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Your education. Your terms. We provide access to a superior UMass Amherst education delivered in formats and schedules that allow you to balance work, school, and personal obligations. From online learning to field-based training, we have it all.

For working professionals building their skills base, college students designing their own majors and adults extending their universe - UMass Amherst programs offered through Continuing & Professional Education are designed for the non-traditional learner. 

Established in 1970, the mission of the Division of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) is to facilitate access to the educational and professional needs of the residents of Massachusetts, the region, and beyond. Working with the UMass Amherst schools and colleges, CPE is a leader in online education offering degrees and certificates in a number of programs. Summers at UMass feature credit courses and pre-college programs for teens and incoming students. CPE’s commitment to first rate programming, excellent student support, and expert faculty has enabled CPE to serve the needs of an eclectic constituency.


The University of Massachusetts Amherst is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools in the six New England states.


As the Commonwealth’s Flagship Campus, UMass Amherst is proud to be recognized for our best-in-class programs, ranked by leading publications.

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