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School for Global Inclusion and Social Development

University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, MA

About

Details at a Glance

  • School Type

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    Public
  • Acceptance Rate

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    60%
  • Application Fee

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    $75
  • Average In-State Tuition

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    $9,469
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

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    $18,242
  • Financial Aid Available

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    Yes

Degrees Offered

MA in Global Inclusion and Social Development
PhD in Global Inclusion and Social Development
MS in Rehabilitation Counseling
MEd in Vision Studies
Certificate in Human Rights

Our Program

SGISD uses a transdisciplinary approach across different areas of study, populations, communities, and research and practice.

University of Massachusetts Boston's School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) uses a transdisciplinary approach that allows us to acknowledge and examine the intersectional nature of this commitment across different areas of study, populations, communities, and research and practice.

Our goal is for students committed to global inclusion and social development to apply their experiences and knowledge to areas of policy and practice, using equity- and justice-oriented inclusive lens. Their efforts and leadership will create a more socially cohesive and sustainable society, supporting the dignity, human rights, and responsibilities of all its members. 

The GISD MA program examines global, national, and local issues related to inclusion and social development. Students seek solutions to complex challenges in today’s rapidly changing society, such as health disparities, environmental justice, community development, participatory decision-making, and economic inequality, as well as discrimination based on gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, and economic status. 

Our Ph.D. program examines how to deepen inclusion and social development, from the local to the global level. For their doctoral degrees, our students conduct rigorous original research around the world and in the United States, adding to existing knowledge in meaningful ways so as to affect the lives of marginalized populations and make meaningful policy change. 

Students in SGISD examine key issues that lead to the political, economic, and social inclusion of individuals and groups of people worldwide in their societies. In response to growing national and international interest in human rights education, we are offering a human rights certificate through SGISD.

Rehabilitation counselors support people with barriers to employment to find fulfilling work that matches their interests and skills. Rehab counselors work with clients who have disabilities, criminal histories, and substance abuse histories. The goal is for each person to discover their strengths, overcome their challenges, and engage in their personal and professional community. We are proud to be ranked #1 in New England among rehabilitation counseling programs by U.S. News and World Report.

Our Vision Studies program trains professionals to support people with blindness and low vision to achieve success. Our graduates work in classrooms that include students with visual impairments, and teach people with visual impairment to safely navigate their environment. They also work with people who are blind or have low vision to gain and retain fulfilling employment and to live independently.

Admissions

  • Acceptance Rate

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    60%
  • Application Fee

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    $75

Requirements

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    TOEFL
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    IELTS
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    Personal Statement
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    3 Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadline

MA in Global Inclusion and Social Development:

Fall Admission: June 1

Spring Admission: November 1

PhD in Global Inclusion and Social Development: December 1 (Fall Admission Only)

Certificate in Human Rights

Fall Admission: April 1

Spring Admission: November 1

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment

Summer Admission: March 1

Orientation and Mobility

Summer Admission: March 1

Cortical/Cerebral Vision Studies

Fall Admission : June 1

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy

Fall Admission: July 1

Assistive Technology

Fall Admission: June 1

MS in Rehabilitation Counseling

Spring Admission: November 1

Summer Admission: April 1

Fall Admission: June 1

Student Body

  • Total Students

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    320 Students
  • Female

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    75% Female
  • Male

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    25% Male

What Our Students Say

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    "SGISD was the first program I found that used this human rights lens to look at economic and social issues."

    Matt Anunziato, Global Inclusion and Social Development ‘18
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    "All of us succeeded, not only in getting our master's but in learning from one another. "

    Aimina Talley, Vision Studies ‘16
  • Kate Glynn image

    "UMass Boston gave me a thorough foundation ... I wouldn't be where I am today without the education I received there."

    Kate Glynn, Rehabilitation Counseling ‘16
Matt Anunziato image

"SGISD was the first program I found that used this human rights lens to look at economic and social issues."

Matt Anunziato, Global Inclusion and Social Development ‘18
Aimina Talley image

"All of us succeeded, not only in getting our master's but in learning from one another. "

Aimina Talley, Vision Studies ‘16
Kate Glynn image

"UMass Boston gave me a thorough foundation ... I wouldn't be where I am today without the education I received there."

Kate Glynn, Rehabilitation Counseling ‘16

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average In-State Tuition

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    $9,469
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

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    $18,242

Additional Information

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    Work-study Programs Available
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    Financial Aid Available
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    Application Fee Waivers Available