University of Maryland University College Reviews
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I can't endorse this school at all. Most of my classes were online, which isn't a bother, but when you pay the same price as other classes per credit hour, but receive a knock off education things tend to get frustrating. Course materials were articles or Wikipedia (despite not accepting Wikipedia in the copious amounts of papers you write), EVERY. SINGLE. COURSE. has essays (I did Psych./Chem. with a minor in Bio before this and had less writing) and the "instructors" aren't really qualified to grade writing efficiently, since it's all online they hire "pocket instructors" who seem to be the "mall cops" of instructors. Additionally, a lot of the course descriptions say "prepare you for XYZ cert/test," but as you can imagine using Wikipedia and handwritten curriculum provides only a lot of untouched material. Admin side: they lost my transcripts from my other schools 3 times (official transcripts sent electronically and sending school confirmed receipt), dragged the financial aid process out until my last semester (Spring 2019), asking for things my other schools did not. I went from a 3.82 in the same degree at another school to 3.2ish. Not all their fault, but between the shady grading, lack of instruction/education, etc. I'm just done trying.
I completed the MS in Data Analytics August, 2018. This was a very comprehensive and challenging program that covered Data Analytics from ETL through predictive modelling. The courses build off each other and the course work is challenging. As an online program student interaction is contrived, however most instructors make efforts to encourage collaboration. Grading was fair and the instructors generally followed the syllabus. The instructors and assistants were responsive and helpful when I had questions or needed additional assistance. Be prepared to write code in SQL, python, R, and SAS. Alternatively, there are GUI programs for most assignments, however I found them more difficult than just writing code directly. The program provided a structured approach to becoming a professional in the field of Data Science.
The program is absolute trash. This will be my last class with UMUC. The lack of textbooks leads to at times dozens of free "journal articles" to read per week to get your educational content. The instructors could care less, they have your money. In my last course I witnessed a Dr. in the program ask a student how they expect the instructor to help them understand a subject. They are cocky, pretentious, and sometimes downright rude. They need to go back to a real textbook or at least include some instruction, save your money, if you want to learn something go elsewhere. The first few years of this program are self study using free articles that you can find on Google Scholar. They just recently turned the program on it's head from D.M. to D.B.A..
The MBA program is a joke, as there is no real substance to it and the six 6-credit courses are very redundant in terms of concepts and coursework. The courses are also not entirely clearly written, as some instructions and project rubrics contradict themselves. Additionally, you're graded by color (green/yellow/red), which somehow translates to letter grades. There is no real quantifiable data to back the grades up and your results are very subjective. No textbooks; no exams or quizzes or anything of the like. In all six classes, my instructors were full-time professionals or adjuncts at (sometimes several) other schools, which made communication interesting. If you're looking to check a box, get a 4.0, and be handed an overpriced master's, have at it. If not, save the time, money, and effort. If I had to do it all over again, I'd certainly do it somewhere else.
Since they dropped textbooks the quality of instructing went downhill. Reading articles from research journals and online sites is not substitute for actual learning. One professor barely gave feedback or instructions. I had to guess how to do my project for half my grade. It's just papers every week. Does not begin to compare to my brick and mortar school, or even the real learning that took place at the community college. The advisors are pretty worthless and they've changed my graduation requirements. The latest includes work experience courses I will never be able to satisfy in my current job and a course for non-majors in my major field? Honestly, it is not worth the hassle just for a piece of paper. If you want a real education, with support and true learning, go elsewhere.
If I had to do it again, I would definitely choose another school. I received my Masters in Cyber Security in May 2018 and all we did was write papers. There was very little hands on technical teaching which in today's world is what employers are looking for and a lot of beginning students desire. What UMUC should be teaching is technical skills, especially being in the DMV area. I wouldnt recommend this school if you want hands on technical experience as its nonexistent in the Masters of Cyber Security program. I have resorted to teaching myself and taking classes at the community college. I know Maryville University has a great Cyber Security program that several of my friends are in now and they love it because of the hands on teachings and robust labs.
After many years of classes with this school, here is a review for anyone considering this one. The instructors don't care about the students here anymore. Many are now worried about getting paid, since they get paid so little. The administration doesn't care about the students anymore here, since they are worried about lying for to school to maintain their own tuition reimbursement. The school will cheat you out of once earned credit now, when you become to close to graduation to try and make more money. Stay away from this one, and look elsewhere!
After taking a 2 year break from a private school in Ohio, I decided I needed to return to school to finish my degree. I transferred to UMUC and had the best experience I couldve imagined. From the application, to registering, all the way through graduation I had great interactions with all of the professors, staff, admin, and other students. Taking the online courses gave me the courage to be the student I wanted to be and speak and sound the way I want to be heard. You will see throughout these reviews individuals who have had a bad personal experience make sure that their voice is known through these comments. It is important to understand that of course troubling things happen throughout college but I can assure you they have done everything they can do to make it i work and I am happy that others like myself are also writing reviews. I agree wholeheartedly with others that actual learning at UMUC will depend on what you put into it. Those who want to play the system and find an easy program, easy classes, and easy professors can do so and do well with minimal effort. On the other hand if you want to truly prepare your self for your career and life you can do so with UMUC. I fell somewhere in between the two and graduated Summa Cum Laude while learning a great deal (still with, in my opinion, minimal effort. Overall, good school. Allows a student to be the kind of student they want to be. In the end if the student doesnt learn anything it will only be at a harm to themselves. Pick UMUC
As a working adult, I wanted a degree that was both attainable, affordable, and convenient. The University of Maryland University college fit that bill. As a long time leader in online learning, I was satisfied with the quality of education that I received there. Overall, while it's not Harvard, if you are searching for a decent online option to obtain a bachelors degree, then this university is one that I would recommend.
I love UMUC and do not regret enrolling in the course. The professors I've had so far have all been really knowledgeable and helpful during my time of struggle. The enrollment process was simple and quick. Financial aid has been really easy to apply for a disbursement dates have been on time. I haven't had any issues thus far and I look forward to completing my program.