Major Declaration and Major Change Policy

Policy for All Students Declaring a Primary Major and Those Making Subsequent Changes of Major

  1. Students must declare a primary major (one that leads to degree completion) no later than the registration period during their third full-time term, after two graded full-time fall or spring semesters, at UMass Amherst. Their Academic Dean may approve an exception for extenuating circumstances, to allow additional time to declare the major.

  2. The same policy, to declare a major, applies to transfer students approved to enroll in an Exploratory Track.

  3. Students who change their primary major to another major should be aware that the university requires successful academic progress in the major and compliance with the university’s rule to graduate in 10 semesters or fewer (see section I. in Graduation Requirements). Note that if the student changes majors after the enrollment add/drop period, assessed school/college fees are not refundable (see Fee Explanation).