Apply for the Global Inclusion and Social Development MA

The 36-credit master’s program in global inclusion and social development invites applicants with a variety of academic and experiential backgrounds who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (any course). Interviews are strongly recommended for interested applicants and can be scheduled by emailing

Financial Aid: SGISD offers research assistantships on a competitive basis. Please indicate on your application, in the statement of purpose section, that you would like to be considered for a research assistant position.

Submitting Materials: Most materials can be uploaded via your online application. Official transcripts and other correspondence can be sent via mail to the following address:

Databank - UMass Boston Graduate Admissions
PO Box 6195 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115

For more details, please review the application checklist below. Note that your CV/resume and statement of purpose must be sent both to graduate admissions and to our program. Submit materials as either Word documents or PDF files.

For additional information, email Program Assistant Joy C. Solon or call her at 617.287.4300.

Application Checklist

Online Application The application deadline for fall admissions is June 1; spring admissions deadline is November 1. Office of Graduate Admissions only
Statement of Purpose Please discuss in 1,200 words or less your reasons for pursuing graduate study and your academic, personal, and professional goals. Please submit to Office of Graduate Admissions and email to
Transcripts Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Applicants must possess a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Office of Graduate Admissions only
Three Letters of Recommendation Letters should come from individuals who can speak to your academic and professional preparation for program success. Office of Graduate Admissions only
Resume or Curriculum Vitae Please make sure all educational background and professional history is current with degrees earned, institutions attended, majors, and GPAs. Please submit to Office of Graduate Admissions and email to
International Applicants Only: Test Scores: TOEFL or IETLS  International applications are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS). Office of Graduate Admissions only
International Applicants Only: Additional Documentation International applicants must also submit certain additional documentation. Please view these details on the International Graduate Admissions website. Office of Graduate Admissions only
Coverdell Fellowship Applicants Only: Additional Documentation This fellowship is available to returned Peace Corps volunteers. In addition to the application steps listed above, you will need to submit a copy of your official Description of Service to the Coverdell Fellows coordinator. Learn more here.

Office of Graduate Admissions and Coverdell Fellows coordinator

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