When officials announced UMass Amherst's plans to buy the Mt. Ida College campus less than a mile from the Boston line, they offered vague statements about how they'd use it to let UMass Amherst students get internships in Boston and tie into the local hi-tech community.
But, yeah, they'll be offering degree programs that could compete directly with UMass Boston. WBUR reports Amherst is planning degree and certificate programs in areas such as nursing, computer science and engineering. UMass Boston already offers programs in nursing, computer science and electrical and civil engineering.