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Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #1053 (BCR) Lowell, MA, United States
The College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS) at University of Massachusetts Lowell connects you globally and locally, and challenges you with analytical reading, critical thinking, and problem solving.
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The Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences pre-bachelor is offered at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Bachelor of Arts

  • American Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism & Professional Writing
  • Literature
  • Theatre Arts
  • History
  • Art History
  • Modern Languages
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Art & Design
  • Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Music Business
  • Music Performance
  • Music Studies
  • Sound Recording Technology

Employment and career options

  • Civil Service
  • Communications
  • Counseling and Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural and Human Geography
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Interpreting
  • Public Relations
  • Politics
  • Sales and Advertising
  • Theatre

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
      • Two to three semesters
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Navigating the Undergraduate GSSP 
  • College Writing 
  • Quantitative Reasoning 
  • Introduction to Political Science 
  • Life Science plus Lab 
  • Introduction to Sociology 
  • Science plus Lab 
  • General Psychology 
  • Humanities Elective 
  • Supplemental Instruction 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admissions documents

  • Completed Online Application (No Fee)
  • Academic Transcripts and Certificate of Completion. 
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL, or Pearson – can be submitted electronically)
  • Original Bank Statement/Financial Documents (no older than 6 months), if the bank statements are not in student’s name, please provide a letter of support

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33358 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    33360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33358 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Lowell

  • 1130 - 2350 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


The International Scholars Award is a renewable award offered by the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The scholarship is awarded to all international students who successfully complete the UMass Lowell Navitas Global Student Success Program (GSSP) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The award amount is US$3,000 per year and the scholarship is awarded at the end of each academic year from your sophomore year onwards.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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