Finish your bachelor's degree online at a world class public university.

At UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) we are time-tested experts in helping adults finish their college degrees. 
It's what we do. It's what we've always done. It's what we will continue to do. And you deserve nothing less than a degree program that was custom-built from the beginning for adults like you.
Learn why so many busy adults finish their bachelor's degree online through UMass Amherst UWW. 

"UWW gave me the opportunity to put together a program of study that made sense to me and allowed me to discover and explore a wide range of academic content. I've used that experience to have a very rich and rewarding career."

Your education should be a reflection of who you are, where you've been and where you're heading. UMass UWW gives you the freedom to design an individualized program of study that meets YOUR educational and professional goals.

Online courses are available to support a wide range of high-demand areas of study, including:

advocacy and social justice

applied psychology

arts management

business studies

children's learning and development

criminal justice

health studies

human services

journalism studies

sustainability studies











Or you may decide to build a program of study in something completely different. Learn more about what's possible for you to study.


"I earned 24 UMass residency credits for the years I worked at the company. It’s nice all that work counted for something. And getting these credits helped me graduate faster and was a money-saver."

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 UMass UWW, we respect the life and work experience you bring into our program. We believe the prior coursework, prior learning and experiences you have had, and the skills and wisdom you have gained over the years matter and are worthy of up to 105 academic credits. Earning credits this way accelerates the degree process and saves you money. Learn more about earning credit for life experience.

"I am very pleased with the excellent university education I'm getting. And it’s been affordable."

UMass Amherst UWW is committed to helping you finish as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, while providing you with a great education and a highly respected degree. 
Most of our students receive financial aid. And by taking advantage of our generous transfer credit policy, credit earned for both your experience and your professional and military trainings, and CLEP credits, you can save time and money. 
Get the latest on cost and financial aid. And explore the variety of creative and cost-effective ways you can earn credits and cross that finish line. 

"I didn’t have much hope that I would find a real school that had online completion for a bachelor’s program. But then I found UMass and I was so glad."

Founded over forty-five years ago, UMass Amherst UWW is one of the oldest, most well-regarded adult bachelor's degree completion programs in the U.S. 
As a UWW student you will benefit from UMass Amherst's strong national and international reputation, gold-standard accreditation, distinguished faculty, and state of the art library offering vast online access.  
With UMass Amherst UWW you'll get a well-rounded, relevant education that builds on your experience, challenges you intellectually, and helps prepare you for the job market and graduate school.
Learn more about our curriculum and our reputation for excellence

"UMass UWW  is perfect for helping me balance it all. The professors are very understanding about the challenges of integrating my extremely busy job with the demands of my coursework. I wish I had done this years earlier." 

We understand the challenges faced by adult students like you and are committed to seeing this through with you. We get that adult students don't just go to school. They have jobs, families and community responsibilities.
At UMass Amherst UWW, we provide you with the options and flexibility you need to fit earning your degree into your life and work. You can learn at your own pace,  finish your degree 100% online without ever having to come to campus, and design a program of study that works for you. 
And best of all, you will receive your own advising team who will stick with you- every step of the way- from your first class through graduation.
Learn more about our flexible options and outstanding support.   

"The great thing about online programs is that you can do the work whenever you have the time to breathe. You can log on day or night, whenever's convenient for you, and earn a degree." 

At UMass UWW, you can finish your degree 100% online without ever having to come to campus. Or you can take advantage of our blended UWW course offerings- a select number of online courses that incorporate four classroom meetings a semester. Or, if you live close by you can take classes on campus. The choice is yours.  Learn more about our flexible course delivery options for busy adults like you.


  • Review our basic admissions requirements
  • Apply. It's easy. Our priority application deadlines are
    April 15 to start in the fall and Oct. 1 to start in the spring. 
  • Request official transcripts (instructions in the application). 
  • If you need financial aid apply soon.


  • Learn more about UWW- Check out our website.
  • Prioritize YOU and your education. 
  • Assemble a good support system.
  • Connect with us on facebook or twitter

Helpful Resources

Download this checklist to help keep you on track. 

It's YOUR turn. Write the next chapter of your life. 

Each UWW student has a story of why they didn't finish college. We bet you have a story too. Whatever your reasons for not finishing, we want you to know that you are not alone. When you become a UMass UWW student, you join hundreds of adults with similar stories who are determined to take the next step to finish what they started or dreamed of starting years earlier. And we will be here to help, every step of the way.





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