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"My life is so much richer beyond my wildest expectations due to the UWW faculty and staff, UWW, UMass Amherst, and a dream."

-UWW alum

why uww

degree completion- It's YOUR turn. 

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

At UMass UWW, you can design your own program of study, take 100% online, blended, or on-campus courses that fit into your busy life, and bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work and life experience

get the support you deserve.

We understand the real life challenges faced by adult students and are committed to providing you with outstanding one-on-one support and guidance from your first class through degree completion.

Since 1971, thousands of adults living throughout the U.S. and internationally have been awarded bachelor's degrees through UMass UWW, including NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving and founder and CEO Jeff Taylor. Over 900 students are enrolled in UMass UWW each semester ranging in age from their 20's into their early 70's with an average age of 37. 

write the next chapter of your life. 

Each UWW student has a story of why they didn't finish college. We bet you have a story too. Whatever your reasons for not finishing, we want you to know that you are not alone. When you become a UMass UWW degree completion student, you join hundreds of adults with similar stories who are determined to take the next step to finish what they started or dreamed of starting years earlier. And we will be here to help, every step of the way. 

you deserve UMass UWW.

At UMass UWW, we are invested in your success, and committed to helping you finish your degree. You deserve a degree completion program that respects your experience, supports you and your dreams, challenges you intellectually, and leads to a degree you can be proud of. You deserve UMass UWW.