The Commonwealth’s Research University

Established in 1863 under the Morrill Land-Grant Act, the University of Massachusetts has evolved over the past 150 years into a strong, vibrant system comprised of five comprehensive research universities located on campuses in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester.

Recruited from among the best trained and brightest minds in the world, the faculty is the sine qua non of the University, producing distinguished scholarship and cutting-edge research that consistently brings the University recognition as a leader among its peers.

At the University of Massachusetts, research, teaching and service complement one another. An active faculty research agenda informs and stimulates teaching, bringing the most up-to-date information and the newest insights directly to the classroom. Wide-ranging faculty research and professional activity brings exciting educational and professional opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students alike. Research collaborations with industry provide opportunities for internships for students that often prove excellent stepping-stones to attractive employment upon graduation. Working with faculty on research projects also stimulates students’ imaginations and cultivates the critical skills needed to solve tomorrow’s challenges.

“Every year, we identify game-changing research with commercial promise in laboratories on UMass campuses that speak to the major role that the University plays in advancing scientific discovery and improving and saving lives in the Commonwealth and around the world.”
— UMass President Robert L. Caret

During the 2013-2014 academic year, research expenditures in the UMass system topped $591 million, while 765 students earned their doctorate degrees, and thousands more earned master’s and professional degrees. And, while many may think of research as usually “scientific” or highly technical, UMass faculty make outstanding contributions across the full range of disciplines–in psychology, sociology, criminal justice, political science, the arts, music, literature, management, and a multitude of other fields—not just in the hard sciences, engineering, medicine and computer science.

Finally, faculty research conducted at the University of Massachusetts not only advances basic knowledge, but also directly benefits our state’s economy and quality of life. According to the “Economic Contribution Analysis FY 2013” report from the Donahue Institute, “The UMass system generated $6.1 billion in economic activity in Fiscal Year 2013. The UMass system (across all campuses) is a key economic driver in the Commonwealth, directly or indirectly affecting every person in the state.”