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UMASS Online

UMass Online

Of Graduates Would Recommend This School


Rating According to to GradReports.com*

Rating According to to OnlineDegreeReviews.org*

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The University of Massachusetts is a five-campus public university system and the only public research system in the state of Massachusetts. UMass Online is the online or distance education center for all campuses within the University of Massachusetts system. UMass Online was created in 2001 to meet the online educational needs of students, as well as to provide a central hub for the existing online degree programs offered through each of the UMass campuses. As such, all degrees through UMass Online come from the individual campus (i.e. Amherst, Lowell, Boston, Dartmouth, or the medical school) that runs the degree program rather than through UMass Online. UMass Online offers over 150 degree and certificate programs that include over 1,500 online courses spanning disciplines like liberal arts, education, business and management, nursing, public health, and information technology. UMass Online also offers a number of degree completion programs for students with some undergraduate coursework. Because UMass Online is the umbrella for all online programs through each of the 5 schools, online students get access to the same internationally recognized faculty, research level libraries, and the student and career services available at most public research university schools.

*Averages of scores for five branches of the university: Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, Medical School.

The most common good reviews of UMass mention the wide variety of degree options and concentrations within individual degree programs, the number of great faculty, the amount of resources like career advising, and the relatively low cost (for in-state students).
Some of the most common bad reviews of UMass talk about the lack of diversity in the student body and staff, the large class size for lower level classes, that certain methods of instruction were not conducive to learning, and that financial aid opportunities, while abundant, were often difficult to find.

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Online Associates Degrees

  • Information Technology
  • Sustainable Food and Farming

Online Bachelors Degrees

  • Nursing
  • advocacy and Social Justice Studies
  • Applied Psychology
  • Arts Management
  • Business Studies
  • Children’s Learning and Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Care and Education
  • Health Studies
  • Human Services
  • Individualized
  • Journalism Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Writing
  • Crime and Justice Studies
  • Economics (Healthcare Services Administration Concentration)
  • English
  • Global Affairs
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Liberal Arts
  • Accounting
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Information Technology
  • Management (Leadership Concentration)
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • RN to BSN
  • Women and Gender Studies

Online Masters Degrees

  • Education of Diverse Populations
  • Engineering Management
  • Vision Studies (Orientation and Mobility, Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Concentrations)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • History
  • Science in a Changing World
  • Security Studies (Homeland Defense, Industrial and Economic Security, International Security Concentrations)
  • Instructional Design
  • School Counseling
  • Global Comparative Public Administration
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health Practice
  • Public Policy
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Accounting
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Management
  • Finance
  • Health Informatics and Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Nursing
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Security Studies (Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cyber Security Concentrations)
  • Business Administration
  • Education (Curriculum and Instruction, Autism Studies, Science Education Concentrations)
  • Educational Administration
  • Reading and Language
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Gerontology – Management of Aging Services
  • Information Technology

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Leadership in Schooling (General and STEM Concentrations)
  • Nursing Practice

Online Course Report Rankings Featuring UMass Online

Facts about UMass Online

  • Faculty include Pulitzer Prize recipients, Nobel Prize laureates, National Book Award winners, Draper Awards in Engineering, and many other national and internationally prestigious awards including Fulbright, Guggenheim, MacArthur, and Mellon fellows.
  • Ranked 57th in the world by Reuters in 2016 for Innovative Achievements and each of the campuses rank in the top 200 schools in the nation with the flagship Amherst campus in the top 50.
  • One of 2 university systems to have all its campuses recognized by the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification, the gold standard for measuring service universities provide to their local communities

UMass Online Locations

  • Online
  • Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  • Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Worcester, Massachusetts

UMass Online, Online Learning Features

The UMass system has been a leader in online education for years. UMass brings to its online degree programs the same level of international recognition as its brick and mortar schools, as well as the same award winning faculty and research innovation. While UMass Online allows students to more easily fit coursework into their busy schedules and allows for flexibility in terms of location and travel, most online courses fit into the standard academic calendars with start dates in the fall, spring, and summer. Students also have options to take blended learning classes, which combine the flexibility of online coursework with the hands-on features of face-to-face classroom interactions. Many courses can transfer to other schools, depending on that school’s transfer policies, and students can take online classrooms offered from all of UMass 5 campuses.