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University of Massachusetts Online

UMass Online is a part of the five campus University of Massachusetts system, including Amherst (pictured to the left), Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester. UMass online programs are designed to serve busy working adults both locally and globally. More than 140 full degree programs and 1500 courses are currently available online.

The University of Massachusetts has been a leader in distance education for over 25 years (and The Times Higher Education World university rankings placed it among the Top 100 Universities in the World in 2015). Courses are taught by the same internationally recognized faculty as on-campus classes (including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize, National Book Award for Poetry, and the Draper Award in Engineering.) Students from all over the world are eligible for admission as there is no campus residency requirement for UMass online’s programs.


Programs available through UMass Online are held to the same high standards as programs at the university system’s campuses. Programs offered at Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and the Medical School are regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, the schools have been awarded discipline specific accreditations from:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • The Computing Sciences Accreditation Board
  • The National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • The National League for Nursing

Online Degree Programs Offered

UMass Online provides many of the same degree programs that are offered through the university’s campuses, including degree completion programs. These include (but are not limited to) bachelor and graduate programs in:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business/Management
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • General Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Information Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Management Information Systems
  • Nursing
  • Operation and Information Management
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition varies dependent on campus and program. Federal financial aid is available.

Why choose UMassOnline? With an online degree from UMassOnline, you will receive the same degree as that of on-campus graduates and be taught by the same well-known faculty. The curriculum is held to the same rigorous academic standards, will be granted through the UMass campus through which the program is offered, and will not contain any references to "online" on the diploma or transcript. 

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