As of 2015, some notable programs at the University of Massachusetts Boston include the undergraduate Honors College program, the Pre-Collegiate and Educational Support Program, and the International Visiting Scholar Program. Additional programs are available at UMass Boston's website, UMB.edu.
The UMass Boston Honors College is available to undergraduate students with GPAs of at least 3.4 or higher. Students in the honors program have access to smaller class sizes, early course registration, internships, fellowships and scholarships. All students in the honors program are required to complete a capstone or thesis project during their senior year.
The Pre-Collegiate and Educational Support Program provides minority, low-income and first-generation students with academic assistance. Several college-preparatory courses, such as Upward Bound or Urban Scholars, are available to students during their senior year of high school or the summer before their freshman year of college. These courses prepare students for a college-level academic atmosphere.
UMass Boston's International Visiting Scholar Program is available to faculty, graduate and doctoral students, and research fellows from international universities. The year-long program consists of several professional development workshops that focus on interdisciplinary teaching and research practices. Visiting scholars receive a certificate of completion from the Office of Global Programs at the end of the program.