UMass Boston’s Global Aging and Life Course Studies BA focuses on training and preparing you for management positions in the fields of advocacy, education, marketing, product development, service provision, management, administration, program planning, and research. It’s designed for students who want to work with and advocate for the fastest growing segment of the world population, adults age 65 and older.


This program will help you develop skills and add a degree to your resume. The world’s population is aging at an unprecedented rate, affecting the way societies around the globe deal with the growing number of older people. Explore the issues, questions, perspectives, needs, and contributions of older people and compare the opportunities and challenges associated with aging populations internationally. Apply these skills to virtually any field — from advocacy to research to management, and more. You can also continue your studies for an extra year, as part of the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program (AMP), to earn a Management of Aging Services MS or Gerontology MS from UMass Boston.*

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 Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $575
Returned Check Fee per semester* $28
Total for course** $1,725 (575 x 3 credits = 1,725)

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*applicable when checks returned unpaid

** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Admissions Deadlines

  • All first year freshman – domestic and international – can apply for non-binding Early Action by November 1 with the deadline for all credentials received by November 14.
  • When applying for Regular Decision, the deadline is March 1 with credentials due by March 15.

Application Checklist

  • The completed application
  • Your high school transcript (an official copy including your first term or first semester senior year grades)
  • First-year students’ applications can be reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and admitted to the university after submitting at least one marking period from your senior year. You'll be required to submit a final high school transcript that indicates you have met the graduation requirements by July 15. It is expected that applicants accepted during their senior year in high school maintain a consistent performance.
  • SAT or ACT scores (unless applying with No Test Option)  
  • Essay (at least 500 words)
  • All UMass Boston applicants are asked to submit a personal essay. It gives you the opportunity to present yourself in a way that grades and test scores cannot. Our admissions counselors use your essay to determine your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself clearly.
  • The admission essay is also used in consideration for admission to the university’s Honors College or scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants
  • Please select one of the following questions and write an essay of about 500 words:
    • Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
    • Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you
    • Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
    • Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you and explain that influence.
    • A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
    • Topic of your choice.
  • Academic Recommendation Letter (from a school-based counselor and/or teacher)
  • Application fee ($60) paid by credit or debit card
  • Verification of English language proficiency (for non-native speakers of English)
  • If you are not a native speaker of English, you are required to demonstrate your English language proficiency in one of the following ways:
    • SAT: Minimum score of 480 within the Evidence Based Reading & Writing section
    • TOEFL: Minimum score of 79-80 (internet-based)
    • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.0
    • Successful completion of the UMass Boston University Preparation Program
  • You must submit official copies of scores directly to University of Massachusetts Boston. The CEEB code is 3924
Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid. Please review our Financial Aid Checklist below.

  1. Fill out the FAFSA form at https://studentaid.gov.
  2. It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Boston school code number 002222.
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