Maryland

Maryland may be a small state, but it has plenty of higher education options, including 11 public universities, two research institutes, 16 community colleges, more than 20 independent colleges, eight regional higher education centers, and more than 170 private career institutions, according to the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The commission’s Division of Planning and Academic Affairs helps promote academic integrity at these institutions by setting minimum standards for degree, diploma, and certificate requirements, and requiring that all institutions that want to operate in the state seek approval to do so. Maryland also has a wealth of online degree program options, but its best-known are offered by the University of Maryland University College, which offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs fully online to people across the nation. These include majors in criminal justice, digital media and web technology, human resource management, political science, and computer science, to name a few.

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