Changing the world, one child at a time.
You have dedicated your life to the health and wellbeing of children. You, your colleagues and the families you work with are the village that helps hold our communities together.
At UMass UWW we recognize and respect your dedication and are committed to helping you finish your bachelor's degree online with a focus in children's learning and development.
Designed for adults interested in or working for agencies and programs serving children, youth and families, this degree will help you develop the knowledge and enhance the skills you need to advance your career in the fields of education, child advocacy, youth and family programming, and administration.
A great education. Credit for experience. Support you deserve.
For over 45 years the UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) has been helping adults just like you complete your first bachelor's degree at a world-class public university. At UMass UWW, you can design your own program of study in children’s learning and development, 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.
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.
Learn more about this program:
To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please click on inquire now to the right.
Visit the UMass UWW website to learn more about creating your own course concentrations and start your online Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Children's Learning and Development.
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 $525 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
$150 per fall and spring semesters
|Registration Fee||$47 per semester (winter, spring, summer, fall)|
|Course Total||varies per course|
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The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
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.
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.
- April 15 to start in September.
- October 1 to start January.
We’re glad you found us and look forward to receiving your application.
Are you eligible for grant funding?
If you are a Massachusetts resident you may be eligible for funding through the Massachusetts Board of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).
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 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
- 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.