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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2009
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As a graduate student, UMD's main appeal is the excellence of its academics. There is definitely a great college atmosphere and plenty of opportunities for entertainment and fun on campus, but the excellent research and professors at UMD make it an excellent school to obtain a graduate degree.

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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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Great university. Professors are knowledgeable and very helpful. The cohorts are great to help you get through the program and establish lasting professional relationships! The Dean is engaged and very personable! The residency requirement is well defined and a good resource to build a relationship with the faculty, staff, and the university as a whole!

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
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I can say UMUC Graduate program I successfully completed was challenging and very demanding. Be prepared to write and use your critical thinking skills. The key is to log on every evening including weekends to stand above your peers. Take no more than 2 classes at a time. The professors are tough and demanding. On the other hand, the effort you put into the program will pay off. Stay focused and participate beyond the minimum during collaboration time with your colleagues. Like any graduate program, it requires discipline, lots of research, and above average writing skills.

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Degree: Homeland Security
Graduation Year: 2015
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In reading many of these reviews it appears that the positives are spot on and the negatives seem like sour grapes, to me anyway. I have nothing but praise for this school. I took both on-line and in-person classes and they were pretty fair and consistent. The support answer all questions in a timely manner and I never had any real delay with them getting back to me. The professors like any other school can be hit or miss but, all were professional. I actually enjoyed many of them as they appeared very personable and easy to contact. As for the work, I do believe that they have a pretty balanced curriculum. Some classes were tough while others were a breeze. I believe that school is what YOU make it ad if you are constantly displeased and this gives you an attitude towards the school, you're only going to make matters worse. I could deduce from most of the one star reviews that while the school may have had issues, the students probably made the resolution of those issues much more difficult. I really like UMUC and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an advanced education.

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Degree: Communications Studies
Graduation Year: 2013
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The UMUC online classes are of a high quality. The discussion requirements keep students engaged and busy reading required material, while the paper requirements build student research, writing and critical thinking skills. Students need to be self motivated, have established human communication skills (or be willing to improve them), and computer skills (Browser, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and so on). Great On-Line Alternative - Not for the faint of heart/motivation

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Degree: Bioinformatics
Graduation Year: 2017
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This review is for the BIOT630 course taught by Wolfgang (Robert) Rumpf in Spring 2015. The course was entirely online. I do not believe this instructor acted in a manner befitting a graduate school professor. Among my concerns: He repeatedly made announcements about how he was delayed or less present doing work for the class because of his other work. I do not see how this is relevant; I expect my professors to complete their work on time and be as involved as they need to be, and manage their other commitments appropriately. This included being late with grading, which left me uncertain as to what grade I needed to attain on the remaining work, because I had not received grades for my prior work. (Example: “The good news is that the three grant proposals I had to turn in this week (3!!!) are all in, so now I can focus on grading.”) The projects repeatedly contained broken links to input or software on the internet. I find it completely unacceptable that he did not bother to take 30 seconds to check the links before posting. Once a broken link was identified, it would take up to 24 hours to receive a response on what to use instead - and of course there was only a limited amount of time to complete each project. For those of us with other jobs and commitments (which I expect is a majority of students), this was a very unwelcome disruption, since we couldn't plan to always do the work when it was released. The midterm was delayed 2 days without notice; although we were given an extra 2 days to complete it, there was still a normal workload overlapping, so again this was a disruption to those of us that needed to complete the work on a predefined schedule. Course policy was that any mistake, no matter how trivial, on a project is a minimum 20% deduction. He claims that this is normally detailed in the syllabus but was left out this semester due to a glitch in the system - however, we would still be held to this policy even without being told about it in advance. When I asked if this was fair, he kept reminding me that "this is graduate school", and that this was in fact university policy (though he would not give me any reference to said policy). This is my third time through graduate school (already have 1 masters and half of another from a different research university), and never in all that experience have I heard of a policy requiring a 20% deduction for anything short of perfection. The late policy was unclear. I had to ask in order to know that you can usually get an extension without penalty - which I found especially surprising given the above. He partially justified the 20%-deduction policy as reflecting what one would find in the workplace, but in my experience, workplaces do not give open-ended extensions just for asking. There were numerous typos/mistakes in the project assignments - things that were even highlighted in MS Word as misspelled, but that the professor did not bother to correct. When grading my project submissions, the professor seemed to not read what I had written, but was instead looking for a few key words (when I had taken the time and effort to explain my answer in multiple, detailed ways in the submission), and then marked it wrong when those key words were missing. I had to go back and point out that he had misunderstood what I had written and argue back my points; this should not have happened. I expect a more careful reading from a graduate school professor. I did not understand why we had to wait for assignments to be released every week when everything was self-taught anyway; there were no lectures, just assigned readings and then projects, so it would have been helpful to complete things on an earlier schedule if that worked better with our other commitments. In fact, I was disappointed that class consisted solely of readings and assignments - no lectures at all. We were encouraged to post to forums/interact, but I came to graduate school to learn from those with experience and credentials, not my fellow inexperienced students. We got feedback on all assignments, but going through the motions of a project and then hearing weeks later that the work was fine did not reinforce the learning. This was doubly true because the projects were generally a detailed set of steps of exactly how to carry out some task in a software program, followed by some questions about the results. There was not really any need to understand how to solve problems in general with the software, since all the steps were already listed.

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Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2016
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Overall, I will have to say that my experience at UMUC has been great. There have been a couple of snags with the financial aid offices, but any problems have been laid out and resolved very quickly. When it comes to financial aid, always be sure that you keep track of it, if anything changes with your GPA or status it can change drastically. The most impressive part of my experience thus far has been the quality of material and instruction. The courses are very interactive and require a lot of your time, YOU WILL HAVE TO EARN THIS DEGREE. Many students come into an online program expecting to breeze through the program, this will not be that case. Many professors are adjunct with other schools and their teaching styles prove it, many coming from UMD or Penn State. If you are willing to learn and work, you will gain a great degree, with a great deal of knowledge.

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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016
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The admissions, administration, financial aid, and disability departments are terrible. They make no accommodations for disabled people at all. The staff is ignorant of the law. (-Asked for medical records which is illegal.) Both Webtycho and LEO are awful. I have had teachers who cannot even use the system. I have also had great professors. I am not sure the professors are enough to endure the rest.

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Degree: Information Systems
Graduation Year: 2014
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The Information Systems Management program at UM is very good, it provides a very thorough look at the mid to high level picture of IT. One weak spot is that it doesn't provide much knowledge for the lower level IT functions. Since most new to the workforce employee will be starting out in help desk, this is a potential weakness in the program, but overall it was a great program and was well work the money and effort.

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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2017
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The negative reviews posted seem to be heavily weighted towards the financial aid and customer service aspects of UMUC. While I have never had an issue with the staff's professionalism or helpfulness, if the customer service at UMUC is an issue, it's probably unfair to drag the reputation of the entire university through the mud to vent your frustration with the administration office's personnel and your financial aid issues. Over the last seven years that I have been (slowly) working towards my degree, I have found that 90% of my professors were quality educators that are very dedicated to teaching. Some of them have been downright outstanding and carry some big time credentials in their field. In my experience, you better come prepared to learn and contribute to the classes. Yes, you have to contribute in the discussion forums. Getting As and Bs shouldn't be enough to pass, as learning in an online environment is very different than a traditional setting. Discussion forums are an important element to online learning. Some may not like this fact, but you know what you are getting into when you choose an online program and I personally feel good knowing that an academic standard is being upheld. The reviewers that commented on how they are in the military and now owe the school money; that is their fault. This means that they signed up for classes through the university instead of their respective service's education portal. That is the only way that the university would come after you directly for payment if you are in the military. And you are specifically told not to sign up for classes this way by both UMUC and your service's education advisors. Follow directions next time.

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