Course Enrollment

All course schedules are carefully planned out based on your intended program of study, with the goal of providing you the foundational skills you will need to succeed in your degree program at UMass Dartmouth. Students will receive their semester class schedule during Orientation. If you have questions about your academic program of study, please contact our Student Success Manager for more information at


Graduate Global Student Program (Business)

During the UMass Dartmouth Graduate GSP MBA, all students will take the following five courses that will help to build a strong foundation for your studies in the MBA program with the Charlton College of Business:

NAV 501: Academic Skills for Graduate Students

ACT 500: Financial Accounting

FIN 500: Economic Concepts Managers

POM 500: Statistical Analysis

MGT 650: Advanced Organizational Behavior

The 500 level courses are foundational courses that do not count towards the 30 credit requirement for the MBA or MS programs. However, they are important pre-requisites which will ensure you have the fundamental knowledge required for success in your core courses. MGT 650 is a core course from the MBA curriculum and can also count towards graduation requirements for the MS programs in Accounting, Health Care Management and Technology Management. After completion of the Granduate GSP, you will need to complete six additional core courses, and 3-4 electives to complete the MBA program. In addition to the lectures, there will also be support tutorials provided for each class.

Progression Requirements: To progress from the GSP program into the MBA or MS programs in the Charlton College of Business, you must obtain at least a 3.00 GPA in all your courses, with no grades below   B(-), and pass the GMAT with a score of 400 or greater by the end of the PMP semester. Students who complete the GSP program with a GPA of 3.50 or higher will be eligible for a waiver of the GMAT program.

The GMAT is an important piece of your admission into the MBA program at UMass Dartmouth, so we encourage you to take the GMAT before the start of your program, so that you don't need to worry about it once you get here. Although many students quality for the GMAT waiver with a GPA of 3.50 or greater during the GSP program, you will not have time to prepare and take the GMAT at the end of the semester in the event that your GPA is below 3.50 (but above 3.0) so we encourage all students to study for and attempt the GMAT at least once before the end of the GSP semester. 

If you do not have a GMAT score of 400 or higher when you arrive, you will be expected to take the GMAT at least five weeks prior to the semester end date. You must have an Official GMAT score of 400 or better by the end of the semester to be admitted into the MBA or MS programs and continue your studies at UMass Dartmouth in the next semester, unless you complete the program with a GPA of 3.50.

Although a GMAT score of 400 is very reasonable, for some students it is more challenging than they expect it to be. Since the score is required for graduate program admission, students should take their preparation for the exam very seriously and not wait until the last minute to study. Remember, you will also be busy with your other academic courses during the GSP program, and you may find that there is not much extra time to study for the GMAT once you get here.

Course waivers are not allowed during the Pre-Master’s program, regardless of previous educational background. For more information on the MBA curriculum at UMass Dartmouth, please visit:

Gradute Global Student Program (Engineering)

Students in the Pre-Master’s Program, pursuing admission into the following graduate programs: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering or Physics will be enrolled with GSP for two (2) semesters. Students will take 3 foundational courses in the first semester and up to 3 graduate level courses in the second semester, accompanied by GSP support courses in both semesters. Students will earn up to 9 graduate credits during the GSP, which can be counted towards the graduate degree program (please note only grades of B or better can count towards the graduate program). Progression Requirements: Students must earn at least a 2.70 during the first semester, with no grades below a C, in order to continue into the 2nd semester. At the end of the second semester, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, with no grades below a C, and no more than 1 grade below a B-.

Students in the GSP, pursuing admission into the department of Computer & Information Science will be enrolled in a one semester GSP program, during which they will take five courses, which include 3 foundation courses, 1 graduate level course, and a GSP academic skills building course. Progression Requirements: To progress from the PMP program into the Computer & Information Science graduate degree program, you must obtain at least a 3.00 GPA, with no grades less than a C.

Course Selection for all GSP Engineering programs: each student’s schedule is individually selected by the relevant Graduate Program Director following a review of your undergraduate transcripts. Course schedules can only be requested from the department once you have paid your initial invoice and and submitted all required documents to confirm enrollment with UMass Dartmouth GSP.  It is important that your payment is processed in a timely manner and all original application documents are couriered to UMass Dartmouth GSP as soon as your visa has been confirmed.

Please note that admission is valid only for the department which you have applied and is not transferrable to other programs within the College of Engineering or UMass Dartmouth.

Undergraduate Global Student Program (Undergraduate studies)

The Undergraduate GSP provides a supportive pathway into an undergraduate program of study at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The GSP program consists of three consecutive semesters, completed during a calendar year (12 months, including a summer term) and allows students to earn credits towards a bachelor’s degree while adjusting to the U.S. classroom and cultural environment. Students in the GSP program will live and take classes on the Dartmouth campus.

GSP classes are taught in a small classroom environment with other international students, caring faculty and extra time in each class for tutorials, group work and skills building. Students in the Undergraduate GSP will also take GSP academic skills building courses as part of the GSP which will allow you to develop stronger writing skills, math skills and university study skills. Students admitted into the GSP program with a condition to take the Mixed English course during the first semester will take one academic class in their first semester, along with English and Academic Skills Development courses, and will be required to pass English assessments to progress with the standard GSP curriculum in the following semesters (program completion may take 3-4 semesters).

All undergraduate students of the University must complete University Studies requirements, as well as distribution requirements, by completing approved courses in a number of areas outside of your major. As part of the Undergraduate GSP, many of the courses you take in your first year will be courses that meet University Studies requirements as part of your degree program. This will allow you to build your English language skills in the classroom, develop skills and interests in different disciplines, and by the time you reach your second year of your degree program, you will have many of the general education requirements completed, allowing you to focus more on your chosen major.

There are five Clusters in the University Studies Curriculum, and each cluster has a set of required courses.

  1. Foundations for Engagement Skills for the 21st Century

  2. The Natural Word: Scientific Inquiry and Understanding

  3. The Cultural World: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding

  4. The Social World: Humanity and Society

  5. The Educated and Engaged Citizen: Integrating the UMD Experience

Below is a sample curriculum outline for a student in the Undergraduate GSP pursuing a business major at UMass Dartmouth:


Semester One
University Requirement
MUS 106 History of Rock & Roll 3b
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 4b
NAV 098 Academic Skills Development (study skills) Navitas core course
NAV 101 Academic Skills Development (literacy skills) Navitas core course
Semester Two
University Requirement
ENL 101: Critical Reading and Writing I 1a
HST 103 World History 4c
MIS 101 The Business Organization 1e
CHM 130 Chemistry and the Environment 2a
Semester Three
University Requirement
ENL 102 Critical Reading and Writing II 1b
MTH 146 Finite Math 1d
PHL 110 Logical Thinking 4a
PHY 162 Science, Technology & Society II 2b

* Semester course offerings are subject to change

IMPORTANT: If you plan to major in Science or Engineering at UMass Dartmouth:

UMass Dartmouth will administer Math placement testing on arrival to ensure proper placement in courses for students wanting to study Business or Engineering. Students wanting to study business or engineering who test below a calculus level will likely need 4.5+ years to finish their Engineering degree at UMass Dartmouth. You should also email us with your preferred major in Engineering (computer, computer science, mechanical, electrical, civil or undeclared) so that we can plan your course schedule appropriately.