The University of Massachusetts Amherst, founded in 1863 and located in the picturesque Connecticut River Valley, has offered graduate study since 1896, awarding more than 15,200 doctoral and 53,600 master's degrees. With a Graduate Faculty of 1,400, the Amherst campus is the major research institution in the Five-Campus University System and offers 48 programs leading to a doctorate and 78 programs toward a master's degree. Enrollment in all graduate programs exceeds 6,500 with an additional 600 non-matriculated students enrolled in classes.

The Graduate School is committed to graduate education that offers students the opportunity to excel in their chosen field of study, cross disciplinary boundaries to explore new areas of research and creativity, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in graduate school and beyond.  The Graduate School provides funding directly to departments and programs so that they may recruit top students in their disciplines.  The Graduate School promotes diversity and inclusion with its fellowship programs, mentoring groups, and professional development workshops.  Professional development programs and other featured events in the Graduate School prepare students for success in their programs and their chosen career paths.