welcome military families
For forty years the UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) has been helping veterans, active duty service members, and military spouses like you finish your first bachelor's degree at a world class public university.
Throughout four decades of global conflict we have been here every day for soldiers and their families with a steadfast commitment to offering an outstanding education and a highly respected degree from a renowned university.
time-tested and military friendly
Founded in 1861, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has a strong national and international reputation, distinguished faculty known for excellence in teaching and research, and a state of the art library offering vast online access. One of 88 official academic majors at UMass Amherst, UMass UWW is one of the most well-regarded adult bachelor's degree completion programs in the nation.
UMass Amherst participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is a GI Jobs "Military Friendly School." UMass Amherst has also been named a "Best for Vets College" by Military Times Edge. UMass UWW has the largest number of students who are veterans of any academic major at the university, and one of our own faculty members is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
applying for your benefits
Your clearing house for information and assistance applying for your military benefits is UMass Veteran Services. Their website contains comprehensive information on educational benefits, and their committed and knowledgeable staff are available to speak with you by phone, email and in person to walk you through the process. You can also watch our video called Applying for your Military Benefits.
At UMass UWW you can design your own program of study in a wide range of high demand areas, earn up to 30 credits for the learning you've gained from your experience, and finish your degree 100% online without ever having to come to campus.
If you are on active duty or move frequently due to military commitments, UMass UWW is portable. Pack your lap top and take us with you. If you live locally, you can take advantage of blended or on-campus courses. The choice is yours.
support you deserve
As a UMass UWW student, you will receive your own personal faculty advisor who will stick with you- every step of the way- from your first class through graduation. One of our faculty advisors, Cynthia Suopis, is a veteran of the Navy. She's here for you. And UMass Veteran Services is here for you too, offering a drop-in support center and phone and email support, information and advocacy.
credit where credit is due
We respect the knowledge, skills and wisdom you have gained in your life, work and military service. At UMass UWW we offer a generous transfer credit policy (75 credits) and give you the opportunity to earn academic credit for your work and life experience, and for your professional and military trainings. In addition, all veterans receive 3-4 academic credits for completing basic training.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is accredited at the highest standards by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges(NEASC), the regional accrediting agency for the New England states.
Contact us to learn why so many military families choose UMass UWW.