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We are a University Without Walls

World-Class Education. Anytime, Anywhere.

Students today are seeking a high-quality university experience and true flexibility in accessing educational opportunities. At UMass Amherst, we pride ourselves on being a University Without Walls. 

Championing new approaches and breaking down traditional barriers to education, we offer learners a wide range of the highest quality educational programs—from degree completion to graduate programs to professional development—in innovative and flexible formats. We are leading the charge to fully integrate face-to-face and virtual educational experiences at UMass Amherst, providing revolutionary access to all learners. 

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Since 1971, UMass Amherst has led the way in flexible learning, providing first-rate programs for learners at all stages of life, regardless of location. UMass Amherst’s innovative, accessible, and adaptable educational approach supports learners in balancing school, work, and personal life. The excellence of our programs has been recognized with top rankings from publications such as U.S. News & World Report and the Financial Times.

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Earn your first undergraduate degree or complete one while you continue working. Choose from our programs in business, nursing, and sustainability, and transfer in credits from prior coursework or learning. Or design your own program in interdisciplinary studies—which allows you to earn credit from work or life experience.

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UMass Amherst is a designated age-friendly university, welcoming and supporting learners of all ages. We apply age-friendly principles and encourage older adults to participate in educational and research programs. Your life experience is an asset—intergenerational learning provides opportunities to broaden perspectives and share expertise that benefit all students. 

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Advance your career or begin a brand-new one with UMass Amherst's succinct, flexible, and affordable professional development programs. Work with industry experts and make connections with business leaders in the region and around the world, all while continuing to work full-time.

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From housing in the Boston area at our Mt. Ida campus in the winter to hundreds of virtual class offerings in the summer, UMass Amherst accommodates current students, incoming first-year students, pre-college students, and continuing education students who want to earn credits outside of the fall and spring semesters. Make the most of your time and explore summer and winter programs at UMass.

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Students today are seeking a high-quality university experience and true flexibility in accessing educational opportunities. UMass Flex builds on UMass Amherst’s record of academic excellence and innovation to offer the best of both.