About Online Learning at UMUC

Online learning gives you the flexibility to help fit higher education into your life.

Flexibility and Convenience to Achieve Your Educational Goals

When you picture online classes at University of Maryland University College, what do you see? Like many of our first-time students, you might be intimidated by the unknowns of online learning, even if you have plenty of experience online. We're confident you'll find online learning a great option to fit higher education into your life. The benefits are numerous.

Learn on Your Time

You won't have to log in at set times at UMUC. Most courses have weekly or biweekly due dates for assignments, but it's up to you to log in when it fits your schedule. This is known as asynchronous learning. Whether you like to study a certain day of the week, on weekends, in the morning, or late at night—even if you're overseas or in a distant time zone—you'll be able to fit your classes into your life.

Collaborate with Students and Faculty

Online learning doesn't mean you're learning on your own. You'll find many opportunities to contribute to online discussions, work on group projects, and interact with your fellow classmates and professors. Some programs are offered in a cohort format, meaning you'll learn alongside the same group of students for your entire program, helping you to build strong friendships and networking relationships.

Access a Variety of Course Materials

We are committed to saving you time and money by reducing or eliminating the need to purchase textbooks and other course materials. You can complete most undergraduate degrees without purchasing textbooks, thanks to electronic resources that are available at no cost. These resources are immediately available through your online classroom and are always up to date. Depending on the course, open educational resources may include electronic textbooks, lectures, websites, and selected documents and media.

For most graduate programs, you can complete your degree without paying for a single textbook. We’ve replaced nearly every textbook for graduate courses with no-cost electronic resources. As with undergraduate course materials, these electronic resources are tailored to each course and are immediately available through your online classroom.

Focus on Fewer Courses at a Time

We offer eight-week sessions for undergraduates, so you can focus on fewer classes at a time while still staying on a fast path to a degree. And many graduate courses are offered in a 6-credit format, so you'll focus on one class per semester. Find out about our flexible scheduling options.

Show What You Know

Most UMUC classes don't use traditional exams to measure what you've learned. In most classes, you demonstrate what you've learned by completing an essay, paper, or project.

Choose from Hybrid and On-Site Options

UMUC also offers hybrid and on-site courses. Both undergraduate and graduate students can choose hybrid courses that meet in-person once a week and have an online component as well.

Learn about LEO, Our Online Classroom

UMUC's online, interactive classroom offers many features to provide you with the best learning experience. Read more on the Learning Experience Online page in the Current Students section.