"I took 2 courses the first time out, & I managed to get A's in both. That was very validating. It's not just the young kids who can do this. I could do it too."

-UWW alum

degree requirements

As a UWW student, here's what you will need to do to graduate with your bachelor's degree from UMass Amherst. 

earn 120 credits.

Of the 120 credits needed to earn your bachelor's degree, up to 75 can be transfer credits and at least 45 need to be residency credits (earned through UMass Amherst). Keep in mind that the up to 30 credits you can earn for your life and work experience count as residency credits

complete general education requirements.

As part of its mission to provide you with a well-rounded education, UMass Amherst requires that students fulfill 13 general education requirements in a range of disciplines. You may have already completed some of these requirements at other schools and can transfer up to 75 of those credits in.   

complete UWW major requirements.

You'll need to take four UWW courses designed to support you in building your program of study, earning credit for your experience, and enhancing the skills and knowledge relevant to your life and work. These courses also carry general education designations, helping you meet university degree requirements.  Learn more about these courses. 

Of the 120 credits needed to earn your bachelor's degree, at  least 45 need to be in your area of study (15 of those 45 credits need to be what are called "upper level" credits).  They can be transfer or residency credits- it doesn't matter. And the great thing is that these 45 credits do not have to just come from classes. They may also come from your work and life experience, and professional or military trainings. 

maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average.