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UMass is a public graduate school in Amherst Center, Massachusetts in the Springfield, MA Area. It has a large graduate student body with an enrollment of 7,078 graduate students. Of the 84 graduate programs offered at University of Massachusetts - Amherst, 8 are offered online or through graduate distance education programs. The most popular graduate school programs at University of Massachusetts - Amherst are Business, Teaching, and Computer Science. 64% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
7,078
Part-Time Grad Students
4,519
Research Assistants
911
Teaching Assistants
1,420
Racial Diversity
  • White
    51.4%
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    25.3%
  • Asian
    6.5%
  • Unknown
    5.4%
  • Hispanic
    5%
  • African American
    4.4%
  • Multiracial
    1.8%
  • Native American
    0.1%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.1%

Student Life

Poll
What one word or phrase best describes students at your school?
Based on 4 responses
  • Friendly
    50%
  • Intellectual
    25%
  • n.a
    25%
Poll
What phrase best describes your program?
Based on 4 responses
  • Great brand name
    50%
  • Prepared me for the real world
    25%
  • useless
    25%

Professors

Poll
50%
of students agree that professors care about their students' success.4 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that professors are engaging and easy to understand.4 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that professors helped connect them to future opportunities.4 responses

Return On Investment

Poll
How much did you spend on your graduate degree?
Based on 4 responses
  • $100K+
    25%
  • $25K-$50K
    75%
Poll
How much did you make post-graduation?
Based on 4 responses
  • $75K-$100K
    25%
  • <$50K
    25%
  • Did not graduate yet
    50%
25%
of students feel the degree they are getting at this school is worth the time and money.4 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Nightlife
    A
Median Household Income
$43,319
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,318
National
$949
Median Home Value
$346,000
National
$184,700
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22 reviews
So far, so good! Great professors and class choices. This is a review during COVID-19, so hard to judge based on how it normally would be in class (I have to take my classes online).
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Pros: Great faculty. Well-designed buildings for my department.
Cons: The campus buildings are very spread out. Meals at the campus dining center are exorbitantly expensive. Lack of funding. On- and off-campus housing is either too expensive or very low-quality (noise, lack of maintenance, mold, bad landlords).
I had problems within my own graduate program but my advice is to have a life outside your intermediate circle. Depending on your department, there are programs that have never seen 2005, but you do with what you have. There's a lot of bureaucracy but the union and health care are excellent. Tons of farmland, but a very specific culture in the nearby cities. If you are open to those experiences, and/or enjoy the scenery you'll have a great time.