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.
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.
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.
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.
▪ 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.
▪ 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?
▪ 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
- $472 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.
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.
Ms. Renee Ciulla is the academic adviser for all students in the online A.S. degree program. You can contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigration requirements do not allow students on either F-1 (student) or J-1 (exchange visitor) visas to enroll in online degree programs. International students who are not seeking a U.S. student visa and will reside in their home country are welcome to apply to the degree program. Please review the International Applicant's Guide for specialized information and instructions.
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.