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Our alternative learning formats make college more accessible to those who have busy schedules. If your work schedule, family obligations, or transportation arrangements make it difficult to attend regularly scheduled classes, try one or several of the distance learning formats we have available.

Types of Web-Based Courses

Online courses are designed to bring campus-based classes to students’ computers.  The instructor provides information posted on a course Web site that guides the student through course content, prompts discussions, and helps students keep pace with assignments.  Due dates for assignments, a logical learning pattern, and start/end dates that correspond with a semester create a classroom that is available at a convenient time and place. Students may be required to take proctored exams or on-campus assessments at a testing center.

Web-hybrid (Blended) courses blend on-campus instruction with web-based or other flexible learning options. Students meet on campus according to the published schedule of classes with approximately half of the course instruction and/or activities occurring online or in another of our flexible formats. Web-hybrid courses create flexible learning options while allowing students to regularly meet face-to-face with instructors and other students.

Web-enhanced courses are instructional methods, such as lectures and cooperative education experiences, which use certain Blackboard tools, such as email and discussions.  In a web-enhanced course, the class meets just as a traditional class, in a classroom, with an instructor, at the regular scheduled day, time, and location, as stated in the Schedule of Classes. All face-to-face courses have an online presence, which allows instructors to enhance class activities by posting supplemental materials or posting grades.  Instructors may also use the web-enhanced component to communicate with students throughout the semester or to post announcements during emergency closings.

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If you aren’t sure if you’re ready for online learning or need help with myLearning, we offer a variety of resources to help you get started.


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Online Programs of Study

College of Southern Maryland offers the following accredited online associate degree programs, certificates, and letters of recognition:

Online Degree Programs

  • Business Administration, AS
  • Business Administration: Technical Management, AS
  • Business Management, AAS
  • Information Services Technology, AAS
  • Information Services Technology: Web Developer, AAS
  • Sport Management, AS

Online Certificates

  • Accounting: Basic Certificate
  • Accounting: Advanced Certificate
  • Business Management Certificate
  • Business Management: Marketing Certificate
  • General Studies: Transfer Certificate
  • Information Services Technology Certificate
  • Small Business Entrepreneurship Certificate
  • Technical Support Certificate
  • Web Developer Certificate

Online Letters of Recognition

  • Business Management Letter of Recognition
  • Computing Essentials Letter of Recognition
  • Financial Office Assistant Letter of Recognition
  • Security Management Letter of Recognition
  • Small Business Entrepreneurship Letter of Recognition
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About Online Learning at UMUC

UMUC brings online learning to the next level to ensure your education can fit into your life.

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A Truly Online Experience, Built for You

Online learning is not a sideline or an afterthought at UMUC—it’s what we do. We’re confident you’ll see the difference that makes in our online learning experience . Designed with input from industry experts, our courses are specifically created to be delivered within a fully collaborative virtual classroom that prepares you for today’s digital business environment.

Say Goodbye to Textbooks

At UMUC, when we say "online," we really mean it. We’ve replaced textbooks with no-cost digital materials in nearly every course. These resources are tailored to each course and updated with the latest industry information. Instead of having to buy expensive textbooks, you’ll use customized materials such as

  • Electronic textbooks
  • Websites
  • UMUC Library resources
  • Software
  • Interactive exercises

You can access your course materials from any device within your online classroom as soon as your classes start.

Study 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. 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.

Learn from Scholar-Practitioners and Industry Experts

Your online classes are taught by highly successful and experienced scholar-practitioners who are leaders in the fields they teach, and eighty-eight percent of our graduate school faculty have terminal degrees. You’ll benefit from their diverse insights and gain the practical knowledge and real-world industry skills that employers are seeking. UMUC faculty also understand the challenges faced by working adults going back to school, and they’ll work with you to help ensure your academic success.

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.

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 track toward earning your degree. Many graduate courses are offered in a six-credit format, so you’ll be able to focus on one class per semester. Find out about our flexible scheduling options .

Learn about LEO, Our Online Classroom

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

Academic Programs

Find an academic program to match your career goals.

The discount for Federal employees and their spouses and eligible dependents will be applied to out-of-state tuition and specialty graduate programs. It does not apply to doctoral programs. This discount cannot be combined with the Completion Scholarship for Maryland community college students or the Pennsylvania Completion Scholarship.

Undergraduate and standard graduate program tuition for students who meet the criteria for Maryland residency will be the applicable in-state rate. Tuition for active-duty military ; members of the Selected Reserves, National Guard, and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the spouses and dependents of these student groups will be the applicable military or specialty rate. If you are a student using Post 9/11 benefits, please contact an advisor at 800-939-UMUC to determine if you can apply both benefits.

View important information about the education debt, earnings, and completion rates of students enrolled in certificate programs.

All students are required to pay tuition for all courses in which they are enrolled. Tuition rates are subject to the approval of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. They may be changed, or other charges may be included, as a result of the Board of Regents decisions. Notwithstanding any other provision of this or any other university publication, the university reserves the right to make changes in tuition, fees and other charges at any time such changes are deemed necessary by the university and the USM Board of Regents.

The Board of Regents has authorized the university to charge a student’s delinquent account for all collection costs incurred by the university. The normal collection fee is 17 percent plus attorney and/or court costs. The service charge for a dishonored check is $30. Requests for services (for example, transcripts, diplomas, registration) will be denied until all debts are paid.

Please see the USM residency policy for specific details about residency requirements.

Financial aid and tuition remission for University System of Maryland employees cannot be applied to noncredit courses. Golden ID benefits may not be applied to fees, noncredit courses, specialty graduate programs, or doctoral programs. Regular tuition rates apply for cooperative education, course challenge examinations, and EXCEL 301.

GI Bill is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available on the U.S. government GI Bill website .

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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(Required within the first 6 credits of graduate study for all new graduate students, except MBA students). An overview of the skills needed for academic and professional success. Focus is on enhancing communication and critical thinking skills. Assignments provide familiarity with tools such as social media and library and information resources. APA style and resources are also addressed.