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Honestly, the best decision I have ever made, I graduated with my Master's in May and I don't see how it's any different than a traditional program (which I attended for my Bachelor's.) They have many services and tools to help you find work during and after school, I have not had a single issue with the administration/financial aid (they probably have improved from the many complaints). Some of the classes were easier then others, and some professors more agreeable then others. If you want to learn and do well, it rests with you. If you want to bs your way through- its also up to you. However I can say when I was attending a traditional program, it was the same exact principle. I know more than two professionals who attended UMUC for an MBA and hold VP positions. Ofcourse people say its not the best school but like a previous poster, I am proud to have it on my Linkedin account. It honestly opened doors for me.
This is a good program. I learned data mining and predictive analytics, and we worked with r (language), SAS Enterprise Miner, Hadoop, Python, MySQL, Tableau, and others. These are the top-of-the-line and current industry products. The financial aid office was very helpful at the beginning, and a standard government loan covered my costs (and I didn't use all that was available.) I got a job in the field during my last course, and I found the position through UMUC's Career Connection.
UMUC is a wonderful school, and the top for Cyber Security. Yet, since 2016 the cyber security program has a new program called labsim by testout.com where you have to purchase the program for the class and do all the labs, and quizzes for the chapters on it. It is kind of like an online textbook. Yet the site has many glitches, and doesn't work with all web browsers. For example, a lab would tell you everything is correct in the results summary, then when you go back on and double check in a few minutes, or the next day it will give you a wrong result. Also, the final exam of the classes that use testout.com are timed. That is fine, yet the amount of time is a bit short. Hopefully they would extend it up to two hours.
Student teacher interaction was a big advantage. Instructors are always available for students 24/7. All books and software technology are online and are free. You know what is expected of you and the instructor before class starts. You have access to your classes before semester begins. Syllabus outlines the guidelines and how to be successful in the class your taking.
UMUC was an excellent experience. I transferred there from a brick and mortar school and was initially worried. However, I found that I was more challenged and became a great deal more competent in what I was learning. The instructors are all experts in the field and their knowledge and facilitation was invaluable. The online platform encourages intellectual discourse and helps to practice developing insight into your area of interest. Online schooling requires more self-determination and self-motivation which is great for developing well rounded character and professionals.
I have 2 degrees here. The finance one was mostly a joke as far as receiving in the market skills. I went here because I was in the military, and it was the best available college for somebody who could not get college support. Their is a low graduation rate here 6% from what I understand, and the school seems to focus and put more resources into the intro classes. You will find the later classes, likely because there is less volume, are scarce, and you will get the feeling that your more and more on the outskirts as you move along. The school obviously does not understand that it is, in the end, represented by those who graduate, and those generally are just idiots who want to flaunt paper. You will have to schedule classes accordingly or have gaps in your education. Also if you are recently getting out of the military you will find that this is less vet friendly then advertised, and if you are not to far along, and have the time I would probably try a different institution, or put in the effort to find your own education while you go here, which you will be doing anyway, so as always it is what you put in. The low volume upper levels will cut into your GI bill as you will have gaps. They transitioned to 8 week classes some time ago, likely to get more volume and cheapen the standards for money. I have been going here for about 8 years because I've been busy with work ect. and now join the 6%, the odds are stacked against you. You will do more work then a normal brick and mortar school, because their are less and less face to face classes, and you will have to document all work done as opposed to a classroom and labs which often have a 'put in the time' grade. Also you will often have group projects and you are dealing with people who are in with no requirements. While I think requirements SATs ect. are over rated they do show that somebody can put in the effort. So, if you are here to get something beside a paper, you will find your peers are of low quality, and you will be carrying the weight and they will have little interest in improving themselves. Also the attitude of your peers will be similar to highschool where they are just putting in the time to get paper or because their parents are making them, and have no further interest of bettering themselves or working on a team. The pay for students that graduate here is generally higher then other colleges because most are already working in cush government jobs, and just need paper for promotion or whatever. Their is little support or teaching provided by the school, and often you are just given an assignment with no further assistance or tutoring help. There is some tutoring line you can schedule for 1 hour of assistance, but their is little in the way of tutoring labs or cohesive school type structure. While I graduated with 2 degrees and learned a lot sadly I cannot attribute it to anybody at the school, because they had a work for me attitude, not a I work for the student progression attitude, and what I learned was it is up to me to figure out what is marketable, and how to make money, and what the job market wants, which in the end is probably a good lesson, but when you pay money to an institution you expect them to provide the tools to succeed in some field, and this school sadly does not.
I found this school excellent. Being a Navy vet, this school was very easy to work with. The professors were great. If you are looking for an online college this is great. Very easy to get a degree, if you reach for help. Go Maryland! I consider it an honor to be a grad.
This school is very well organized, supportive of students and respectful of the many priorities involved in managing adult life. I never felt overwhelmed by coursework, yet I was challenged. The degrees are very relevant to today's economy. Highly recommend for those working full time and in need of a Master's degree.
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. I've been waiting for financial aid to process for two months now. Thanks for nothing but stress and struggles UMUC. Stay away from this school!
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!!! HORRIBLE SCHOOL. Advisers don't care about their student. they only want your money. They don't care about their students success.L.M. (who works in the DEAN office is useless and unorganized, when she called me and I was speaking to her she didn't even know who she was talking too. Save your money, time an headache, this school is truly garbage, they do not care about your success only their pockets.