Your pathway to UMASS Boston

From the day you arrive on campus, you are a UMass Boston student. Simply put, Navitas at UMass Boston provides the academic and cultural “soft landing” to help you acclimate to a new education system  and to a new city. The Undergraduate Pathway Program (UPP) is the first year of a UMass Boston bachelor’s degree program.  All credit courses are UMass Boston first-year degree courses, taught  by UMass Boston faculty.

Upon successful completion  of the UPP program,  you will progress to Year 2 of your degree program,  receiving full credit towards  your undergraduate degree. Students in the UPP program are UMass Boston students from day one.

Why choose Navitas aUMass Boston

  • three  intakes per year with the option to begin in September, January or May
  • all applicants screened and responded to within 24-48 hours
  • no SAT/ACT and no personal statement required  for UPP admission
  • no GRE or GMAT for PMP admission
  • I-20 for up to five years; no reapplication and no transfer after Year 1
  • increased academic/English support
  • training in time management, study skills and research methods
  • individualized counseling, mentoring and academic support

Navitas at UMass Boston regularly reviews its English language and academic entry requirements. This information is correct at the time of printing; however, if there  are any changes to these requirements they will be updated at Students requiring additional  language support will be required  to complete an academic English course.The minimum GPA for Computer  Engineering and Electrical Engineering is 2.75. Students must also attain at least a B grade in a calculus course.

Navitas pathway programs

Academic English


–    Accounting

–    Finance

–    Information Technology – a joint major with the College of Science and Mathematics

–    International Management

–    Leadership and

Organizational  Change

–    Entrepreneurship

–    Management Information


–    Marketing

–    Supply Chain and

Service Management

Science and Mathematics

–    Computer  Engineering

–    Computer  Science

–    Electrical Engineering

–    Engineering Physics

–    Environmental Sciences

–    Mathematics

–    Physics

Liberal Arts popular majors include:

–    Anthropology

–    Art

–    Communication

–    Criminology and

Criminal Justice

–    Economics

–    International Relations

–    Music

–    Political Science

–    Psychology and Sociology

Full “American campus life” experience

  • UMass Boston boasts new superb facilities, student services and clubs/ sports activities.
  • 100+ student organizations, leadership groups, ethnic and cultural clubs
  • With over 17,000 students from all corners of the globe, UMass Boston hosts one of the most ethnically and socially diverse student populations in New England.
  • With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact  with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes.

Integrated and multicultural

International students make  up a significant part of the UMass Boston community, arriving on campus from across the globe. Many feel inspired and comfortable living and studying in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Boston.

Recognized  for innovative research, Boston’s public research university offers its diverse student population  both an intimate  learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city.

Undergraduate and graduate research opportunities

UMass Boston provides students with the opportunity to conduct  research during their undergraduate and graduate studies. Students may apply for research and internship opportunities, pursue funding for student research and compete for research grants.

Leading research institutes and centers

More than 50 interdisciplinary research institutes and centers at UMass Boston bring faculty and students together to pursue research, teaching and service on diverse topics.

UMass Boston’s prestigious research partners include the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center,  IBM, Sanofi, Genzyme, New England Aquarium and the Boston Public Schools.

The Integrated Science Complex, which opened in Spring 2015, features:

–    research lab and support space (for biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, physics and psychology)

–    introductory biology teaching laboratories

–    interdisciplinary sandbox teaching lab

–    infant cognition lab

–    a new research center—the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy

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