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The mission of University of Maryland University College is improving the lives of adult learners. We will accomplish this by:

  • Operating as Maryland's open university, serving working adults, military servicemen and servicewomen and their families, and veterans who reside in Maryland, across the United States, and around the world;
  • Providing our students with affordable, open access to valued, quality higher education; and
  • Serving as a recognized leader in career-relevant education, embracing innovation and change aligned with our purpose and sharing our perspectives and expertise.

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Offering a broad range of cutting-edge classes, UMUC has earned a global reputation for excellence as a comprehensive virtual university and for focusing on the unique educational and professional development needs of adult students. As the public state and national leader in distance and distributed education, UMUC awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as undergraduate and post-baccalaureate certificates. The university’s academic inventory offers programs that are core to any public university, but UMUC’s mission to the adult student results in an emphasis on workforce relevant programs. Consequently, the university awards degrees and certificates in the arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, business and management, health-related fields, computing, education and technology, including degrees in fields facing critical shortages, such as cybersecurity, information assurance and teacher training in STEM areas.

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