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UMUC is a good school,and as others have stated which I will reverberate, you get what you put fourth. Yes you find that in some areas of your classes, the students are not up to par, likewise can be said about the professors. I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing wonderful and caring professors, and have a couple that did not have an once of worth or interest in who you are. But the realistic feature that must be noted here is that the school is a good school. A professor told me early on that if you only put the minimal amount of work into the course, do you really expect to receive more then a minimal grade?. It is extremely important to do not just only the bare standard of work, it is critical that you do the best in every one of your course and go beyond the what is only expected of you. This is your time to showcase your leadership skills in a classroom environment, your professors will notice this and depend on you as an individual to help lead the course lectures. It is unfortunate that there are some students that do not have the same enthusiasms to put the same amount into there weekly assignments as you and other tuned in students do, but that is just where they will be at the end of the semester,searching for reasons why they failed or received a poor grade. Regardless of who or what the circumstances are that prevent others from participating regularly, it is your job as a student to do your part. The workload can be intense. Sometimes you wonder if you will ever have the time to complete all the assignments. Time Management is the key. Learn to develop a rigorous regiment of working on your assignments as they become available to you, and not wait until the last day of the week to turn these assignments in. That is a no no. You have to be pro-active in your course work. Group assignments will take place, unfortunately that is part of the university work load. I personally detest having my grade ride on the backs of other classmates. Do all the work assigned to you, cite your references completely, be thorough, be objective, ask the questions, be clear in what you are stating. Most importantly, cite your references completely. Yes I wrote that twice, because you MUST. Financial Aid, Hardly ever had a problem. When I did it was resolved fairly quickly.
I'm already in the career field, and I began my Master's in order to expand job opportunities in the future. I started at UMUC due to their relations with military personnel. Even being in the career field already, it was a lot of work -- but not in a bad way. I found the degree program to be truly challenging. Much more challenging than my undergrad business degree at another brick and mortar school. Also, I have a coworker in a comparable program at another online university, and I've done way more challenging work for my program than he has. The vast majority of my professors were PhD's who were working in the career field. Overall I had pretty good student service's experience. It's very easy and fast to get a hold of someone for a quick answer. When there is an in depth issue, watch out. I had a simple overage balance on my account, and I had to move a mountain to get that credited back -- to include explaining dollar for dollar where the overage came from. It shouldn't be that tough. One true "complaint" I would have is the lack of career/job placement. I attended an online job fair with only several companies even relatively interested in people in my career field. Maybe the in-person career fair is better. I also applied to Syracuse and was accepted but did not go through with the program. Looking back, if you have the money to pay for it and can get in, that might be the way to go. It will take a little longer but there is more prestige and you'll do a comparable amount of work. If not, I would recommend UMUC as a solid option.
Like most educational experiences you get out of it what you put into it. UMUC offers online classes as well as in person and I've taken advantage of both. The in person classes require a little less work but that is because the lecture portion and classroom discussion add alot to those classes. The online portion requires a ton of work submitted. I think if they had a professor review grade for courses it would be helpful because some are beyond excellent some do the minimum. My statistics professor was had a PHD in Mathematics and was actually a good communicator she gave me constant feedback and actually made the subject interesting, my instructors in the finance section were hit and miss. Overall however, I would highly recommend either modality. Keep in mind if you are going to take an 8 week session online your going to spend a large number of hours working on the weekends/evenings to meet the basic requirements. Still a great overall experience.
I attended UMUC part time and completed all of my schooling there, with the exception of a three-credit class at a community college and two CLEP tests to graduate a little early. I was focused and motivated, with a clear goal of obtaining my bachelors degree in business administration. And I did...with a 3.8 GPA. Academic excellence was not a goal initially, but over time it became more important. I would recommend the school for anyone who is a self starter with a strong work ethic and good time management skills. Also, if you are taking classes online, it is important to have excellent written communication skills, as all of your work will be in the form of papers, presentations and discussion posts, the latter of which take the place of lectures. To those of you who say that the classes are subpar, I disagree. Sure, there are some courses that are "easier" than others, but that is typical. As you start taking the classes that apply to your degree, you will find that the material becomes more challenging. Yes, some of the instructors are less invested than others, but that is typical at any school. I dare to say that there are poor instructors at the Ivy Leagues, although many of them don't even teach the courses, leaving it all up to their TAs. To those of you who say that the financial aid is a disaster... I ran into an issue the last year I attended. Financial aid contacted me and we resolved it fairly quickly. However, I needed to follow up. That is the key and, quite frankly, applicable in the real world. You need to take responsibility and not take it for granted that someone else will handle it for you. It's part of being an adult. I am now enrolled in the MBA program, which is no walk in the park. The material is rigorous, and the program intense. So far I am doing well. However, I am a little burned out from working full time and attending school part time (after all, I have been doing this for nine years), so I am going to take a break after this semester. Oh, and my responsibilities and income have exponentially increased since I started taking classes. I have been able to apply much of the material I learned in the undergrad program on the job. I have not been in the MBA program long enough to make an evaluation there. So, that's it. Make of it what you will. Bottom line, bring your best attitude and know that it's not for sissies.
The instructors made it very easy to maintain an understanding of all work assignments. Versus with the current online course I am taking is very confusing and not user friendly. I did not have to deal with inconsistencies with getting financial aid started. It was just overall a great well organized school. Why I am not there any longer is due to with my not being affiliated with the Military any longer. My tuitions rates would be considered out of state and I would not be able to afford to attend.
The Master's program gives you a very good management and technical overview, and you will be brought up to speed on modern IT concepts. However, the program could use more hands on-labs to demonstrate the concepts in a more real world setting. The workload can be difficult to handle with a demanding job. Lot's of papers to submit! The program can be very challenging if you come from a field outside of IT, but if you put the extra effort to learn the foundational materials on your own you can easily do well. The instructors are qualified but some care more than others. Bottom Line: UMUC is good for working IT professional in analysts, business, consulting or management careers and paths. But, not so good for pure technologists.
Although I was a PoliSci major, it has been useful in a variety of applications from business to government to law. I had a few bad professors, but overall the staff were well educated and attune to student needs. The material was not easy, but also was not extremely difficult to comprehend.
I have been attending UMUC for two years now part-time. I work full-time and decided part-time college would be best. I have had great experiences and enjoyed my classes.
Obviously some teachers are much better than others, but over all I cannot complain. I have never had to deal with financial aid, so I cannot comment on that.
I only have two semesters left for my MS in Information Assurance from UMUC. With all honesty, this school has been great to me and to my life style. It is very demanding and just like anything else, you will encounter good and bad professors. Some are easier than others, but for the most part good.
I really do not know why so much bad rep to this school when in fact they provide a good service. I didn't always get A's, but I am getting good grades. If you want to slack-off, this not the school for you. You must always be reading and be ahead of your assignments to succeed at this institution.
Trust me, it has worked for me. I just wish the media would not bash so much at UMUC.
I don't know where all these bad reviews are coming from. I see a ton of complaints about financial aid, I used FA every single semester and I never had an issue, not once! As for the actual education there are two things you need to know.
First, as others have posted, you will get out of it what you put in to it. I actually followed the syllabus in my classes, read everything even when I didn't need to to complete an assignment, I finished with a 3.92 GPA, and one heck of an education in my field (Emergency Management).
Second, there are to standards for acceptance, so you will have some lower level students in the entry classes. However, by the time you get to 300 level courses, most have been weeded out and those that remain at least try. It can stink to have a group project with a poor student but it is very similar to the working world where not everyone pulls their weight.
Lastly, the professors can be hit or miss. I took 69 credits at UMUC as I transferred in, I would say 9 of those credits were bad teachers, 39 were average, and 21 were very good professors. The fact is that people complaining about the financial aid office and the professors are the type of people who want to put blame on others instead of taking charge and figuring out a problem on their own, in other words, people who aren't cut out for online college.
Overall I would give UMUC a solid "B". Some things could be better, but I transferred from PSU world campus and UMUC was a much better experience for me. Whatever you chose, good luck and be prepared to work.