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UMass Amherst online bachelor's programs have been ranked 16th in the nation for veterans by U.S. New and World Report 2017.

welcome military families

Middle-aged college graduate and Air Force veteran standing, smiling wearing her cap and gown, and veteran's sash

For over forty-five years the UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) has been helping veterans, active duty service members, and military spouses like you finish your first bachelor's degree at a world class public university.

Throughout four decades of global conflict we have been here every day for soldiers and their families with a steadfast commitment to offering an outstanding education and a highly respected degree from a renowned university.  

time-tested and military friendly

Founded in 1861, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has a strong national and international reputation, distinguished faculty known for excellence in teaching and research, and a state of the art library offering vast online access. One of over 100 official academic majors at UMass Amherst, UMass UWW is one of the most well-regarded adult bachelor's degree completion programs in the nation. 

UMass Amherst participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, is a GI Jobs "Military Friendly School," has also been named a "Best for Vets College" by Military Times Edge. UMass UWW has one of the largest number of students who are veterans of any academic major at the university, and two of our instructors are veterans of the Army and Navy.

applying for your benefits

Your clearing house for information and assistance applying for your military benefits is UMass Veteran Services. Their website contains comprehensive information on educational benefits, and their committed and knowledgeable staff are available to speak with you by phone, email and in person to walk you through the process.

flexible options

At UMass UWW you can design your own program of study in a wide range of high demand areas, bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work & life experience, and finish your degree 100% online without ever having to come to campus.

If you are on active duty or move frequently due to military commitments, UMass UWW is portable. Pack your laptop and take us with you. If you live locally, you can take advantage of blended or on-campus courses. The choice is yours. 

support you deserve

As a UMass UWW student, you will receive your own advising team who will stick with you - every step of the way - from your first class through graduation. And UMass Veteran Services is here for you too, offering a drop-in support center, phone and email support, information, and advocacy.

credit where credit is due

We respect the knowledge, skills and wisdom you have gained in your life, work and military service. At UMass UWW we offer a generous transfer credit policy and give you the opportunity to earn academic credit for your work and life experience, and for your professional and military trainings. In addition, all veterans receive 3-4 academic credits for completing basic training. And, if you are a veteran or active duty, you do not have to pay the application fee. 
During the admissions process or shortly after enrollment, you should visit the Joint Services Transcript website and request that a copy of your Army, USMC/Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard JST military transcript be sent to UMass Amherst to be evaluated for transfer credit according to the VALOR Act Academic Credit Evaluation Policy. We use the American Council on Education (ACE), CLEP, and DSST guidelines and apply the same standards to credits for military education as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities.
If you have a Community College of the Airforce (CCAF) transcript, an official copy of that transcript must be submitted as part of the admissions process.  
And, if you are active duty or a veteran, your application fee is waived.

gold-standard accreditation

Four middle-aged, male college graduates and veterans of the Marines, Navy and Army posing in their caps and and gowns, and veteran's sashes

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is accredited at the highest standards by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges(NEASC), the regional accrediting agency for the New England states. 

Contact us to learn why so many military families choose UMass UWW.