Online programs at University of Massachusetts-Amherst deliver the same high quality as on-campus counterparts. Students from all over the world can enroll in exceptional accredited programs taught by world-class faculty. Online degrees offer flexible options and students have access to 24/7 tech support.
Distance education is sponsored through a number of academic schools.
Isenberg School of Management
At the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst we believe in the power of collaboration, adaptability and a strong work ethic.
At Isenberg we emphasize hands-on, real world learning through:
- Innovative multi-disciplinary projects,
- Internship and study-abroad opportunities,
- Local and global networking events, and
- A close personal connection between students, faculty, and our vast network of successful alumni.
Isenberg is located at the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, a resource-rich, public research institution in one of America's best college towns, renowned for its accomplishments in technology, entrepreneurship and sustainability. The Isenberg School of Management is AACSB accredited, with nationally recognized undergraduate and MBA programs.
College of Engineering
The College of Engineering at UMass Amherst is a great place to be. It is ranked as the best public engineering school in New England. We have a physical plant of eight buildings, including our 10-year-old ELab II with modern laboratory spaces, research facilities, computer labs, and graduate offices.
Over the last five years, approximately 81% of our graduates have been placed in professional positions or graduate school. An Engineering Career Planning & Student Development Center prepares students for professional opportunities and provides a place where engineering students, faculty, and employers can meet and develop mutually beneficial relationships.
College of Nursing
As a leader in nursing education for over 60 years, the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst prepares candidates to enter the nursing profession at the baccalaureate level, master’s, and doctoral levels while also developing vital nurse educators and researchers to inform and educate future generations of nursing students. An extensive faculty with published nursing research, advanced clinical skills, and innovative approaches to teach, engage and challenge students through various modes of learning including state-of-the-art technology.
At the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst:
- Foundation courses in the sciences and humanities form the basis of the nursing major,
- The baccalaureate program integrates core knowledge, core competencies, and role development appropriate for the undergraduate level of nursing education.
- The master’s programs build on baccalaureate competencies to develop clinical specialty roles and
- The doctoral programs prepare candidates to teach and conduct research in a university setting (PhD) or enter advanced clinical practice (DNP).
The College of Nursing prepares students to assess and meet the ever-changing needs of individuals, families, and communities through clinical placements in such settings as hospitals, extended care facilities, ambulatory care clinics, schools, senior centers, day programs, and correctional facilities across Massachusetts and throughout New England.
School of Education
The College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is an NCATE-approved comprehensive professional school providing specialized preparation in diverse areas of education. We offer an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree, graduate programs leading to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) degrees.
Graduate programs in the College of Education provide opportunities for advanced study and research in education and foster the development of innovative responses to challenges in the field of education. They can be designed to meet:
- Licensure guidelines
- Licensing requirements
- Professional association recommendations
- College and University requirements and
- Individual student goals
As a research-oriented, Land-Grant institution, the College of Education recognizes its responsibility to offer two types of graduate academic programs:
- Programs that prepare educational scholars to further educational theory, policy, and research; and
- Programs that prepare educational practitioners for roles in public education.
School of Public Health & Health Sciences
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences at UMass Amherst is a national leader in finding ways to maximize public health and quality of life. The School addresses complex health issues by integrating traditional core areas of public health with related health science disciplines, fostering a unique environment in which transdisciplinary research collaborations can flourish. Our award-winning faculty focuses on many pressing public health problems as well as cross-cutting issues such as:
- Obesity and diabetes prevention
- Women’s health
- Global health
- Aging and healthy living and
- Autism spectrum disorders
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is fully accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health. It offers a wide range of academic programs, including Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees. The School features numerous opportunities for community-based student internships, and experience in clinical and outreach programs and partnerships that promote health and the quality of life in diverse populations. It also offers flexible off-campus academic programs, including the highly-rated online MPH in Public Health Practice program that allows students from around the globe to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Health and in Nutrition.
University Without Walls
Since 1971, thousands of adults living throughout the U.S. and internationally have been awarded bachelor's degrees through the University Without Walls (UWW). UMass UWW is an academic major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst designed to help adults just like you to complete your first bachelor's degree at a world-class public university. At UWW, you can:
- Design your own program of study
- Take 100% online, blended, or on-campus courses that fit into your busy life and
- Earn credits for your prior learning and experience
We understand the real life challenges faced by adult students and are committed to providing you with outstanding one-on-one support and guidance from your first class through degree completion. You are not alone, we will be here to help, every step of the way. You deserve a degree completion program that respects your experience, supports you and your dreams, challenges you intellectually, and leads to a degree you can be proud of. You deserve UMass UWW.
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is central to the university’s academic heart, bridging the sciences and liberal arts and educating thousands of students each year in the areas of culture, society, and individual behavior. The phrase “Connect to Your World” sums up our mission. All SBS students share a common bond: a curiosity about the world and its peoples. Each year, hundreds of them participate in internships, community service projects, and study abroad programs.
SBS is home to:
- Outstanding faculty
- Recognized for their outstanding teaching
- Innovative research and
- Community service
SBS professors pride themselves on passing their own love of learning and discovery to their students. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has exceptional research centers and institutes. They are highly respected for their outreach activities, multidisciplinary orientations, and forward-looking research and initiatives.
Stockbridge School of Agriculture
The Stockbridge School of Agriculture is central to the mission of the University of Massachusetts and builds upon a historical tradition and public commitment to support sustainable local, national, and global agriculture through research and education in economic vitality, environmental integrity, and social justice of sustainable landscape and agricultural systems. The Stockbridge School of Agriculture engages students to become future leaders, decision makers and critical thinkers and to create career opportunities in a rapidly changing world.
Further, we provide research-based information to:
- Green-industry professionals
- Equine professionals
- The public
- Policy-makers and
- Others in agriculture to develop and promote innovative solutions to existing and emerging problems related to managed ecosystems.
We have a large faculty including a variety of specialties in farming and green industries. We offer associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and provide graduate training leading to master’s and Ph.D.'s.
Accreditation & Licensing
University of Massachusetts-Amherst is accredited by:
New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)