Upcoming Events


Time Management Accountability Group

Jun 23, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Online with OPD!

One of the best ways we help ourselves manage time is by having a group to check in with. Join OPD and your fellow scholars every Wednesday for five weeks as we review strategies for good time management and set goals for each coming week. One pre-registration for the “Time Management Group” is required; attend one week or attend them all to get the most out of participating!


3 Weeks to a Syllabus: Content and Calendars

Jun 25, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:30pm

Online with OPD!

Create your syllabus with us in just three weeks! This week, we'll talk about choosing learning goals, topics, and readings and how to put it all into the class calendar. In this workshop, there will be a brief introduction of best practices and tips, time to work on your own syllabus, and then time for discussion about questions that came up while you were working. Deciding on the course calendar can often take forever, so use this concentrated time to make some final decisions! Come to today's workshop or join us at all three "3 Weeks" workshops! 


Intro to the Individual Development Plan (IDP) for Grad Students

Jun 29, 2021 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Online with OPD!

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) provides students with a framework for building skills with intentionality and aligning graduate training with career aspirations. This workshop will introduce participants to the UMass IDP, recommend resources for assessing skills, interests, and values, and offer strategies for effective goal setting. Grab your lunch and start planning your future! 


Recent News

Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-being

UMass Amherst Graduate School Endorses Statement of Principles & Commitments to Support Graduate Student Mental Health & Well-being

The findings and recommendations summarized in Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-being are intended to provide a starting point for discussion and action for all campus groups with a vested interest in the quality of graduate education

NSF Funding Recipients

UMass Graduate Students awarded NSF funding for Cutting Edge Internships

Two UMass graduate students were recently awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to support six month internships. Part of NSF’s INTERN program, the awards are designed to provide non-academic research experience and training. In total, six UMass graduate students have been awarded over $230,000 through NSF’s INTERN program.  

Juliana Morais de Goes

Juliana Morais de Goes Awarded an International Dissertation Research Fellowship.

Juliana Morais de Goes, a doctoral candidate in sociology, has been awarded an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. Only sixty fellowships are awarded annually; fellowship funds support up to 12 months of dissertation research.

The Graduate School

Graduate Commencement Award Winners Announced

Every year the Graduate School receives inspiring nominations for our commencement awards. The award winner selection committees always have a tough decision when picking their winners. With almost one hundred nominations over the various awards, this year is no different.


Graduate School by the Numbers

  • 7100+ Students Enrolled
  • 48 Doctoral Programs
  • 78 Master's Programs

Brian Mullen applies positive pressure

With undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brian has invented a vest that improves care for people with autism.