The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is a premier research institution located on the state’s southeastern coast, offering 16 doctoral programs and 34 master’s degree programs on campus and online. Graduate programs exist in seven of the eight UMass Dartmouth colleges and schools: the College of Arts and Science, the Charlton College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the School for Marine Science and Technology, and UMass Law.
Part of the highly regarded UMass system, UMass Dartmouth draws on the region’s strengths to offer outstanding programs in the marine sciences and biomedical engineering and biotechnology fields, and has become an educational and research leader in business, engineering, health care, teaching, and the liberal and creative arts and sciences.
UMass Dartmouth is a national research university that offers a private college educational experience—at a public university value. The University serves as an intellectual, economic, and cultural catalyst in the region and the world. And the entire University of Massachusetts system has a world ranking on The Times of London’s prestigious “World University Rankings” list.
UMass Dartmouth distinctions
A number of unique initiatives and facilities enhance your research and educational opportunities at UMass Dartmouth. At this time, the University is actively focused on interdisciplinary research activities for the Blue Economy, community resiliency, and homeland security.
The School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) is located on the water in New Bedford, where scientists do groundbreaking work in areas such as estuary protection and fisheries science, utilizing the living laboratories of Buzzards Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
At the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Fall River’s South Coast Research and Technology Park, faculty and students partner within ther industry for innovative technology ventures.
The Star Store Arts Campus offers spacious studios and cutting-edge facilities in historic downtown New Bedford, a city often cited as a thriving center for artists.
The Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education brings together scholars who are working to improve math comprehension and instructional approaches.
The IDEA Studio on campus is a digital fabrication/multimedia space for advanced projects and collaborations across disciplines.
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is also home to the only public law school in the Common-wealth of Massachusetts. UMass Law provides students with the intellectual and professional training needed to pursue justice in a variety of settings. Internships, practicums, and clinics provide extensive practical experience. Students can choose to study full-time day, part-time day, or evenings/weekends to earn the Juris Doctor degree.
Graduate professors have impressive expertise and experience and are accomplished researchers who bring you real-world perspectives and international knowledge. Honggang Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) has received multiple National Science Foundation grants for his work on wireless networks and multimedia applications and wearable body sensors for premature infants. Richard Connor (Biology) is a world-renowned researcher of dolphins and their “complex social relationships.” Dan Braha (Decision and Information Sciences) analyzes “complex networks” and their potential for combatting societal ills. Kristen Sethares (Nursing) does extensive research on cardiovascular health and recuperation. Robert Fisher (Physics) does cutting-edge research on computational astrophysics. Bryan McFarlane (Fine Arts) exhibits paintings around the world. John Buck (Electrical and Computer Engineering) is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and a prominent acoustics researcher. Kevin Stokesbury (SMAST/Fisheries Oceanography) is a noted authority on preservation of scallops and other species’ stocks.
Success as a graduate student
At UMass Dartmouth, you’ll grow academically, personally, and professionally. You’ll attend small classes, develop solid relationships with faculty members, use state-of-the-art laboratories, and engage with a variety of UMass Dartmouth research centers and institutes. The University’s extensive library collection, art studios, and business, engineering, and science incubator facilities provide excellent resources for your advanced study, research, and creative work.
UMass Dartmouth supports your personal and academic success. Academic resources include the International Programs Office and the Career Center. Resources such as the Counseling Center; Frederick Douglass Unity House; Center for Religious and Spiritual Life; Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality; and the Fitness Center help you maintain a sense of well-being, achieve personal growth, and celebrate diversity.
There are numerous social and intellectual opportunities, including lectures, cultural celebrations, intramurals, intercollegiate athletics, and community service opportunities. You can take advantage of an array of visual, performing, and literary arts events.
Located in the scenic coastal community of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, the University is situated on 710 acres, with easy access to Boston, Fall River, New Bedford, Cape Cod, and Providence, Rhode Island. Nearby shopping, entertainment, restaurants, museums, and theaters make this a vibrant hub. Recreational sites are minutes away, including beaches and hiking. You can drive to New York City in four hours, and the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont are three to four hours away. Public transportation is available from campus to nearby communities.
The dramatic campus is the work of architect Paul Rudolph, former Dean of the Yale University School of Art and Architecture. The recently renovated Claire T. Carney Library is a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient space that serves as both the intellectual and social heart of campus. A campus-wide $175 million building and renovation program is underway to upgrade and improve academic facilities.
Graduate student housing
UMass Dartmouth has a residential complex on campus specifically designed for graduate students. You may apply for residential housing, and the University provides resources that help you obtain suitable off-campus housing.
Tuition and fees
Costs vary by program. For the 2019–2020 academic year, annual graduate tuition and fees totaled approximately $12,293 for in state, $22,184 for out of state, and $15,664 for regional and proximity (based on nine credits per semester).
UMass Dartmouth offers several financial programs to help fund your education. You may qualify for teaching, research, or administrative assistantships; federal loans; University scholarships; and federal work-study funds. You may also obtain non-need-based employment on campus or seek off-campus employment.
In addition, if you’re a doctoral student, you may receive merit-based fellowships that include annual stipends and full-tuition waivers.