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:

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Registration is administered through Online & Continuing Education 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 Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Did you know?

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has earned several awards for its online programs including:

  • First UMass approved as a SARA Institution in Massachusetts – September 12, 2018 
  • UMass Dartmouth is ranked as a Tier 1 National Research University - U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked 3rd for best online colleges in Massachusetts - College Choice, Affordable Colleges Online
  • The College of Nursing is listed among the "Best Graduate Schools" in the U.S., 98th of 1,000 - U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked 10th in the nation for best online bachelor's degree in accounting - College Choice
  • Ranked 11th for online MBA in healthcare management programs - The Best Schools
  • Ranked 6th of 33 Massachusetts schools for affordability of online programs - College Choice
  • Ranked 26th nationally for the MS in Healthcare Management offered by Charlton College of Business - Master's Program Guide
  • Excellence in Online Teaching - Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Ranked 7th nationally for most affordable online colleges for bachelor's degrees - College Choice
  • Ranked 10th for best online master's programs in public policy nationwide - Best Colleges
  • Ranked in the top 11% nationally for best value college, based on return on investment. - Payscale
  • In the top 10 for undergraduate accounting programs in Massachusetts - Accounting Degree Review
  • Online MBA program ranked in the top 33% nationwide - U.S. News & World Report
  • Designated a Military Friendly School ® with leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience - Military Friendly

Undergraduate degree applicants

  1. Complete and submit your application: online.
  2. Submit $30 non-refundable application fee:
    • Online application, we accept MasterCard or Visa.
    • Paper application, we accept money orders, personal and banks checks.
  3. Submit official transcripts of all previous college or university courses for which you enrolled.

Students with fewer than 13 college credits will be required to:

  • Have your high school transcript sent to UMass Dartmouth.
  • Have your official SAT or ACT scores sent to UMass Dartmouth.
  • Send a personal statement of up to 500 words that demonstrates qualities of leadership, community service, work experiences and/or other significant interests.
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: 

Your UMass Dartmouth education is an investment in your future. There are a number of ways to finance your education including grants, scholarships, and loans. Your workplace may offer reimbursement for education if you check with the Human Resources Department where you work.

To be eligible for grants and loans, students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program, and be taking at least 6 credits per semester.

FAFSA application

You must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to receive UMassD need-based education loans and grants. You must be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program, and taking at least 6 credits per semester. 

By submitting your completed FAFSA, you may be eligible for a number of need-based grants or loans. Learn more about need-based aid