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Admissions requirements are listed on the Graduate Application.

Yes. Individuals with baccalaureate degrees may enroll in graduate courses as non-degree special students without applying for admission to the graduate program, when space in the course is available and if the department allows. However, if you are considering entering a program, you should contact its Graduate Program Director to find out how many non-degree credits will be accepted prior to matriculation into a formal graduate degree program. Most programs limit the number to six credits. There are also a number of certificate programs available, allowing candidates to pursue teacher certification, various specialized certificates, and a program of individualized, non-degree study. For more information, see the Graduate Catalog.

No, regardless of the circumstances, the application fee cannot be waived or deferred.

You can pay the application fee when applying online through the Graduate Application.

Yes. Our doctoral programs can consider applicants with a bachelor's only or a bachelor's and a master's

No. But it is recommended for applicants seeking assistantships in the Biology/Marine Biology and Research Psychology programs. The MBA program requires the GMAT.

We do not have a campus-wide minimum GRE score requirement. Each program maintains its own standards for qualification.

Yes, a relative or friend is welcome to pay your fees on your behalf. Please be sure that your full name is indicated on the check or money order so we can credit the correct application.

The principal form of financial assistance is through graduate assistantships, which are only granted only through individual departments. Graduate Assistantship Application (PDF)

Some departments have priority dates for consideration. US citizens have access to some other forms of financial assistance (primarily loans, possibly federal work study); for this consideration, applicants must file a FAFSA form, listing UMass Dartmouth as a report recipient.

The amount of tuition and fees varies depending upon your program/curriculum and residency status.

You are welcome to apply to several different programs, but we will need a separate application form, application fee payment, and statement of purpose for each. You should use your judgement as to whether to request different recommendation letters. Please note that in the event you are accepted into both/all of the programs you apply for, you MUST then choose a single program in which to matriculate (formal joint degree programs like JD/MBA or JD/MPP are excepted).

We cannot evaluate your records prior to your applying to a graduate program. But we can answer general questions about requirements and qualifications.

All official test scores are reported to the department, which judges them according to their internal criteria.

If your current TOEFL or IELTS score is below the minimum requirements for the program or for UMass Dartmouth in general, you will need to retake the TOEFL or IELTS exam and submit the new official scores to us as soon as possible. If the new scores are the minimum or above, we will process your application for a decision.

We require a minimum score of 72 IBT on the TOEFL or BAND 6.0 on the IELTS for entrance to any program and a minimum score of 79 IBT on the TOEFL or BAND 6.5 on the IELTS for consideration for a teaching assistantship. Some programs require higher minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores. We suggest that our applicants have a 3.0 GPA but this is not a firm requirement of any program. TOEFL/IELTS results will also be required for permanent resident immigrants who have not attended an educational institution in the United States for at least two years full time.

The code for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is 3786. All of the score reports from ETS (GRE, GMAT, MAT, and TOEFL) are sent directly to the Graduate Studies Office for processing. You do not need to worry about a department designation; if you wish, you can put "00" for the department code.