Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions most often asked by new students.
Most programs are designed to be completed in two years.
Students have a five-year time limit for completing graduate programs. Ask an advisor to help you develop your timeline for completion.
UMUC requires you to provide proof that you meet the admission requirements of the graduate program you applied to. Some programs may have additional admission requirements and may request other documents. Official transcripts must be submitted by the end of the first term. Please visit http://www.umuc.edu/students/support/records/submit_transcripts.cfm for information on how to submit transcripts to UMUC.
Final course grades must be posted by your faculty member in MyUMUC, typically beginning 72 hours (three days) after the last day of class. You can view your grades in the MyUMUC Student Center. Military students need to check both their MyUMUC and military portals. It can take 24–48 hours for grades to post in military portals after they've been posted in MyUMUC.
Which courses should I take next? How many courses do I have remaining? Do I have to take the remaining courses in a particular order?
Each graduate program has specific requirements. Please discuss the requirements with your advisor or the department.
A drop means that the course will not appear on the student's transcript, and the tuition and non-application fees will be fully refunded. Students taking courses through UMUC are permitted to drop a course within a designated timeframe, listed in the Academic Calendar.
A withdrawal means that students will receive a "W" grade for the course and will be responsible for all fees and all or a portion of the tuition. After the drop period has passed, students taking courses through UMUC are permitted to withdraw from a course until 65 percent of the course has been completed (see the Academic Calendar for specific withdrawal deadlines and applicable dates). Please refer to the withdrawal policies in Asia and Europe for specific information about the timeframe to withdraw from course offerings in the overseas divisions.
You can drop or withdraw from a course through MyUMUC, but you should be aware that doing so may affect your financial aid and your academic progress status.
If you are receiving financial aid, you should contact the Financial Aid Office to find out how dropping a class may affect your aid. If you are receiving tuition assistance or veterans benefits, you should contact Military and Veteran Advising to find out how dropping a class may affect your benefits. You can request an exception to the university's drop and withdrawal and refund policies if you feel there are extenuating circumstances. In such cases, complete the Request for Exception Form. Requests for exceptions are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar.
You can be enrolled in only one student status—undergraduate or graduate. You must complete an undergraduate degree before you can be admitted to graduate school.
However, the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools at UMUC have created Articulation Agreements that tie some undergraduate majors and minors with related graduate degrees and specializations. In these cases, designated coursework may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, thus reducing the total amount of credit required for both degrees.
You can submit a request to change your program to an academic advisor. However, you should first discuss the change with an advisor to see how it may affect your degree progress. Army students must make this change in the GoArmyEd portal, but should contact a military advisor first.
How do I complete external certification programs, such as a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, a real-estate license, or CPA?
You should directly contact the institution granting the credential for information about qualifications and criteria. Courses at UMUC can provide content for some of these programs, but the completion of a UMUC degree does not grant an external certification.
Yes, UCSP 615 is required within the first 6 credits of graduate study for all new graduate students. This course is an introduction to the skills and techniques needed to successfully complete a graduate program at UMUC. For military or veterans this may be an out-of-pocket expense.
Go to www.umuc.edu/help or 888-360-UMUC (8682).
"Study hard. Ask for help. Be patient. Don't give up. Be proud. Always smile."
Renee Campbell '12
MS, Management (Human Resource Management specialization)