Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Online Degree Program


UMass Dartmouth's Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Online Program offers the convenience and flexibility of a fully online degree completion program to students who wish to earn a multidisciplinary degree. This degree is a good fit for the adult student with some college credit who wishes to complete a college degree while balancing their job and family responsibilities. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts.

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts (LAR) degree program offers students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills in multiple subject areas while focusing in a particular interest area. LAR degree completion students select two concentrations from seven discipline areas. A strength of this program is its attention to preparing graduates to develop strong communication abilities and apply their knowledge to real world situations. The program is taught in small classroom sizes with faculty who truly care about their students’ grasp of learning and progress toward completing the degree.

Students from across the country are joining us at UMass Dartmouth. Join us and graduate confident of your abilities in the work place to:

  • Communicate with finesse (oral and written)
  • Assess a situation well and develop a course of action
  • Work productively and independently

Given its broad academic scope, the Liberal Arts degree provides the foundation for long-term career development and change in the 21st century.

Please note that the Liberal Arts degree completion program is designed as a fully online program and following course schedule enables a student to complete the LAR major requirements in two years if desired. Students in the Southcoast region may choose classroom courses offered at our Dartmouth or Cape Cod campuses as substitutes for the same online course.

Learn more about this program:

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

Click here for more information on earning your Bachelor of Liberal Arts (Online).

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, NEW MEXICO, MARYLAND, and MINNESOTA RESIDENTS: UMass Dartmouth does not presently consider applications for online degree or certificate programs from applicants whose permanent residence is in Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Maryland or Minnesota because of the regulations resulting from legislation in these states. For details about regulations in your state that may affect your enrollment in an online program offered by another state, you may wish to consult your state's Department of Education and/or learn about efforts of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements at If you are a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Maryland, or Minnesota, UMass Dartmouth welcomes your application to a face-to-face program only.


Registration is administered through University Extension at UMass Dartmouth. Students will be invoiced. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Tuition $996
College Fee $51-$150
Technology Fee per course (Online Only) $150
Library Access Fee $18
Campus Center Fee (On Campus Only) $15
Registration Fee (per semester) $30
Total for a three credit course* $1,245-$1,344

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* 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 Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Did you know?

University of Massachusetts has earned several awards for its distance learning programs, faculty and technology including:

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell’s B.S. in Information Technology Ranked Among Top Affordable Online IT Degrees by Get Educated in 2011
  • UMass Ranked Among Top 10 Best Colleges in Online Education in Communication & Public Relations Degrees, 2011 by The Best Colleges
  • UMass ranks 19th highest-rated university in the world by the Times of London.
  • UMass ranked 56th in the Times of London's Top 200
  • UMassOnline, UMass Boston President's Special Achievement Award, Valerie C. Haven, Sloan-C 2010 Awards
  • University of Massachusetts Ranked Among Top 28 Best Value in Online Education for Human Services & Psychology Professionals, 2009 by Get Educated
  • Ranked Top 10 Online Degrees Colleges- September 2009 (Online Degree
  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council , 2008
  • Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, UMass Lowell's Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 'Excellence in Online Teaching' Award, Dr. Jeannette E. Riley, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Program of Excellence, University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)-Journalism Certificate
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA, Top 10 national rankings, #4 Best Professors (2005, 2006, 2007 Princeton Review: Best Business Schools rankings)
  • 4th in Primary Care Education, U.S. World Reports
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education - United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 

Admission & Degree Requirements

Eligible students for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Online Degree Program have completed at least 24 transferable credit hours at an accredited college or university. Students are accepted into this program on a rolling admissions basis and each application is reviewed when the student's file is complete. Students must be admitted to a degree or certificate program in order to be eligible for most financial aid.

As this is a degree completion program, students may be accepted through the UMass Dartmouth transfer credit policy.  Student Support advisors are available to answer your questions and discuss how this program can fit your educational goals.

Students will work with an academic advisor to review their transfer credits and course plans.

A $30.00 application fee is needed at the time of processing. You will not be able to submit your application without credit card payment of the non-refundable application fee at the time of submission. We currently accept Visa and MasterCard. The process should take approximately 10 minutes.

Plan of Study: 

Program Requirements

Fully online Liberal Arts degree completion students are asked to declare their concentrations when they apply to the program. Liberal Arts degree completion students must also complete the distribution requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences, as well as the university studies (general education) requirements.

LAR 201: Introduction to Studies Across the Disciplines (3 credits)

An introduction to the writing, research and communications skills required in multidisciplinary studies, which includes a study of the humanities and social sciences as disciplines. Students will learn about the various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, read and analyze texts from the humanities and social sciences, and develop critical understanding of disciplinary research practices for the humanities and social sciences. Students are encouraged to complete LAR 201 during their sophomore year which has a prerequisite of ENL 102.

Seven Concentrations Available-

Online Liberal Arts Degree Completion students declare two concentrations of 15 credits each when applying to the program. Within your concentration, you will develop your abilities to read, think and write critically, as well as communicate effectively in various formats such as argument, analysis, exposition, and oral presentation.

Concentration Areas

  • Economics
  • English Literature and Criticism
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Women's and Gender Studies

LAR 401: Capstone Seminar in Multidisciplinary Studies (3 credits)

A seminar course with substantial multidisciplinary research and writing. Students will engage in in-depth research of primary and secondary sources across a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. They will research, reason, and write employing the appropriate conventions of the disciplines they are studying. Topics will vary according to instructor. This course may be repeated with different topics. Students are encouraged to complete LAR 401 during their senior year.

Total credits for the major: 36

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status.  Please check with your advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid.

Students who are admitted to the program should review our Financial Aid Checklist, and fill ill out the FAFSA form at It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth school code number 002210.


  • Please renew your FAFSA form every year.
  • When you register for classes, please contact the Professional and Continuing Education at UMass Dartmouth at (508) 999-9202 to let them know you have applied/are applying for financial aid.

For more information or if you have further questions, please contact UMass Dartmouth Financial Aid Office at(508) 999-8632 or at

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