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 UMass UWW, 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 University Without Walls (UWW) is an academic major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst designed to help adults just like you complete your first bachelor's degree online at a world-class public university.

At UMass UWW, 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 & 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 over 45 years, UMass UWW 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 UMass UWW 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 to the right.

Sample a Course

Visit the UMass UWW website to learn more about our BA, Liberal Arts Concentrations.

Tuition/Fees: 

As part of a public state university, UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) 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.

The UWW core courses are $390 per credit. Per credit costs vary by department with costs ranging from $390 per credit to $482 per credit. As a UMass UWW student you will develop your program of study- called a concentration- by taking courses offered by various departments throughout the university.

Credits awarded for life and work experience are a fraction of the cost of course credits.

Type of Fee Amount

Fee per credit

$390 for UWW core courses

Program Fee

$150 per fall and spring semesters
Registration Fee $47 per semester (winter, spring, summer, fall)
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 University Without Walls (UWW) seeks to admit adults who are determined to finish their bachelor's degree 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 2.0 GPA requirement. We can help you finish what you started. Welcome back. 

Admissions Deadlines

  • April 15 to start in September. 
  • October 1 to start in January.

Applying is simple.

We’re glad you found us and 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 UMass UWW 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 UMass UWW, we respect the prior coursework, prior learning and work & 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 residency 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 & life experience. 

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Contact: 
University Without Walls
Phone: 
(413) 545-1378
Campus: 
Amherst
Level: 
Undergraduate
Type: 
Bachelor's Degree
Credits: 
120
Tuition Per Credit: 
$390 for UWW core courses
Format: 
Online
Subject: 
Liberal Arts and Humanities