Graduate Pre-Master’s Program (PMP): Sciences

The UMass Lowell Kennedy College of Sciences offers small lecture sections, interdisciplinary degree combinations and experiential learning opportunities far and wide, including service-learning and co-op programs. Its world-class facilities for learning and research are enhanced by a faculty committed to making every effort to put your success first.

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Two semesters

Semester start dates

Fall: September 2017

Spring: January 2018


The objective of this program is to foster critical thinking and to develop skills needed for independent laboratory study. This is accomplished, in part, by offering advanced lecture, seminar, and laboratory courses. The Department of Biological Sciences offers two options for master's degrees. The Master of Science in Biological Sciences offers flexibility so students can create a program that fits their career goals. The Master of Science in Biological Sciences - Biotechnology Option focuses on training essential to employment in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. While it is possible to complete M.S. requirements without the thesis or project option, it is the latter activities that most distinguishes graduate from undergraduate students. All full-time M.S. degree students are, therefore, strongly urged to elect thesis or project options.

The Master of Science in Biological Sciences - Biotechnology Option provide the advanced study and training necessary to conduct independent research at a professional level and to be successful in today's competitive academic and industrial research markets. Students in the program will be encouraged to explore quantitative approaches to the solution of problems in the basic and applied biological sciences. Depending on their career goals, students may choose either research or course work options within the Department, or from the interdisciplinary Biotechnology option. All candidates for the master's degree are expected to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skills to pursue independent and creative research activities.

The Chemistry department has many ties to industry. A number of research centers have emerged that combine the educational resources of academia with the financial resources of industry. And to train men and women for careers in these and other areas, the department offers the Master of Science in both thesis and non-thesis format. The thesis program offers specialization in biochemistry, analytical, inorganic, organic physical chemistry, and polymer science. This program provides opportunity for advanced study and research training in chemistry, both general and specialized. Provision also is made for the student to elect certain advanced subjects in related fields of mathematics, physics, and engineering.

The Computer Science Department offers a master's degree that is a blend of both applied and theoretical aspects of computation, including a bioinformatics option. Our graduates are highly sought after by regional, national and international companies, including 3COM, Analog Devices, AstraZeneca, Avid, BAE, Cisco, EMC, Fidelity, Google, IBM, InforSense, iRobot, Merck, MITRE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nortel, Oracle, Raytheon, and Segway, as well as academic and research organizations, including Beijing University, Utah State, Louisiana State, MIT, and Pfizer Research. The degree serves several audiences, from the professional with extensive industrial experience to the recent graduate aiming ultimately for an advanced research degree. In all cases, a major objective is to prepare the student for a work environment requiring continued growth.

    • Mathematics
      • Applied & Computational Mathematics
      • Industrial Mathematics
      • Probability & Statistics
      • Statistics & Operations Research

There are four options available in the Master of Science Mathematics program:
- Applied and Computational Mathematics
- Probability and Statistics
- Mathematics for Teachers
- Industrial Mathematics Professional Science Master's
For the Applied and Computational Mathematics and the Probability and Statistics options, the undergraduate degree must be in mathematics or a related discipline. For the Mathematics for Teachers option, three semesters of calculus (12 credits) are required. Applicants lacking some prerequisites may be accepted as matriculated with conditions. The Applied and Computational Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, and Mathematics for Teachers programs consist of thirty credit hours approved by the Graduate Curriculum Committee. The Industrial Mathematics Professional Science master's option requires 37 credit hours, including a paid internship. These credit requirements include both required courses and electives (which may be offered in other departments). In addition, in all options except the Industrial Mathematics Professional Science Master's Option, three or six credits may, with the permission of the student advisor and Graduate Committee, be obtained by thesis.

    • Physics
      • Radiological Sciences and Protection
      • Radiological Health Physics & Work Environment

Leading edge research lies at heart of graduate programs in physics. At UMass Lowell the Department of Physics and Applied Physics has over $10 million annually in funded research. The M.S. degree may be taken in Physics or Radiological Science and Protection (health physics or in the Medical Physics option) or in the applied physics option in Optical sciences. Course requirements for the M.S. program consist of a total of 30 credits, including work on a thesis or project. The M.S. may serve as a basis for further study toward a Ph.D. degree. Students are expected to complete the M.S. program in two years. A terminal 34-credit Professional Science Master's (PSM) option is also offered in the Radiological Science and Protection M.S. degree program. This PSM option has no thesis requirement but does include courses in business administration, professional communication, and an internship in lieu of a thesis. Graduates from our programs hold positions in academia, national laboratories, government agencies, major medical facilities, and industry. They have been successful in gaining employment in areas dealing with material properties, electro-optics, computer modeling, advanced radiation detection for nuclear physics and homeland security, as well as radiation safety and protection, medical diagnostic imaging, and therapeutic medical physics.

Science sample course list:

PMP academic requirements:

Undergraduate degree, 2.7+ GPA

Additional requirements:

Minimum B average in subjects relating to area of study

PMP language requirements: Biology

IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5) / TOEFL iBT 70


Academic English program available for students not meeting PMP language requirements

The following is a sample course listing, which may vary by degree program and student academic background. It is not intended for current student advising purposes.

PMP program components*
Semester 1 Credits

Navigating the Graduate Pathway


Academic Communications for Graduate Students


Elective course in relevant department

3 (UML)

Elective course in relevant department

3 (UML)

GRE Support Tutorial


Total credits


Semester 2 Credits

Advanced Communication for Graduate Students


Introduction to Graduate Research


Elective course in relevant department

3 (UML)

Elective course in relevant department

3 (UML)

GRE Support Tutorial


Total credits


Total PMP credits


Program information

Credit hours:

  • 12 credits transfer to MS degree
  • 18 credits remaining to complete degree

Progression requirements:

  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA; minimum B grade in all courses
  • GRE scores:
    • - Biology: V 150, Q 150

    • - Chemistry: V 145, Q 155

    • - Environmental Science: V 145, Q 155

    • - Mathematics: V 145, Q 155

    • - Physics: V 147, Q 160, Writing 3.5

  • Successful completion of all conditions listed on university conditional acceptance letter
UMass Lowell Kennedy College of Sciences degree programs
  • MS, Biology
  • MS, Chemistry
  • MS, Environmental Science
  • MS, Mathematics
  • MS, Physics