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Graduate Admissions

Applying to Graduate School

All prospective graduate students must apply through UMass Amherst Graduate Admissions.

Graduate School Office

CNS Departments and Majors

The College of Natural Sciences offers several degree programs in each of our 13 departments and one school. For specific information about the graduate programs in any of these areas of study, please see the Graduate Programs Offered page.

Financial Aid

Financial aid applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UMass Amherst code for the FAFSA is 002221. See Financial Aid Services for more detailed information on receiving financial aid.

Funding Resources

General Information

General information about fellowships, assistantships, and graduate student travel is available on the Graduate School Funding Support page.

Graduate Assistantship Office

The Graduate Assistantship Office posts open positions, contract information, and policies and procedures.

GrantSearch for Grad Students

GrantSearch for Grad Students offers support in seeking external fellowships and grants.

Graduate Travel Grants

Graduate Travel Grants can assist graduate students who wish to present, at conferences, original work created during graduate coursework at UMass Amherst.

Academic Resources

Graduate Student Advising

The Graduate Student Advising section provides contact information for CNS Graduate Program Directors.

Library Resources

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library is the main campus library and offers wireless internet and network ports, a café, and 24-hour access. Also accessible 24 hours a day, the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library is the primary location for resources in astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, all fields of engineering, food science, geosciences, mathematics and statistics, physics, and polymer science.

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar lists all the important dates and deadlines.

Graduate School Registrar's Office

The Graduate School Registrar's Office will help you with matters regarding transcripts and academic records.

Curricular Program Training (CPT) for International Graduate Students

CNS policies and procedures for CPT provide guidance for this program.

Grad Student Organizations

Graduate Student Senate (GSS)

The Graduate Student Senate is composed of elected graduate students. All graduate students are welcome at general meetings, and may vote on issues that affect the graduate student body. The GSS Website has useful links on getting involved in graduate student organizations, attending events, and utilizing resources like job listings and child care.

Graduate Employee Organization (GEO)

The Graduate Employee Organization is a unit of the United Auto Workers (UAW). If you're a Teaching Assistant (TA), Teaching Associate (TO), Research Assistant (RA), Project Assistant (PA), Assistant Resident Director (ARD), Intern, Trainee, or Working Fellow on this campus, you're covered by GEO stipends, benefits, and grievance procedures, which have dramatically improved since our first contract in 1991.

Additional Graduate Student Resources

See our list of useful Campus Graduate Student Resources.

Practical Information


The Off-Campus Housing website is a great resource with a large database of rental options.

Career Services

The Career Services Center is located at 512 Goddell and 545-2224.

Campus Directory

Use People Finder to access the UMass Amherst directory for faculty, staff, and student contact information.