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Explore Degrees

Explore the different paths towards earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with the University Without Walls Exploratory Pathways Program (EPP).  EPP is about giving you the one-on-one support you need to succeed.  Your first course (Transition Seminar) focuses on just that – planning your degree.  You’ll learn the best courses to take, time management tips, general education requirements and receive assistance during the application process.    

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Take the classes you want, the way you want.  Go part-time and switch to full time.  Go fully online or partially on campus.  The Exploratory Pathways Program lets you explore the path that works for you while providing the same high-quality UMass Amherst education as a traditional full-time campus student, start to finish. 

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The EPP Transition Seminar has been developed to help students successfully enter college as a part-time, online student with a focus on goal setting, time management and discovering which degree path is best for you.  The seminar is structured into four distinct components:


  1. Application Completion and College Readiness
  2. Building Your Personal College Toolkit
  3. Exploring the General Education Requirements and Degree Pathway Options
  4. Establishing Next Steps: Course Selection and Degree Preferences

The best part of the seminar is that you can get started today!  Don’t wait – you can get access to Part 1: Application Completion and College Readiness by contacting us and speaking with one of our Program Information Specialists.           

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