The Department of Sociology offers a Certificate in Social Work and Social Welfare to students interested preparing for entry-level employment in social welfare programs or social work agencies upon graduation or to pursue graduate work in social work or social policy.

This certificate allows students to obtain a focus or concentration in a specific area of sociology.

Learn more about this program:

To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please complete the request form .

Sample a Course

Click here for more information on the Certificate in Social Work and Social Welfare.


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

Type of Fee Amount
Summer Fee per credit $445
Fall Fee per credit $482
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).


The certificate program and courses offered in association with the program are open admission. The only restriction is that students are expected to have a high school degree or GED. High school students with written permission of their guidance counselor and parent or guardian may also enroll. All students are expected to perform to an acceptable college level standard.

Financial Aid: 

Financial aid is not available since certificate programs are not degree granting. You may be eligible for a direct consumer alternative loan. Private loans do not require school certification and proceeds are paid directly to the borrower.

If you are U.S. active military or a veteran, contact your Base Education Officer on how to use your benefits, or contact UMass Veteran Services at:

Email: vetaffairs@stuaf.umass.edu
Website: www.umass.edu
Phone: 413-545-0939