Schedule of Classes: What is the difference between semesters, terms and sessions?

At both the undergraduate and graduate level, terms (also referred to as semesters) denote the portion of the year in which the University of Maryland University College holds courses:

  • The Undergraduate School offers courses in three terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Each lasts approximately 12 to 20 weeks.
  • The Graduate School offers courses in four terms, depending on your program: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

A session denotes the subset of coursework within a term, each with various start dates. Depending on the course you are choosing, sessions can last anywhere from four weeks to twelve weeks. The session offerings for the current term can be found on the Schedule of Classes. Find important dates for the academic year in the Academic Calendar.