"At first it was a little scary for me going back to school, but UWW is a really good program, and is especially suitable for adult students wanting to earn their degree."

-UWW alum

affordable and accelerated

get it done. 

You deserve a great education. We provide that. You also deserve to be able to finish as quickly as possible without a hole in your wallet. We can help with that too. UMass UWW is committed to helping you finish as quickly and affordably as possible, while providing you with a great education and a highly respected degree.

earn credit. save money.

We offer a variety of ways for you to save money and earn the credit you need to cross the finish line.

generous transfer credit policy

UMass Amherst allows up to 75 credits to be transferred in from other schools, through professional and military trainings, from CLEP, DANTES, SAT ll, and AP exams and through ACE and UExcel evaluations. One of the key roles of your UWW advisor will be to help ensure that you receive the maximum number of credits possible for your previous college courses, professional and military trainings, and credit evaluations. Whenever possible, your credits will be used to fulfill university general education requirements so that you don't need to re-take courses you've already taken elsewhere. Learn more.  

credit for experience

UMass UWW gives you the opportunity to earn up to 30 UMass Amherst credits for the learning you've gained from your life and work experience, accelerating your degree and saving you money. You'll earn these credits by writing what's called a prior learning portfolio- a series of essays reflecting on your life and work experience. Let's say you earn 24 credits for your portfolio. That's eight classes you now don't have to take at 1/5 the cost. And unlike many other programs, the credits you receive for your experience are counted as UMass Amherst credits and not transfer credits, making it easier for you to graduate. Learn more

credit for professional trainings and certifications

You know all those professional trainings you have attended over the years and the certifications you have received?  It's time to start digging up your documentation because as a UMass UWW student you will have the opportunity to earn credit for your professional and military training and certifications. And the best part is there is no per-credit cost for the transfer credits you earn this way which can mean huge savings for you- savings of time and money.  

credit for basic training

All U.S. veterans and active duty service members receive 3-4 credits for completing basic training.  

credit evaluations & exams (CLEP, ACE, DANTES, UExcel, AP, SAT ll) 

There are a number of organizations that offer credit by examination or conduct official evaluations of professional trainings. You may be able to transfer in your CLEP, ACE, DANTES, UExcel, AP and SAT ll credits. CLEP exams are 90 minute standardized tests offered through the College Board that help you earn college credit for what you already know for a fraction of the cost of a college course. UMass Amherst accepts CLEP tests in select subject areas and brings them in as transfer credits. View the list of CLEP/DANTES exams that are accepted.