University of Massachusetts-Boston Reviews

  • 35 Reviews
  • Boston (MA)
  • Annual Tuition: $33,966
82% of 35 students said this degree improved their career prospects
77% of 35 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Syeda Akhter
  • Reviewed: 4/7/2015
  • Degree: Chemistry
"UMass Boston is a home of cutting-edge research and teaching laboratories for chemistry. The rigorous laboratory research under guidance of expert scientists, courses and seminars make us capable of reaching the frontiers of chemistry quickly.This institution, I feel offers me the best in terms of courses, guidance, facilities and faculty. On completion of my study, I hope to continue my research work by entering in a research-oriented profession. The only con I have now is that this university is in Boston , which is expensive. The living cost is too high and being a full time graduate student I dont make enough to lead a stress free life. I believe this scholarship will help me and my family to be a little less stressed."
Devon Holmes
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2015
  • Degree: Economics
"The University of Massachusetts Boston Masters in Applied Economics is a challenging program with faculty that force you to think outside of the normal boundaries of classical economics. The program is very new, which allows excellent access to professors and faculty.Courses are challenging with a semi-heavy workload. The Economics department attempts to make the program affordable for everyone by granting some level of assistantships on a regular basis. However, it is still difficult to completely fund this program without holding a job off campus. The program is compatible, in that it provides evening courses, allowing students to pursue research opportunities. UMass is a great vehicle to gain excellent experience in economic research, and a great option for a Masters program."
Ashley Pacheco
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2015
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"UMASS BOSTON provided me with a high quality graduate degree. The most positive aspects of my program was that the professors and staff were always supportive and available to guide me throughout my graduate degree. Another huge positive aspect was that I gained invaluable insight and knowledge through my courses, readings, class discussions, and professors' lectures. The one con is that there weren't any financial aid options or scholarship opportunities for graduate students."
Kelsey Dill
  • Reviewed: 1/6/2015
  • Degree: School Psychology
"Supportive faculty, healthy course discussions, although student diversity in the program is not much in terms of race/ethnicity it is diverse in student upbringing/religion/ideological views etc."
Ashley Pacheco
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2014
  • Degree: Business Administration
"UMass Boston has provided me a very positive graduate school experience due to their friendly and supportive professors and staff, student life programming, and student diversity. An area of improvement would be to provide more financial support for graduate students."
Maria Kipreos
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2014
  • Degree: Chemistry
"The Chemistry Department at UMass Boston is a small, but growing department. The professors are very helpful and will always find time to discuss things like topics in chemistry and industry with you. UMass Boston is in an excellent location. I have had the opportunity to network with fellow graduate students in the area as well as individuals in the working world."
Lucas Newcomb
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2014
  • Degree: Chemistry
"UMass Boston has a great location: very accessible and it has a unique waterfront (uncommon for an urban institution). Though the current construction is an eye-sore at the moment, in a few short years it will be beautiful. I am proud to be moving into the most recently completed building for integrated sciences which features state-of-art facilities for chemistry, biology and physics research. Despite being a commuter school with no student housing, there are many student-run activities and clubs to choose from. I am proud to be a Beacon and I expect great things to come from my education here at UMass."
Pamela Lomax
  • Reviewed: 10/24/2014
  • Degree: Public Policy
"The MSPA program is a cohort model with two weekly classes and two weekend seminars each semester. The workload in the first semester is a shock to the system, especially if one has been out of school for a while and working fulltime. It becomes manageable with time, but be prepared to be overworked the first few months. The quality of teaching is superb."
Stephanie Close
  • Reviewed: 7/30/2014
  • Degree: Public Policy
"Great program for a working professional looking to earn a degree in two years. Heavy workload, but not impossible. Tough to get involved on campus because everything happens during the day when I work."
Christine Dornbach
  • Reviewed: 10/22/2013
  • Degree: Counseling
"Pros: Small class sizes, easily accessible professors, very diverse cohort. Cons: Too many classes taught by adjuncts"
Charles Carroll
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2013
  • Degree: History
"The faculty at UMass Boston is top-notch. Most of them are at the top of their field and are highly dedicated to teaching. I went from a master's program at UMass Boston to a top tier PhD program and I felt well-prepared for that move largely because of the dedication of my advisor. Having said that, the university is highly lacking in many aspects. Sadly, many of my encounters with the administrative staff left me with a negative opinion of the university. My first encounter was with the admissions office, who lost two of my letters of recommendation. The admissions counselor assigned to my file was very rude and indifferent, to the point that I had to contact her supervisor. My next encounter was with the financial aid office, who didn't issue my disbursement until well into the first semester. Many of my friends at other graduate programs in the Boston area had received their payments over a month before I received mine from UMass Boston. When I contacted the financial aid office about this, their attitude was also indifferent. Surely there are a few exceptions among the staff. I did meet a select few individuals who seemed truly dedicated to giving students a positive experience. If the majority of the staff here were as dedicated as these few individuals, and as devoted to students' education as the faculty, this would be a great place to go to school."
vantrice taylor
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2013
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"My time at UMASS-Boston was invaluable. Everything was top notch from the faculty, courses, to the facilities. It is ideally located. The education I received no doubt aided in my obtaining employment. My onnly complaint is that it was always soooo cold in the buildings."
Roman Sizov
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2013
  • Degree: Computer Science
"The school provide education of good quality to graduate students. Also, the cost of education is very affordable especially to residents of the state."
Sabrina Bleakney
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2013
  • Degree: Accounting
"The school is at a beautiful campus, people from all sorts of backgrounds, age groups, and experiences in the work place come to Umass. The value is unmatched. For the cost of a full year at Umass you could not pay for a semester at any local private school. The teachers are accessible. Because it is Boston the school has strong connections with local firms which generates great career fair events."
Beth Doyle
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2012
  • Degree: Education
"Intensive 1 year Masters in Education program with a full year teacher-residency. Pros: Will be triple certified at graduation (core, sped and ELL). Federally funded, minimal tuition. Cons: No life. Urban teaching is nothing like you've ever seen in suburbia. Borderline racist administration, heavily favors and enables minority and male candidates."