Established in 2001 by the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, UMassOnline was created to provide quality online education, serving community educational needs and increasing access to a quality, affordable and internationally recognized UMass education. With the launch of UMassOnline, the University was able to share its tradition of excellence beyond the geographical constraints of its five campuses: Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and UMass Medical School in Worcester.

UMassOnline, as an education consortium, offers a variety of services including technology support and marketing. Its mission is to work collaboratively with the campuses to identify, develop and support a variety of academic programs and areas of investment and interest, while recognizing the value of shared services in reducing costs, increasing efficiencies and improving outcomes.

Of the 139 degree and certificate programs currently offered through UMassOnline, 131 of these programs are fully online and 12 are blended programs, combining traditional classroom settings with online learning. Examples of some of the more popular programs include, the Masters of Business Administration (MBA), the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, the Master’s in Public Health, the Behavioral Intervention in Autism Certificate and Bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Arts.

During the past five years, programs offered by the University’s five campuses through UMassOnline have grown by more than 50 percent. Revenue has increased by 51 percent – from $56.2 million to $85.1 million.