BA, Liberal Arts Concentrations

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Be prepared for anything. 

Need a good reason to study liberal arts? We have dozens. But the best? It’s one of the job market’s most sought-after bachelor’s degrees, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A bachelor’s with a focus in liberal arts signals to prospective employers that you’ve developed a strong, career-ready skill set that includes critical thinking, communication, cultural awareness and decision-making.

Award-winner instructors. Liberal arts courses you need. 

At the UMass Amherst University Without Walls Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program, you'll develop an individualized degree concentration in liberal arts designed to hone your analytical and creative problem-solving abilities. You'll explore the complexity and diversity of intellectual thought across a wide range of disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and more. You’ll take courses with outstanding instructors who provide rigor and individual attention within a vibrant, collaborative online environment. 

A great liberal arts education. Credit & support you deserve. 

The UMass Amherst University Without Walls Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program is designed to help adults just like you complete their first bachelor's degrees online at a world-class public university.

At the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program, you can design your own program of study in liberal arts, bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work and life experience, and finish your bachelor's degree online without ever having to come to campus. Or take advantage of blended and on-campus courses. 

Time tested, custom-built for adults like you. 

For fifty years, the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program has been serving adult students like you. We understand the daily challenges you face balancing work, family and community responsibilities, and are committed to providing flexible options and outstanding one-on-one support from your first class through graduation.

Contact us to learn why so many adults choose the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program for their liberal arts education.

Learn more about this program:

To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please click on inquire now.

Visit the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program website to learn more about our BA, Liberal Arts Concentrations.

Tuition/Fees: 

As part of a public university, the UMass Amherst University Without Walls Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program is committed to providing you with a great education and helping you save time and money. By offering a generous transfer credit policy and many creative and cost effective ways to earn credit, we are committed to helping you finish your bachelor's degree online as quickly as possible without unnecessary expense to you and your family.

Courses are $405 per credit (updated for fall 2021). Credits awarded for life and work experience are a fraction of the cost of course credits.

Type of Fee Amount

Fee per credit

$405 (updated for fall 2021)

Program Fee

$150 per fall and spring semesters
Registration Fee $50 per semester- winter, spring, summer, fall (updated for fall 2021)
Course Total Varies per course. 

 Click here to browse our course listings.

Accreditation: 

The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Admissions: 

It's easy to get started...

The UMass Amherst University Without Walls Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program seeks to admit adults who are determined to finish their bachelor's degrees online and ready to work hard to complete a rigorous program of study.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

•    A minimum of 12 college credits
•    A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
•    You have not already earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university.

Former UMass Amherst students

You are exempt from the minimum GPA and credit requirements. We can help you finish what you started. Welcome back. 

Admissions Deadlines

  • Fall: May 1 (early deadline); June 1 (regular deadline)
  • Spring: October 1 (early deadline); November 1 (regular deadline)
  • Summer: March 1 (early deadline); March 15 (regular deadline)

Applying is simple.

We’re glad you found us and we look forward to receiving your application.

Financial Aid: 

Financial Aid Services at UMass Amherst is committed to helping you meet the cost of your college education. Most UWW Interdisciplinary Studies students receive financial aid. You may be eligible for grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, military benefits, or employer reimbursement. 

Credit for Life Experience: 

Credit for Experience - Because what you've done in life matters.

You've seen a lot. You know a lot. You've done a lot. You may not have a college degree (yet), but we bet you could teach a course on life. At the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program, we respect the prior coursework, prior learning, and work and life experience you bring into our program. We believe the experiences you have had, and the knowledge, skills, and wisdom you have gained over the years matter, and are worthy of up to 105 academic credits (up to 75 transfer and up to 30 residence credits). And earning credit this way saves you time and money. 

  • Prior coursework
  • Portfolio
  • Professional Trainings and Certifications
  • Military Trainings
  • Credit Exams and Evaluations

Get Credit Where Credit is Due. 

Learn more about how you can save time and money by earning credit for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work and life experience. 

Request Information

Contact: 
University Without Walls Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Phone: 
(413) 545-1378
Campus: 
Amherst
Level: 
Undergraduate
Type: 
Bachelor's Degree
Credits: 
120
Tuition Per Credit: 

$405 (updated for fall 2021)

Format: 
Online
Subject: 
Business Management
Liberal Arts and Humanities