Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Have questions concerning how to get started at UMUC? Find the answers you need here.
What do I need before I apply?
Undergraduate applicants must have graduated high school or completed the GED and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on any college-level course work. Graduate applicants must submit an official transcript indicating completion of at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited, degree-granting university or college. Find your program's admission requirements.
Do I need to take the SAT, ACT, MAT or GMAT to be admitted to UMUC?
UMUC does not require that you submit official test scores. See all admission requirements.
How much is the application fee?
Application fees differ per student, per degree level. In general, the undergraduate and graduate application fees are $50 and the doctoral program application fee is $100.
Can I transfer my credits?
UMUC accepts credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities. Transfer up to 90 credits from a four-year university or 70 credits from a two-year university. You can also earn your associate' degree while you start earning credits toward a UMUC bachelor' degree. Research the transfer credit process.
When can I start?
Classes are enrolling now. While there are three semesters per year—fall, spring and summer—each semester has multiple sessions and start dates from which to choose. Select the start date that' most convenient for you. Find the next session date.
What programs do you offer?
UMUC offers a wide variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs, plus two doctoral degrees. Select a program in business and management, information technology, teaching and education, criminal justice, homeland security or one of many other areas of study.
Want to earn credentials faster? We also offer many certificate programs you can complete in just 18 credits, as well as dual degree programs that let you earn two degrees in much less time. See all programs.
Can I earn a dual master's degree?
You may choose to enroll in the dual degree program at UMUC, whereby you earn two master's degrees with just 18 additional credits. Learn more about UMUC's dual degree programs.
What are UMUC's tuition rates?
Tuition and fees vary per credit and per program, depending upon whether a student resides inside or outside the state of Maryland. View a detailed breakdown of tuition and fees.
Does UMUC offer tuition discounts for in-state residents?
Tuition and fees vary per credit and per program, depending upon whether you reside in or outside the state of Maryland. For the most up-to-date information, visit Tuition and Fees.
Who is eligible for financial aid?
UMUC encourages you to apply for financial aid, whether it is in the form of scholarships or federal aid money. UMUC' Financial Aid Office is here for you as a resource throughout the financial aid process. Research the types of aid available.
How does a student apply for the financial aid?
You must first complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You may complete the form online, or by applying with the traditional paper application, which is available for download on the FAFSA Web site.
Does UMUC offer scholarships?
UMUC offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships to qualified students at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Military servicemembers and spouses and veterans are also eligible for scholarships. The Financial Aid Office recommends you complete the UMUC Scholarship Application in order to qualify for financial awards.
Review all UMUC scholarships.
Does UMUC have a payment plan?
Yes—if you qualify, you may be able to manage your payments with our interest-free, monthly payment plan.
What types of academic support services does UMUC offer?
UMUC makes academic services available to all its students—whether they take classes online or on-site. Using Web-based technologies, UMUC students can access the following tools to help them succeed:
- Academic Advising
- Career Services
- Computing Resources
- Department of Student Success
- Effective Writing Center
- Exams and Testing Services
- Information and Library Services
- Student Advisory Council
Learn more about UMUC's comprehensive student services.
Is UMUC accredited?
UMUC is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Read the UMUC accreditation statement.
Are there classroom locations near me?
UMUC offers more than 150 worldwide locations, making it easy for you to start or continue your education anywhere you are in the world. Find your classroom.
What is UMUC's relationship to other University of Maryland Institutions?
UMUC is one of 11 institutions recognized as part of the University System of Maryland.
How many students attend UMUC?
UMUC hosts a diverse and growing student population. Here are just some of the facts and figures about UMUC' students. In 2009:
- UMUC had more than 196,000 enrollments in its online classes.
- UMUC served more than 30,000 Marylanders.
- UMUC served 35,764 students in its overseas undergraduate and graduate programs.