University of Maryland University College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (205)
I started out in 2004 while I was enlisted and finally finished my program in 2016. At first the program was pretty strenuous (what I would expect from any UM System school.) Somewhere after 2010, they switched to eight week semesters and stopped using actual textbooks. The majority of the faculty is adjunct. With the exception of people like Reginald Haseltine, most of the "instructors" are just there to push corral you through the material like cattle, forcing you to learn the material on your own. Some "instructors" don't even read the papers you submit, just give you an A for the submission. (Personally verified this.) All this comes down to one simple fact; You get what you put into the school. Pros; 1) They took ALL of my military credits and applied them to my degree 2) Online courses made it easy to continue my education even when I moved back and forth across the globe 3) The switch to eight-week semesters allowed to me to finish my degree finally 4) The classes are textbook free, so you don't have to pay extra for materials 5) The switch to eight-week semesters also put me at "half-time" status with the VA, allowing me to collect BAH while only taking one class at a time. 6) In contrast to other-school that change program requirements to keep you from getting your degree, my program was changed several times to make it easier to get my degree. 7) I had professors like R. H. who was not only a subject-matter expert in his field, but was also a GOOD instructor. Cons; 1) The majority of the faculty don't care about you 2) The online reading material that replaced the textbooks are sub-par, I had to buy books off eBay to supplement the online readings 3) Since most of the instructors don't give recorded lectures, I had to watch MIT OCW lectures to actually learn the material 4) Some class you could "ace" with minimum amount of effort possible 5) The program quality was reduced from 2004 when I started to 2016 when I finished
I read some of the reviews and thought I'd put my own thoughts here. I got my bachelors from Indiana University and wanted to do an on-line Masters for the convenience and to experience a different method of curriculum delivery. I find the program challenging, but I echo a few others in saying that you get out of it what you put into it. The grading is consistent and UMUC's online platform is very stable. The course work is arguably taxing and demanding in terms of time, which is why I would advise prospective students to pace themselves carefully. I had no issue with the administration at UMUC, but I was primarily self-financing my education and didn't require any interaction with the finance personnel. One the whole, I would highly recommend UMUC to others seeking an online educational experience.
After attending IU, which was brick and mortar, for 4 years, I was really hesitant about changing to an online program. I did extensive research on online institutions and some of the 1 and 2 star comments on UMUC made me wary. However, I decided to give it a chance anyway. I have to say, I am SO GLAD I DID. I finished my final 34 credits at UMUC and I would do it again given the chance. I won't lie, their courses are challenging. I worked full-time, took 18-21 credit hours, and took care of my new baby, so I was exhausted 90% of the time over the last 9 months but it was worth it. Sure, the professors could probably interact with the students a little more, but I did find that the higher level course I took, the more the professors were engaged with the class. The assignments were challenging and time consuming, but you learned a lot from them. A lot of the discussion requirements every week were required to have at least one source cited in APA format, which by then end was not so bad. I agree with most of the reviews on here- you get out of UMUC what you put into it. You can't just skate by on the bare minimum. You have to really put in the effort. But if you do, I promise it's worth it. I will always recommend this university.
The graduate program overall was really good, you had all the proper material needed to study and plus you had access to the school's database to do additional research. Those who are seeking a graduate program, keep in mind that the MS is not the same as a undergrad degree. I went to a brick and mortar university for my undergrad studies and again you learn as much as you put effort into it. No one is going to spoon feed you and if this is your way of thinking then you are not ready for the graduate level yet. As a professional in field of work, this same rule applies, no one will spoon feed you the answer, in order to be competitive the level of effort need to come from you. Now with that being said, my main gripe about the online classes is that there is really no interaction with the professors. Sure they give their feedback on your weekly assignment and maybe as a class over all but if there was a way to show even prerecorded sessions along with the material that would have been phenomenal. Overall my graduate experience has been really good and have learned very much through out these past two years.
UMUC is a great school. The curriculum is challenging but I believe that overall it forces you to learn the information. I am not happy about that fact that they did away with text books though. I guess this was a decision that was made in order that they can remain competitive with almost all other online colleges who have done away with textbooks. I obtained my associates and bachelors from this school as well. Sometimes the instructors can be a little too strict on the assignments requirements but I think that is actually a good thing. I know some students who have obtained degrees from other online schools and they still don't even know how to format a research paper in APA style. I am grateful for UMUC because when I was on active duty stationed in Iraq and Kuwait, I was able to continue my education with them online. There accessibility to military personnel when they are deployed or otherwise stationed outside of the United States is awesome.
Don't do it. Find another online school. UMUC is a purely MONEY driven school with extremely mediocre curricula. If you want to be screwed over by financial services, come to UMUC. If you want to pay thousands of dollars to do high school level busy work, feel free!
Awful. The undergrad program was pretty good, but the graduate program sucks. Professors are less than helpful and completely un-engaging. They recently started an "85 is a good grade" policy and since then professors grading seems to be totally random with no explanation as to how or why a grade is received, but if you start to get too many A's, expect some low B's to counteract them even when you actually follow the same type of outline for the next assignment. There is no rhyme or reason to it. Interactions are contrived and the course content is a joke. Seek your masters elsewhere. This does nothing other than pad your resume so you can say you have a masters, which is worth it if you're already in the field, but not worth it at all if you aren't or need to actually learn something.
Worst online school ever. LEO is unorganized and crashes frequently. The financial aid office has to be called numerous times for you to remind them to do their job. Money making school only that's what they care about it ! UMUC. Stay away from this school!!!
I find this school to be very good. Business courses are very good, especially the project management courses. Instructors are pretty good for the most part. The occasional bad one here and there but that is to be expected. Being that I have been to both a traditional brick and mortar school and now online college there is a difference in the education. I enjoyed sitting in a classroom and having an instructor right there to ask questions too, but I also like the convenience of online courses. The hardest part about online courses is making sure that you understand what the professor is asking. However, if you do have issues the instructors are really really good at clarifying it for you. I hope this review gave you some idea of UMUC.
This school curriculum is build for student like me- busy with a full time job, married, kids, and that still wants to pursue a college career. Don't let that fool you though, you are still required to perform just like any regular student. Their online program is one of the best for busy adults, and for those that rather do 8 weeks of school instead of the regular 16. Finally, this school is military friendly. If you are in the military-active, reserve, guard- this school program will work with your abnormal schedule to help you achieved your goals.