University of Maryland University College Reviews
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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.
If you are seeking to start a career in Healthcare this degree may be a waste of time and money. Despite telling my advisor that I needed to be employable immediately upon completion and that I have a passion for Healthcare, she used her well memorized selling points to help guide my decision to this program. Prior to graduation I began applying for entry level and mid-level positions. I quickly learned that my more than twenty years of employment experience was irrelevant since it was not in Healthcare. Although I had held a volunteer position with a Healthcare facility; that did not help. Seeking to leverage my diverse employment relationships I began applying for government jobs. Again, you apparently need experience to get experience. Five years after graduation I have given up applying for positions am settling for my 32k/year job which is well beneath my skill sets. Tread cautiously.
I chose UMUC because I wanted a graduate degree, but with my hectic schedule I knew going to a classroom would not be an option. Most of the classes were challenging, especially the finance class, which I appreciated because if forced me to take time to learn the content, ask questions and become more engaged in the class, so that I could be successful. Like ALL schools the professors were not all the 'perfect professors', but I learned a great deal, I wanted to learn!!!. Anyone who says they don't learn anything just did not apply themselves because these online classes took discipline and excellent time management; and, essentially, you will get out of it what you put in. I successfully completed my MBA program and I recommend this school as long as YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE AND DETERMINATION to be a success.
You must take control of your personal learning at UMUC. I just graduated in May 2018. I received two job offers during my final week of class. This program is intended to help you "check a box" that you have a Computer Science degree. It's not going to help you pass a Google technical interview. I have a Bachelors and Masters degrees in teaching but wanted to get into Computer Science. This helped me accomplish that goal in just under 18 months. Most other 2nd bachelors programs would have taken me at least 3 years up to 6 years. With that said, nearly every topic is similar to other CS programs at any other university. The difference is the depth of the content studied. You will get the breadth of coverage here but the depth will need to be accomplished through self study. Study hard for those technical interviews and you will be fine and making great money soon.