UWW Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Finish your bachelor’s degree with the best online program in New England.

The UWW Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at UMass Amherst is here to help you finish what you started. With online courses available from over 40 academic departments, you can design an individualized degree concentration as unique as your goals. Get credit for experience, save time and money, and receive expert advice and support.

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Over 50 Years of Excellence

Established in 1971 as the original University Without Walls program, the UWW Department of Interdisciplinary Studies is one of the oldest and most well-regarded online bachelor's programs in the United States.

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Is the UWW Degree Completion Program Right for You?

The UWW Department of Interdisciplinary Studies enables many types of students to take the next step in their undergraduate academic career. Here are just some of the types of students that can benefit from the flexibility of an online degree through UWW.


No transferable credit? Check out our Exploratory Pathways Program, a flexible program that lets you start college as a part-time student, with no prior learning experience required.




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Credit for Experience

A unique aspect to the program is the credit you can earn from prior experience, which can help you speed up your degree and lower your cost. You can bring in or earn up to 105 credits for previous coursework, professional trainings and certifications, exams such as CLEP, and by writing a series of essays about your experience (prior learning portfolio).

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Advising and Support

For us, it's more than a job. Our advising team is made up of people who took the road less traveled, are invested in your success, and who are experts in supporting students like you. From your academic and faculty advising team, to our tutoring and career services, you'll get the assistance you need to balance work, family, and school, stay on track academically, and push you past the finish line.

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Meet Scholarship Winner Nicole Allen
Forty-year-old First Generation college student and mother Nicole Allen is the winner of a Misty Catherine Bassi Memorial UWW Scholarship.
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Meet Scholarship Winner Ashley Bellio
Thirty-three-year-old First Generation college student and mother Ashley Bellio is the winner of a Jeffrey C. Taylor scholarship.
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Meet Scholarship Winner Daniella James
First Generation college student and Native American food sovereignty activist Daniella James is the winner of a University Without Walls scholarship and a David A. Cole scholarship.
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