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The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell has 100 undergraduate, 39 master's, and 33 doctoral degree programs. UMass Lowell is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Additionally, the professional programs offered through UMass Lowell have additional accreditations, including:

  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) - Baccalaureate degree programs in Civil, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plastics Engineering
  • Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of ABET - Electronic Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration Program, Master of Science in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship (MSITE), and Master of Science in Accounting
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) - Baccalaureate programs in Art and Design
  • Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) - Baccalaureate program in Environmental Health

Undergraduate GSSP

The Undergraduate GSSP is equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree. The program consists of for-credit courses and provides an academic and cultural bridge from your high school experience to studying for a university degree in the United States. Upon successful completion of the Undergraduate GSSP, you will move directly into the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree program.

  • If you have met the English requirement of a 5.5 IELTS or a 69iBT TOEFL and the academic requirement of a GPA of 2.0, you will be able to enter our three-semester pathway program, which is equivalent to your first year of your undergraduate study. The Undergraduate GSSP offers a number of flexible entry points depending on your English and academic background.
  • Subject areas include: Engineering, Biotechnology/Science, Business, Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences, School of Health & Environment
  • The education system in the U.S. is very flexible, which allows you to request a change of major while you complete your program if you decide you prefer studying a different subject area.
  • During your Undergraduate GSSP freshman year you will complete between 28-34 credits depending on your major.

Graduate GSSP

The Graduate GSSP is a two semester program designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, but need additional academic and/or English support to gain entry to a master’s degree program. No GMAT or GRE is needed to apply.

  • If you have met the English requirement of a 6.0 IELTS (MBA, Biology and Computer Science) or 5.5 IELTS or 70iBT TOEFL (all other majors) and the academic requirement of a GPA of 2.7, you will be able to enter our two-semester Graduate GSSP, which will offer you credit towards your full-time master’s degree. There is no GRE/GMAT requirement for an admissions decision, but this official score must be presented upon completion of the program/matriculation to the full-time master’s degree (for those who have already taken the GRE/GMAT, this can be considered for direct admission into the Master’s program). For students who have not taken the GRE/GMAT, tutoring will be available at no additional cost throughout the duration of your Graduate GSSP.
  • Subject areas include: MBA, Master’s of Engineering, Master’s of Science, Master’s of Computer Science, Master’s of Health Sciences, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Academic English (AE)

  • With a minimum 4.5 IELTS or a 55iBT TOEFL, you are able to gain admissions to UMass Lowell, but you will be placed in our English-intensive phase of our pathway programs. This way, you can begin your exciting academic development at your own pace, while still being a full-time student at UMass Lowell! The class will meet five days a week, for a total of 20 hours. The standard duration for Academic English is one to three semesters, depending on entry level. Students will be required to test out of the class by taking an internal English test.

GSSP Extended

  • If you are an undergraduate student with IELTS 5.0 or TOFEL iBT 59, you have the opportunity to enter our GSSP Extended. Your first semester will be a combination of academic and English classes to bring you up to the required level without delaying the start of your freshman classes.
  • The GSSP Extended consists of two academic courses plus an Academic English course (15 hours per week).