Prospective Students

Welcome Prospective Students! The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass Amherst is home to 4,000 undergraduate majors. The curriculum provides a framework for students to gain knowledge about individuals, societies and cultures. It offers exposure to diverse cultural perspectives essential to understanding contemporary society and oneself. Such knowledge about society and its problems prepares students to be intelligent, committed citizens of the world.

Visit the following links for information about undergraduate majors and graduate programs within SBS and some other helpful resources that the University offers.

Exploratory Track Program

The University recognizes many of our incoming students would benefit from learning more about the many majors offered on campus that may be a good fit for their academic interests and aspirations. Starting Fall 2015, the University is implementing an Exploratory Track Program for all students who have been accepted for admission to the University as an Undeclared major. The Exploratory Track program will assist students with their consideration and ultimate declaration of a major based on their interest, eligibility, and academic proficiency.

SBS Undergraduate Majors, Minors and Certificates

SBS Graduate Degrees and Programs

Continuing and Professional Education

Over 11,000 students each year choose UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education for learner-driven programs that draw on the expansive resources found only at a major institution of higher learning. From working professionals building their skills base, to college students designing their own majors, to adults extending their universe — UMass Amherst programs are designed to help you realize emerging opportunities.

Five College Interchange

You can take classes for no additional charge at other colleges in the Pioneer Valley, including Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, and Mount Holyoke. You can also use their libraries, culture resources and facilities, and participate in open theater auditions. A free bus service runs between all of the campuses.

Future Students at UMass Amherst

Visit this collection of helpful links related to Visiting Campus, Academics, Student Life, Admission & Orientation, Costs and Financial Aid, Parent Resources, and more.

Power Up for College Success

A one-credit program for first-year students entering UMass Amherst. During the two-and-a-half day Power Up course that immediately precedes the start of fall semester, you will become familiar with UMass and learn strategies and skills that will give you a leg up on your college experience.

Public Disclosure / Student Consumer Information

Amendments to the U.S. Higher Education Act require institutions participating in federally funded financial aid programs to make information about the institution available to current and prospective students.

UMass Summer College

If you’re an achievement-oriented, highly motivated high school student in (or about to enter) their junior or senior year who’s ready to learn at a college level and spend time on a university campus, you’ve found what you’re looking for.