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The University of Massachusetts' online education division delivers accredited, online programs from UMass Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and UMass Medical School. The division, launched in 2001, enables the University to provide wider access to its educational programs via the Internet while increasing revenues to support its campuses. UMassOnline and the Continuing Education units at the five campuses collaboratively generated tuition revenue in excess of $78.2 million and support 59,154 enrollments, according to FY 2013 data.

UMassOnline's mission is to:

  • Provide access to a University of Massachusetts education to students who are unable to attend one of the campuses;
  • Serve community needs for education in critical areas of economic development, health and welfare, and education; and
  • Raise revenues for support of students, faculty, teaching, outreach, and research.

To this end, the UMassOnline team supports the campuses to develop, grow and market online programs by:

  • Funding the development of new online programs;
  • Providing faculty support, development and training;
  • Providing technology support by creating and maintaining a robust platform for online learning; and
  • Deploying marketing programs that position UMass as a high-quality national player in online higher education and increase online course and program enrollments in Massachusetts, New England, national and international markets.

Currently, the University offers over 100 online degree and certificate programs and 1,500 courses per year. These - and the many other programs in development - include undergraduate degree completion, graduate study, specialty certification, non-degree enrichment, and support for the K-12 system in disciplines including liberal arts, education, management, nursing, engineering, criminal justice, professional programs, and information technology.