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Graduate School

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has offered graduate study since 1876, awarding more than 12,449 doctoral and 42,227 master’s degrees. With a full-time graduate faculty of 900, the University offers 53 programs leading to the doctorate and 74 leading toward a master’s degree. Current enrollment in all graduate programs is approximately 5,800.

Each college or school of the University has developed its graduate programs in accordance with highest national professional standards within the respective fields.

Several new programs have been developed recently including Master of Architecture, Doctor of Audiology, and Doctor of Nursing Practice. For students who wish to receive two master’s degrees concurrently, dual degree options are available in the following fields: Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Regional Planning; Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health; Master of Business Administration with Master of Science in Sport Studies, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Public Policy and Administration, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Industrial Engineering. A combined Master of Regional Planning and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is offered in conjunction with Western New England College School of Law in Springfield.

In several fields, degrees are also awarded under the Five College Cooperative Ph.D. Program involving Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges and the University. Intercampus graduate programs in some fields have been developed in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts campuses at Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and the Medical School at Worcester.

The School of Education offers several specialized programs leading to the degrees of Master of Education (M.Ed.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in School Psychology.

Although most graduate-level programs are campus based, the university recognizes that part-time, online, and distance learning program options are valuable to many prospective graduate students. These options are available in several fields including accounting, education, labor studies, management, music, nursing, and public health.

Holders of undergraduate degrees desiring further information may view the Graduate School Bulletin or request detailed information about graduate degree options on the web at