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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

Application Information

Admissions to all graduate programs are coordinated through the Office of Graduate Admissions. All materials and correspondence should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Campus Center, Upper Level. You can contact them at 617.287.6400. Program advisory information requests should be directed to Tammy Reisman at 617.287.7595,

Apply to UMass Boston by completing the standard graduate application provided in the Graduate Studies Bulletin and at, where you can print out an application or apply online using a credit card. Specify that you are applying to the Vision Studies: Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments track.

As part of the application process for the university, you are also required to:

  • Obtain three letters of recommendation, using the forms provided by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Emphasis should be placed on academic and professional references.
  • Complete all testing required by the university. If you do not have an existing master's degree, you will be required to take the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy exam. The MTEL is preferred as it is one of three tests that are eventually required for TVI licensure.
  • Submit an official transcript from each institution of education attended. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required for admissions to a master's degree program.
  • Complete your writing sample indicating your ability to write in a clear, concise and professional manner.
    1. In approximately 300 words indicate your reasons for wanting to pursue this field of graduate study.
    2. In approximately 1,200 words indicate your specific interest and discuss the type of work you would like to do in your intended field.
    Please note that this statement will be reviewed for both your overall message and your ability to write at the graduate level. Proofread your writing carefully; it is ranked according to its clarity, grammar, and syntax.

Application deadline:

Applicants are accepted into the TVI Program once a year in the summer only.

Application Deadline is March 1st.

Contact the TVI program if you have further questions about the application process.

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