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The University of Maryland's Global (UMGC) campus is a wholly online institution, dedicated to educating students worldwide. They offer over 90 programs and specialty areas including every level of academic achievement, from a career-launching associate degree to a doctoral degree. Students can also earn undergraduate and graduate certificates.

Students who seek a bachelor's degree can pursue business, cyber security, healthcare, computer science, liberal arts, or public safety. Under each of those academic areas, U of M Global (UMGC) offers a comprehensive array of degree options. For instance, they offer three different focuses in their degrees for cyber security students: Computer Networks, Management and Policy, and Software Development. At the graduate level, the options multiply.

Overview of University of Maryland Global (UMGC)

Since all of the classes take place online, students and faculty alike are able to continue working in their field. Faculty members also are more than part-time instructors. In fact, 88% of the faculty hold terminal degrees, which more often than not means a PhD.

Where many online universities sprang up once Internet technology could support them, the Global Campus has a long history of providing adult education. This institution has been around for over 70 years. Thus, there is a rich culture of faculty and administrators who understand the needs of adult learners.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Online
Student Faculty Ratio 19:1
Graduation Rate 18%
Year Founded 1947

Student Enrollment

Total Students58,526


Undergraduate Student

Male 25,894
Female 21,186

Graduate Student

Male 6,295
Female 5,151

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UMGC Acceptance Rate and Admissions


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Acceptance Rate100%

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Female NA

Enrollment 58,526

Male 32,189
Female 26,336
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline January 20
Common Application Accepted No

UMGC Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The cost of an education from this online institution is quite reasonable. Full-time, in-state Marylanders can take courses at a terrific rate of only $7,500. They do post estimates for room and board, but students can choose to live wherever they like. Nevertheless, the estimated living costs for a full-time online student who takes full-time classes at the Global Campus are around $21,000.

Meanwhile, students whose state of residence is not Maryland must pay a higher full-time tuition of $12,000. Their living costs are subject to their local area, however. Thus, they could pay the highest rents in a city like New York or San Francisco or have an exceptionally low cost of living in a place like Alaska.

To offset the cost of their education, 35% of full-time freshmen students receive aid in the form of grants or scholarships. The average interest-free aid package is $4,600. Students also apply for federal or private student loans at a rate of 23% with each student borrowing an average of $7,200.

Average net price 2019-2020
Net Price $17,210
Average Total Aid NA
Students Receiving Financial Aid 55%
Room & Board NA

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,704
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $12,336
  • Books and Supplies - NA
  • Room & Board - NA
  • Other - $7,828


Though many assume otherwise, statistics show that online academics are as strong as traditional ways of educating undergrads. Given that the University of Maryland's Global campus has a rich tradition of educating adult learners and other non-traditional undergraduates, it's no surprise that they have strong numbers to speak for their academic program. In fact, the school boasts a 53% retention rate for its first-year students. Considering that online education requires a new level of personal commitment and dedication, this is stellar. The graduation rate for Global Campus students is 15% but another 39% transfer to other institutions. Thus, over half of students graduate from college somewhere.

These numbers are surely supported by the favorable class sizes, which average 19 per course. While other schools may have better-looking ratios, an online student never needs to wait behind other students to ask a question after class and can fire off an emailed question whenever is convenient. Thus, every student receives terrific attention, no matter if they are at the higher or lower end of the class size average.

Student Population Total

Student Population 58,526

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Social Science Majors 304 Total Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 99 Graduates
Social Sciences 205 Graduates
All Business Majors 2,366 Total Graduates
Finance, General 133 Graduates
Accounting 243 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 99 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 1,422 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 2,569 Total Graduates
Computer Science 527 Graduates
Information Science/Studies 1,722 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 562 Total Graduates
All Other Diplomas 38%

Outcome & Salary

Global Campus students put a lot of time, effort, and money into their education. After all that, they want to see a return on investment (ROI) that makes it all worthwhile, in a financial sense. Most do see a great ROI in that the post-graduation salary range for alumni ranges from $33,000 to $63,000.

At the top end of the salary ladder are the information science graduates, who start their careers earning around $63,000. Of the top-ten earning degrees, the lower earners are General Legal Studies students who start their work lives with a base salary of $47,000. Of course, these figures will rise as students gain experience. Furthermore, since the Global Campus is fully accredited, alumni can continue their education with a graduate degree on the virtual Global Campus or elsewhere.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $61,300
College Grads Average Salary $76,795
College Grads Mid Career Salary $113,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $767,950
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,901,950
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $70,892
10 Year Projected ROI $697,058
20 Year Projected ROI $1,831,058
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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