Dec 08, 2019  
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Professional and Continuing Education

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is a publicly-supported coeducational institution of higher learning, fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. There are approximately 7,500 day and evening students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate degree programs. The University is committed to excellence through its instructional programs, research, and service to the community. It plays a major role in the economic life of the region.

The Division of Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) is an integral part of UMass Dartmouth, offering degree programs and credit and non-credit courses. PCE provides students of all ages and backgrounds access to the faculty and resources of the University as they seek personal enrichment and enhanced career opportunities.

The Division of Professional & Continuing Education is, by act of the Massachusetts Legislature, operated at no expense to the Commonwealth.

The Division of Professional & Continuing Education is committed to serve the needs of those students who choose to pursue a degree on a part-time basis. Any person who has graduated from high school or holds a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) is entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses offered through the Division of Professional & Continuing Education. All credit courses offered are University of Massachusetts Dartmouth courses and the grades earned are reflected in the student’s grade point average at the university. Students may enroll in a single course, a number of courses, or a program leading to a bachelor’s degree. In addition, each term, courses are offered for personal or professional development which carry no academic credit and a few courses for professional certification may be offered which, at their completion, award Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Professional & Continuing Education offers the below major degrees, minor degrees and certificate programs:

Major Degree Programs | Cape Cod Major Degree Programs | Minor Degree Programs

Major Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science:

Bachelor of Arts:

* Students matriculating after September 1, 1993 should be aware that some Psychology courses, particularly upper division ones, required for graduation may not be conveniently available during the evening hours. While every effort will be made to provide the courses, in some cases students who have a pressing need to graduate in a given year may need to take one or more courses during the day.

Cape Cod Major Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science:

  • 2+2 General Business Administration - on Cape Cod [details]

Bachelor of Arts:

Minor Degree Programs


Programs are offered in Dartmouth, Fall River, Fairhaven and Cape Cod. Courses available in traditional classroom, online and blended (combination of online and face-to-face) formats.

Are you ready to apply? For undergraduate programs, click here to Apply Online. You may also request a degree application packet online or print and mail us your completed degree application (.pdf) with payment to the University Enrollment Center, Foster Administration Building, 285 Old Westport Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02747. Please visit the following page to review our admission process.


Many students who attend the university through the Division of Professional & Continuing Education are working full time, have family responsibilities and have a limited amount of time available to study and attend courses. These students may have attended a community college, may have started their coursework at the university directly after high school, or may have had years elapse between their high school and university careers. All are welcome and are encouraged as they achieve each level of their education. Whether a student registers for courses each Fall term, each Spring term or continues through many terms, each is advised individually as they progress toward their academic goals.

This learning environment provides the opportunity for students, including those who are unsure of their ability to do college work, to explore academic courses, to return to school at a pace of their own choosing, to continue their education while enrolled in a degree program at another college or university or to explore their personal interests.


Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Professional & Continuing Education offers the below undergraduate certificate programs:

Sustainability Studies Undergraduate Certificate Program - Online

The Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability Studies provides students with a vigorous introduction to the growing discourse surrounding “sustainability” and sustainable issues. The Certificate helps establish sustainable thinking as a critical methodology, which students can apply to their professional and personal lives. [detailed program information]

Women’s Studies Online Undergraduate Certificate Program

UMass Dartmouth’s Women’s Studies Undergraduate Online Certificate offers students the opportunity to develop a fuller understanding of the position of women in society. Courses draw upon such fields as economics, history, literature, political science, and sociology, as well as feminist thought and methodology. [detailed program information]

The above certificates are offered in a fully online format.