Explore equity, social justice and inclusive classroom practices with UMass Lowell’s Graduate Certificate in Urban Education.


K-12 teachers can benefit from this four-course online certificate program. Racial and linguistic diversity is increasing in school systems across the county. Such diversity is a strength, but it also presents challenges. Upon program completion, you will embrace a more responsive and inclusive approach to teaching and understand how systems have historically marginalized groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online
  • No GRE required
  • Apply anytime
  • Complete in as little as 12 months
  • One of the most affordable tuitions in the nation

Learn More About This Program:

For more information, visit UMass Lowell's Graduate Certificate in Urban Education webpage.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per Credit $470
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Graduate Certificate Application Fee $50
Late Fee for Nonpayment $50
Total for Course** $1,440 ($470 x 3 credits = $1,410 + $30 registration fee per semester)

*Applicable when check is returned unpaid.

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

For registration information, visit UMass Lowell's website


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


Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before they have formally applied into the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered.

No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for graduate certificate programs. Credits earned from a graduate certificate program may be used towards a related graduate degree with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Graduate certificate programs must be completed within a five-year period with a minimum 3.0 GPA and not more than one course with a grade below B. Courses completed for one certificate may not be used towards other certificates.

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on the certificate, matriculation and course status. Please check with UMass Lowell's Financial Aid Office at 978-934-4220 to determine eligibility.