You've come to the right place for a quick primer on University of Maryland University College. To learn more or get your questions answered, contact an admissions advisor.

FAQs: About UMUC

Is UMUC an accredited university? +

UMUC is accredited and adheres to standards set by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. UMUC is one of the 12 member institutions of the renowned University System of Maryland.

What academic programs does UMUC offer? +

UMUC offers 90+ degrees, specializations, and certificates, nearly all of which are available entirely online. These include undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs in business and management, cyber security, data analytics, education and teaching, healthcare and science, information technology and computer science, liberal arts and communication, and public safety.

Can a UMUC education fit my lifestyle? +

With online and hybrid classes as well as rolling admission and multiple start dates each term, we make it easy to fit education into your life. Plus, we offer flexible transfer credit options and fast paths to credit, including credit for military experience, prior learning, and learning on the job.

What UMUC degrees are available to me online? +

Nearly all of UMUC's programs are available fully online. Select programs require some hybrid courses or an on-site residency. Programs that require an on-site component have those requirements clearly listed on the degree webpage and in the catalog.

What is a hybrid course? +

Hybrid courses blend online learning with on-site classroom interaction. Each course meets at least half of the time in person, so you can benefit from personal time with your instructor and classmates.

FAQs: Admissions

What are UMUC's admissions requirements for bachelor's degree programs? +

To enroll in a bachelor's degree program, you must have graduated high school or passed the GED exam. Because we value your professional experience, most of our programs do not require standardized tests like the SAT or ACT.

Visit undergraduate admissions for more information.

What are UMUC's admission requirements for master's degrees and other graduate programs? +

To be admitted to a graduate certificate or master's degree program, you must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited degree-granting university or college. Degrees from other accredited institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis. An official transcript must be received from your previous institution for admission. Graduate Record Examination (known as GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (known as GMAT) scores are not required. Depending on your chosen program, you may be required to fulfill other requirements and provide documentation before an admission decision can be made. See individual program descriptions for more details. Visit graduate admissions for more information.

How much is UMUC's application fee? +

The nonrefundable application fee for a bachelor's or master's program is $50 , while the fee for a doctoral degree program is $100.

I'm having trouble with the online new student application. Where can I go for help? +

Contact an admissions advisor for help with the admissions process or to walk through the online application together.

I am interested in changing careers. Can I apply to a graduate degree in a field that's different from my undergraduate degree? +

At UMUC, we welcome and encourage students from various undergraduate programs to apply to our graduate programs. However, depending on which graduate program you choose, you may have to meet certain prerequisites prior to starting your coursework. Contact an admissions advisor for more information.

How many credits can I transfer? +

Whether you've taken classes at a community college or a four-year school, learned on the job or through military experience, we'll help you transfer credits. You can transfer up to 90 credits from a four-year university or up to 70 credits from a two-year college toward an undergraduate program.

How can I transfer my credit to UMUC? +

You are required to have official copies of transcripts sent to UMUC from all institutions you have attended. In some cases, we can ask for additional documentation, such as a syllabus and/or course description, to evaluate credit for possible transfer. Note that if you have taken exams (CLEP/DSST/ACT/PEP/Excelsior), your score report is required to complete an official evaluation.

Get complete information on how to transfer your credit to UMUC.

At what point during the year can I enroll in classes at UMUC? +

We offer multiple sessions each semester. See our academic calendar to select the start date that works best for you.

How quickly can I complete my undergraduate degree at UMUC? +

How long it takes you to complete degree requirements depends on various factors:

  • The number of credits you transfer
  • The number of credits you complete each term
  • The number of credits you earn through alternative options

Ask an admissions advisor to help you develop a plan for completing your degree efficiently and quickly.

More FAQs

Read about our discount for Federal employees.

Find out why UMUC is the right choice for working adults.

Learn more about costs and tuition.

Get more answers on UMUC's support for servicemembers.

Explore transferring and transfer credits options.