University of Maryland Global Campus Reviews

  • 271 Reviews
  • Adelphi (MD)
  • Annual Tuition: $12,336
72% of 271 students said this degree improved their career prospects
61% of 271 students said they would recommend this school to others
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John S
  • Reviewed: 5/26/2022
  • Degree: Homeland Security
"Distinctively contrasting the reviews on here where it seems they only came to vent about a bad experience, I attended UMGC for 6 years from 2015-2021 throughout a Marine Corps career and deployments, and I could not be happier. I have associates and friends in and out of the service and none compare to the level of education and simultaneous amount of flexibility the school gave when it came to classes and schedules. The interface online the schools gives students makes the need to call an advisor a last resort, if you cannot figure it out, then you need not to apply to a university. I took 33 classes and only had 1 professor that I felt was subpar."
K
  • Reviewed: 5/23/2022
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I officially withdrew because of the constant disorganization with my class and the university. I officially withdrew MONTHS ago but continue to get emails asking for my updated contact information. I received another email today asking to provide my contact information so that "we can discuss current deadlines and registration. How difficult is it to correct records to show that I officially withdrew. I also submitted comments saying that I would NEVER re-enroll. I am convinced that the emails are part of UMGC's very misinformed strategy to maintain or increase its enrollment numbers. I repeat, I will NEVER re-enroll!"
Meyer Lahat
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2022
  • Degree: Communications
"UMGC is absolutely terrible. I spoke with at least 5 different advisors over the course of my final five semsters and I always asked them what classes I needed to graduate. When I had finally got my 120 credits I wasn't able to graduate still because apparently, every single one of these advisors made an error when recommending me classes. I still needed to take an extra class to graduate They told me there is "good news" though because they were willing to offer me my last class free of charge due to their error. It's not really good news though because my plans have completely changed and even though this class is free, I will have to take off more time from work to complete it. In addition, I never should have been taking it in the first place I don't understand how MULTIPLE different advisors can make such a grave error. This is literally their JOB. Terrible University, please don't attend - Meyer, class of 2022"
Court
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"I began with UMGC in January 2019 and graduated May 2021. This school was a breeze to work with and I am not exaggerating. From enrollment, to signing up for courses, to the graduation dept and even the financial aid dept. Communication is clear and concise. There is no issue getting ahold of any department that you need to speak to and the employees are very knowledgeable and helpful. If I had financial aid questions or questions about which courses to take for the next semester, they were always a phone call away! I had a small issue where I was being charged out of state tuition, I brought it to their attention and completed the necessary steps and my in state tuition was honored. The professors were great but there are always a few that are more challenging to deal with than others and that is anywhere. All in all, I enjoyed my time at UMGC, I learned a lot and was able to work full time and balance my online courses as well without being overly stressed. This is, of course, an online school so focus, time and late nights are to be expected but because I did not have to stress about the school itself and could focus on my courses and home life, I was able to be more productive. I would have gotten my Masters with UMGC however they do not offer the program I am looking for (Social Work - MSW). Such a shame because it would have been amazing to continue my educational journey with them. If you are considering UMGC, Apply NOW!"
C
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2022
  • Degree: MBA
"So far UMGC is sub par in almost every instance of pedagogy, as compared to friends and peers in MBA programs. Additionally, advisors are embarrassingly unhelpful, and seemingly condescending. Save you money/time and find another school that is interested in developing professionals. It’s been a complete disappointment."
TheBigSnake
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2021
  • Degree: Management
"I am a well established professional and veteran, currently working in an IT related field for the government. Despite the success in my career, I decided to go back and finish my degree during COVID times, as I may soon be inclined to change my career path. Frankly, the only reason I am writing a review about UMGC is to offer a truthful testimony, as many of the reviews present here are untrue. Out of all of the instructors I had (around 28 in 18 months), maybe two could use some serious improvement - the rest were diligent professionals. The classes would be challenging for someone new to the workforce, but an experienced professional would have no issue "shortcutting" the content... That is a perk of being an "old" and much wiser student, anyway - I'd easily do the same at a Harvard or otherwise. To summarize, UMGC is a great value, it is regionally accredited, it is respected by employers, and it gets the job done. The online resources are great, and the classes hit the keynotes. Anyone who's been around knows that this is exclusively about obtaining the piece of paper at the end, and lesser about the education... everything is learned on the job in the real world... a degree is just an admission ticket. There were a few losers in the courses that never stood a chance; those people are behind the negative, no-substance reviews here."
Ginny
  • Reviewed: 11/22/2021
  • Degree: English
"So I went through many school changes while I attended-from regular semester lengths down to 8 week classes. The 8 week classes is when things went south with the school. (And as class length shortened, tuition increased.) There was not enough to write research papers, so we did the bare minimum. If you fell behind at any point, you were essentially screwed as there was no time to play catch up. Eventually the school also did away with textbooks, which sounds okay, until you realize you either have to sit at a screen all day to read articles and lecture notes, or you have to print everything. And for my history and english classes, this was A LOT of paper. As far as services go, we were not assigned an advisor, so whomever we spoke to was essentially giving us generic information and not actually able to fully help. I was glad to finally graduate and be done with that place."
Cristin Simons
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"Every single step of the way has been a disaster. Every psych professor I have had gives zero feedback, no explanations, and refuses help. The financial department charges the wrong amount then threatens to not release grades after they charge the wrong amount, then refuses to take it out of the next semester. They claim they have free tutoring, yep! 4 hours and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a tutor who can’t spell and takes forever, wasting the little time you have. Literally, there is no assistance. I have attempted to complain to my financial advisor (whose number I have blocked at this point) but she blames me for the problems instead of UMGC taking responsibility for their issues. I suppose I head university of Maryland to a higher standard but this is turning into a horrible experience. For a small fee of $1000 per class, you could also have a horrible experience like me!"
Manuel
  • Reviewed: 10/30/2021
  • Degree: Computer Networking
"Every online course I have attended has the same problem. Absent instructors and outdated material from 10 + years ago. Zero original material from the school or instructor. I've attended a survival course in my military career where I got tied up and slapped around and treated as a hostage in various scenarios. I rather get slapped around daily for 8 weeks than continue on with this school. Save yourself time and money, go somewhere else."
John
  • Reviewed: 10/18/2021
  • Degree: Business
"The complaints that I have are few, but common to all the courses so I will start with the positives. There are no expensive textbooks, the professors do not get kickbacks from publishers, and the courses guide the student along the same exact path as universities that require expensive textbooks. That being said, virtually none of the courses in the undergraduate program have an umbrella course that wraps everything up or boosts the student to a professional level. For example, the managerial courses do not have students be a notional manager but rather solve very basic problems such as what to do with scheduling conflicts. Courses that talk about business ownership do not have students run a notional business but rather study what other people already accomplished. The courses will get the student to around mid-range if the student is involved and takes the work seriously, getting to the top-level will require a lot of personal experience. However, none of the previous comments touch on the core issues with the programs. Foremost, there is far too much overlap so the students end up doing the same assignments many times over--usually the same 20-page report due at the end of the week. Open book quizzes that are copy and paste questions from the textbook. Group discussions with forced responses that end up making everyone say something without having real interest in the topic. Another issue is the quality of professors. About 75% of the ones I had were good. The other 25% is a half-and-half mixture between professors that grade so harshly that you will get a failing grade for not writing in their preferred tone of voice, or the opposite where professors disappear for weeks and grade everything at the last moment leaving students to wonder if their work is on the right track or not. Possibly the biggest complaint is that the university uses course resources sourced from other schools. When they do that, the student is left wondering how much better of an education they would have if they went to the other school. UMGC/UMUC should replace those resources with ones from their own school. This problem is common with just about every degree path."
James S. Glanville
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2021
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"All they want is your money. That's it. No help no support. What a hustle. Avoid this place. They do not care about students. All they care about is their bottom line. Please search elsewhere. They hire students who do not no anything to help you when you call."
Chris
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"Did you know that some of UMGC’s departments will keep you on the phone longer, because it looks better for their end of month metrics? Did you know that UMGC will contact you sometimes as much as 10 times in a week? They will call it checking in on their students, but really, they are just pestering you to pay remaining account balances that sometimes aren’t even close to being due yet. Did you know that UMGC has a “Do Not Contact” option that can exempt hard working professional students from receiving the incessant emails and calls that are sent to them on a daily basis? But UMGC will not tell students about this option, because then they couldn’t fake the number of students they are supposedly “reaching out to”. Did you know that UMGC is a business where the bottom line is money? So, they will recommend programs that are not beneficial to the students they are advising and UMGC will also recommend financial options that will put the students in a disadvantages position from the start. Did you know that when looking at things from a pure number’s standpoint, there are multiple other institutions whether they be community colleges or universities that provide both a better educational experience and better financial options than UMGC? Did you know that there are other institutions that you could receive a degree from, that would be looked upon better than UMGC? Did you know that UMGC within the past few years became a part of the University of Maryland system which provides them with more opportunities to exploit students and make more money for themselves? Well, if you didn’t know now you know"
MDHR154
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2021
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I should have done more research, because now I am stuck at UMGC. It is a diploma mill. The professors are not real professors, some do not even check into the classroom on a regular basis. I had a "professor" who went on vacation during the quarter, and did not check-in with the class for over a week! If you complain to the department, nothing changes. Also, the course resources are outdated. Current changes in the law are not taught. If you want a quality education, go to a different school."
Andrew
  • Reviewed: 3/24/2021
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"Received a lot of support from instructors while on military deployments and assignments. Course work greatly improved my ability to perform at work and the degree opened prospects for Officer Candidate School. I used mostly tuition assistance, however the amount I paid out of pocket was low due to the low tuition rate."
Amber
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2021
  • Degree: Management
"I transferred to UMGC from a state university in my city, because they offered a program that that university did not, and I was in no position to relocate elsewhere to pursue that path. The accelerated class format put me only a year away from graduating at the time I transferred, which was another huge draw for me, but I should have known it was too good to be true. This is not a real college education. I don't think that this is something that students who start off at UMGC realize, but anyone who has attended a quality college would be appalled by what they are touting as higher education here. The courses have no substance, and those within a program are repetitive and almost indistinguishable from one another. The free textbooks sounds like a nice perk, but Google them and you'll find that they are designed for AP High school or first-year college classes (and yes, this is what you are studying in your junior and senior level classes). The professors do not care. I get the impression that most of them could not teach at a respected university, so came to UMGC as a last resort where there are really no standards. They use random blogs and news articles as their sources for "research", and in many cases the information they provide goes against well-accepted industry standards and recent research (you'll regularly read outdated material presented as current). Their course content is filled with spelling and grammar errors, to the point that I doubt these professors could pass a high school English class. It was incredibly difficult to stay motivated throughout my last semester here, as every time I logged on, I was painfully aware that I'd been scammed and it all felt so pointless and humiliating. I am ashamed to admit that I ever attended this university, and feel obligated to attend grad school (elsewhere, obviously) if I ever hope to find a good job in this field or pay off the thousands of dollars in loans I took out to attend this poor excuse of a university. Please do not make the same mistake I did. Their entire marketing campaign is misleading, and truly false advertisement. All attendees should be entitled to their money back - UMGC is an absolute scam."
Antonette Goodwine
  • Reviewed: 12/22/2020
  • Degree: Political Science
"Do not apply to this school. They do no care about your family issues that would prevent you from taking your classes. They say that mental health issues are not good reason to have exceptions granted to you. They said you were not the person with mental health issues, and your minor child’s status does not count. The state will go on your credit report for money you should not be responsible for paying back, material change in circumstances that are out of your control. Do not believe the commercials! This is all a scam to fail you and take your money."
Chris Simmons
  • Reviewed: 10/14/2020
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"This can be a good school, but you have to make sure you choose the right professor. For example, there is this professor named Stephen Pew, who is disrespectful, rude, and is always on a power trip. He gives student's terrible grades if they speak out against him and he wants you to focus on his class only which can hurt your grades in other classes. Also, when trying to get this issue resolved with the higher ups, it gets passed around and the issue doesn't get resolved. This can be a really good school, but all it takes is that one professor to mess up your entire GPA and graduation record. Make sure to speak to your advisor regarding which professors you should learn from."
Christopher F Williams
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2020
  • Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
"I regret every red cent I spent there. Supposedly this school is military friendly and they do have a monopoly on every single base I've ever been to, but I took my Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration over to the Air Force and then the Navy because I was under the illusion that I was going to be an officer. They wouldn't even accept the degree's credentialing. Not even with superior academic achievement. Meaning I wasted a small fortune on a degree that isn't worth the price of toilet paper. The instructors are well meaning but too underpaid to care and on two occasions they just disappeared to be filled in by someone else halfway through the semester. Their collections department is like the freaking mafia. On 3 separate semester's I was turned into collections because they "recalculated" my tuition and "mysteriously", I owed more money for my worthless degree plan. The school was a huge mistake. I left and decided to go to a good school but whenever I apply to a job I have to explain why I will not be able to give them transcripts from this degree mill. They wont send them to me because I refuse to send them any more money. UMUG or UMUC or whatever they are calling themselves now a days is one of the biggest regrets I have in my life. I've written Stars and Stripes hoping they would do an expose to stop more service members and their families from going there but they don't seem interested."
Christopher F Williams
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2020
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"Absolutely the worst academic institution. Makes its money off of service members and its family but the degree isn't worth the price of toilet paper. The Air Force wouldn't even accept my Master's in Healthcare Administration. That's right the US. Air Force wouldn't even accept a master's degree from this "military friendly" institution. Its a complete rip-off, a waste of money. Oh and they will try to rob you of every penny. Every semester, they would recalculate my tuition so that I owed them more once my classes started and send me threatening collections notices. I wasted a fortune of government GI bill funds on this degree mill. Its the worst. I regret my decision to go here every day of my life."
Joe Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I have been going to UMGC for a few years now. I graduate in a couple of months. I have also attended a community college back home for a couple of years. Instructors are a hit and miss. There are teachers with PHDs and masters from very reputable universities and others right from UMGC. I have had good ones and bad ones but more good than bad. Assignments vary like the instructors, some are helpful and others not so much. I do not like the quizzes and exams from UMUC as it becomes ridiculous ciphering through 5-10 links with 100 pages in each (not all). CTRL + F is your best friend at UMGC. I am ok with getting my degree from them and I will be pursuing another. If I had another school to choose from I would probably get my second bachelors elsewhere. I think grading is pretty fair but sometimes inconsistent. That being said I think UMGC is an average school and still feel good about getting a degree from them."