Frequently Asked Questions

About UMUC

What programs do you offer?

We offer programs in the most in-demand career fields. You can choose from more than 90 bachelor's and master's degrees and certificates that are available entirely online. These include business and management, cyber security, education, healthcare and science, information technology, liberal arts, and public safety.

Are your classes only available online?

We provide the convenience of online learning, but we also operate more than 140 classroom and administrative facilities in 20 countries and territories worldwide, including more than a dozen locations in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

What's a hybrid course?

Hybrid courses blend computer-based, online learning with face-to-face interaction. Each course meets at least half of the time at one of our more than a dozen locations in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, so you can benefit from in-person time with your instructor and classmates.

Is UMUC accredited?

We're regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and we're one of 12 member institutions in the University System of Maryland.


What are your admission requirements for bachelor's degree programs?

You must have graduated high school or passed the GED exam and earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on any college-level course work. Because we value your professional experience, most of our programs do not require standardized tests like the SAT or ACT. Check our bachelor's degree admission requirements for more information.

What are your admission requirements for master's degrees and other graduate programs?

You must submit an official transcript that indicates the completion of at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited, degree-granting university or college. Because we value your professional experience, most of our programs do not require standardized tests like the GRE, Graduate Management Admission Test, or Miller Analogies Test. Check graduate admission requirements for more information.

How much is your application fee?

Our application fee can vary, but in general, it's $50 when you apply to a bachelor's or master's degree program and $100 for doctoral programs.

Can I transfer my credits?

Whether you've taken classes at a community college, gained know-how on the job, or been trained in the military, we'll help you transfer credits. Transfer up to 90 credits from a four-year university or 70 credits from a two-year college or school.

When can I start taking a class?

Classes are enrolling now. While we're on a three-semester calendar (fall, spring, and summer), we offer multiple sessions each semester. Select the start date that works best for you.

Tuition and Financial Aid

How much is tuition?

We offer affordable tuition with special rates for in-state and military students. Tuition and fees vary. Check Tuition You Can Afford for more information.

Does UMUC have a payment plan for tuition and fees?

Yes. If you qualify, you can manage your payments with our interest-free, monthly payment plan. Check How to Make a Payment for more information.

Who's eligible for financial aid?

We encourage everyone to apply for financial aid. Whether the aid you receive is in the form of scholarships or federal aid money, our Financial Aid Office is here to help you.

How do I apply for financial aid?

You must first complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. There's a convenient option to submit your FAFSA online.

Does UMUC offer scholarships?

We offer more than 50 merit- and need-based scholarships to qualified students. Special scholarships are available for military servicemembers, spouses, and veterans. Check UMUC Scholarships for more information.

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