UMUC's Mission and Core Values

Our Mission

The mission of University of Maryland University College is to offer top-quality educational opportunities to adult students in Maryland, the nation, and the world, setting the global standard of excellence in adult education. By offering academic programs that are respected, affordable and accessible technologically and through a variety of face-to-face formats, UMUC broadens the range of career opportunities available to students, improves their lives, and maximizes their economic and intellectual contributions to Maryland, the nation, and the world.

This mission is rooted in UMUC’s institutional purpose as stipulated by State statute (Education Code, Section 13-101); specifically that the university shall:

  1. Operate as Maryland’s open university, serving nontraditional students who reside in Maryland, the United States and around the world;
  2. Provide the citizens of Maryland with affordable, open access to higher education;
  3. Continue as a leader in distributed education.


As the public state and national leader in distance and distributed education, UMUC awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as undergraduate and post-baccalaureate certificates. The university’s academic inventory offers programs that are core to any public university, but UMUC’s mission to the adult student results in an emphasis on workforce relevant programs. Consequently, the university awards degrees and certificates in the arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, business and management, health-related fields, computing, education and technology, including degrees in fields facing critical shortages, such as cybersecurity, information assurance and teacher training in STEM areas. As part of its emphasis on workforce needs, UMUC offers non-credit professional development programs such as those in executive leadership and, through its Inn and Conference Center and its Largo facility, hosts professional conferences and meetings that support the economic and societal needs of the State.

Our Core Values

The Core Values reflect UMUC's central and enduring tenets—a set of principles to guide institutional and individual professional behaviors. At UMUC, the way we do things is as important as the things we do.

STUDENTS FIRST
These are the people who make our work possible.

ACCOUNTABILITY
We are each responsible for our overall success.

DIVERSITY
Each individual brings value to our efforts and results.

INTEGRITY
Our principles and standards are never compromised.

EXCELLENCE
Outstanding quality is the hallmark of our work.

INNOVATION
We advance so others can benefit from our leadership.

RESPECT
The rights and feelings of others are always considered.