Flexible Learning

UMass Global offers 3 flexible ways to learn that are built for your life: 100% Online Course-Based, Hybrid Course-Based, or Online Competency-Based.

University of Massachusetts Global offers three learning formats that can work around your busy schedule: competency-based, hybrid course --based, and online course-based. A leader in online learning, UMass Global has more than 20 years’ experience in online course development, teaching, and learning. In fact, we even have a master’s program designed to prepare teachers how to teach the 21st century learner!

We recognize that every student comes to us with a different set of circumstances. That’s why UMass Global is built a little differently. We’ve taken into account that educational needs, schedules, transportation requirements, and budget constraints are factors that help determine where you earn or finish your degree.

Take advantage of UMass Global’s tradition of educational excellence combined with flexible learning formats that will work around your busy schedule. Here’s what to expect when choosing between learning formats.

100% Online Course-Based Learning

As part of our student-centric learning philosophy, we know what it takes to create meaningful connections virtually across every part of your student journey.

For busy working adults, UMass Global's in-demand degree and certificate programs ensure you can continue working while you pursue needed credentials for career advancement. Our 8-week courses are offered year-round, with six session starts a year. Flexible start times allow you to begin when you are ready, and 8-week courses let you focus on one course subject at a time before moving on to a new course.

University of Massachusetts Global offers undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs across five schools in the areas of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health.

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Hybrid Course-Based Learning

Are you located in California or near Seattle, Washington? If so, you may elect to attend classes in a hybrid/blended format at one of our 25  local campuses. Our flexible class schedules are designed with you in mind: hybrid classes are held in the evenings to accommodate working student schedules. Each course meets one time per week for three hours with remaining coursework completed online.

Hybrid courses offer six starts per year and are eight weeks long. Part time schedules include one class per session while full time schedules require 2 or more.

Students outside CA & WA are invited to take classes 100% online in our course-based or competency-based formats.

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UMass Global MyPath

Competency-Based Online Learning – Affordable and Accessible

Do you have prior experience in Business or IT? UMass Global MyPath competency-based education (CBE) degrees are designed to help you reduce time spent on concepts you have already mastered and focus on filling in the gaps. These high-value business and information technology programs allow you to draw upon life and professional experiences so you can progress through courses more efficiently.

UMass Global MyPath degrees are accredited and completely online, allowing you to earn your degree while fully employed and progress at a pace that fits your schedule. With programs at the associate, bachelor, and master's degree levels, you can complete one of our growing programs at your own pace and apply what you learn as your progress through the program.

Affordable, accessible education is one of the University of Massachusetts Global’s top priorities. That’s why the tuition for the MyPath program is a set fee per CBE academic year. There is no limit to the number of courses you can take within a 24-week billing period, allowing you to complete your degree at your preferred pace. All books and materials are included and provided electronically.

EXPLORE UMass Global MYPATH 
The structure of the program was a really good fit for me. After two other attempts to get my MBA – once in the ‘80s and again in 2009 – I was ready to get it done and I did at Brandman* . They have a great program and I would encourage everyone to go for it!
Terry T. | MBA
*Brandman University is now UMass Global
My desire to go back to school was personal. Both my mom and dad graduated from high school, and I’m the first in my family to go on for my college education. I want to be a positive role model for my children. I can do all three – work, family and school; I didn’t have to choose.
Brandy C. | MBA Program