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I guess this is a two-part review, Undergrad which I rate a 4 and Grad, which I give a 1 or 2 at best. Undergrad online courses at UMUC were very good for the most part. Instructors cared, participated, the material was relevant to the course, and the assigned textbooks were fine. I had an issue with just one instructor, out of 2 dozen courses, so I cannot allow the one bad apple to influence or judge the others, which were, as stated generally very good. I did not feel that there was course overload at any time, nor did I feel that the coursework was subpar, or "busy work" as others have stated. So that's the Undergraduate program. The Graduate program (Cybersecurity) has been a different story. I don't award them high grades here; the material is poorly organized, confusing, in some cases obsolete or deprecated, and just not up to Grad level standards in general. They give you a sophomoric 2-minute cheesy video (scenario) at the start of each "Project" which always culminates with writing a 5-8 page paper (or two). There are some labs in which you basically do nothing but step thru a few commands in nmap or ethereal packet analyzer. The school overemphasizes research and writing, which in my opinion are skills that should have been mastered at the Undergrad level or elsewhere in your career/work. Not to mention that all this writing and research is very distracting to the learning process. I mean, I paid to learn Cybersecurity, not how to write a paper and an Executive Summary. There is a lot happening in Information Space these days, for example IoT, Web 3.0, cryptoassets, migration from cloud computing, high-speed TCP/IP, but you'd never know it from taking these UMUC Cyber courses. In my opinion if you don't already understand basic TCP/IP, data encapsulation or the networking models at this level, you have no business being in a Cyber Graduate program in the first place! They admit anyone who can pay, so you can get admitted and complete this degree even if your Undergrad is totally unrelated to Cyber. The program seems to be undermining the value of the degree(s) by teaching some rudimentary skill sets and calling it "Cyber", yet Cyber is the buzzword in today's digital networked world, so I think a lot of the students hope to further their careers simply by possessing the diploma and putting it on their resume. No knowledge of coding or computer languages such as python, java, C# or C++ is required in this program. You don't have to know any Data Structures or Discrete Math, or how an Operating System interfaces with its components, anything that a 2nd-year Comp Sci or CMIS undergrad is knowledgeable of. No textbooks even. Pretty sad state of affairs. Find a better program if you really want to learn Cyber.
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.
I find it surprising to see so many negative reviews, UMUC offered me a straight forward program with great professors and very challenging school work. The staff has always been pleasant and helpful, and if you dedicate yourself to study and do well it pays off. The teachers have been amazing, kudos to Professor Francis Klein in Statistics for going above and beyond in assisting student learn in a challenging hybrid (online/person) class. The only thing UMUC should change that may be the reason for these reviews are the counseling department, most were not very eager to help. However, the LEO interface delivers a nice setup in organization not only for the online classes but also for the student center where one can see the advisement report and plan for the classes that need to get done for the program. I hope UMUC continues to grow and offer adult, full-time working students this great opportunity for higher education.
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'm set to graduate from UMUC next year, 2018, and I cannot discourage people from going to this school enough. It has been a roller coaster ride through horrible instructors, confusing interfaces, and instructions that only lead to more questions. Every class seems to be worse than the last. In the beginning, it wasn't bad at all. In fact, I'd say my technical writing and anthropology courses were some of the best I've ever taken because I learned so much in them. But beginning with the calculus class, things started to turn very bad. The entire class was as you'd expect, solving problems based on formulas and theorems. The final was COMPLETELY different and half the problems were on general theory, not practice. My first Java class was what convinced me to change my major the first time. Not because it was hard but because the instructor assumed that everyone already had experience with coding beforehand. He never actually instructed us on how to do the projects before we had to turn them in for a grade. Thankfully there are online services that help with this issue. I came to the conclusion that if every class in the major was going to be like this, it was going to be an uphill battle. My next major didn't last long because of another instructor who graded all assignments, to include discussions, with a fine tooth comb. If I didn't answer the question as perfectly as she expected us to with a sufficient number of sources, we would end up with a C for that week or worse. The purpose of discussions is supposed to be to discuss, not to be perfectly right. That's what the quizzes are for. Her method of grading only stifles discussion and learning. Anyway, I made it through that class by just having my husband, who was very knowledgeable in the area, answer all the questions for me. I promptly changed my major again. The accounting major has been tolerable for the most part. A business administration minor is required, which is irritating. I've learned a ton by simply searching online for help. However, there have been a few instructors who clearly didn't know what they were doing. It made sense that there were only a few of us in their classes because they did their research beforehand. Other than that, every class has had its own unique issues that infuriate me even more. Come to find out from one instructor, UMUC only provides texts that are free. It doesn't matter if they are good quality or not. Personally, I'd rather purchase my own quality textbook and have the instructor teach from that. Currently I'm taking a course where the quizzes are procedural, the text is standard policy, the videos cover material that might be on the CPA exam, and the weekly discussions say to reference the reading in analysis. Nothing in this class is synced up to foster a learning environment or to prepare someone for how to do the job in real life. The other class I'm in is similar in that the answer to discussion questions aren't supported by the text. We are told to always use references but to only use references that are provided to us. This means we all have the same reference at the bottom of all our posts, which is incredibly redundant. When I got an answer wrong once, the instructor's explanation made no sense, which discouraged me from doing anymore discussions for the week. He has made it so needlessly complicated when all I want to do is learn. Unfortunately, in the BMGT courses, it seems learning will come at the expense of your grade. So in the end, I have realized that this degree is just a piece of paper. It'll get my foot in the door, but that's about it. I'd hoped to get an actual education for my money, but I didn't. I doubt you will either if you go to UMUC.
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.