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I was after a second bachelors degree in Computer Science. Their website and catalog both outline their requirements: must have graduated from a previous bachelors program and have taken adequate math/IT courses to be prepared for the program. I supplied my undergraduate transcripts from my previously accomplished BS. I paid the application fee and got accepted. That's where the trouble began. The academic adviser wouldn't allow me to sign up for class. They kept saying I needed more prerequisites. I kept pointing out that their own catalog clearly stated that I had met all the requirements (I had math and programming classes that were beyond their requirements and properly recorded on the transcripts they had received). Once we got past that point the target moved! This time I was informed that although I had been accepted into the program (obviously implying that I had met admission requirements) I was told that I couldn't really be evaluated until UMUC had received all my undergraduate transcripts. I have gone to multiple schools on 3 continents and taken a small handful of cleps/dantes tests over the years they said they needed them all. I explained that many of these classes were irrelevant to my degree plan and not required by the university catalog. Please remember that they already had the undergraduate transcript from my initial undergraduate degree and transcripts from the other schools where I had taken IT/Programming classes. Eventually I was even told that they could not move forward without the transcript from my graduate degree. I tried to explain to the advisers that if they would stop obstructing my progress I would be earning credits and they would be earning $ but in the end bureaucracy was elevated over both commerce and common sense. Or more accurately, in attempt to get me to take as many classes as possible, at the highest possible cost to myself, UMUC lost this costumer. For an unranked school in a crowded marketplace, they are amazingly obstructionist. You can get equivalent education at a similar price point at other schools without the extra headache.
I am a current student of UMUC with an anticipated graduation in May 2108 (two more months)! I chose UMUC for multiple reasons with some of them being that they are an online school which offers flexibility for my hectic schedule and they have eight week courses which means I can take twice as many classes in a given semester. Prior to begining my studies at UMUC, I took several online courses, as well as 7- and 8-week courses, so I was familiar with the condensed format. I can say that if you are not used to an online learning enviroment, prefer physical books or need face time with a professor, then UMUC might not be right for you. As with any college or university, there are always good professors as well as those who need training on how to talk to student and truly assist them when they are struggling, don't fully understand the context or have personal unforseen circumstances. The coursework was not difficult, other than the two tax classes and internal auditing; however, there is a LOT of reading and since the classes are only eight weeks long, it is easy to get behind if you do not keep up with the assignments. If you have an issue where you need to miss a week, talk to the professor as soon as you know aobut the problem, not after it is resolved. Life happens and most will give you an extension with a valid reason, which does not include needing to work more hours. It has not been easy and some of the professors were not the friendliest, but for the most part, they were very helpful, worked with me when I did not understand what they were trying to teach and more importantly they wanted to see me succeed. Please keep in mind that anyting worth having is worth working for and a degree must be EARNED. It will not be given to you regardless of the learning format. Happy Studying, Everyone!
I would not recommend this schools online degree program. Class teachings are incomplete, do not apply critical thinking, discussions are a joke, and professors are paid next to nothing while students pay big time. Education is below average and learning goals can hardly be established.
If this is your last option, for my military personnel, for a degree program that is covered by TA, then all means go for it. However, please ensure you take time to consider your goals, post-military and post-graduate, to ensure that the degree program you choose is accredited for what you intend to do and will satisfy post-military employment or commissioning requirements. I will say that I enjoyed the online part of this school and I had a great time at graduation, the campus is really nice. I did feel like it was self-study most of the program, you get out what you put in. Some of the professors are adjunct professors and you can kind of tell which ones are which. Some are slow to give feedback on assignments and I had one professor who did not provide any at all. I would be sure to check out ratemyprofessor.com. Good luck!
This school is a scam. I'm a military spouse with a deployed husband, mother of 2 and I work full time. The instructors have a late policy that they do not follow. I turned in a doctor's note because I missed 3 days of classes from being in the hospital. I only asked if I could have a one day extension to turn in a project. Of course the answer was no even thought the policy states one letter grade will be deducted for late assignments. Now, I'm in jeopardy of not graduating because of one late assignment that is a major part of my grade. This school is a joke. Don't attend. I wished I had listen to other friends who started out at UMUC and witched to Westerns Governors College. They warned me about UMUC.
PLEASE BE WARY OF THEIR HIDDEN FEES. Even though UMUC is a "non-for-profit" school, it certainly doesn't highlights its extra fees pending on the classes you take. I was charged $91 for a "hybrid class" (80% online/10% physical classroom). I was never aware of this debt, nor was I ever contacted for it. Fast forward 6 months later, and now my debt is in collections. I only found out about this because I recently checked my credit history and found a big fat delinquent under my records. THANKS UMUC FOR SCREWING UP MY CREDIT.
If you want to get an online degree, this college is a scam, but most online colleges are. I signed up with UMUC, which was no easy feat because they don't help you at all and you have to keep on them constantly to tell you what the problem is now, but I got in and I got financial aid. Two weeks in, I had a personal situation that prevented me from working on my two writing classes for a week and half. When I came back, I asked the two teachers if they would help me get caught up, I didn't lack much. One said yes, but the other said no, that I should quit, and that I had failed to plan. When I begged again for help so that I wouldn't fail, this teacher, D. P., said "emphatically no" and again said I should quit. When I called UMUC, I was told not to withdraw or I would owe money back, so I didn't withdraw, I took the F's, knowing I wouldn't come back to them anymore anyway. They had crushed my spirit by this point. Then, at the end of the semester, I got a bill for nearly $3,000 along with two F's and absolutely nothing to show for it but the anger and hurt I felt. These people hired a teacher who abused me, and then when I complained, the school said, "What do you want us to do about it?" It was a complete scam. I tried at my age of 51 to go back and finish a degree I started when I was young, and this is the way I was treated. I won't try anymore. Thanks UMUC. You were a real encouragement. Not. I wouldn't recommend them but to my worst enemy.
This comes is bittersweet for sure as I transferred from another college specifically to attend UMUC And the criminal justice program. Youre kind of justice program I would rank 10 out of 10 instructors were incredible I learned so much the only missing part is lack of experience in the field without any virtual and/or online training. December 2017 with my expected graduation date. Between the academic advising and the registers office several of my work life experience credits did not apply such as a state license and specific vocational training and it clearly on the website states that college credit can be earned and specific for the license and or vocational program that I attended. In addition to, I was approved and registered at another university to complete my math requirement and one elective the process should have been quite simple to transfer those credits via electronic submission however the registrars office constantly had one issue after another with trying to get those transcripts. Several different people have reached out to me Regarding academics advising financing Registar which is completely entangled this whole process. This should not be that difficult. Here we are two weeks before graduation and I still do not have any answers taking finals and pushing through to complete my classes has been a Normas amount of stress created by UMUC. It is my hopes that they review our reviews and take stranded notes so that they can improve upon their systems. I cant of the emails this morning that have transpired since the beginning of November I have 116 really?
I am a military spouse that needed a reputable school that would flexible with our duty station rotations. I received my second bachelors from UMUC then rolled into my Masters program. My only issue with the school is the Financial Aid office needs to be contacted 1-2 per semester. The degree confer process took almost 2 months, considering you pay $50 to have them validate course work and print a diploma, that was a long time to me. I believe overall this school has a good reputation, I attribute my successful career to the degree obtained at UMUC, which is well respected in the DC/MD/VA area biotechnology and clinical research industry. Course material is all provided and to me that is what sold me on returning for my Masters.
I have completed my degree at UMUC and think that this an overall excellent school. When starting here I had completed about 40 credits and the next 80 plus were completed online at UMUC. The Learning Experience Online (LEO) classroom has come a long way since I started 4 years ago. The professors are very good and challenge the students. The only criticism I would have is the financial department. Once set there shouldn't be any problems, but there are many times when contacting them regarding financial aid that I wanted to jump through the phone, but once the issues were resolved I haven't had any problems since.