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Featured Program
Message from MGS Dean
Upcoming Events
Meet The Faculty
Career Corner

Featured Article
$5M Grant to Help UMass Boston Team Bridge Divides in Global Hot Spots

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development a five-year, $5 million dollar grant to work with the Interfaith Mediation Center (IMC), a religious grassroots organization that promotes peace between political, social, and religious groups in Nigeria.

Thanks to Collins Center, Massachusetts Government Leads the Nation in Performance Management


Since 2010, the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management has been working with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance on a sweeping initiative called MassResults. This initiative - a centerpiece of Governor Deval Patrick's reform agenda - is designed to implement a new way of managing across all levels of Massachusetts government.

UMass Boston Faculty-student Delegation Participates in Historic UN Meeting in Nairobi

A new era in the world of environmental governance began on February 18 with the first ever universal session of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council. Environment ministers, scientists, members of civil society, and other stakeholders convened  in Nairobi, Kenya to work through a new, post Rio+20 agenda.  

Conflict Resolution Student Attends Fulbright Conference on Afghan Social Entrepreneurship


Nasir Gord was born and raised in war-torn Afghanistan surrounded by senseless deaths, the destruction of social fabric, and the demolition of economic infrastructures.

Seeing the need for "more tolerance and deeper understanding of each other's needs," he applied for a Fulbright scholarship for his graduate studies in the US.  

Connie Chan Shares Winning Strategies with Athletes On-Campus and Across the Globe

Associate Dean Connie Chan has a degree in clinical psychology and, as she puts it, has "a second life as a sports psychologist." In her advisory role to the Division of Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs, she offers team-building and motivational insights and training to UMass Boston coaches and student athletes.

Featured Program

Public Affairs, MSPA  

This award-winning 18-month professional degree program prepares you for careers in public service and enhances the skills of those already employed in the public sector. Analyze current policy issues and concentrate on topics relating to metropolitan Boston, Massachusetts, and New England. Apply before April 15.    

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Message from MGS
Ira A. Jackson







Dear Colleagues and Friends of McCormack Graduate School,     


It's been an invigorating and really eye-opening first six weeks on the job. Each day brings me closer to understanding the range and depth of talent in our faculty, students, staff, alumni, centers, and programs. I continue to be inspired by the passion and commitment to excellence, inclusion and impact that I experience throughout the McCormack Graduate School. People ask me how I like it here and I reply to one and all: I love it here!


Located in one of the world's leading cities for history and politics, ideas and innovation, I envision McCormack emerging as the "go-to" school for policy and global studies. Locally and globally, I see McCormack making a difference and helping to create the future, today.


One of our signature strengths is in the field of gerontology. Some of you may have seen the misleading article in the Boston Globe earlier this month about the university suspending gerontology programs. The article was referring to the under-enrolled undergraduate program at the College of Public and Community Service. I want to let you know that the graduate programs in gerontology at the McCormack School are not only alive and well - they are thriving, with more than 140 students. We were the second school in the nation to offer a doctoral program in this field and have produced more gerontology PhDs than any university in the world. Our Gerontology Institute with its new Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging continues to do groundbreaking research and policy development on issues affecting older persons, including an incredibly useful new analysis on elder income security, called The National Economic Security Standard Index. The institute also houses a highly successful Osher Lifelong Learning Institute with more than 1100 senior members and a Pension Action Center  serving New England and Illinois. We are the only university to offer these programs in a school of policy and global studies and to house two peer-reviewed journals on aging.


I ask you to help me counter the negative buzz resulting from the misleading Globe article by letting others know about the cutting-edge gerontology research at the McCormack Graduate School on health and long-term care, retirement and economic security, productive aging and older workers, transportation, elder housing, and basic and social demographic research on aging. I invite you to encourage prospective students to enroll in our pioneering gerontology and award-winning management of aging services programs.


If gerontology isn't your interest, I invite you to visit our website to explore other interdisciplinary graduate programs in conflict resolution, global governance and human security, international relations, public affairs, public policy, and women in politics. At our research centers and institutes, our faculty, staff, and graduate students critically explore and offer cutting-edge remedies on social, political, and economic inequities - from poverty alleviation in the neighborhoods of Boston to important peace-building projects in Nigeria, Iraq, and other global hot spots.

Like me, the more you get to know the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, the more you will recognize our values-driven commitment to make a difference in local and global communities. Please join me in making connections, getting involved, and spreading the word!


Ira Signature 

Ira. A. Jackson, Dean 

Upcoming Events

March 4, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Quinn, 3rd Floor, Chancellor's Conference Room 

March 5, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom A


March 12, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom B

March 20, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom
MeetTheFacultyMeet The Faculty    

Maria Ivanova, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance 

Co-Director of Center for Governance and Sustainability and Director of the Global Environmental Governance Project

Ivanova is an international relations and environmental policy scholar. She focuses
on international organizations, US foreign environmental policy, UN reform, and sustainability on campuses and in organizations.


Alumni Corner

MSPA Alumnus Appointed Suffolk County Sheriff

Steve Tompkins has been appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to replace Andrea Cabral as the new sheriff of Suffolk County. 

UMass Boston Alumna Named as Gerontological Society Fellow

PhD alumna, Kristen Corazzini has been named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the nation's largest professional organization dedicated to the field of aging.
Career Corner

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