Bachelor's Degree Requirements

At the undergraduate level, UMUC offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies (BTPS) degrees, as well as numerous certificates. The Associate of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science in general studies, and several certificates are available only to active-duty military personnel overseas and others who conform to special stipulations. The BPTS degrees are available only to students with the Associate of Applied Science degree from a community college with which UMUC has an appropriate articulation agreement.

Except for those restricted programs, current UMUC degree programs are open to UMUC students anywhere in the world. However, offerings sufficient to complete every program may not be available in every location or every format. Students should consult advisors, current schedules, and site-specific materials to determine which programs they may normally expect to complete from their geographic location.

Requirements for degrees vary according to the major and minor. The requirements that all candidates for the bachelor's degree must meet are summarized in the following sections.


UMUC aims to produce graduates who are well prepared to be responsible citizens of a global society as well as effective participants in the complex, fast-changing world of work. A bachelor’s degree from UMUC offers a multidimensional experience, combining a solid educational foundation with cross-curricular breadth and focused study in an academic discipline. Through that experience, UMUC graduates develop and demonstrate the hallmarks of the educated person: intellectual ability, curiosity, and flexibility; fundamental skills in reasoning, analysis, investigation, and expression; understanding of the principles of scientific and intellectual inquiry; awareness of global and historical context; and civic and ethical responsibility.

UMUC demands that students meet expectations in specific core learning areas across the bachelor’s degree as well as within the major disciplines. The UMUC degree begins with basic intellectual tools, ensuring through the general education and cross-curricular requirements that students are able to demonstrate

  • Effective writing and oral communication skills
  • Competence in the use of information technology
  • Competence in information literacy skills
  • Competence in mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills
  • Competence in critical analysis, critical reasoning, and problem solving
  • Understanding of key concepts and principles of the natural, social, and behavioral sciences
  • Knowledge of diverse cultures and historical periods
  • Understanding of frameworks for ethical decision making and the ability to apply them

UMUC conducts learning outcomes assessments to measure and improve student learning in these areas as well as in specific disciplinary knowledge and skills.

In pursuit of an academic major (and minor), the UMUC student acquires mastery of a considerable body of knowledge in a specific academic subject area or group of related subjects. Each major and minor provides clearly articulated objectives for the knowledge, skills, and abilities a student acquires in completing the major.


In general, the UMUC degree requirements that apply to a student are those that were in effect when the student began continuous enrollment in any public institution of higher education in Maryland (including UMUC). If the student has not been continuously enrolled, the requirements that apply are those in effect at UMUC when the student resumes continuous enrollment. To be considered continuously enrolled, degree-seeking students must be or have been enrolled at UMUC or another Maryland public institution of higher education and have had no more than two sequential years of nonenrollment. When a continuously enrolled student chooses to change his or her degree program, the student may be subject to all degree requirements in effect at the time of the change.

The requirements for the BA, BS and BTPS are applicable to students who enroll on or after August 1, 2009.