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Admissions Procedures

Applications for admission to the University of Massachusetts Intercampus Marine Science graduate degree program are processed by the individual campus. Please send your application and its associated materials to graduate admissions office of that campus. After you have applied, contact the graduate admissions office directly with any questions. Their contact information is to the right of this page.

Applying for Fall Semester

Students considering entry for the fall semester must be aware of the following dates:

December 15th:
Students who are interested in obtaining a TA must have a completed application and all other appropriate forms sent to the Graduate Office. Prospective students who are not interested in receiving a teaching assistantship are highly encouraged to apply at this time as well.

January 15th:
Admissions Committee will have evaluated all applicants and will send a revised list of all prospective students to the IMS faculty. Any revisions and reconsiderations to the list will be made within a week.

February 1st:
Final acceptance letters will be sent to students who are being awarded a TA, as well as those students who have sufficient funding and an IMS advisor.

Conditional letters of acceptance will be sent to students who have found an advisor, but have a lack of funding.  Letters of deferral will be sent to qualified students who have been wait-listed, due to having no apparent advisor and inadequate funding.  Letters of rejection will be sent to students who do not meet the standards of the program.

March 1st:
Students should be receiving their acceptance, deferral, and rejection letters between February 1st and March 1st. Students who have been accepted with funding and an advisor are expected to reply within one month of receiving the letter.

April 15th:
All students accepted with funding and an advisor must reply by this date, in order to be able to enter into the IMS program.

May 1st:
The Admissions Committee will evaluate all acceptances and deferments from students who had to send in their applications by April 15th. Depending on the number of students admitted, the Admissions Committee will consider the following, in order:

  1. Students who have an advisor, but no funding.
  2. Students who have no advisor or funding.

May 15th:
Final letters of acceptance and rejection will be sent to the two groups of students listed above.

June 15th:
Students who are accepted by or after May 15th have until this date to reply, in order to enter into the IMS program. All admission decisions are closed by this date.

Applying for Spring Semester

Students considering entering in the spring semester must be aware of the following dates:

September 1st:
Students must have a completed application and all other appropriate forms sent to the Graduate Office.

September 30th:
Admissions Committee will have evaluated all applicants and will send a revised list of all prospective students to the IMS faculty. Any revisions and reconsiderations to the list will be made within a week.

October 15th:
Acceptance and rejections letters will be sent by October 15th.  Accepted students are encouraged to reply promptly.

November 15th:
All students who are accepted must reply no later than this date, in order to enter into the IMS program. All admission decisions are closed by this date.

Those who apply out of sequence will automatically be placed in the next cycle of admissions.

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