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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.
I had a great experience with UMUC - which i received my MS IT in Information Assurance. Let's face it - online school is not perfect. But its improving everywhere. I received my BA from a good brick and mortar midwest college - and I learned more at UMUC, because I put a lot of effort into it. I've read the negative reviews of UMUC as well, and everyone will have a different experience. Some of my Professors were excellent, and some were just OK. I could say that same for my undergrad school. It's a research based program - its not about absorbing facts and spitting them out. You are encouraged to interact and discuss with your classmates and you also learn from their experiences.
I also had an issue with the project based work - however there is a system in which peer reviews help decide your grade. On some projects I was left almost alone to complete the work - and I slammed my project team members. Realistically - it is hard to find the time to do the research and the work when you have a full time job and a family to care for. I found the capstone course at the end one of the most rigorous and challenging. The final was tough - you need to really get into the U of Maryland Library system and get to know how to research. It really is an amazing resource for information. I still use it to this day as my login still works.
The WebTycho web based platform is aged, however it does the job, and most of your time will be in the U of M Library system, the book for writing style and docs and spreadsheets - and some powerpoint for presentations.
I would recommend UMUC to anyone who is self-motivated and is ready to get involved. To some degree, yes you teach yourself, but that is because you are learning from the research that is required - and not memorizing textbook concepts.
I have not finished my degree yet; however, I am 2 years into the Biotechnology/Bioinformatics program. The program is demanding in terms of the reading assignments, writing assignments, and group projects. The program will make you write, write, and write. Did I mention write? I have noticed that many students will drop out of the classes in the first several weeks when they see the workload.
UMUC is a Maryland state school focused on the needs of the military and people already working as professionals. I went to a traditional ranked undergraduate school and I believe I have learned significantly more at UMUC. The Biotech program appears well organized. Every class has a syllabus with the same basic sections, all writing is done in APA 6, all classes require participation, all classes require a group project, all classes have multiple writing assignments, all tests are essay (exception being math classes, but even then you have to explain your work).
Additionally, the school takes plagiarism seriously and the most minor typo can land you in hot water! I truly do not understand the bad remarks a few have posted. Yes, UMUC has an open acceptance policy and some students at UMUC are not prepared to do graduate level work. They will fail out or drop out quickly, so what!? This just shows that the school is doing its job of screening candidates based on ACTUAL work not based upon more subjective means. Frankly, if you are 18-22 and have the money and ability to go to a University Campus then great, go! UMUC is not meant for you. UMUC is Maryland's answer to the needs of the military and professionals in the state. It's a good answer.
UMUC, is not a high standard school. If you are looking for an easy class with little to no knowledge conveyance, then this is the school for you.
Most students write at roughly a low high school level, and the professors for the most part (roughly 80%) are under qualified or disinterested in their students or the class.
I have had a few good solid professors at UMUC but they are the exception more than the rule. I would never recommend this school to anyone truly trying to learn a new skill or improve the skills they already have.