    • Nutrition – 3 credits
    • Introduction/Basic Statistics – 3 credits
  • A TOEFL or IELTS score is required if you do not hold an undergraduate degree from an U.S. higher education institution.

Begin by submitting your application online. Then mail or deliver the supporting application materials, listed above, before the program admission deadline.



International applicants

In addition to the application for admission, the following are required:

  • Official SAT or ACT score results, unless 24 transferable credit hours have been completed at a two-year (e.g. community college) or four-year accredited institution.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report, unless the student has attended, for at least one year as a full-time student, a school in a country* where English is the sole primary language 
  • Since the application process for international students requires more time for a thorough review of all required credentials, applications should be filed a month prior to the beginning of the desired start term.
  • Students whose transcripts are from a college or university in another country should have their transcript and courses evaluated by an approved U.S. evaluating agency, such as Center for Educational Documents or World Education Services.
  • International students are not eligible for financial aid.

*Qualifying countries are Australia, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, United States, or Wales.



Graduate applicants

Please apply using the Graduate Application for graduate degrees and certificates supported by the Online & Continuing Education department.

Online application requirements

Use "mixed case" when entering proper name information; for example, use Jane Doe not JANE DOE or jane doe.
Once your application has been submitted, you cannot make corrections to it online. If you must make a correction later, please contact 508.999.9202 or email

Submit materials

UMass Dartmouth Online & Continuing Education
Foster Administration Building, Room 001
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

Student identification number

After you apply online, you will receive your student identification number from UMass Dartmouth. Please include your name and your student identification number on all correspondence.

Readmission to UMass Dartmouth

If you were previously a UMass Dartmouth degree-seeking student, please complete the readmission application. Contact the Office of the Registrar at 508.999.8615 or email if you have questions.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

UMass Dartmouth offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, loan programs, and payment plans to help students and their families with educational expenses as well as some specific scholarship opportunities for online and continuing education students.


UMass Dartmouth Online & Continuing Education
Foster Administration Building, Room 001
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
ph. 508.999.9202
fax 508.910.9060 

State restrictions for online degree and certificate programs

Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Minnesota and New Mexico Residents: 
You are not eligible to apply for any UMass Dartmouth online degree or certificate programs due to your home-state regulations resulting from legislation. UMass Dartmouth welcomes applicants from those states in face-to-face programs only. 

State restrictions for online MS Nursing degree applicants

Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia Residents:
You are not eligible to apply for the online MS in Nursing degree due to regulations resulting from state legislation pertaining to the clinical experience requirement for this program.

* For details about regulations in your state that may affect your enrollment in an online program offered by another state, you may wish to consult your state's Department of Education and/or learn about efforts of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.