The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is one of 11 degree-granting institutions that comprise the University System of Maryland. Located in Adelphi, it is the largest four-year public university within the state and one of the largest distance learning universities serving 90,000 students worldwide.
UMUC was established in 1947 as the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) which became the University of Maryland University College in 1959. In 1970, the school became an independent institution and formed part of the University System of Maryland in 1988.
Today, UMUC is recognized for its excellence and the broad range of cutting-edge classes it offers its students. Although its main campus is in Adelphi, it has classroom locations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Europe, and Asia.
In addition to its high-quality on-campus classes, it also provides award-winning online classes to students worldwide through its Online Learning component. Established for students who want to either complete their degree or pursue higher education without leaving their job or other personal responsibilities, UMUC’s online classes is designed to allow access to course content at the student’s convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Online degrees and certificates offered include courses in both undergraduate and graduate levels. Almost all of UMUC’s graduate degree and certificate programs can be completed entirely online. These include Doctoral degrees in Management and Master’s degrees in such fields as Accounting and Finance; Health Care; Homeland Security and Information Assurance; Human Resource Management; Business Administration; Information Technology and many more.
Tuition cost varies according to the degree program chosen, whether or not the student is a resident of Maryland; or an active member of the military. Financial aid is provided via loans, grants and scholarships.