Academic Resources

Academic and professional resources for Graduate Students

The Bursar’s Office
215 Whitmore Building 

The Bursar’s Office manages student accounts and bills.


Information Technology

A109 Lederle Graduate Research Center (LGRC)

W.E.B. Du Bois Library Learning Commons.

The office of Information Technology provides services, support, software, and security assistance.  There are two locations students can visit for in-person support, as well as an online chat-support system via their website. 


Institute for Social Science Research

E22 Machmer Hall


The Institute for Social Science Research promotes excellence in social science research through four areas of strategic focus: 1) research methods instruction, 2) building interdisciplinary connections, 3) research project support, and 4) promoting social science visibility.


Career Services
528A Goodell Building
(413) 545-5279

Career Services provides advice and support for all students. Their newest program, The Versatile PhD, offers graduate students a web-based approach to finding jobs outside of academia. Career Services also provides international students advice in finding employment in the US.


Office of Professional Development (OPD)

The UMass Amherst Graduate School created the Office of Professional Development (OPD) to help train graduate students in portable skills that are essential for success regardless of discipline of line of work. The OPD also introduces students to a broad range of career options, both inside and outside the academy.


Center for Teaching & Faculty Development (CTFD)
301 Goodell Building                                                        

CTFD supports the professional development of academics across all career stages and disciplines with a wide range of programs and resources focused on teaching, mentoring, scholarly writing, tenure preparation, leadership, and work/life balance.


The Graduate School
534 Goodell Building  

The Graduate School website provides a range of information about graduate programs, policies, procedures and degree requirements. The Graduate School houses the following offices: Graduate Student Service Center, Office of the Graduate Dean, Graduate Student Grant Services, Assistantships & Fellowship Office, and the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education & the Professoriate.


Writing Center
The Writing Center has tutors who work with undergraduate, graduate & postdoc, staff, and faculties to help in their writing on any academic genre at any point in the writing process. You can meet the tutors individually in 45-minute consultation session either face-to-face or online. At first the tutor and the writer will have an overall discussion on the writing project. The tutor and the writer can read the text and discuss options for its revision.

The Writing Center is in the northwest corner of the W.E.B. DuBois Library's Learning Commons.
You can sign in here:

Other resources for writing
There are also other resources on writing and research here:
There is also an online writing lab which you may find helpful:


Ombuds Office
Campus Center, Room 823
(413) 545-0867

The Ombuds Office helps hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students every year with a wide variety of conflicts and concerns. The Ombuds Office can be particularly helpful in informally mediating disputes between students, or between students and faculty or staff, whether those disputes are academic, work related, or interpersonal. We can assist with issues of academic honesty, and can help you understand the policy and procedures for informal resolutions and formal charges.


Title IX at UMass Amherst

Title IX is a federal education law that protects against discrimination based on gender.

"The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to fostering an environment in which all members of our campus community are safe from gender discrimination (including discrimination based on gender identity and expression), sexual harassment, and sexual violence. Our community expects that all interpersonal relationships and interactions – especially those of an intimate nature – be grounded upon mutual respect, open communication, and clear consent."

To report an incident of sexual harassment, discrimination, assault, violence, or stalking, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Débora D. Ferreira: 413-545-3464