The mission of University of Maryland University College is improving the lives of adult learners. We will accomplish this by:
- Operating as Maryland's open university, serving working adults, military servicemen and servicewomen and their families, and veterans who reside in Maryland, across the United States, and around the world;
- Providing our students with affordable, open access to valued, quality higher education; and
- Serving as a recognized leader in career-relevant education, embracing innovation and change aligned with our purpose, and sharing our perspectives and expertise.
UMUC was founded in 1947 as the College of Special and Continuation Studies, a branch of the University of Maryland's College of Education, with locations in College Park and around the state. Beginning in 1949, UMUC was the first university to send faculty overseas to educate active-duty military personnel in Europe.
In the early 1950s, UMUC was also asked to provide the Department of Defense with guaranteed education in Asia and to operate the evening and weekend classes for the University of Maryland.
In 1964, UMUC opened the five-story Center of Adult Education as its headquarters, providing office space, conference rooms, a formal dining room, and 116 guest rooms.
In 1970, UMUC transitioned into an independent institution, and in 1978, the university established what is now the Graduate School of Management and Technology, offering master's degree programs tailored to the needs of mid- and upper-level managers in the workforce.
In the mid-1990s, the university offered its first online courses and quickly grew into one of the largest public providers of online education in the nation, offering more than 680 distinct courses online and recording more than 175,000 individual online course enrollments in 2007.
UMUC now serves more than 80,000 students worldwide and boasts 20+ locations in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia and an on-site presence in 140+ worldwide locations—including military bases in more than 20 countries and territories.
With headquarters in Adelphi, Maryland, and administrative offices in Asia and Europe, UMUC offers 90+ degrees, specializations, and certificates taught by faculty members who bring real-world experience to online and on-site classrooms.