Flexibility and Convenience to Achieve Your Educational Goals

When you picture online classes at University of Maryland University College, what do you see? Like many of our first-time students, you might be intimidated by the unknowns of online learning, even if you have plenty of experience online. We're confident you'll find online learning a great option to fit higher education into your life. The benefits are numerous.

Learn on Your Time

You won't have to log in at set times at UMUC. Most courses have weekly or biweekly due dates for assignments, but it's up to you to log in when it fits your schedule. This is known as asynchronous learning. Whether you like to study a certain day of the week, on weekends, in the morning, or late at night—even if you're overseas or in a distant time zone—you'll be able to fit your classes into your life.

Collaborate with Students and Faculty

Online learning doesn't mean you're learning on your own. You'll find many opportunities to contribute to online discussions, work on group projects, and interact with your fellow classmates and professors. Some programs are offered in a cohort format, meaning you'll learn alongside the same group of students for your entire program, helping you to build strong friendships and networking relationships.

Access a Variety of Course Materials

If you are an undergraduate student, you can complete most degree programs without purchasing textbooks thanks to open educational resources that are available at no cost and immediately available through your online classroom.

Depending on the course, these open educational resources may include electronic textbooks, lectures, websites, selected documents, and media. Program chairs and faculty members have customized these materials to be more relevant to your course and to include the latest industry information.

Some courses do require the use of specific software or content that does require a fee. When you register for a course, check the required course materials listed in the Interactive Undergraduate Schedule of Classes to determine whether you will need to purchase any course materials.

If you are a graduate student, you can complete your degree without paying for a single textbook or other course material thanks to electronic resources that are available at no cost and immediately available through your online classroom.

Focus on Fewer Courses at a Time

We offer eight-week sessions for undergraduates, so you can focus on fewer classes at a time while still staying on a fast path to a degree. And many graduate courses are offered in a 6-credit format, so you'll focus on one class per semester. Find out about our flexible scheduling options.

Show What You Know

Most UMUC classes don't use traditional exams to measure what you've learned. In most classes, you demonstrate what you've learned by completing an essay, paper, or project.

Choose the Hybrid Course Option

Both undergraduate and graduate students can choose hybrid courses that meet in-person once a week and have an online component as well.

Learn about LEO, Our Online Classroom

UMUC's online, interactive classroom offers many features to provide you with the best learning experience. Read more on the Learning Experience Online page in the Current Students section.

10 Tips for Time Management

Here are some short and simple pointers to help you develop a detailed time management plan.

  1. Get to know your syllabus.
  2. Make a to-do list and prioritize your work.
  3. Use time management tools, such as a calendar or planner.
  4. Allow time to learn new technology.
  5. Limit distractions when you study, such as your e-mail, phone, and TV.
  6. Communicate with your instructor in a timely manner.
  7. Involve family and friends in your education journey.
  8. Make time for yourself by taking breaks to recharge.
  9. Don't try to do it all at once.
  10. Evaluate your plan and be open to trying new strategies.