first you apply!
If you are accepted and decide to enroll, you will officially become a student of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The highlight of your first semester at UMass UWW will be working with your faculty advisor to create your degree plan. Your degree plan is a map of what classes you're going to take to meet university degree requirements and get from point A to graduation. During this first semester, you will also put together documentation of any professional and military trainings and certifications you have that are directly related to what you're studying and submit them to be evaluated for additional transfer credit.
The highlight of your second semester will be writing your prior learning portfolio- a set of essays reflecting on your life and work experience that will be evaluated for up to 30 UMass Amherst residency credits. Learn more about bringing in or earning up to 100 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work & life experience.
You can take as many or as few courses as you like, although most students take two courses a semester to qualify for financial aid.
learn at your own pace.
You're busy, and life happens. You may change your mind about what you want to study. Maybe you'll have a baby and need to take a semester off. You might have a promotion waiting and need to speed things up. Whatever life dishes out, you will have the options and flexibility you need to finish your degree in the way and at the pace that works for you.
crossing the finish line.
When you graduate, you are invited to participate in the UMass Amherst commencement- a regal event attended by thousands each year. Nestled in a sea of young adults, you will sit with your fellow UWW graduates and faculty advisor, and celebrate together as the President of the University of Massachusetts confers your degree. It's been a long road. For our graduates, commencement is extra sweet.