University of Maryland Global Campus Reviews

  • 279 Reviews
  • Adelphi (MD)
  • Annual Tuition: $12,336
72% of 279 students said this degree improved their career prospects
61% of 279 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 11/9/2022
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"This school does not prepare you for a job as a cybersecurity professional. There was never a day that I was challenged in a constructive way. The only "challenge" presented by the school was the long list of arbitrary assignments that have little to no application in the real world. The "teachers" are absent and are only there to collect a paycheck, there is ZERO original material, and you get stuck with incompetent "success" coaches. I am not just someone complaining to complain I love learning and challenging myself in the past two years I earned net+, sec+, CySA+, GCIH, and GAWN while still attending classes at UMGC and none of the courses came CLOSE to preparing me for the exams they were supposedly preparing you for. Take for example the capstone, this is supposed to be a time where you take all of the material you learned and then put it together and make a final project/paper on it right? Guess again you are redoing assignments from the cloud class (the material you purchased is likely expired by the time you take the capstone) and you are then asked to write a white paper about SDN/IBN which you didn't learn about until that class. How does that make any sense? Then when you look at the writing classes you must take for your degree they are nothing but a waste of time. Technical writing second assignment writing instructions for how to use a website. What a waste of time and money while inducing stress on multiple assignments that lack any real-world impact."
  • Reviewed: 9/8/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I enrolled at UMGC back in late 2019. The process was simple requiring minimal effort. I chose UMGC due to their tuition being affordable and having an office at my military installation. TA and the Pell Grant covered all of my tuition costs. I now have my Bachelors without using the GI Bill which is amazing. UMGC grants transfer credits from military school transcripts which allowed me to start off with 25 credits earned without ever taking any classes. The first 4 classes I took at UMGC were hybrid classes with a mix of both online and face to face lecture. My professors in these courses were passionate and helpful. I earned an A in all 4 classes which motivated me to keep going. Once the pandemic began the rest of the courses I took were online without lectures. The rest of my learning was all self study with the course materials provided. The professors for these courses were average at best in most cases and were not readily available. They had zero tolerance for late assignments but were not too strict with grading. My academic advisors were all knowledgeable and helpful. I only had negative experiences with the graduation services department. UMGC should look into process improvement for this department. Other reviewers that called UMGC a diploma mill are wrong. UMGC is a not-for-profit public university. They are regionally accredited being part of the University of Maryland system. The alumni network is not so strong but that is the typical trade off when choosing affordable online schools over outrageously expensive brick and mortar institutions. I would do my MBA here but I plan to attend a prestigious university which matters more for graduate programs. Lastly just to provide context to those who received their Masters in Healthcare Administration but upset about not being accepted as an officer. A lot of masters programs have a special accreditation. The MSC IPP (Healthcare Admin Officer) program requires applicants to have a degree from a CAHME accredited program. UMGCs Masters in Healthcare Administration program “is not” CAHME accredited. Choosing a different school is a must if this is the path that you plan to take. Prior to changing my mind it was my plan to attend Florida International University since they have an online CAHME accredited MHA program."
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2022
  • Degree: Computer Networking
"Summary: Attending UMGC is a solid career advancement move for working adults. You will not receive a premier Ivy League education, but a degree from UMGC does return solid value while preparing you for the workforce. The Bad: Most complaints about the school center on administration processes (academic advising, financial aid, etc). They're not wrong, the admin processes at the school can be slow and inefficient. But here's my take on it. If you're an adult you should be able to determine what classes you need to take and how you're paying for them. You'll be required to figure out processes like these in order to be successful at most employers. Curriculum: Classes are tailored to reflect real-life conditions, while introducing some theory. For my program the instruction was often designed to help you earn industry certifications in conjunction with your college credits. I personally earned some CompTIA certifications while finishing my curriculum. This is a force multiplier. You're already paying to learn something, you can immediately apply it, then you finish with a degree and certifications that make you very competitive. Many students don't take the extra step, but the classes do prepare you for it. You get out what you put in. Instruction: The professors generally come from industry. Sometimes they preferred to be called "Bob" instead of "Doctor Johnson". Interactions and grading are based on real-world applications, not strictly theoretical or "fluffy" material. I preferred this to classes I previously took at a large brick-and-mortar state university. Overall, not a world-class education but a solid value. I would not recommend to every 18 year-old young adult, there is no "college experience". I would recommend to most working class individuals."
Brandon Smith
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2022
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"Overall UMGC is a solid school and is a type of school where you get as much as you put in. If you take the time to read and understand the labs, you will have a great learning experience. One of the big things that UMGC does that not many other colleges do is have excellent scheduling and cost. With UMGCs 8 week course interval set up, you can work full time or even just enjoy life while also being able to attend college full time. For the past two years, I have been able to build my experience in my field while at the same time build my education up at the same speed. Another huge plus is that UMGC is not crazily expensive. With scholarships, I have found that I only pay around $3,000- $6,000 thousand dollars a semester. Compared to my co- workers and friends who now have a some 10,000- 60,000k in debt and are at the same level as me in the job market or similar."
  • Reviewed: 8/7/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"All of the negative reviews on this website are confusing to say the least. I attended UMGC and graduated with a BS in Business Administration. The professors were mostly very helpful, but honestly I didn't even need to contact them about most things. I liked that the classes were only 8 weeks because it allows you to be able to move along in your program quickly. Everything that I needed from start to finish was found online, so I very seldom had to contact my professors or advisors. The academic advisement report should be your best friend, as it will tell you exactly what classes you need to take in order to successfully complete your degree. The material I learned in my classes were applicable to what I wanted to do with my career, and I also thought many of my junior and senior level classes were challenging as well. Oh, and it is incredibly affordable! I graduated with little to no student loans which puts me in a better financial position in the long run. I do not know what people are expecting when choosing to attend this school. Many of the negative reviews stated that this was a scam or that you will receive a better education elsewhere. Yes, receiving a degree from a more well established in-person institution will probably look better on a resume. However, I don't think a degree from UMGC will hinder anyone from following whatever career path they choose. Personally, I feel well prepared for any my career, and I plan to continue my education with this institution for my MBA."
Whitney Wilson
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"If it weren't for UMGC and the amazing staff and teachers, I would have never finished college. I love this school so much that I plan to go back for my masters. It was a great experience with professors who are more than willing to help and respond quickly."
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2022
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"I did my masters in Biotechnology:with a specialization in Bioinformatics. The class I took that for Biotechnology or basic coding related were great. Any class to do with bioinformatics was a joke. You only end up taking a few class that are related to bioinformatics and this leaves you wholly unprepared to work in the bioinformatics field. I work closely with bioinformatics and I could not even do the simplest task they do. I can only break stuff. Bioinformatics requires alot of coding and if you have no experience in that two years of an online school is not going to give you that. This program was slapped together with other classed they already offer in other programs with one or two class that are horrible for bioinformatics. Go here for Biotechnology masters but not for Bioinformatics. Most teachers were good and I enjoyed the flexibility of online. I recommend this school but not this program."
Charnece Purnell
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"If you are looking for an online school, good for you, but let me tell you this is not the one. I was a first-time online college student, and when I enrolled and began working with Finacial aid and my success coach I made it VERY clear that I had no idea about what an online college would have to offer. Clearly they weren't listening. I enrolled in October of 2021 and was accepted. I immediately started working on my financial aid, and getting all the documentation they would need. That is where the crap show began. I had to resubmit the same documentation to them because it was always something. They can't see it, the date doesn't show clearly, the notarize did their job incorrectly, and it cant be notarized by an online notary. It took close to a month to get those documents together and during that time I was still enrolled in classes because surely everything would fix itself. Oh, I was so wrong. Not only was it not taken care of in time, I missed the unenrollment date (noting that I ASKED if I should just unenroll but they told me not to do it because I may not be able to re-enroll). I took their advice and ended up having to unenroll from the class. I was already $500 (paying for all the notaries and $459 for the class) in the hole and I hadn't even taken a class. Needless to say, I was already fed up and really thought these people were incompetent. However, I already started the process and it would have been more of a headache to switch schools. Fast forward to the spring semester and I am working with my success coach to get enrolled in classes. We sat there and we went through the classes and I am looking to her for guidance on what the best classes to take are. I ended up in PACE, BMGT, WRTG 111, and HRMN. Let me say this now. If you have to take a BMGT class DO NOT do it as your very first class, and DO NOT do it if you have anxiety, are a visual learner, or honestly if you struggle with any mental health. The teacher was grossly uninvolved, for visual learners it was an absolute nightmare because there were NO examples of how he wanted things done so a lot of overthinking went into the work, and there were projects that again didn't have enough explanation of how it was supposed to be done. I WAS OVERWHELMED. Where was my success coach? When you find out let me know. I was absolutely drowning, I wasn't on my proper medication, and I really felt alone in this whole process. When I started my WRTG class I honestly was just doing the bare minimum to stay afloat at this point. It wasn't until that class (and the teacher) that explained to me that there was an accessibility department. Why didn't my success coach mention this? Regardless I jumped on that and in about a week or so I had the proper accommodations I needed. I began to thrive in my classes after that. I knew all I needed was a 2.0 GPA to make sure I would be able to keep getting financial aid. I ended the semester with two B's, an A, and an F (but I had a 2.5 GPA and was proud of it) However I got an email part way through my HRMN class that said I was meeting SAP satisfactory. Come to find out they measure GPA and Credit hours earned. By the end of my classes, I only had 60% percent when they require 67%. Now I spoke to someone in Financial aid and I was told that as long as I passed my HRMN class I would be ok. That was a lie. No matter what I did, I was not making that 67%. Needless to say, my morale was destroyed. I fought my way up from the bottom to try and come out on top just to still be knocked down. 7% was the difference between me being able to receive financial aid to help me continue my classes. That 7% is also the reason I say with the utmost honesty, UMGC is unprofessional, incompetent, uninvolved, and just overall not worth the stress they caused me. I tried to do an SAP appeal and I needed help from the accessibility department, but they disappeared off the face of the earth. I still don't know where my success coach is through all of this, and honestly, I never wanted to go back to school and they just proved to me that it was a pointless attempt to go back. So don't enroll in this school. You will not have the best experience and they are absolutely not worth it."
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."
  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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!"
  • 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."
  • 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"