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Location | Boston
Population | 755,000
Enrollment | 16,699
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host

Term Dates
Fall | 09/05-12/21
Spring | 1/22-5/17

University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston, MA

Most diverse college/university in New England
Situated on the inner harbor of Boston Harbor
AACSB accredited Business School (College of Management)

About This Campus

The University of Massachusetts Boston is Boston's only public research university. Its student body of more than 16,000 students is one of the most diverse in New England. The university is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus, with easy access to downtown Boston, is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential Museum, the Commonwealth Museum and Massachusetts State Archives, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Part of the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

Location Information

UMass Boston is 3.5 miles from downtown Boston. The educational environment is enriched by its close proximity to the many historical and cultural sites in Boston, including the adjacent John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The campus sits on the scenic 177-acre Columbia Point, overlooking Boston Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.

Helpful Information

Massachusetts has an excellent public transportation system and the Student Activities office offers discount passes for the transportation system (MBTA) as well as tickets to Boston events, games, museums and more. We accept students on both the host and home payment plans. Boston is one of the predominant educational hubs in the U.S. UMass Boston attracts students from all 50 states, and more than 135 countries.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Excellent
Understand Chances of Placement


RegistrationClosed Programs
Nursing, Exercise and Health Sciences, Any exclusively online program.

Management/Business courses are limited. Registration takes place after all MGT students have had ample opportunity to enroll. Math placement test is required for registration in math courses. No exchange available to other UMASS campuses.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Biology (BS) - We offer a vibrant curriculum and extensive opportunities for mentoring and hands-on research experiences as a means of developing a deeper understanding of biology at the levels of molecules, cells, organisms, and the ecosystem. We stress the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills both in the classroom and by undergraduate students conducting original research in faculty laboratories.
  • Environmental Sciences - Our award winning, nationally recognized BS in Environmental Science program is grounded in the natural sciences integrating biology, chemistry, physics, and geology with the social sciences to prepare the next generation of innovators and knowledge creators. Students gain essential skills in ecology, geology, hydrology, and marine science and apply these skills to critical challenges facing coastal marine systems in the Boston metropolitan area. Our waterfront campus is situated on one of the most dynamic and rich urban coastal regions there is. We work within one of the most active environmental communities in the U.S.
  • Communication - As an academic field, communication is exceptionally diverse. Scholarly influence from the fields of psychology, sociology, cultural studies, economics, library science, rhetoric and language studies, and cultural anthropology can be felt throughout the discipline. The communication major and minor are designed to prepare students for careers in media, public policy, corporate communication, human resources, advertising, and many, many more!

Unique Academic Programs

  • Environmental Sciences - The School for the Environment offers a unique opportunity for aspiring environmental leaders to ensure a prosperous and just future for our planet. Preparing environmental policy and management professionals, our nationally recognized BA in Environmental Science program integrates policy, management, and law with the natural sciences. Students gain practical experiences at the intersection of science and policy through coursework and real-world problem solving.
  • Community Development - Community development is a multi-disciplinary field based in the social sciences. In UMass Boston's Community Development program students can customize their focus of study drawing on a breadth of disciplines to focus on issues at the intersection of the environment and economic development, community health, and planning.
  • Clean Energy and Sustainability (Minor) - Clean energy is rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing sectors of the US and global economy. With the goal that these new sources provide sustainable, dependable, and clean fuel for our current and future needs, there is enormous pressure on the industry to thrive and for it to do so while sustainably using natural resources and have a positive impact on the ecosystems on which we depend.
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Program - The Native American and Indigenous Studies Program (NAIS) is an undergraduate interdisciplinary program, currently offering a minor that is open to all students at UMass Boston. Goals of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program: - to add complexity to “history” through teaching about diverse Native American and Indigenous histories and experiences - to explore social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental issues affecting Indigenous people, communities, and nations in the United States and around the world, both past and present - to equip students with methodological and theoretical tools for living in our complex and interconnected world - to engage with Indigenous peoples, communities and issues in local, global, and transnational perspectives - to engage the University of Massachusetts Boston’s urban mission by attracting, supporting and retaining Indigenous students, and working with local community partners to establish a strong presence and support for Native students and NAIS academic studies

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 02/07/24

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $7452.5.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 17
  • Home Payment: 17

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
ID Card $12.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Registrar's Service Fee $10.00 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
UMB-MBTA Subsidy Fund Fee $20.00 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: Figures shown reflect AY 2023-24 tuition & fees rate.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 02/07/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Approximate cost: $5712
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1650
  • Proximity to campus: 1 mile
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
On-campus housing is extremely limited, particularly in the fall semester. The university provides resources for off-campus housing. Please visit this link: https://www.umb.edu/campus-life/housing-dining/off-campus/

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2775 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
A meal plan is required for students living on-campus. Voluntary meal plans are available for those looking to dine on campus. For more information on the various meal plans, go to https://www.umb.edu/housing/meal_plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 02/07/24

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2031 Semester Host & Home Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $2,031 per semester.


All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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