The UPST Procurement team supports and provides customer service on all matters relating to the purchasing of goods, equipment, and services. The Procurement Specialists team supports the University community through knowledge and use of best practices while ensuring compliance with the University's Procurement Policy.

BuyWays is the online system for the purchase of goods and services within the University. It supports both catalog (supplier punchout) and non-catalog purchases. You are encouraged to make BuyWays your first stop when looking to purchase goods and services for use within the University. 

Commodity & Account Code Crosswalk

Need to find a commodity or account code? You can do so quickly and easily using the Commodity & Account Code Crosswalk tool!


To gain access to BuyWays, UMass employees are required to take the Shopper/Requisitioner Training and complete individual campus requirements. See the Trainings and Information Sessions page for more information.

If the purchase requires a contract or university signature it must be uploaded through the contract request module before the requisition is created. Please visit the Contracts Page for more information.

Types of Orders

Catalog Orders

Catalog orders are created by using the supplier punchouts in BuyWays. The Preferred Supplier punchouts are accessed by selecting the appropriate Purchasing Category on the Guided Buying Dashboard. 

Non-Catalog Orders

Non-catalog orders are entered by using the Guided Buying forms located under the Purchasing Links section of the BuyWays home page.

Direct Payments

The Direct Payment Form is a way to request payment for goods or services when the transaction does not warrant the issuance of an official PO. 

Change Requests

Changes to an active Purchase Order (PO) can be entered into BuyWays if the request meets certain standards.

Changes to a PO can include:

  • Updating speedtype/account codes
  • Increasing or decreasing amount/quantity
  • Adding new lines

To ensure your change request meets the criteria, please review the Change Order Standards & Flowcharts.

Foreign Sourced Goods (Imports)

Before you place an order/create a purchase order (PO) for a foreign sourced good /import, contact the UMass Customs Broker, Redge Suller of Air Imports-Highland Forwarding USA ( to ensure that appropriate documentations and full costs are factored in before the order is placed

Ensure that UMass Export Controls department within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is notified to for securing appropriate permits


Please note that and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are not the same vendor. Purchases from cannot be ordered via a PO at this time.

Job Aids & Resources

Creating a Change Request Job Aid

Demonstrates how to properly submit a change request for an existing purchase order (PO). Changes include: updating accounting codes, updating amounts and quantities, and updating quantity orders that have been vouchered.

Create a Catalog Order Job Aid

Demonstrates the process of making a purchase through one of BuyWays online vendor catalogs (also called punchout sites)

Create a Blanket Order Job Aid

Demonstrates the process to create a blanket order. Blanket orders are used for services where multiple invoices of varying amounts are expected against the PO

Job Aid/ResourcePurpose 
Requisition to Purchase Order (Req2PO) Reference Guide Overall reference guide for the Req2PO process 
Non-Catalog Purchase: Goods Only PurchasesDemonstrates the process of purchasing goods only through BuyWays 
Non-Catalog Purchase: Services & Services + Goods PurchasesDemonstrates the process of purchasing services (or services and goods) through BuyWays 
Creating a Change Request - VIDEOProvides a visual example of how to properly submit a change request for a PO 
Change Request - Adding a New Line to a PO Demonstrates how to add a new line to a PO
Change Request - Entering Chartfield Information at the Line Level Demonstrates how to change the chartfield information for single lines. This is usually done when the speedtype/account code will be different from all other lines of the purchase order
Change Request - Relinking a Contract Demonstrates how to update/relink a contract. Relinking a contract is required when a PO change request involves an increase or extension to a contract
Change Request - Send an Updated PO to a Vendor Demonstrates how to change your PO to send an updated copy to the vendor
Change Request - Updating a Line That Contains a Form  Demonstrates how to update lines within a form. Once in the form you can update price, quantity, description, and dates
Change Request - Updating Chartfield Information on a Line That Has Been Vouchered Demonstrates how to update the chartfield information on a PO that has been vouchered

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