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The University of Massachusetts is a five-campus public research university system renowned for academic quality and research excellence. UMass provides access to high-quality, affordable education that advances knowledge and improves the lives of the people of the Commonwealth, the nation and the world.

Five Strong and Unique Campuses

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UMassOnline is your entry into the University of Massachusetts online programs and courses.  

UMass System Points of Pride: 

  • UMass ranked 52nd in Thomson Reuters’ 2016 rating of the World’s Most Innovative Universities. The 100 universities ranked, according to Thomson Reuters, “are the most elite” and “most reliably produce original research, create useful technology, and have the greatest economic impact.”

  • All four of the UMass undergraduate campuses are rated in the top category among "National Universities" in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings – making UMass one of the few university systems in the nation to have each campus so acclaimed. Out of more than 3,000 four-year institutions in the United States, only 310 are included on this elite list.

  • UMass faculty include a Nobel Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences, an American Book Award winner and Fulbright, Guggenheim, MacArthur and Mellon fellows. Eight UMass faculty members have been named to the list of the World’s Most Scientific Minds of 2015.

  • UMass was ranked by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as the No. 1 public university in New England and one of the 30 best public universities in the nation.

  • University of Massachusetts research and development expenditures reached more than $629 million in Fiscal Year 2015. UMass ranks third in total R&D expenditures among all Massachusetts colleges and universities and fourth in New England.

  • The University was awarded a record 66 U.S. patents in Fiscal Year 2016 and ranked among the top universities granted U.S. patents in calendar year 2015, placing 24th in the nation, 30th in the world, and third in New England.

  • UMass is a national leader in converting discoveries into innovative products that produce licensing revenue. UMass generated $34 million in licensing income in Fiscal Year 2015 and typically places in the Top 15 nationally for such revenue, according to surveys from the Association of University Technology Managers. 

  • UMass is one of two university systems nationwide to have all of its campuses recognized with the Carnegie Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification, which is considered the gold standard for measuring the service that universities provide to their local communities. 

  • The University stimulates $6.2 billion in Massachusetts economic activity annually, according to a 2016 UMass Donahue Institute study.

  • Student enrollment in the five-campus UMass system is at an all-time high: topping 74,000 students. In addition, UMass graduates more than 17,000 students annually.

  • Nearly 280,000 UMass graduates live in Massachusetts, and there are more than 460,000 University alumni worldwide. About three-quarters of recent UMass graduates stay to live and work in Massachusetts, and 60 percent remain in the state long term.

Learn More about UMass Amherst

Online Learning from the UMass Flagship Campus

UMass Amherst is the flagship campus of America’s education state and New England’s largest public research university. Our faculty and administrators, students, and alumni generate new ideas, apply new solutions, and tackle the commonwealth’s and the world’s most complex, challenging problems.

We view online learning as an extension of our mission. Our online classes, degrees and certificate programs offer the same rigorous academic standards and outstanding university faculty as our on-campus programs.

UMass Amherst’s online learning opportunities include:

  • Graduate degree programs designed for busy professionals, including MBA and Nursing programs ranked in the top 15 nationwide
  • Undergraduate degree and degree completions programs
  • Certificate programs 
  • Hundreds of online undergraduate and graduate classes open to students not enrolled in a degree or certificate program

UMass Amherst online programs offer you the opportunity to advance your education, pursue your professional goals, and earn a degree from an internationally acclaimed institution of higher learning that has been designated a top 30 public university by U.S. News & World Report.

UMass Amherst Points of Pride:

  • The flagship campus enrolled nearly 29,000 students for academic year 2014-2015 and welcomed the most academically accomplished entering class in its 151-year history. UMass Amherst consistently ranks as a “Top Producer of Fulbright Students,” with a record 14 students recognized with scholarship grants from the 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
  • Commonwealth Honors College recruits the best and the brightest, with average high school GPA for this year’s entering class at 4.24 and SAT scores at 1359, and it is considered one of the nation’s premier residential honors colleges.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UMass Amherst among the nation’s top 30 public universities in 2015, raising it 10 spots in its prestigious rankings in a single year. For a fifth consecutive year, UMass Amherst is among the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges compiled by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.
  • The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a state-funded agency that supports innovation, research, development and commercialization, awarded a $95 million grant to UMass Amherst and an additional $5.5 million for the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, a joint venture of Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and UMass Amherst.
  • Among all Massachusetts universities – public and private – UMass Amherst is the third largest recipient of research funding from the National Science Foundation, behind only MIT and Harvard.
  • The Isenberg School of Management is ranked No. 16 in best part-time MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Business Programs in 2014. Also for 2014, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools ranked the College of Nursing’s online graduate nursing program 3rd in the nation; Nursing’s traditional graduate program was ranked No. 47th; the College of Education ranked 42nd; and the College of Engineering placed 57th. In the College of Natural Sciences, biological sciences was ranked 55th; chemistry, 56th; earth science, 49th; math, 60th , and physics, 50th. The School of Computer Science ranked 25th and its artificial intelligence specialty ranked 12th.
  • UMass Amherst places among the best places in the country for veterans to pursue a college education and receive important support services, according to three national media outlets that focus on the military. For the third consecutive year, Military Advanced Education named UMass Amherst a “Top Military-Friendly University” in 2014—a designation bestowed by at least three separate veterans groups repeatedly since 2011. UMass Amherst also has been repeatedly lauded by GI Jobs Magazine and Military Times EDGE.
  • UMass Amherst was recognized in 2014 as one of the best campuses in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students by Campus Pride, a support and advocacy organization for LGBT college students. UMass Amherst is one of 56 colleges and universities that earned five-star rating in the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.
  • The Princeton Review has lauded UMass Amherst as a 2015 “Green Honor Roll School,” placing it among the nation’s top 24 colleges for environmental awareness and responsibility. In 2012, President Obama saluted the university’s sustainability accomplishments when the campus won first place among 1,500 colleges in the White House Champions of Change competition.

Learn More about UMass Boston

Online Learning at UMass Boston
Welcome to our thriving online community of learners like you, someone with a busy life and a ready mind for learning. Let us help you navigate through the decisions in choosing higher education online at UMass Boston.

Get to Know CAPS and UMass Boston
Whether you’re 50 miles or 5,000 miles away, you’ll want to know more about the institution through which you’ll pursue your studies.

The College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS), one of 11 colleges and schools at UMass Boston, is wholly responsible for making the high quality of a UMass Boston education available online. Our benchmarks are an education that is accessible, convenient, engaging and rewarding. Faculty are trained on how to create fulfilling and connected learning communities, and they receive ongoing support from a full complement of online education systems professionals to make sure your university is working for you 24/7.

CAPS also manages New England’s second largest summer school by offering over 700 online and on campus courses, field study programs, study abroad programs, summer institutes and summer classes on Nantucket Island at the UMass Boston Field Station. Our winter session, on a more modest scale, offers over 100 on campus, online and short-term study abroad programs.

Just What You Need
Your challenges today and aspirations for tomorrow dictate the depth of study you need to meet your goals. The College of Advancing and Professional Studies strives to deliver the array of education options that help people around the world find just what they need to succeed.

UMass Boston Points of Pride:

  • Celebrating its 50th anniversary, UMass Boston combines a strong sense of community with the resources of a major research university.
  • A record 16,756 students enrolled in fall 2014, including the largest freshman class in campus history. The diverse student body represents more than 140 countries and speaks more than 90 different languages.
  • The Princeton Review has included UMass Boston on its list of Best Business Schools. TopMBA ranked UMass Boston’s MBA program 48 in North America in the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report.
  • Collaborative research partners include the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, IBM, Children’s Hospital Boston, Partners HealthCare, New England Aquarium, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Boston Public Schools.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UMass Boston’s distinguished College of Nursing and Life Sciences in the top 5 percent of nursing graduate schools in the nation, placing 50th of the 1,000 schools surveyed.
  • The Association of Public Land-Grant Universities named UMass Boston among 14 Innovation and Economic Prosperity universities for engagement in local, regional, national and global partnerships that foster innovation and economic opportunity. UMass Boston was rated as one of the "50 Most Innovative Public Service Schools" in the United States by BestValueSchools.com. It was ranked as the top public university in New England and the second overall in Massachusetts behind Harvard, which ranked first.

Learn More about UMass Dartmouth

Welcome to UMass Dartmouth, fully accredited and offering top ranked online undergraduate bachelor’s programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Define Your Success at UMass Dartmouth
At UMass Dartmouth we understand that going to college may seem daunting as an adult. We recognize that the needs of adult students are different from traditional 18- to 22-year olds. That’s the reason you’ll find a friendly team of professionals to talk with you and provide the information about how your credits will transfer and how you can balance earning your degree or certificate program with your work and home responsibilities. You’ll discover a structure that provides advisors and services to specifically support adults returning to college.

UMass Dartmouth online classes are small in size allowing for interaction with fellow students and the faculty member. Our online students have the benefit of being taught by the same faculty who teach in the classroom. Whether you attend part-time or full-time, we offer 24/7 online tutoring as well as financial aid packages to help fund your education. We also offer training sessions to help make students more comfortable with the online teaching format even before you begin your academic program.

Explore the UMass Dartmouth program listings. You’ll find exceptional programs with services in place to help you achieve your educational goals. Contact us by phone or email to find out more information. We’re ready to help you get started.

UMass Dartmouth Points of Pride:

  • Enrollment at the Southcoast campus is now above 9,000 students.
  • UMass Dartmouth’s College of Nursing was ranked in the top 10 percent among graduate programs surveyed nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, which placed it 79th among more than 1,000 surveyed in its 2015 edition of the “Best Graduate Schools.”
  • UMass Dartmouth is highly ranked among national peers by Washington Monthly for the upward mobility of students, encouragement of students to give something back to the community and production of cutting-edge research that benefits society.
  • UMass Dartmouth is rated among the top 1 percent of universities and colleges nationwide on the President’s National Education Honor Roll for Community Service, with its students contributing nearly 200,000 hours of service to the region.
  • The School for Marine Science & Technology was awarded more than $4 million for collaborative research on scallops as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s research program.
  • UMass Law School, the only public law school in the Commonwealth, was named to The National Jurist’s honor roll for legal education practical training.

Learn More about UMass Lowell

Welcome to Online Learning at UMass Lowell!

Benefit from the Excellence and Expertise of UMass' Largest Online Campus

Award-Winning Online Programs
For over 20 years, UMass Lowell has built a strong reputation as a recognized leader in online education, winning several national awards for excellence in quality online education.

The Degree You Want and the Flexibility You Need
Whether you are interested in taking a single course, pursing a certificate program or earning your degree, UMass Lowell has the largest selection of online courses and degree programs for busy adult learners.

  • Courses are available year round, during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
  • UMass Lowell's accelerated courses allow you to speed up your progress towards a degree.
  • Pursue your degree part-time or full-time - whichever works best for you.
  • Affordable Tuition, Financial Aid & 24x7 Technical Support
  • Transfer credits from your previous college or university, and complete your degree sooner.
  • Degrees are awarded by the same academic departments and undergo the same rigorous oversight as UMass Lowell's on campus programs.
  • Our fully-accredited programs are backed by the academic integrity of a top-ranked public research university.

Personalized Student Support
UMass Lowell's online student support specialists and faculty advisors are happy to help you with your questions. Advising is available by phone, email, live chat, Skype, or even in-person if you prefer, and our students have access to online course technical support 24X7.

UMass Lowell Points of Pride:

  • UMass Lowell’s four-year, 27-spot rise to 156th in the U.S. News & World Report national universities rankings is tied for the second-fastest increase in the nation. The campus is now 84th among all public universities.
  • Enrollment is up nearly 50 percent since 2007 to 17,000 students and average SAT scores of incoming freshmen have risen 79 points over the last six years.
  • UMass Lowell is undergoing a dramatic physical transformation, opening 10 new buildings in five years.
  • PayScale ranks UMass Lowell among the top colleges and universities in the nation – 16th among public institutions and 59th among all schools – for return on investment (ROI).
  • UMass Lowell’s $63 million research enterprise includes partnerships with industry leaders like Raytheon, centers such as the top robotics testing facility in the country and work in cutting-edge fields from nanomanufacturing to flexible electronics.
  • UMass Lowell has been named to the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service for the past four years and to the Military Times “Best for Vets” 2014 College rankings.
  • UMass Lowell offers students experiential education opportunities through professional, research and service-learning co-ops and internships as well as international exchanges.
  • UMass Lowell’s new Honors College enrolled more than 960 students this fall.
  • In recognition of its commitment to economic engagement, UMass Lowell is designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, one of only 14 public institutions nationwide, by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).

Learn More about the UMass Medical School

UMass Medical School Points of Pride:

  • UMass Medical School, which enrolls 1,161 students, is internationally recognized as a major center for research and is at the forefront of contemporary life sciences research into gene therapy, RNA biology, systems biology, ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases, and stem cell biology.
  • Faculty continue to be recognized for world-leading achievements, as evidenced by the recent election of a fifth faculty member – Professor of Molecular Medicine Michael R. Green, MD, PhD – to the National Academy of Sciences. Green joins Lasker Award winner Victor Ambros, PhD; Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello, PhD; renowned ALS researcher Robert H. Brown, Jr. MD, DPhil; and Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences John Ware, PhD, as a member of the national academies.
  • UMass Medical School was ranked fifth in primary care education among 128 medical schools and 25 schools of osteopathic medicine surveyed by U.S. News & World Report in the 2015 edition of the “Best Graduate Schools.”
  • UMass Medical School ranks near the top among public medical schools in the Northeast in the amount of funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Federal and private research grants and contracts at the medical school rose from about $2 million in 1977 to more than $240 million in FY 2013.
  • Researchers have made pivotal advances in HIV, cancer, diabetes, infectious disease and in understanding the molecular basis of disease.
  • Professor Craig C. Mello was the 2006 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries related to RNA interference (RNAi), a cellular process that offers astounding potential for understanding and, ultimately treating, human disease.

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