University of Maryland Global Campus Reviews

  • 262 Reviews
  • Adelphi (MD)
  • Annual Tuition: $12,336
72% of 262 students said this degree improved their career prospects
62% of 262 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • 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."
  • 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"
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2020
  • Degree: Accounting
"UMGC is terrible. They make students write the same papers every course. There's a Career Exploration assignment, which is basically an underhanded way of making students sign up for their worthless CareerQuest site. There's a research tracker, which they say is used in real life, but after working in accounting for several years I have yet to have a boss ask me for one. There's an Academic Honesty assignment, which is a perfunctory attempt by the university to scare you from plagiarizing. And for all of these assignments, you'll have to write a unique paper each course. That takes up a fourth of the semester you paid $1,000 for. The second quarter of the semester you'll be replying to discussion posts that have no real relevancy to the CPA exam. The last half of the semester is comprised of a poorly trained professional pretending to be a professor by demanding you jump through hoops, not as a means to an end, but as a means to themselves. Ultimately, you won't really learn much, but the school will get your tuition payment and you'll get to say you passed ACCT XXX. Yippee!"
James Lankford
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2020
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"UMGC provided me with easy to access classes and nearly zero cost coursework and applications for class. Being a "online" school I found the majority of my instructors to have a laissez-faire attitude. Since the majority of instructors and professors are on a part-time basis and have much higher real-world priorities assignments are lazily graded and easy to excel at. If you are already working in the field you are striving to get a degree in, this is a great school to get that degree check in the block. If you are attempting to break into a new field with little prior knowledge of it, you may find your skills to be lacking in the real world."
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2020
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"This university is for those who just want to fulfill their requirements for the Post-9/11 benefits or those who simply want a degree to place on their resume. Even at the graduate level, the the standards are non-existent. In short, you turn in an assignment, even if it is a disaster, it will be an "A". The "team" projects are an atrocity to academic standards. Being an alumni of George Washington University, I can say without a doubt, that the level of academic pride from the students is mediocre at best and the level of academic standards from the "Instructors" are even worst. Students here will simply get a grade in which they do not deserve in favor of encouraging them to continue registering for classes at UMGC. I am ashamed to admit I am a UMGC student."
Thomas S Brandt
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2020
  • Degree: Finance
"UMGC is an excellent online school with a very reputable school name, University of Maryland, behind them. Classes are difficult and challenging, however, they are fair. Communicate regularly with your professor and classmates and you will not have problems. The graduate degree I received was discontinued and replaced with the MBA program that is offered. It has prepared me for job interviews and for the next steps in my civilian career. I recommend this school to anyone."
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"I wanted to write an initial review for umgc because of all the issues I have had with them just getting enrolled. First, I had called them more times then I can count and just about everytime they would schedule an appointment for someone to call me back however, not once was I called back-at all not at the scheduled time or an hour after. I had to call them to say we had an appointment but each time they would say "that person is unavailable, how can I help you" anyways it has been really frustrating getting any kind of answers to my questions yet alone getting something done. I have finally been told that my financial aid is taken care of and that in 2 days this will show on the school site. My initial feeling about this college is that they seem to trip over themselves and nobody knows truly what they are doing. I am going to give this school a try for a semester and I really hope my opinion changes."
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2019
  • Degree: Information Systems
"UMUC or UMGC is an outstanding university for those who are retire, active duty military or reserve. Flexible courses and staff always there to support their students, locally or abroad. If you compare any University System of Maryland to any other university system I’m sure MD will most likely supersede it. Their investment in higher educational resources makes them hard to compete with! Education cost money for anyone who doesn’t know, so for those who complains about financial department issues. I want to make it clear for future students that issues with the finance department and the quality of education are two totally different categories."
  • Reviewed: 12/15/2019
  • Degree: Human Resources
"UMGC (formally UMUC) was great and for the most part quite easy to maneuver. I'm not completely sure what all of these negative reviews are in regards to. I'll make this short and sweet... UMGC is what you make o fit. If you have an issue, reach out to the school, be persistent, take accountability and get your degree(s)."
Dodged a Bullet
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2019
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"The only class I completed at the school was the Graduate Studies class that is required for all Master's programs. This class was extremely easy. Got an A very easily. I've outlined the course structure below. This class was 0 credit hours so I didn't know what to expect, but I think it was a good class for those that haven't written an essay in a very very long time. There was no lecture and no textbooks. All materials were online YouTube videos and how to's in the online library..etc. I think this is fine for this particular class, but I'm so glad I discovered this website before I took my next class. If your program (graduate or undergraduate) is something technical like Cybersecurity THE COURSE CONTENT SHOULD INVOLVE TECHNICAL SKILLS AND NOT CONTINUOUSLY WRITING ESSAYS. Writing ability is important. However, people who work in this field do not spend their ENTIRE time writing research essays. There has to be some technical knowhow. This blew my mind. My program is Health Informatics Administration so I know there's no hope for me. I'm not going to learn any programming languages by writing essays. I was expecting to supplement my programming skills outside of this graduate program after getting the basics from class. I now know this would not have been the case and I would have been very disappointed. This degree program is useless even though it's accredited. I'm now applying to a brick and mortar school in my state that has a good reputation. And I'm going for straight up Health Informatics (still totally online). Thank you everyone for writing your reviews! It saved me so much money! I only spent $50 for the application fee, $75 for the one class I took (because it's 0 credit hours), and now however much for my transcript for said class so I can apply to a real school and get a Master's degree that holds true value. I'm sorry for those that actually spent thousand of dollars at this school. Course Structure: First week was a discussion assignment. You had to make a post and reply to two other students. The second week was a 500 word essay draft. Third week was turning in the final version of the essay. Fourth week was 1,000 word essay draft. Fifth week was turning in the final version of the essay. Sixth week was another discussion assignment of the same format, but different topic. Again...there was no lecture and no textbooks. All materials were online YouTube videos and how to's in the library..etc."
Jourdan Wooden
  • Reviewed: 9/26/2019
  • Degree: Communications
"UMUC was great in a lot of respects, but it certainly had limitations. My degree was very project-oriented, which worked well for my learning style. But I took a handful of classes which were more reliant on readings for learning, and those were a lot tougher. I'm sure there are some people out there who can learn from a textbook, but I need either a lecture or a project. If you're close to a campus, the hybrid classes work very nicely, but are offered in the evening and tend to have a more middle-aged crowd. (That's probably a plus if you're doing classes on top of your full-time job, but if you're in the just-out-of-high-school age range and looking for a full-time University, this might be a turn off.) I will say, there were a number of people in my program who were very talented and applied themselves. There were also a handful of people who seemed entirely inept and I'm amazed they were allowed to continue and graduate. I feel like I did get a lot out of my degree, but I worry that its value is lower as a result of people using UMUC as a diploma farm. I don't know if that's fair of the entire school or just my program, but it was real. My major classes were largely creative, yet the grading systems were set up to reward participation and effort more than skill; at a certain point, is that what you want? (If the answer is yes, this is definitely the school for you!) One more thing that's worth noting: something like 90% of UMUC professors are adjuncts. This means that a lot of them are fantastic, and some of them are terrible. Might be worth a Google search before you register for a class."