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Undergraduate Entry Requirements

The Undergraduate UMass Boston GSSP is the first year of a bachelor’s degree at UMass Boston. This program consists of academic for-credit courses and skill-development courses and provides a bridge from your high school experience to studying for a university degree in the U.S.

Undergraduate English Language Requirements by Program

Academic Requirements Undergraduate GSSP: 2 Semesters Undergraduate GSSP: 3 Semesters Undergraduate GSSP: 3 Semesters with Academic English ESL + Undergraduate GSSP: 4 Semesters
High school completion with minimum GPA 2.0 High school completion with minimum GPA 2.0 High school completion with minimum GPA 2.0 High school completion with minimum GPA 2.0
IELTS* 6.0 5.5 5.0 4.5 or lower
TOEFL IBT* 75 69 59 49 or lower
Versant * 56 50 46 38-45
iTEP* 3.9 3.7 3.5 3.1
Duolingo* 95 90 80 70

* English test results must be no more than two years old for entry to the UMass Boston GSSP.
** Students can be exempt from submission of English proficiency test for undergraduate degree if they completed at least 1 year at school where the language of instruction is English or completed school with an American, Canadian or British International curriculum.

Students who have lower English scores than the above listed ESL requirements can take additional ESL semesters. The actual length of the program varies depending on students’ performance.

This information may be subject to change without notice.

Country by Country Requirements

This table is a guide for eligibility for the Undergraduate UMass Boston GSSP. Meeting the minimum application entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Your complete application will be reviewed to determine if you qualify. Final assessment is based on full GPA evaluation; an equivalent of a U.S. GPA of 2.0 (or above) and proof of high school completion are required. Students are required to submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended beyond high school whether seeking to transfer credit or not. This information is subject to change without notice. UMass Boston GSSP reserves the right to request additional documentation, if necessary. For countries not listed, please contact

Required Admissions Materials

  1. Completed online application form.
  2. Academic transcripts and other required documents, including Grades 10-12* transcripts (see academic qualifications for your country below).
    *for U.S. curriculum, please include Grades 9-12.
  3. English language proficiency results.
  4. Any transcripts from further study following high school and school grading scales.

Undergraduate Requirements by Country

Age Requirements

UMass Boston GSSP accepts students 17 years of age at the start of the program and on a case by case basis we can consider a student that is 16 years of age.

Students under 18 years of age must have parental/guardian consent to attend UMass Boston GSSP. Application forms must be signed by a parent/guardian.

Students under 18 years of age must be in accommodation that is deemed acceptable by their parent/guardian and UMass Boston GSSP. All students under age 18 who come to study and who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian must be cared for by a responsible adult. UMass Boston GSSP strongly recommends homestay for underage students.

Credit Transfer

Students with academic credits earned from postsecondary study outside of UMass Boston may transfer up to 18 credits towards their UMass Boston undergraduate degree, as determined by UMass Boston on a case-by-case basis. Students with more than 18 transferrable credits are not eligible for UMass Boston GSSP.

This school is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

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How to Apply

For all UMass Boston GSSP applications: Please complete our online application form and email any required documents to

Visit the relevant Program page for additional information relevant to your application.

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