Academics

Academics

The University of Massachusetts offers a wide range of programs and fields of study to match every interest. Some programs are offered on all four undergraduate campuses while others are unique to one campus. The University also offers courses and programs that combine the resources of several campuses, maximizing the educational opportunities that are available to interested students. Some courses are taught on more than one campus via interactive videoconferencing or through synchronous computer classes.

Explore the University's academic offerings and then contact the appropriate UMass campus to learn more. Each campus may offer a different focus or specialization for the same area of study, so it's important to research similar-looking offerings to find the best fit for your interests. Learn more about academics at each University of Massachusetts campus:

Commonwealth College is an honors college based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Commonwealth College offers over 2,500 academically talented undergraduates a community that promotes engagement with peers, leading scholars, and society. The University of Massachusetts undergraduate campuses at Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell offer an honors program that is affiliated with Commonwealth College and provides a challenging, academically enriched experience for students on those campuses.

UMassOnline, the University's distance learning division, allows students to earn a high quality accredited degree or certificate from the same outstanding faculty and programs offered on campus.

Intercampus Graduate School of Marine Sciences and Technology is a unique, path-breaking graduate program that brings together the faculty and facilities of the four University of Massachusetts undergraduate campuses to offer both M.S. and Ph.D. programs in marine sciences and technology.

Professional Science Master's (PSM) Programs

PSM Programs are innovative, rigorous non-thesis graduate degree programs developed in concert with industry partners and designed to enhance career opportunities. Students pursue advanced training in science, mathematics, and technology while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. PSM programs consist of two years of academic training in an emerging or interdisciplinary area, along with a professional component that may include internships and "cross-training" in workplace skills, such as business, communications, project management, leadership and ethics.

Each of the five UMass campuses offers program that arise from the strengths of their academic faculty. Science courses are offered on each campus and many of the business and communication courses are offered via online delivery. 

Co-Curricular Learning

University students spend much of their time learning outside of the classroom. That's why UMass provides numerous and varied opportunities for student development and growth to complement the curricular learning in the classroom. From cultural activities to student organizations, intramural teams, student government, campus recreation, sports clubs, movies, lectures, concerts and many other opportunities, UMass engages the whole student for a more complete education.

Study Abroad

Global awareness is central to the academic mission of the University of Massachusetts. UMass offers many opportunities to travel abroad in order to enroll in courses, pursue an internship, perform service, undertake research, or study language.

Libraries

While students primarily use the library resources of their "home" campus, interlibrary loan and electronic catalogs allow students to identify and obtain materials from other UMass campuses. The University of Massachusetts is focused on increasing the capacity of shared library resources, providing students with as many expanded offerings as possible. Learn more about the libraries at each UMass campus:

Continuing Education

Each University of Massachusetts campus -- including the Medical School -- offers a variety of credit and non-credit continuing education courses. Visit each campus website to find out what graduate, undergraduate, certificate, online, and professional development courses are currently available:

Career Services

Students can enhance their studies by exploring an academic field outside of the classroom through research, internships, or service learning experiences. These opportunities are available to students through academic departments or the career services center.