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"This has been the most powerful & unique educational experience of my life. UWW guided me on a path of self-discovery that I didn't know I signed up for & that will influence me for the rest of my life." -UWW alum


prepare yourself for a 21st century career in writing.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the demand for writers and authors will continue to grow with college graduates having an advantage in hiring for salaried positions.  

At UMass UWW you can finish your bachelor's degree online with a focus in writing and position yourself for professional success. 

Whether you are an amateur or professional writer, UMass UWW will help you deepen your understanding of the theory and practice of writing and literature across genres and support you in developing the knowledge and skills you need to evolve your craft and advance your career as a writer. 

And best of all, our flexible degree completion program gives you the opportunity to bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work & life experience. This accelerates your degree and saves you money. 

outstanding instructors. writing courses you need.   

Choose from online courses taught by distinguished instructors from a wide range of academic disciplines, including English, Comparative Literature and Journalism. Course topics include: creative fiction. creative non-fiction, screenwriting, graphic novel, autobiography, short story, children's literature, imaginative literature, magazine writing, professional and management writing, public relations, grant writing, and food writing.

As a UMass UWW Writing student you will focus on developing writing skills, reading across a range of narrative approaches, and achieving an understanding of the role of the writer in society. You will be encouraged to position yourself as a writer, from thinking as an entrepreneur to studying various platforms for promotion of your work, and understanding the vast range of outlets for writing in the  21st Century. 

a great education. credit & support you deserve. 

The University Without Walls (UWW) is an academic major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst designed to help adults just like you complete your first bachelor's degree online at a world-class public university.

At UMass UWW, you can design your own program of study in writing, bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work & life experience, and finish your bachelor's degree online without ever having to come to campus. Or take advantage of blended and on-campus courses. 

time tested, custom-built for adults like you. 

For over 45 years, UMass UWW has been serving adult students like you. We understand the daily challenges you face balancing work, family and community responsibilities, and are committed to providing flexible options and outstanding one-on-one support from your first class through graduation.

Contact us to learn why so many adults seeking to finish their bachelor's degree online choose UMass UWW.