"Everyday you should learn in your life"
- Thomas Menino, '88, and longest serving mayor of Boston
Online Learning from UMass Boston
UMass Boston is the city’s only public research university, benefitting from and giving back to Boston’s thriving academic, business, technology, and medical industries. Our award-winning online programs are designed to provide you with the same quality and support as students get on campus, with the flexibility of studying from anywhere.
Why UMass Boston?
- Affordability – Among the lowest online costs per credit of a major nonprofit university.
- Diversity – UMass Boston students come from 146 different countries, and 53% of all students identify as a minority. This global perspective enriches course discussions and collaborative experiences.
- Flexibility – Programs designed for you to take on a full-time or part-time basis, with live discussions scheduled at convenient times for working professionals.
- Quality — Online courses are taught by the same academic departments with the same curricula as on-campus courses. We host our own online programs, so your education comes straight from the source.
- Stackability – With most graduate certificates, you can continue your studies for an extra two semesters to earn your master’s degree.
- Time to Completion – Some master’s degrees can be completed in as little as one year, and some certificates can be completed in as little as nine months.
- Try a Course – You can take any course without enrolling in the program. If you choose to enroll, that course counts toward your degree.
UMass Boston Fast Facts
- Online options include programs at undergraduate, graduate, and post-master’s levels, including certificates and stand-alone courses.
- UMass Boston is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
- In 2019, UMass Boston was highlighted in four categories on U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Online Programs list: Best Online Graduate Programs for Veterans (No. 17), Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (No 49), Best Online Graduate Education Programs (No. 54), Best Online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA) (No. 89).
- Nearly 4,000 students graduated from UMass Boston in 2018. Popular programs include business, nursing, and computer science.