Active-Duty Military FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to questions that military personnel ask about University of Maryland University College.

Is UMUC military friendly?

Yes, and we specialize in helping you achieve your educational goals. University of Maryland University College is one of the top military- and veteran-friendly universities in the country. We've steadfastly served the U.S. armed forces since 1947, and we enroll more than 50,000 military personnel, student veterans, and military spouses and family members.

Is UMUC a respected school?

At UMUC, you'll earn a degree that's respected on the job market and within the armed forces.

With more than 80,000 students, we're one of the largest public universities in the country. We're a proud member of the University System of Maryland, and we're regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of six regional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Why does regional accreditation matter?

Taking courses from a regionally accredited school makes transferring credits easier. More importantly, regional accreditation ensures your degree will be credible and respected. To earn accreditation, we must pass a peer review by faculty and administrators from similar institutions.

UMUC is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Some schools are also nationally accredited, but national accreditation may not be federally recognized.

Does UMUC offer on-site courses?

We have courses to fit your life. You can take most of our courses on-site or online. And you can take hybrid courses at more than a dozen regional locations in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area. Hybrid classes combine on-site meetings with online coursework and interactions.

UMUC is also contracted by the U.S. Department of Defense to serve active-duty military personnel stationed abroad and their spouses and families. We offer bachelor's and master's degrees at military installations across Europe and Asia. And no matter where you're stationed, you have the flexibility to take online courses from our divisions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

How do I get started at UMUC?

No matter your branch of service, getting started at UMUC is easy. Follow the five simple steps to begin or continue your education.

Will military Tuition Assistance cover my costs at UMUC?

Military tuition assistance is a benefit that pays for your tuition and school expenses. Each branch of the armed forces has its own criteria for TA. If you qualify, your branch will pay UMUC directly, reducing your out-of-pocket costs.

While TA often pays up to 100 percent of your costs, it may not cover all costs, such as books, or graduate school. Financial aid and a interest-free monthly payment plan can help meet these additional costs.

What's the fastest path to a degree?

Pursue your associate's degree at UMUC, and we'll do everything we can to help you reach your goal as quickly as possible.

That help includes awarding you academic credit toward your degree for the valuable experience you've gained in the armed forces and your military education. Your credits can transfer toward general education requirements, coursework in your major, or electives.

Do you accept credit for military experience?

Yes, UMUC follows guidelines from the American Council on Education for awarding credit for your military experience, training, and education. Your credits can transfer toward general education requirements, coursework in your major, or electives.

Can I continue classes if I’m deployed?

Online learning gives you the flexibility to continue your education, wherever your military service takes you. Our eight-week courses help you fit in your education around training and deployments.

And our experienced and military-friendly faculty and advisors are here to help you. Professors can work with you to modify deadlines around your training and deployments. If your duty status prevents you from staying in a class, then our specially trained military advisors can help you withdraw from your courses.

Which major should I pick?

For many students, this is a difficult question to answer. It takes thoughtful consideration to figure out your next steps in the military and in life.

We're here to help. Our specially trained military advisors will talk with you to learn your interests and understand your goals. We're experienced at translating your military occupation into a college degree plan, and we'll give you the information you need to make the right choice for your military and post-military career goals.

Tamara Epps Army Student

"UMUC had the classes I was looking for in my degree plan. I spoke to one of the advisors while I was stationed in Korea. She helped me get started and prepared for classes. Then, I came to Fort Drum and continued at UMUC. I'm pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management while I work in human resources for the Army."

Tamara M. Epps

U.S. Army Specialist
Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management

Request Info

Apply Now

Or call 877-275-UMUC (8682) to speak directly with an advisor.

UMUC Stories

James E. Freeze talks about how UMUC helped him become a major general in the U.S. Army.

Advisor's Tip

Our dedicated military and veterans advisors can provide a tentative evaluation of your transcript to assess your transfer credits, develop a customized map to your degree, and help you select your first classes before you even apply. Your official transcript evaluation will be completed in four to six weeks.