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I'm taken 6 of the 12 courses needed toward my Master's (NOT in business), had a 4.0 (and yes, I will agree it's a rigorous program and nothing wrong with that) until I had to take a finance course that was completely ridiculous, way, way too in depth for those without a finance background and absolutely no help from the instructor or the so-called "tutor": I'd post a question about homework and it would take 4-6 days to get a reply which usually wasn't even responsive to the question asked.
Basically, you're teaching yourself and paying them for the privilege. If I wasn't so far in I'd transfer in a hot minute.
I have taken 4 classes thus far in my college career at UMUC. In my first semester I took two online classes in the summer of 2012 and in my 2nd second semester I went to class at the University of Maryland - College Park campus and University of Maryland - Shady Grove campus.
I enjoyed both atmospheres (online & in-class) and now torn between which I like better. If you make a serious effort and find the necessary time to study the course work, UMUC is great for higher education. If you don’t have the time to complete the work I would not recommend this school.
I estimate that I spend 2-3 hours -3 days a week reading and spend 10 – 15 hours per paper that I write. When taking two courses you may have a paper due every weekend between the classes. UMUC does spend time on understanding how to write papers in APA format.
You need to be very sure what you want before you sign up for a school like this. A high motivation and strong work ethic will make sure that you get the most out of it. Downsides to this are the team-based environment, where if you get stuck with someone with very little time to do work, you will have to make up for their mistakes. Teachers are generally OK, but some of them don't do much more than copy and paste old lessons for new classes (generating mistakes) and checking work done. You'll get more out of the classes by actively communicating with the teachers and going beyond the work assigned.
It's not a bad school, by any means, but if you are either too busy or if you are not certain about the benefits of a specific degree, then go somewhere with more name recognition or don't spend the money. Don't go in expecting a degree here to change your life, because it will not unless you invest in more than just schooling.
UMUC is a great school. The work is comparable to University of MD CP and UMBC, I know I have taken classes at all 3. Yes their FA is bad, they get the job done but it takes them forever. If you have an issue and live in MD its better to go to the FA Office and get it handled in 15 mins then stressing yourself out and calling every two days.
The teachers are always their when I need them. For what you pay you get a great education. People will always complain about grades and teachers but all schools have their share of bad teachers or students who got a F who didnt deserve it ext ext. That is a case by case situation and shouldn't deter you from enrolling.
The class work can be a bit challenging at times but there are plenty of resources should you choose to seek them. The instructors offer contact information and some classes have assistants. The also have programs such as the EWC who will review papers before submission.
Some classes have study conferences with faculty that will answer questions about the material regardless of your section. I recommend it overall but the student ultimately has to put forth the effort to be successful as this is definitely not a paper mill. Degrees are earned in my opinion. Finance major.
The school is good, but their FA department is by far the worst ever. This is NOT the first time I ran into issues like this at UMUC. I just figured I am too lazy to transfer to another school. PLEASE DO NOT WASTE UR TIME BECAUSE THIS SCHOOL WILL GIVE YOU MIGRANES. I have been dealing with FA issue since June 27th.
Their IT department have issues so students cannot accept the loans on their own so FA have to accept on their behalf. On many attempts, I tried to contact FA to accept my loans for me and their ticket number said it was accepted for me. One month later I figured that FA department always have problems so I checked on my status again..guess what? It was never accepted and they told me to fill out another form. I did fill out another form, but I didn't understand my classes were being dropped so many times (when u don't have FA on file ur class will be dropped). I called in 3 times a week and FA office told me that they will an indicator to prevent my class from dropping. After another like 6 drop and re-register again, I found out from the registrar office that there was NO INDICATOR TO PREVENT my class from dropping. I called in and they let me speak to FA supervisor who promised to call me back or email on a day or two help with me the FA issue...guess...never a single phone call. I tried again and again..people promised to call me back or help me with my problems...never got one back.
Finally, I reached a good guy..he helped me with the problem and contact the FA counselor to accept my loans for me. After 3 month s and 4 days...guess what they finally accepted...they only accepted my Unsubsidized and NOT gradPlus. I don't understand what else I can do because I emailed directly to FA office and also contact over 20 times and have filled out the form to ACCEPT BOTH unsub and gradplus...Now they accepted it for me after 3 months (June 27th to October 2nd) but accepted it incorrectly. I am med student and I never ran into a stupid school like this. Guess what I will have to do tomorrow morning...call them back again and gosh i don't know how many people or how much longer will they will get it done correctly.
I was taking 2 classes simultaneously a criminology class and IFSM class. I was doing great in the classes for the first few weeks getting 'A' work on all my assignments. Unfortunately I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and decided to undergo surgery to get it removed. I informed both of my professors about the surgery, one was understanding but the IFSM one was not. She was adamant that I complete my work ahead of time to avoid falling behind. The course work was very basic to me and I was able to complete a few of the assignments ahead without reading the material. No problem...
But I had an unexpected and extended (and painful) recover post-surgery. I was unable to continue my coursework during this 2 week period. I informed both professors, one was understanding and gave me an extension on the course work, the IFSM one was not... Ultimately I ended up getting an A in the criminology class and an F in the IFSM class. The IFSM professor refused to give me an extension on the coursework and went on vacation during the class for a week and was unable to process my withdrawal. A very basic class "What is a hard drive?" That was an easy A for me with my extensive computer background experience. When I tried to appeal the grade and had a letter from my surgeon sent the the school I was turned down. I was disgusted that I received an F in a class I could have so easily passed because I "situation" did not warrant an extension in the professors eyes or an appeal to change the grade to a withdrawal with the school. I was more than willing and able to complete the course work but was not allowed to because brain surgery was not a valid enough excuse... Ugh... I subsequently withdrawed from the school, and I am still fighting the F on my transcript.
The financial aid is ridiculous. You will never get a correct the first 6-10 times around. The supervisors never give you a call back. The people that answer the phones to assistant you do not know what they are talking about. I have dealt with them for various different reasons and nothing is ever done when they say it will be. Things that take 10 days will take more than 6 weeks. NOTHING is ever done the way they say it will be. EVER.
Stationed overseas, UMUC is one of the only school available to me. I will be waiting to pursue my degree furthur, though, because UMUC has given me the run around for every single thing I've tried to do.
Financial Aid has taken 5 months, and I still haven't finished. Even when they say I am, two weeks later there's a problem - and each of those problems has been their fault. Their advisors also barely read the emails and send responses that are completely useless, if they send one at all! Enrolling was a huge mistake.
After doing ample research before I decided to go to UMUC, it's only fair that I leave feedback for future students to use.
I am currently wrapping up my last semester here at UMUC. I will be graduating with a masters in Management Information Systems and Services.
First off, the school is a great value for in-state students. The cost per credit compares favorably to every other "real" school in the area. And UMUC is a real school. It is part of the state's university system and it has been since 1947. It is also regionally accredited. UMUC should never be lumped in with the for-profit colleges.
Before I enrolled I was worried about the quality of education, but I was delighted at how challenging the coursework was. I took mainly online courses, and most professors were very demanding. I found my experience at UMUC to be much more challenging than my undergrad experience at University of Maryland, College Park. Some classes were easier than others, and some professors were easier than others, but I think you'll find that anywhere you go.
The online "class room" is a program called WebTycho. It is a little outdated, but I was told by a professor that UMUC is looking to upgrade it in the near future.
I read a lot of negative reviews about student services. I can honestly say I never had a problem with student services. I used student aid and everything went fine.
Ultimately, I learned a lot of things that I'm already applying to my career. I'm very glad I pursued my masters degree at UMUC.