At Isenberg, we are committed to ensuring our online students graduate with the competitive business skills essential for success – blending innovative technology with coursework that simulates real-world business experiences.
Our undergraduate curriculum instills core business knowledge, as well as perspectives that embrace the global economy, sustainable and socially responsible decision-making, and interdisciplinary perspectives in science, technology, mathematics, humanities and entrepreneurship.
To receive an undergraduate degree, students at UMass Amherst must complete a total of 120 credits of coursework designed to meet general education and major-specific curriculum requirements.
Isenberg School of Management offers 2 undergraduate degrees.
In addition to the courses required for their major field of study, all Isenberg students must take a set of core business courses in topics like accounting, corporate finance, marketing fundamentals, business information systems, and management communications. Specific course requirements are dependent on the degree type of the student's major field of study.
For more information about undergraduate degree requirements select the major of your choice.
We offer personalized advice on any aspect of the Isenberg Undergraduate online program, from applying to a program to choosing the right classes. Your success is our top priority, and we welcome the opportunity to talk with you. We are available 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST Monday through Friday by phone, email, or schedule a convenient time to talk more about the program.
Can I apply to the online undergraduate degree completion program if I already have a Bachelor’s degree?
The Isenberg School of Management does not offer a Second Bachelor Degree program on campus or...
The Isenberg School of Management does not offer a Second Bachelor Degree program on campus or online. With the completion of a bachelor degree already (business or non-business) you are not eligible to apply to our bachelor programs.
We do however offer other outstanding programs you may be interested in.
Can I double major or minor in an Isenberg degree?
You cannot double major in two Isenberg BBA degrees (accounting, operations and information...
You cannot double major in two Isenberg BBA degrees (accounting, operations and information management, marketing, management or finance). You can double major with a BBA degree and our BS in Hospitality and Tourism degree. Isenberg does not offer a minor.
Can I get a transcript review to see if I am a good fit and which classes might transfer?
Yes! Our Advising Center offers a preliminary review of your transcript(s) before you apply.
Yes! Our Advising Center offers a preliminary review of your transcript(s) before you apply. We can evaluate your unofficial transcripts to tell you which courses will most likely transfer, and what requirements you still need to fulfill to help you decide if Isenberg is the right fit for you. The preliminary transcript review does not guarantee admission, but is a good indication of your standing. To request a preliminary review, email your unofficial transcript(s) (from each institution attended) and indicate which major you are interested in.
Can I preview my online classes before they begin?
Yes! The University uses two Online Learning Management Systems (LMS) Blackboard Learn (BBL) and Moodle. Moodle courses are open to view a day before the semester starts and Blackboard course are available a week prior to registered students. This is a great opportunity every semester and especially your first semester to introduce yourself and start to learn the navigation before having to learn the course content.
Can I repeat a class?
Students may repeat a course that they received a C- or lower in.
Students may repeat a course that they received a C- or lower in. The new grade will be the one factored into your UMass GPA, however all grades will be visible on the transcript. The course must be repeated at UMass Amherst. A course may be repeated once without permission and a second time only with permission of the academic dean. No student may take a course more than three times.
Can I take on-campus classes as an online student?
On-campus students have priority in on-campus classes.
On-campus students have priority in on-campus classes. Online students can take on-campus classes on occasion on a space available basis. There is a different tuition rate and additional fees.
How can I register for an online course at UMass Amherst?
Your student status will determine how you can register for an online course, please see...
Your student status will determine how you can register for an online course, please see How to Enroll for instructions.
How do I access my online class?
New students will receive emails to your home email account with your NetID, temporary password...
New students will receive emails to your home email account with your NetID, temporary password and SPIRE ID. Activate your UMass email account as soon as you receive the information. All official UMass communications will be sent to this account.
Returning students will have the same NetID and password previously used. Access to classes in Blackboard Learn is available 1 week before the class begins. Access to classes in Moodle classes is available 24 hours before the class begins.
To log into your class, go to your Class Schedule on SPIRE; click on computer-screen icon. Log into your class by using your Net ID and Password (same credentials used to log into SPIRE).
1. Login to Spire 2. Activate your Enrollment Appointment: • Main Menu > Enrollment > Summer/WTR/Non-deg Enrol Appt • Choose your semester • Scroll down to the bottom of the page • Click "REQUEST CPE ENROLLMENT APPOINTMENT"
You are now ready to add a classes.
How do I get access to SPIRE, UMass Email and online library resources?
You need to activate your Student...
You need to activate your Student IT Account to get access to SPIRE, UMass Email, and Online library resources.
How do I know my GPA?
You can see your cumulative GPA on your unofficial transcript in...
You can see your cumulative GPA on your unofficial transcript in SPIRE.
How do I search for and enroll in online classes?
Isenberg Courses: All students can use the Browse Courses tool to find and sign up for Isenberg Classes
Other Courses: Prospective Students If you are not a Current Student (not yet accepted to an Isenberg program) and want to sign up for a non-Isenberg class, you can search and enroll in classes at CPE. You are not eligible to register through SPIRE.
Other Courses: Current Students 1. Login to SPIRE (the University online catalog and course search tool) 2. Click on Main Menu > Course Guides > Search for Classes 3. Follow directions for your session below
Gen Ed classes Spring & Fall session:
Term = Spring or Fall
Gen-Ed Category = Pick the gen-ed category you seek
Gen-Ed Category = Pick the gen-ed category you seek
How do I take an online class?
The University uses two Online Learning Management Systems (LMS)...
The University uses two Online Learning Management Systems (LMS) Blackboard Learn (BBL) and Moodle for online courses. Moodle courses are open to view a day before the semester starts and Blackboard course are available a week prior to registered students. You can review the tutorials prior to starting.
How long will it take to finish the Program?
Which semesters you attend and how many courses you take depend on your other obligations,...
Which semesters you attend and how many courses you take depend on your other obligations, degree requirements and your goals for completion. How long it takes to finish depends on how many courses you take during which semesters, you may take 1 to 5 courses most semesters.
Courses are offered spring, summer, winter and fall. Please bookmark important dates for details on the semester start and end dates, add/drop and withdrawal dates and refund dates. You can log on to yourc lasses at your convenience but will have deadlines to meet and time restrictions to work within.
Spring and fall semesters are generally 13-weeks long; you can expect a 10+ hour per week time commitment per 3 credit course.
Summer sessions are generally 6-weeks or 13-weeks long; you can expect a 20+ hour per week time commitment per 3 credit, 6-week long course and a 10+ hour per week time commitment per 3 credit 13-week long course.
Wintersession (not required) is an intensive 3 ½-week session; you can take up to 4 credits (one course); expect a 40+ hour time commitment per week per 3 credit course and you may be required to log on every day.
How many credits are required and how many can I transfer?
You need a total of 120 credits to earn your degree.
You need a total of 120 credits to earn your degree. You may transfer a maximum of 75 credits, and you must earn at least 45 of your total credits through classes at UMass Amherst, and meet all degree requirements.
How many hours should I expect to spend on an online course?
You should expect to put in at least ten hours of course work per week for a three-credit course...
You should expect to put in at least ten hours of course work per week for a three-credit course in the fall or spring (13 week semesters). For a three-credit course in the summer (6-week sessions) you can expect at least 20 hours of course work per week. The optional wintersession (3 ½ week session) requires at least 40 hours of course work per week.
How much does the Program Cost?
How many credits you need to reach 120 and satisfy all program requirements will determine your...
How many credits you need to reach 120 and satisfy all program requirements will determine your overall cost. You need a minimum of 27 transferable credits to apply and you may transfer up to 75.
If you take the minimum 45 credits that is required, it will cost approximately $25,000. The University also charges a onetime $135 Undergraduate Entering Fee, non-refundable.
There is no cost difference for in or out of state/country residence.
Currently online undergraduate Isenberg courses cost $525 per credit. There is also a $47 registrar fee per semester, most business courses are 3 credits.
Gen-ed requirements or electives may cost a bit less per credit but are often 4 credits see SPIRE for specific course cost information in course description.
You will also be required to purchase ebooks, text books and/or CD’s etc. For more information, please visit Tuition and Aid.
Searching for General Education Classes?
Finding Gen Ed classes can be tricky, so here is a tip to simplify the process:
Finding Gen Ed classes can be tricky, so here is a tip to simplify the process: 1. Go to SPIRE 2. In the right-hand column, click Search Classes/Catalog 3. Near the bottom of the Class Search Criteria section, use the dropdown box Gen Ed Category to refine your search 4. At the bottom, use the dropdown box Mode of Instruction to choose (Online)
What are the criteria to graduate with honors?
All UMass Amherst Graduates are eligible for...
All UMass Amherst Graduates are eligible for Latin honors designations on diplomas and transcripts if his/her complete academic record shows at least 54 calculable credits at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and meets one or more of the following criteria: 1. If a student’s GPA places him/her among the top 5% of the graduating class of his/her school or college, then he/she will receive the degree summa cum laude. 2. If a student’s GPA places him/her among the top 10% of the graduating class of his/her school or college, but not among the top 5%, then he/she will receive the degree magna cum laude. 3. If a student’s GPA places him/her among the top 25% of the graduating class of his/her school or college, but not among the top 10%, then he/she will receive the degree cum laude.
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