Comments on: University of Massachusetts now offers over 80 online programs Thu, 14 Aug 2008 03:34:36 +0000 hourly 1 By: Joy Wed, 28 May 2008 18:03:08 +0000 Micah,

Sorry about that. I applied and was accepted into the undergrad business program a few years ago and they said the requirements were the same as for traditional students. Whether that’s true or not is yet to be seen.

Here’s what the website said about the part-time MBA program (since I have no personal knowledge):

GMAT score (Only applicants with a doctoral degree are eligible for a GMAT waiver). The average GMAT score in the Part-Time MBA program is currently 550.

For more specifics, you can contact the online/part-time program advisor at

Hope that helps (a little anyway!)

By: Micah Wed, 28 May 2008 17:49:53 +0000 Thank you Joy for your response. However the info you posted is for the full time MBA on campus. I am referring to the online part time MBA which has different admission standards that UMass does not appear to post on their website. Are you or is anyone familiar with admissions specifically for the online MBA?

By: Joy Wed, 28 May 2008 02:15:44 +0000 Micah,

The stats you are looking for can be found here:

Current MBA Student Demographics

Women/Men 43% / 57%
Diverse Students 4%
International Students 29%
Average GMAT 647
Average TOEFL 273
Average Age 28
Average Years of Work 5
Average UGPA 3.32

If you follow the above link, you can also request more information. They do a great job of covering topics on their website.

By: Micah Wed, 28 May 2008 01:20:59 +0000 Does anyone know details about admissions for the UMass Amherst Online MBA program? I am interested to know the level of difficulty for admission (ie GMAT, undergrad GPA, experience, references). I also would like to know about how many students that apply are admitted?

By: Joy Wed, 05 Mar 2008 15:26:36 +0000 Jennifer,

Thank you for taking the time to comment!

With so many colleges offering online programs, it’s hard for me to stay on top of all the updates. I value your input and I will update this post accordingly.

Thanks again!!

By: Jennifer Brady Wed, 05 Mar 2008 14:29:47 +0000 Joy: I was pleasantly surprised to see the information you provided to your readers about UMassOnline’s program offerings. I wanted to update the numbers a bit and let you know we now offer close to 80 degree and certificate programs as well as 1,500 courses online. You can browse around here: to find a course or program. Best, Jennifer

By: Mark Mon, 03 Mar 2008 15:16:11 +0000 I’m about to graduate from the UMass Amherst Online BBA program. It’s been a great program and the people and professors at UMass Amherst have been fantastic.

I’m a student blogger on the recently created UMassOnline blog There’s a lot of great info on the blog so make sure you check it out if you’re considering the school. If you have any specific questions on the program or distance learning in general, please feel free to contact me!


By: Joy Sat, 24 Nov 2007 13:37:46 +0000 Elda-

Since I have never had any personal experience with AMU, I can only tell you about the academics at Columbia College. Without a doubt, Columbia has a very rigorous program. The classes are challenging, but the professors are EXTREMELY helpful. I have nothing but good to say about Columbia. Their tuition is also a very reasonable $205 p/credit hour.

From a rankings standpoint, Columbia is definitely superior to AMU… but rankings aren’t everything. May I ask, what particular degree are you interested in pursuing? Business? Sometimes, if you narrow down the degree, it’s easier to compare the schools by looking at the curriculum. (Ex. UMass’s business program requires Calculus, Columbia’s does not, etc.).

By: Elda Cordone Sat, 24 Nov 2007 08:19:16 +0000 Thank you for your reply.

Would you consider the academic program offered by Columbia College more rigorous than the one offered at AMU?

Thank you again for your assistance!

By: Joy Sun, 11 Nov 2007 01:04:45 +0000 Hi Elda,

AMU is regionally accredited and has very reasonable tuition rates ($250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses and $275 per credit hour for graduate courses). Compared to UMASS, that’s a bargain… but Columbia College is only $205 per credit hour. All in all, it’s a good bargain. They offer both 8 week and 16 week semesters, so that provides a higher level of flexibility than a lot of the online colleges. Personally, I prefer 8 week terms because you can take 6 hours per 8 weeks… if you attend every term, that’s the equivalent to a full-time courseload. If you like the idea of 8 week terms, you can visit this post to read about some other colleges offering accelerated terms: 18 Online Colleges with 8 week semesters
As far as academics… they are considered “Unranked” in the U.S. News College Rankings. For comparison purposes, the Ivy League programs are ranked in the Top 12 in the nation, Boston U is 57, UMass is 96, Univ. of Illinois is 38, and so on. If you want to attend a Top 100 school, there are PLENTY of online colleges from which to choose. If you aren’t interested in rankings, AMU might be a good blend of cost/time to completion, but there are other schools out there offering the same level of flexibility with better academic programs. Hope that helps!

By: Elda Cordone Sat, 10 Nov 2007 22:50:25 +0000 Hello,

How does American Military University compare to other online programs?

Thank you!