Graduation & Commencement Details

For student s who have applied for May or August graduation, a brochure with details about graduation and commencement should have gone out to you at the address you have listed with the University in your Wiser account. If you have not received it yet, you should shortly.

The information is also available on the University website, here:

Once your application is processed by the Registrar’s Office, you will be billed for graduation processing, and this will show up in your Wiser account as well, as a line item on your account.

If there were any issues with your graduation application you would have been contacted by the CM Graduate Program Office. If you were not contacted, your application was processed and returned to the Registrar’s Office.  For any questions about the status of your graduation application, please contact the Registrar’s Office directly.

Business Launch Competition Finalist Presentations

Join us for this exciting annual event!  Hear the top student entrepreneurs at UMass Boston describe their business launch, as they compete for $15,000 in prizes!  Find out about the newest, fastest growing ventures on campus, meet the Entrepreneurship Center board, and learn how you can get involved.



Fourteen student-based startups have been competing over the last sixty days to show who can make the most progress in launching their start-up. Come and hear the six finalists present!


Tuesday, May 7th 4:30-6:00pm Venture Development Center Wheatley Hall, 3rd floor. Get there on time – it will be standing room only!!


Prizes Awarded:

1st Prize: $1,500 + $10,000 Value Legal Consulting Package provided by Gunderson Dettmer

3 months access to the Venture Development Center

2nd Prize: $1,000 and 3 months access to the Venture Development Center

3rd Prize:  $500 and 3 months access to the Venture Development Center



Michael Hacker – Gunderson Dettmer

David McFarlane – TCH Services

Glynn Lloyd – City Fresh Foods, Inc.


Questions – email Prof. Benyamin:,or


Wishing you the best,

The Business Launch Competition Team

Boston University Net Impact Case Competition

Join Boston University Graduate School of Management on Friday, April 5, 2013, for the 18th Annual Boston University Net Impact Case Competition!

This year’s Competition will feature teams from top MBA programs in the Boston area battling it out over a live case provided by Waltham-based Preserve.

Preserve is a leading environmentally-responsible business which produces innovative home goods made from 100% recycled plastic.  Their slogan, “Nothing Wasted. Everything Gained.” embodies the passion and entrepreneurial spirit for which Net Impact club members are renowned.

Four-person teams will be provided with the live case one week in advance.  On the night of the event, each team will pitch their solution to a panel of industry-leading judges, followed by an extended evening of socializing with other teams, judges speakers, and area professionals.

Register at

For those who are interested and don’t have a team, there is also an individual sign-up sheet.

April 17: Green Careers Forum!

The Green Careers Forum
Presented by the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness
April 17, 2013 – 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Campus Center Ballroom 

 This event will showcase the broad range of career opportunities related to sustainability, the environment and clean energy, from accounting and finance to IT and marketing, from economics and policy to science and engineering. It will provide opportunities to interact with companies and organizations active in the green economy.

Confirmed employers include:
Cone Communications
Conservation Law Foundation
EBI Consulting
Ernst & Young
Fraunhofer Center
Free Flow Power
New England Energy Council
New Fields Environmental Forensics
Partners HealthCare
Sustainability Roundtable

Green-Careers-Forum-April 2013

March 13: Get Involved with our Net Impact Chapter!

Click here to view the flyer for this event!

UMass Boston now has a nationally recognized graduate Net Impact chapter! Want to get involved? Here’s how:

Join us on Wednesday, March 13th at 7 PM in the Ryan Lounge on the 3rd floor of the McCormack Building for a coffee break to mingle with other MBA students.

Can’t make it? No worries. “Like” us on Facebook to hear about upcoming events or email us at and we’ll fill you in on all the amazing opportunities!

What is an MTO & Why should I participate?

The Master’s Thesis Option provides students with the opportunity to differentiate their graduate degree with a coveted distinction in research. Students will learn how to approach academic research in an analytical and informed way, and how to collect and analyze research material.

An MTO and distinction in research will help leverage your career opportunities, having a published paper will help you stand out in an increasingly competitive job market. Creative thought coupled with analytical research tools gained through the MTO program sets you apart from your peers and prepares you for a career of success in any field you desire. Now, more than ever the job market demands business professionals to lead their companies in new directions, solve problems that have yet to be defined and create growth in areas that were never previously conceived. The MTO program is a talking point during any interview and shows a deep commitment to your topic which propels you beyond the distinction of the graduate students into a class that truly defines your capabilities as a leader. Participating in the MTO program will show employers that you have the skill to take up a challenging task, determine ways to tackle roadblocks independently and achieve results with a set time frame as well as how the skills you have developed will benefit the employer.


A few of our past MTO Success Stories

  • Christina Tamer- Program Officer at VentureWell a non-profit company in the Boston Area
  • Pruthvi Bhatt- Investment Risk Manager at APG Asset Management in New York City
  • Luna Lin- Ph.D Candidate in Finance at University of Mississippi
  • John Dorey- Consultant at John Hancock Financial Services
  • Joan Kiiru- Fund Operations at Orbis Investments in Cape Town Area South Africa
  • Deepak Bidwai- Member Producer at Arlington Community Media in the Boston Area
  • Bjoern Stengel- Senior Analyst at Bluefield Research a company in the Boston Area
  • Stefano Maffina- ESG Analyst at State Street Global Advisors in the Boston Area
  • Poorvi Bahety- Business Analyst at HSBC Financial Services in London England
  • Vignesh Natarajan- Product Manager at Monster Worldwide in the Boston Area
  • Yang Pu- Research Associate at DeMatteo Research in New York City
  • Vitaliy Ryabinin- Research Analyst at New Fronteir Advisors
  • Stacie O Costa, Trading and Performance Analysis Assistant at MDT Advisers in Boston
  • Mohammadhi Moqri- PhD Candidate in Information Systems at Warrington College of Business at University of Florida- joining the faculty of Information Systems at Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University

For further information, please email

Master’s Thesis Defense

Master’s Thesis Defense by

Xingyuan Fei

“Intangible Information and Analyst Earnings Forecast”

Thesis Advisor: Yong-Chul Shin


Chinthana Ramaswamy

“Analyzing Revenue Sharing and Buyback Contracts:

An Experimental Study”

Thesis Advisor: Ehsan Elahi

Wednesday, August 15th


McCormack, 5th floor, Dean’s Conference Room (M-5-619)

Congratulations to our Beta Gamma Sigma inductees

We would like to extend a well-deserved congratulations to the students who were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma last night.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

Membership is extended to those students in the top 20 percent of a master’s program at a business school accredited by AACSB International.

Business Launch COMPETITION Hosted by the Entrepreneurship Center Alumni Board

Win up to $20K in prizes at the Business Launch COMPETITION
Hosted by the Entrepreneurship Center Alumni Board

Winning first place at last year’s competition set off a chain
of events for Green Lightning Surfboards. They landed a
finalist spot in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards,
they were featured in Boston Business Journal and they
closed their first customer sales. So… Where will your business launch take you?

SIGN UP and LAUNCH today! Mentors available to help.  
1st Prize
$2,500 cash + Startup Legal Consulting Package provided by
Goodwin Proctor, LLP, valued at $10,000
12 months access to inbound marketing solution provided by
Hubspot, valued at $6,000
12 months access and support for email marketing solution
provided by Yesware, valued at $1,500
3 months access to the Venture Development Center

2nd Prize
$1,500 and 3 months access to the Venture Development Center

3rd Prize
$1,000 and 3 months access to the Venture Development Center

– Special Startup Banking Consulting Package provided by Silicon
Valley Bank for all Technology-based finalists
-Free training to all finalists for Yesware’s base freeware solution

Competition starts March 1st. Presentations and Awards at the Venture Development Center May 9th
Winners chosen by how much progress is made in 2 months
All UMass Boston students eligible to compete, so apply today!

Email to request an application package

Green Energy and Clean Tech Info Session

Join us as Professor David Levy, the Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness discusses the merits of the Green Energy Certificate as well as research initiatives and employment prospectives within the green energy field.

Students interested should RSVP to with “Green Energy Info Session” in the heading.

[Feb 21]
Green Energy and Clean Tech Info Session
(McCormack -5-Rm:617)      [5:00-6:00pm]