University of Massachusetts - Boston Reviews

  • 36 Reviews
  • Boston (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $35,139
82% of 36 students said this degree improved their career prospects
75% of 36 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 3/12/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is not helpful, I have never seen a school like this. They don't cater to working students. They are very tough on grading when they don't provide the resources to improve yourself. The professors are not helpful, a 3 credit online course feels like a full 6-9 credits. Will not recommend this school. Also, the school will not help you with clinical placement. Students are lost in courses, not sure what the goal is for each course. Tests/exams are not consistent with lectures - I'm already a practicing NP, went back to get my FNP and I tell you this is not how you would treat someone who is already experienced. they are so hard on students!!! Not sure why we also needed to take psyche/mental health course, beware of the professor who's not very accommodating. Like I said if you are taking the class psyche/mental health you might as well quit your job if you want to do well in the class. And there's only one instructor for that required class. You guys better go to another school, that's probably why this school is not thriving!!!"
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"Worst professors and they do not resolve the issue of professors improperly grade a student, while the blackboard grading is above passing and the student is given a failing grade in wiser ruining their lives along with their GPA as if schooling is not hard enough. I wouldn't waste your time on this school."
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Do not enroll in this program. They are unable to contract with your clinical location even when it is a 100% guarantee. You waste time and money and there are clueless in streamlining the process or communicating with you or clinical sites. I regret the semester I wasted with them, if you are out of state then save yourself the headache."
  • Reviewed: 11/6/2019
  • Degree: Computer Science
"The experience with UMass Boston is not positive nor encouraging whether it was 15 years ago or even today. I was working full time while was in the graduate school majoring Computer Science during 2001-2004. The school office and services were quite selective to whom they want to help. I remember one semester I tried to apply some support and the office secretary questioned me why my grade was not high (I was at B's not in A class). Her tone made me feel so embarrassing and I would never for get that tone. This week I called the UMass Boston Alumni Office upon their notification in a recent letter to update my profile. After the office asked and updated all my information then told me (friendly) a new year book coming out soon with school cap and Tee. I was glad initially and decided to buy the package, but when I learned it priced at $259 I changed mind. The Office said nothing but hang up the phone right away. What a cold and salesman face they showed to an alumni who does not buy anything from them. Now they have all my personal information, not sure how they are going to do with it in business. If anyone read this review and have whether similar or opposite experience, please share it. Hopefully it was just my bad luck."
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2019
  • Degree: Art & Design
"I arrived at Umass Boston in 2016 when the new building, University Hall, which houses the art department, had just opened. These state-of-the-art facilities and talented faculty provided fertile ground for my undergraduate education. I was able to enjoy the creative and rigorous selection of art history classes, on subjects ranging from American women photographers to materials, materiality and meaning in art. Studio classes were also great, and were led by experienced faculty of professional artists in domains such as printmaking, video, painting, drawing, and photography. One thing which stood out to me and which underscores my high level of enthusiasm for the school, and my program in particular, is the support and friendliness among students, staff and faculty. We often had conversations to talk about topics of study, themes in classes, which were fun and lively and enriching. Furthermore, what I truly was grateful for was that faculty were responsive to the motivation I came to the table with. I expressed enthusiasm and commitment to the topics of study I enrolled in, and was given opportunities based on that, ranging from work-study in the new university gallery, to an internship with a professional artist, to a travel abroad scholarship at the end of my studies. I think that leads me to my final and main point to anyone thinking about the art program at UMass: there are scores of great opportunities at your disposal. They are often unexpected but they happen when you put your best foot forward in your work."
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2019
  • Degree: Finance
"I would not recommend this school to anyone. Maybe they have better programs outside of Finance but I thought I was being robbed. First of all they make you put down a $250 deposit on top of your $60 admission fee just to register for classes. Little did I know I would sign up for a class that did not match up with the description and basically taught low level excel; calling it "Financial Modeling." The class description spoke of gaining exposure to popular software used in the field. That was completely wrong. I went to the first class and the professor cut it short half way through. I thought maybe this is just a coincidence. I showed up the next week and he did the same thing. This is a graduate course I'm talking about. I was about to drop $4000 for that. I could learn more on youtube in an hour. The worst part is I dropped the class and the university disable my email and wiser accounts. I now have to defer to next semester and they want an additional $25. It make me sick to my stomach. Please don't make the mistake I made. There are better schools out there that actually respect their students. They wouldn't even consider giving me back my $250 deposit. At the very least they could've allowed me to sign up for a class next semester without dropping another $25. Please send this message along and warn people."
International Student
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2019
  • Degree: MBA in Information Systems
"Worst University for International Students. First they Fraud by enrolling students in Navitas, and they do not provide good career service and international help support due to lack of staff. ISSS office is worst. They just need money. Please do not scam international students"
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Business
"It was a convenient location and we were able to work in groups"
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2017
  • Degree: Education
"I attended the University of Massachusetts/Boston for my undergraduate degree, and returned to the Teach Next Year program in 2012 for a Master of Education. Overall, I was disappointed with the support offered during and after completing the program. Many of the classes (especially math specific) were not at the level they should have been. I did not stay in the educational field. I was unable to find employment as a teacher upon graduation, and am now working as a business analyst. I gave UMass another shot for a graduate level certificate course in business analytics, and was even more disappointed. It was an online class, and all of the coursework and notes from the professor came directly from the text. There was no critical thinking involved, and I could have learned just as much if I had just bought the text book. The fees and tuition have also gotten extremely high. Additionally, the entire campus has been under construction for many years and is still not completed. The parking has always been an issue, and it recently is even worse."
Beacon of Hope
  • Reviewed: 3/2/2017
  • Degree: Sociology
"The University of Massachusetts Boston is the type of place that student feel welcomed and will call home although it is a commuting school. Faculty, students, and visitors share a common interest in each other and attaining accomplishment within the University. No matter what type of guidance students are looking for they can find it at the University of Massachusetts Boston. It is remarkable for a commuting university to have this affect on its students, staff, visitors.I would definitely recommend this University to students who are looking for strong social connections along with a high quality education."
Kelsey Buchanan
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"With a hop, skip, and a jump to enter the heart of Boston, University of Massachusetts Boston is in the perfect location for tons of networking opportunities. I was able to learn on a small peninsula segregated from the city, but yet have all the opportunities that city living has to offer. Being able to pick my internship from a handful of state of the art businesses in Boston left me with no doubt in my mind that I would be ready for a career upon graduation. The professors thrived in helping their students achieve their career goals, as they are mostly employees of these businesses previously mentioned. You will never find a shortness of networking opportunities at University of Massachusetts Boston, thats for certain! Also, another reason I loved UMASS Boston was because it is the only public college institution in Boston. Not only did the university provide me with endless opportunities, but it was extremely affordable as well. Upon admission, I was personally contacted my financial services and offered information on scholarships and financial aid. There were endless seminars to attend as well to learn more about how to afford your college education. I received advice from several different offices that were readily available every time I called. I was never put on an hour long hold, hung up on, or told I would be called back and was left waiting for countless hours. Overall, I would say UMASS Boston is a great quality school. I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about a college degree."
Hinali Chovatiya
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2017
  • Degree: Computer Engineering
"University of Massachusetts,Boston is really good university for doing Master's in Computer Science. You can learn lot of thing related to your filed of interest which will enhance your knowledge and experience as well. professors are very kind, they are always ready to help us."
Beacon Graduate, Class of 2011
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: Business
"UMass Boston was an affordable in-state option that provided a well rounded education experience. I loved the professors and enjoyed the environment on campus."
Melissa Goddard
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"As a mother of two young boys who needed work full time to support my family, the online classroom was the only feasible way for me to obtain my degree. Great faculty support and flexible class times allowed me to successfully complete the required assignments. Technical support was also provided and was always available to assist with any technical difficulties I experienced."
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2016
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"The University of Massachusetts, Boston's Master's in Early Childhood Education is excellent. The faculty are extremely knowledgeable and extremely passionate, and they offer expertise in many areas relating to the field, not just classroom teaching. The program is designed to prepare you for a career in education in an urban environment, and the courses are designed to support that. Class materials emphasized the value of diversity in race, ability, culture, and learning styles. The faculty emphasize the importance of, and support skill building, in the areas of family engagement, literacy intervention, and classroom management. The student teaching experience is also unparalleled, offering a full school year of classroom experience. In May, I fully expect to feel prepared for my first year of teaching on my own, and would definitely recommend UMass Boston's Early Childhood Education Master's program."
  • Reviewed: 7/20/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"The nursing program at Umass Boston is tough however, the professors are very helpful and they want you to succeed. I learn a lot and I felt well prepared for the NCLEX. The simulation lab was also very helpful to prepare me for the real world of nursing."
Breanne Dowdie
  • Reviewed: 10/19/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"At UMass Boston, I have had the amazing opportunity to interact with a diverse group of wonderful students, both graduate and undergraduate. The diversity and accepting nature of UMass Boston creates an environment that is extremely conducive to learning and succeeding. I have found the workload to be manageable with my already busy schedule, and the professors understanding and empathetic toward our busy lives. Most importantly, the educational value of a graduate degree from UMass Boston is great, and the job opportunities that I will have because of my association with and graduate degree from UMass Boston are abounding."
Greg K.
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2015
  • Degree: Marketing
"Great, non-traditional school with a diverse student population. Lot's of continuing education students, who I thought were great as they were there on their own dime and worked hard to do well."
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2015
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"It is a wonderful school, with a dedicated staff in the Classics Department. It emphasizes active Latin learning, and gives excellent student teaching opportunities in the Boston area."
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"Save everything! I know you can go on-line and see all the transcripts, tuition statements, etc. online, but PRINT and KEEP copies for yourself. My experience as a student at UMB was amazing. I had some great professors, gained useful experience with hands-on research work, report writing, and clinical assessment skills. I still keep in contact with several of my professors and talk about these experiences in job interviews 5 years later. I felt at ease at UMass, taking classes with other people that really seemed to take classes seriously, many people working a job or two, raising a family, all while taking classes. Real people. BUT the administrative side of UMB is the worst. I graduated with honors, received awards at ceremonies, walked across the stage, only to be told a month later in a letter that I didn't have enough credits to graduate. I knew I had taken enough classes and when I went on-line to check, some credits were removed from my transcript, but luckily I had printed back-ups proving I had taken all the classes. Trying to talk to the registrar's office put me in tears (the woman straight up insulted me). I ended up talking to my school's dean and assistant dean and they were able to help me. It was a huge issue and after talking to others who graduated from UMB, they all had similar stories of administration issues causing delays in their graduation. Do I regret going to UMB? Not at all, I loved it. Would I keep hard copies of every little thing they sent me? Absolutely."