Through the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies program you can build the theoretical foundation and practical skills you need to be a successful teacher of English to speakers of other languages.


This online bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in TESOL provides the essential knowledge you need in linguistics, theories of language learning and teaching (applied linguistics), and in the practice of teaching. Although not designed to prepare you to teach in the K-12 public education system, it will prepare you for the myriad of employment opportunities in TESOL in the U.S. and abroad.

Program Benefits 

  • You’re in the Driver’s Seat: Design your own degree concentration through your perfect mix of 100% online courses, and optional blended and on-campus offerings to fit your busy life. Plus, most of our courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them on your schedule. 
  • Accelerate Your Degree: Bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and life and work experience to accelerate your degree, saving you time and money. 
  • Cross Disciplinary Boundaries: Craft your individualized degree concentration to suit your goals and interests, from taking online courses in Business if you are planning to work for a for-profit company to taking course in criminal justice if you seek to teach English in the prison system. 
  • Community College Friendly: Learn about the Mass Transfer Gen Ed Foundation and benefit from our 50-year history of support for community college students
  • Boston Children's Hospital and Mass General Brigham employees: Receive a 10% discount and more. Learn more about how you can benefit from our employer partnerships

Your Future in TESOL

With an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focused in TESOL, you can advance your career teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in private or public schools overseas, teaching in community English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in the U.S., tutoring ESL/EFL students online through various platforms or in community-based programs, working in the Peace Corps, developing TESOL materials publishers and programs, working in TESOL testing/placement, and more. 

Flexible, Cross-Disciplinary Courses 

You will study with top-notch experts in TESOL in the UMass Department of Linguistics, the UMass Department of Literature, Languages and Cultures, as well as instructors from other related departments.

Learn more about this program:

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

Visit the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program website to learn more about our BA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).


As part of a public university, the UMass Amherst University Without Walls Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program is committed to providing you with a great education and helping you save time and money. By offering a generous transfer credit policy and many creative and cost effective ways to earn credit, we are committed to helping you finish your bachelor's degree online as quickly as possible without unnecessary expense to you and your family.

UWW-scheduled, online, undergraduate courses are $415 per credit. Credits awarded for life and work experience are a fraction of the cost of course credits.

Type of Fee Amount

Fee per credit


Program Fee

$150 per fall and spring semesters
Registration Fee $60 per semester- winter, spring, summer, fall
Course Total Varies per course. 

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


It's easy to get started...

The UMass Amherst University Without Walls Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program seeks to admit adults who are determined to finish their bachelor's degrees online and ready to work hard to complete a rigorous program of study.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

•    A minimum of 12 college credits
•    A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
•    You have not already earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university.

Former UMass Amherst students

You are exempt from the minimum GPA and credit requirements. We can help you finish what you started. Welcome back. 

Admissions Deadlines

  • Fall: May 1 (early deadline); June 1 (regular deadline)
  • Spring: October 1 (early deadline); November 1 (regular deadline)
  • Summer: March 1 (early deadline); March 15 (regular deadline)

Applying is simple.

We’re glad you found us and we look forward to receiving your application.

Financial Aid: 

Financial Aid Services at UMass Amherst is committed to helping you meet the cost of your college education. Most UWW Interdisciplinary Studies students receive financial aid. You may be eligible for grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, military benefits, or employer reimbursement.

Credit for Life Experience: 

Credit for Experience - Because what you've done in life matters.

You've seen a lot. You know a lot. You've done a lot. You may not have a college degree (yet), but we bet you could teach a course on life. At the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program, we respect the prior coursework, prior learning, and work and life experience you bring into our program. We believe the experiences you have had, and the knowledge, skills, and wisdom you have gained over the years matter, and are worthy of up to 105 academic credits (up to 75 transfer and up to 30 residence credits). And earning credit this way saves you time and money. 

  • Prior coursework
  • Portfolio
  • Professional Trainings and Certifications
  • Military Trainings
  • Credit Exams and Evaluations

Get Credit Where Credit is Due. 

Learn more about how you can save time and money by earning credit for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work and life experience.