24 months
36880 USD/year
36880 USD/year
18894 USD/year
Tuition fee
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University of Massachusetts Boston's Critical Ethnic and Community Studies program (formerly Transnational, Cultural, and Community Studies, or TCCS) is a critical comparative ethnic studies graduate program with signature elements emphasizing transdisciplinarity and the recognition of transnational global–local connections.


The Critical Ethnic and Community Studies program at University of Massachusetts Boston centers on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and other social categories related to power and privilege that impact the experiences of both U.S.-born and immigrant members of racialized communities in the United States. 

This transdisciplinary program brings together scholarly research, cultural expression, and meaningful community partnerships in order to understand the histories and contemporary lives of racialized communities in the United States, their experiences as part of diasporic communities with transnational linkages, and their agency and self-determination. 

As part of this learning, students engage in critical analysis of how migration—to, from, and within the United States—forms an integral part of the experiences of racially and economically marginalized communities.

Our Approach 

  • Our transdisciplinary approach emphasizes the mobilization of knowledge for social justice. Transdisciplinarity entails integration across relevant disciplines as a means of addressing complex social issues that impact the everyday lives of individuals and communities beyond academia.
  • A highly creative, flexible, and collaborative approach, transdisciplinarity is particularly apt for the social justice mission of the Critical Ethnic and Community Studies program and UMass Boston. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Foundations of Transnational, Cultural, and Community Studies
  • Migration and Diaspora
  • Community Formation and Development
  • Transdisciplinary Research in Practice
  • Transdisciplinary Research Methods
  • MS Capstone Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


37 SCH

37 to 40 credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submission of the online application.
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and/or graduate programs attended.
  • Where applicable, Official TOEFL/IELTS test scores.
  • A statement of intent of about 1,200 words, focused on academic and career interests in critical ethnic and community studies.
  • An example of the applicant’s writing from coursework in critical ethnic and community studies or related academic or professional fields.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals acquainted with the applicant’s interests who are qualified to evaluate the applicant's potential for sustained graduate study in critical ethnic and community studies. At least one (1) of the letters must be from a faculty member with whom the applicant is studying or has studied.
  • Current resume or CV.
  • Application fee is $75, paid by Visa or MasterCard (non-refundable). 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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