Founded in 2001, UMass Online is a branch of the University of Massachusetts system. Their online curriculum is designed to meet the needs of a diverse student body both locally and internationally. More than 100 programs are now available online, including certificates, bachelor’s degrees, and professional education opportunities. Classes are delivered through an interactive virtual learning environment and are taught by the same faculty as on-campus courses. Faculty include winners of such awards as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award for Poetry, and the Draper Award in Engineering. With a rich history as a highly respected brick-and-mortar institution, UMass Online’s programs are also highly respected in the field of online education.
UMass Online provides many of the same programs that are offered through the university’s physical campuses. These include, but are not limited to, bachelor’s degree programs in information technology, criminal justice, education, psychology, journalism, business administration, and women’s studies. Master’s degree programs include areas such as public policy, nursing, health informatics and management, counseling, educational administration, and applied linguistics. Doctoral degrees, associate degrees, professional development courses, and certificate courses are also available in a variety of subjects. Students interested in blended learning opportunities will also find a number of options through UMass Online. All courses follow a standard fall, spring, and summer semester system.
Programs offered through UMass Online are held to the same high standards as programs at any of the university system’s five brick-and-mortar campuses. The school is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, the school has also earned disciple-specific accreditations from: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National League for Nursing, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Any student with a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED) can enroll in courses through UMass Online. However, this does not guarantee acceptance into a degree program. In addition, some courses may require prerequisite coursework, and graduate degree programs require applicants to show proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school. Students from all over the world are eligible to enroll in courses since there is no campus residency requirement for UMass Online’s programs.
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