UMass Boston


The University of Massachusetts Boston is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514


NECHE 2021 Interim Report

NEASC 2015 Accreditation

NEASC 2005 Accreditation

NEASC 2010 Interim Report


Consistently ranked in the top-tier of universities in America by several leading ratings outlets, UMass Boston's academic excellence, diversity, and urban location are among several factors that set the university apart.

With undergraduate, graduate, and online programs that continue their upward trajectories in the rankings, several have taken their places among the best in the country. 

Some of our recent rankings:


  • According to U.S. News and World Report, UMass Boston is:
    • #43 in the country for undergraduate nursing
    • #19 for ethnic diversity
    • #36 for social mobility
    • #62 for computer science
    • #112 overall among public universities
    • #227 overall best national universities
  • U.S. News also ranked UMB's graduate programs among the best in the country:
    • #48 for graduate programs in education
    • #63 for master's of nursing
    • #69 for master’s programs in public affairs
    • #86 for doctor of nursing practice
    • #79 for sociology
  • The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked UMB #8 in the country for environment, citing outstanding diversity and inclusion.
  • Niche ranked UMass Boston: 
    • #3 best public university in Massachusetts
    • #6 best college for nursing in Massachusetts
    • #18 college with the best professors in Massachusetts
    • #53 best college for information technology in America 
    • #28 most diverse college in America
  • UMB's business program was ranked as Tier 1 by CEO Magazine
  • Intelligent awarded UMass Boston's online master's programs Best for Accelerated Programs


  • U.S. News and World Report ranked UMass Boston as: 
    • #113 overall among public universities
    • #36 for social mobility
  • U.S. News also ranked UMB's graduate programs: 
    • #62 for graduate programs in education
    • #66 for master's of nursing 
    • #72 for master's programs in public affairs
  • Forbes ranked UMass Boston on their annual list of top colleges in America, including their rankings for:
    • Public colleges and universities
    • Caliber of research
    • Best value colleges


  • QS Quacquarelli Symonds, in its inaugural ranking of top universities, ranked UMass Boston: 
    • #9 in Massachusetts
    • #79 overall in the country
    • Diversityemployability, and internationalization were each key factors in the ranking
  • 24/7 Wall Street said UMass Boston was the 3rd most diverse four-year college in the U.S.