AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Online launched 34 fully online degree and certificate programs, including 11 being offered at UMass Amherst. The new programs include a mix of undergraduate and graduate certificates, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and a doctorate within STEM, health care, business and criminal justice. The launch of these new programs comes on the heels of a major partnership announcement between UMass Online and Mass General Brigham, the state’s largest private employer, through which UMass Online will develop degree completion programs specifically for MGB employees.
“With unemployment at a record high, the University of Massachusetts is responding by creating access to programs that will contribute to a robust economic recovery,” UMass System Chancellor of Academic Programs Katherine Newman said. “Adding fully online degree and certificate programs in areas with projected employment growth will help professionals navigate careers in a shifting workforce.”
“Our responsibility to the Commonwealth, higher education and adult learners is to provide pathways to completion that provide learners with confidence and security,” said UMass Online CEO Don Kilburn. “As employers focus on filling skills gaps across the country unemployed and working professionals are seeking pathways to secure employment and career advancement.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner's Statement on the Employment Situation, the unemployment rate was 11.1 percent nationally as of July 2, 2020.
In addition to the online degree and certificate programs UMass Online currently offers, its new programs provide more opportunity for those seeking to either upskill within their chosen fields or adapt to new career paths during and beyond the pandemic.
Those offered at UMass Amherst include:
- Certificate in Film Studies
- Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting
- BA, Film and Media Studies Concentrations
- BA, Liberal Arts Concentrations
- Master of Science in Business & Analytics
- Certificate in Human Resource Management
- Certificate in Medical Humanities
- Certificate in Social Work and Social Welfare
- Graduate Certificate in Engineering Project Management and Leadership
- Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education Concentration
- Master of Science in Nursing Education
Adult learners can earn undergraduate or graduate degrees and certificates either fully online, on-campus or through blended learning options. A complete list of degree and certificate programs can be found at UMass Online. To view the catalog of 4,000 courses available, visit online courses.
UMass Online, the online learning consortium of the University of Massachusetts, provides marketing and technology support for UMass’ online offerings that enable students, professionals, and lifelong learners to take courses anywhere, anytime. With nearly 200 undergraduate and graduate degree, certificate and professional development programs and more than 4,000 courses available from UMass, UMass Online’s marketing and technology services support one of the largest accredited online programs available.