Accelerated GISD Master’s Program

You can save time and money by starting work toward your MA in global inclusion and social development, also known as the GISD MA, while you're still an undergraduate!

On this track, you'll take MA courses as your electives in your junior and senior years. With careful planning, this allows you to leave UMass Boston with a BA and an MA after a total of 5 years.

Download the GISD Accelerated Master's Program Handbook

Get all the details about the accelerated MA in global inclusion and social development in the Accelerated Master's Program Handbook, or read on for an overview of how the program works.

Who's eligible?

Undergraduate students in the following programs and tracks may apply for the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP):

Applications are also welcome from other programs and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

What requirements will I fulfill?

In addition to your undergraduate coursework and the requirements for your specific major, you'll take the following 4 courses (3 credits each):

  • GISD 601: Current and Historical Perspectives on Global Inclusion and Social Development
  • GISD 605: International Responses to Social Inclusion
  • GISD 606: Research and Evaluation in Diverse Settings: Methods and Implications
  • GISD 801: Innovations Seminar

Plus your choice of 3 of the following courses (3 credits each):

  • GISD 608: Ethics and Professionalism in Global Inclusion and Social Development
  • GISD 609: Cultural Competency: Impacts on Innovations and Model Development
  • GISD 610: Strategies for Systemic Change
  • GISD 611: Managing Change: Supporting Communities and Embracing Cultures
  • GISD 615: Leadership in Global Inclusion and Social Development
  • GISD 616: Population Needs and Global Practices

You'll complete 5 to 6 of these courses during your 4-year BA program. To receive the GISD MA, you'll also complete a capstone project.

How do I apply?

Submit the following to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed graduate application form
  • Cover letter indicating which concentration the student would like to pursue
  • Official transcript with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher for all undergraduate courses
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • An essay stating personal objectives and career aspirations
  • 1 or more examples of written work from a course

GRE scores are not required for this accelerated bachelor's-to-master’s degree program.

What are the deadlines to apply?

  • Fall admission: May 1 of your sophomore or junior year
  • Spring admission: December 1 of your sophomore or junior year


Email Joy C. Solon to learn more about the accelerated master's program.

School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
in the College of Education and Human Development