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. UMass has more than 90 Research Core Facilities across the state of Massachusetts that are available to researchers from government, academia and industry on a fee-for-service basis. UMass also participates in a state-sponsored voucher program that provides access to our world-class core facilities at a reduced rate for small and medium-sized businesses.

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.

“Our research expands the boundaries of human understanding and helps to drive the Commonwealth’s innovation economy. We want to continue to build on that research and help make sure that prosperity flows more evenly and is distributed across the state.”
— UMass President Marty Meehan

During Fiscal Year 2017, research expenditures at UMass reached a record-high $670 million. 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 2015” report from the Donahue Institute, the UMass system generated $6.2 billion in annual economic activity. The UMass system, across all of its campuses, is a key economic driver in the Commonwealth, directly or indirectly affecting every person in the state.