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"At UWW I wrote a portfolio that formed the foundation I was to stand on for the next 25 years. I found my purpose through that process..." -UWW alum

uww courses

courses built for adults like you 

We have over forty-five years experience working with and building curriculum for adult students like you. With UMass UWW you'll get a well-rounded, relevant education that builds on your experience, challenges you intellectually, and prepares you for the future. 

UWW's four core courses are designed to support you in creating your program of study, meeting university degree requirements, earning credit for your experience and enhancing skills and knowledge relevant to your life and work. Student centered and interactive, UWW's courses use small group discussion, critical thinking, research and writing to give you the opportunity to make powerful connections between your academic learning and your experience. Best of all, we have made sure that our required courses help meet university general education requirements. 

degree planning course

In your introductory degree planning course you will work with your faculty advisor to build your degree plan. Your degree plan is a map of what you need to do to get from point A to graduation. It's also in this course that you will start putting together the documentation necessary to earn credit for any relevant professional trainings and and certifications you have. 

experiential reflections (you take two)

In your two experiential reflections courses, you will discuss contemporary issues relevant to your life and work such as leadership, technology, organizations, public policy, education and health. These courses are designed to help you develop the critical thinking and writing skills you will need to write and receive credit for your prior learning portfolio. Most students complete these courses in their first two semesters.  

writing about experience

In this course, taken in your second semester, you will write your portfolio- a set of essays reflecting on your life and work experience. Your portfolio will be evaluated for up to 30 academic credits, helping you save time and money. As an added bonus, these credits count as UMass Amherst, residency credits.