The A.S. in Sustainable Food and Farming is designed for students who wish to explore careers in sustainable agriculture. Students acquire a basic knowledge of both plant and soil sciences, along with education in specific agricultural production and marketing techniques. The major offers flexibility in designing personal program of study, allowing students to focus on production and marketing, agricultural education, and/or public policy and community development.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst also offers a smooth transition into the online bachelor’s degree. Credits earned may be applied to the online BA, Sustainability Studies degree completion program through the University Without Walls (first bachelor's degree only) and the UMass Amherst Bachelor of Science Degree in Sustainable Food and Farming on campus.

Learn more about this program:
To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please complete the request form or contact Caanin Manson at 413-545-1537 or at caaninmanson@oe.umass.edu.

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Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $482
Non-Refundable Application Fee $75
Non-Refundable Registration Fee per semester $60
Returned Check Fee per semester** $30

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


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


Students are admitted based on their complete applicant profile, including academic record, related experiences, and personal/professional goals. Students do not have to have college credits completed in order to apply for this program.

Admission is for the Fall, Spring and Summer semester.


For more information or if you have further questions, please contact Caanin Manson at 413-545-1537 or at caaninmanson@oe.umass.edu.

Financial Aid: 

For information on Financial Aid, please contact the UMass Financial Aid Services office at 413-545-0801 or