The University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture has offered associate of science degrees to students at the Amherst campus since 1918.  The Stockbridge School began offering online courses in 2008 and the online program has grown to 23 classes serving more than 500 students each year.  Due to the growing interest in online education, the Stockbridge School now offers a fully online A.S. degree in Sustainable Food and Farming.

NEW! Online Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Food and Farming We are now accepting applications (deadline April 15, 2018) for a September 2018 start. Please email the Academic Advisor, Renee Ciulla, ( if you are interested in being contacted about this exciting new online degree. And keep in mind that your A.S. credits can be rolled into the B.S. degree.

Curriculum and Course List

The Associate Degree Program

The A.S. in Sustainable Food and Farming is designed for those who wish to explore careers in sustainable agriculture but are not able to take classes on campus.  The major offers flexibility in designing a personal program of study, allowing students to focus on production and marketing, agricultural education, and/or public policy, advocacy and community development.  Students are not required to complete the degree in a set period of time or register for a set number of courses per semester. To know the timeframe for each class, it's best to contact the course instructor, but students can expect to spend anywhere from 4-9 hours per week per class.

For those who continue after completing the A.S. degree, the University of Massachusetts offers a smooth transition into the online bachelor’s degree in the University Without Walls with a concentration in Sustainability Studies or the on campus B.S. degree in Sustainable Food and Farming.

Admission requirements

Students are admitted based on their academic record, related experiences, and personal/professional goals.  The minimum high school GPA required for admission is 2.0/4.0 scale, recalculated based on the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education standards, which includes grades in English, math, social science, natural science, foreign language, and appropriate elective courses only.  Students are expected to have the required number and kind of academic units designated by the Mass Department of Higher Education. 

Application materials

▪ Official college transcripts from all colleges previously attended, regardless of whether or not transfer credit is desired - UMass Amherst does not accept personal copies, unofficial transcripts, or emailed electronic transcripts. 

  • Sending in transcripts: Official college transcripts from all colleges previously attended, regardless of whether or not transfer credit is desired. Transcripts are considered official if mailed directly or sent electronically by institution’s Registrar to (Hard copies of transcript may be needed if electronic transcript is illegible or not from a reputable organization). Official transcripts should be mailed to CPE Admissions to: CPE Admissions 615 Goodell UMass Amherst 140 Hicks Way Amherst, MA 01003.  Paper or electronic transcripts sent from students are not considered official.  Photocopies are not acceptable.

▪ Official high school transcript – If students have completed fewer than 24 semester credits of college coursework at the time of application, an official high school transcript is also required (unless those college credits include a suitable mathematics course).  Four years of high school math are expected, although exceptions may be made. 

▪ Official SAT or ACT scores sent directly to UMass Amherst from the testing agency - If students have completed fewer than 24 semester credits of college coursework at the time of application, official SAT or ACT scores are also required, unless the student has a waiver.  Waivers are granted upon request to: students 25 years or older, students from Massachusetts with documented learning disabilities (state law); veterans; students who graduated from high school five or more years ago.

▪ ESL students – Students whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English language proficiency, usually by submitting an SAT exam with a critical reading score of 450 or higher or an internet-based TOEFL score of 80 or higher with a writing subscore of 20 or higher.

▪ Essay –What led you to apply to the UMass Amherst A.S. in Sustainable Food and Farming?  What qualifications and traits do you possess that would help you be successful?  How would completing this degree program help you meet your personal and/or professional goals?

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▪ If a student has a disciplinary or criminal history, s/he must also provide an explanation, as well as a Transfer Disciplinary Report from the college where the disciplinary incident occurred or CORI report.  See application form for more information.

NOTE:  While we welcome students from New England States, online degree programs are not eligible for reduced tuition through the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP)


  • Financial Aid (both terms) – March 1 priority deadline
  • Fall Semester – April 15 priority application deadline
  • Spring Semester – October 1 priority application deadline


  • $482 per credit (subject to change)
  • $45 non-refundable registration fee per semester
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Fees are the same for in-state, out-of-state and non-U.S. students.

Financial Aid

Please see the CPE Financial Aid website.  Alternatively, students are always welcome to meet with a counselor during office hours, call the main number 413.545.0801 or e-mail at It's best to identify yourself as a CPE students to be sure to get the most accurate information.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit for the composition and math requirements is routinely awarded at the time of admission, as well as credit for financial accounting, introduction to management, and introduction to marketing.  However, transfer credit for coursework related to program requirements, including practicum credit, is done in consultation with the faculty advisor after admission.

Academic Adviser

Ms. Renee Ciulla is the academic adviser for all students in the online A.S. degree program.  You can contact her at:

International Students Welcome!

Since this program is fully online there are no visas required, and therefore no barriers for any international student to apply and take classes. Keep in mind that if a student would like to come to campus to participate in a commencement, or other type of formal meeting, they would need to do so on a visitor's visa, not a student visa.

Military Credits

UMass Amherst uses the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and applies the same standards to credits for military education as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities. The JST military transcript is available in electronic format only and may be requested via the Joint Services Transcript (JST) website.

Disability Services

Please view the UMass Amherst Disability Services website and make note that it is necessary to complete an online intake form before any accommodations will be made by an online instructor. Questions can be directed to the Interim Co-Director of Disability Services, AnnMarie Duchon. Email:, Phone # 413-545-0892, Office: 233 Whitmore Building.

Restricted States

Due to federal and state laws pertaining to distance learning, currently we cannot enroll new students from Oregon, Alabama and Arkansas.

Second Degrees

Students can transfer up to 30 credits from a previous degree towards their 60 credit AS degree. All previous credit can be used to complete degree requirements, but it's important to keep in mind that the UMass AS degree requirements still have to be met. Therefore, there is a chance that few or no electives, for example, will transfer over.