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I am enrolled in the online general MBA program without any concentrations. I have three more courses to go before completion. For me, the MBA program would be more beneficial if I lived in the Maryland or DC areas, because thats where many of the jobs are that are posted on UMUCs career website. Not only that, I have moved from a major northern city in the U.S. to a small town and there arent many job opportunities here like I thought it would be. The MBA would almost be useless here. On another note, the degree seems to help people already in a chosen profession move up to a higher paying position. The course work is intense, and I honestly dont know why people are stating its like high school. The semesters are ten weeks, and most of the time its hard to finish assignments early if you have a full time job and a life. You will need every day of the seven days of each session to complete your homework and research. The AMBA 640 Project Management course is a good course, and a good field to choose as a profession. However, you have to pay extra money (and lots of it) besides your tuition to enroll in the project management programs outside of UMUC. Everybody wants money! Many of us just dont have two grand at our disposal to invest in a program to advance our careers. We were hoping that investing in the masters program alone would solve that. It looks like it wont. Such is life. The team projects are challenging sometimes, because your team members all live across the country in other states and cities. Using skype and free conference calls along with emails is the smartest way to communicate and get a good grade on the team assignments. Communicating with team members just one time by email throughout the team assignment is just not enough. LEO is an extensive website with lots of links. Sometimes instructions are posted in more than one place on the site for each week. It may take some students some time to get accustomed to it if those students have never taken an online course. You will need a lot of time to complete homework assignments and discussion assignments to avoid submitting mediocre work resulting in scores of 70% to 80%. I have not had any problems with any professors as of yet, thank goodness. They have all been helpful, and they get back to you in a timely manner. The staff members in financial aid and advising I have communicated with over the phone are professional, and they have always given good customer service. Of all the colleges I have studied at, they are the nicest to talk to. It is refreshing to talk to someone that talks to you with a high degree of respect. The military students and law enforcement students are really bright, and its an honor to work with them. They are ambitious and make great team members. I hope to move from this, place, one day and start a career, or open my own business (my first choice) in another state and city. I think my MBA degree from UMUC would be a lot more beneficial elsewhere. Las Vegas is on my list right now. DC would be nice, but I am not sure if I want to still deal with long bitter cold winters such as I do here.
I would prefer to not even acknowledge it as a school if you ever must have an encounter with any department for help you will be disappointed. From financial aid to advising.. none is available to students! You may look at their site and think there are so many support and help, but Im telling you this from many painful experiences I have not met a single person who cared about an individual student. The worst college experience you can have. It is not enough to describe how bad this college is. I'm really sorry to say this, but it hurts just thinking about it.
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!!!