The University of Massachusetts Amherst

About the Office

The Office of the Provost is the organizing center for the academic missions of the campus in education, research and scholarship, and outreach and service.  Areas that contribute to those missions include faculty recruitment, retention, and performance, including matters of reappointment, promotion, and tenure; undergraduate and graduate academic programs; undergraduate and graduate student admission and financial aid; and other resources supporting the academic mission such as the Library, Extension, the Fine Arts Center, the International Programs Office, the Registrar, the Office of Faculty Development, and the Office of Academic Program Assessment.

Academic programs are organized in the following Colleges and Schools, each of which is led by a Dean who reports to the Provost:

College of Humanities & Fine Arts
College of Natural Sciences (which includes the Stockbridge School of Agriculture)
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
College of Engineering
Commonwealth Honors College
Graduate School
Isenberg School of Management
College of Education
College of Nursing
School of Public Health & Health Sciences
College of Information and Computer Sciences



Graduate and post-baccalaureate professional education is organized by the Graduate School and by the professional Colleges and Schools, respectively.  Campus-wide support for the undergraduate mission is organized in the following offices that report to the Office of the Provost:

Undergraduate Admissions
Financial Aid
Undergraduate Academic Advising
Learning Resource Center
Office of Undergraduate Research

Civic Engagement and Service-Learning

In addition to these units, Continuing & Professional Education provides both face-to-face and on-line courses and degree programs, and the University Without Walls provides a point of entry into the University for students reentering the academy.