University of Maryland, Baltimore County Online

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) was founded in 1966 and is one of 12 institutions in the University of Maryland System. UMBC is an honors university with a liberal arts focus that emphasizes research. In fact, the Carnegie Foundation has categorized UMBC as a research university with “high research activity,” and the university’s research funding has increased to more than $88.9 million. UMBC had a total enrollment of 13,199 in fall 2011. The university has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for two years in a row as No. 1 in the up-and-coming national universities ranking in the publication’s America’s Best Colleges Guide. Students attending UMBC get a quality higher education for their money, according to ranking entities. Both the Princeton Review and Kiplinger have ranked UMBC among “best value colleges.” In addition to on-campus programs, UMBC offers online learning opportunities

Programs Offered

UMBC offers a wide range of undergraduate programs, including 42 majors and 41 minors, as well as 17 certificate programs in areas of the arts, engineering and information technology, humanities, sciences, pre-professional studies, and social sciences. Graduate programs include 37 master’s programs, 24 doctoral programs, and 21 graduate certificate programs in areas like education, engineering, information technology, life sciences, and more. Distance learning opportunities include online master’s and certificate programs. Students can earn a Master of Science in areas like emergency health services, information systems, and instructional systems development — training systems. Online post-baccalaureate certificate programs are available in emergency management, instructional systems development, and distance education.


UMBC has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1966. The university also holds specialized accreditation for specific programs through the American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


Admission into UMBC’s online graduate programs differs by program. For the master’s program in emergency health services, applicants must possess at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and must possess a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Applicants whose GPA is under 3.2 must also take the GRE. The information systems program, however, requires a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA, but allows applicants with a GPA of 2.75 to be admitted under special circumstances with special approval. For all graduate programs, the student’s undergraduate record must show that they have completed the prerequisites for the program they are entering, and the student must submit three letters of recommendation. Online applications are strongly encouraged.

Admissions Contact

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Graduate School
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
410-455-2537 (graduate admissions)

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