We believe that every Amazon associate should be able to build their career, and we are ready to support Amazon employees wherever they are on their educational or career journey.
Career Choice is an education benefit that empowers eligible Amazon employees to learn new skills for career success at Amazon or anywhere else.
UMBC’s academic programs include everything from the arts and engineering to pre-professional studies and social sciences. Plus, you can make your own path by blending disciplines in creative ways.
Majors & Programs
Student to Faculty Ratio
Classes with Less than 50 Students
Find What Works For You
Earn a Bachelor’s Degree from an Honors University
Continue Your Education as a Non-degree Student
Improve Your Language and Communication Skills
What happens if a student leaves Amazon?
Employees will lose their access to the Career Choice benefit if they are terminated voluntarily or involuntarily. However, if an employee leaves Amazon before completing their course(s) that were previously paid for by Amazon, they are not required to pay Amazon back for their Career Choice program.
Furthermore, if the employee submits a payment request before their termination for course(s) with a start date after their termination, Amazon Career Choice will still honor the payment request to allow the employee to complete the courses tied to that payment request regardless of whether they stay with Amazon for the duration of the of the program or not.
NOTE: An employee can apply for a payment request up to 90 days before their course start date.
What happens if a student creates a payment request and then leaves Amazon?
If the associate was eligible at the time of submitting the payment request, the payment request will be honored and be valid for one payment request as long as the request does not expire. They however, will not be able to submit new payment requests foradditional courses.
The payment request must be actioned within 120 days of class start date, and should not be submitted more than 90 days prior to the course start date.
What are Career Choice Offerings?
Career Choice offers 3 educational tracks (Foundations, Pathways, College) and coaching services. For all Career Choice approved offerings Amazon pre-pays tuition, coaching services and mandatory school fees. Additionally, students can submit book reimbursement requests if they have available funding in their yearly Career Choice budget.
For more information on our Foundations offerings, see this video.
For more information on our Pathways offerings, see this video.
For more information on our College offerings, see this video.
In the college vertical we fund credit-bearing courses that lead to:
• Undergraduate Certificiates
• Associate Degrees
• Bachelor’s Degrees
Career Choice will not cover tuition for Continuing-Education courses or classes that are non-credit bearing in the College vertical.
For more information on our Coaching Services, see this video.
How to Apply
Eligible Amazon Associates and prospective UMBC students may begin their journey by applying to UMBC directly, or through the Amazon Career Choice program.
Apply to UMBC Directly
Our Undergraduate Counselors are available to help you explore course options, develop a personal pathway, and support you on your academic journey.
Apply through Amazon Career Choice
Sign in and submit your request to "Apply to Career Choice" to discover all the pathways available to you as an Amazon Associate.
We’re here to help, no matter where you are in your college search.
Our team of counselors can guide you through questions about what to study, what it’s like to be a Retriever, and even the basics of financing your education. Explore our list of counselors below and find the person who works with students from your area, whether that’s Prince George’s County, Maryland; Arizona; or across the globe.