University of Maryland - College Park Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.04 out of 5.0)
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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB and ALA
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 39,083 (28,472 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 24% part-time, 76% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,884 in-state; $28,122 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2018

I joined the R.H. Smith School of Business (University of Maryland) for the Masters in Finance program. I must say that the instructors here are really good. They are knowledgeable in their field and are able to put that across to students very well. There are a number of elective courses to choose from, hence we can pick courses suited to our needs. However, this year they have also included tracks (risk management/asset management/ corporate finance/ general finance) in addition to the option of picking courses according to our choices. If one joins a track, one would complete the course in 24 months, else it would have to be completed in 16 months. One drawback is the class diversity. It's not diverse to the extent one would want. But the folks in the class are really competitive. So you need to work well. If you are a local student then i feel this is a good place to be, even in terms of getting an internship/ job as Washington D.C. is close to campus.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Systems Engineering
Graduation Year: 2020

The Systems Engineering program at the University of Maryland, College Park is greatly committed to preparing students for the real world. As a current part time student who is also working in the industry, I have been able to see a direct correlation between the material I am studying in school, and the skills I need to become a better engineer in the field. The faculty is committed to making sure you fully understand the material at hand, and are not just memorizing information to take an exam. The courses can be challenging, but they are also extremely rewarding when abstract concepts and theories finally start to click thanks to the efforts of the amazing faculty.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2018

What ever you are looking for, this school has it. If you want a social life, good education, sports, girls, good food or no social life, a quiet place to study, internships, diversity, this school has it. The only complaint I have is the campus is gigantic, but at least they offer free bus services and van services to pick you up where ever you are. This university is for independent students who can handle the large numbers and know what they want. The academics vary from department to department, some are better than others. But the overall reputation of the school will only improve.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2017

The Information Management program at the University of Maryland includes a large variety of courses so that students have some background in the necessary components of information management. The four core classes involve user experience, programming, management, and information environments. The program then allows you to choose a specialization, where you will take more in-depth courses to help you prepare for your career. The UMD Computer Science career fair has introduced me to many networking opportunities and I have obtained multiple interviews from it. I am happy with how UMD has helped enrich my knowledge.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2018

The Robert H. Smith School of business has professors that are well educated and passionate about the classes they teach. Many of them were former students of business programs at top schools such as Harvard and Stanford. I believe I received a solid education at the school but would have appreciated more practical courses that involved exposure to positions in various companies. I also believe that the Global program is unfairly priced with little to no opportunities for scholarships offered. This is in addition to the traditionally high business school tuition charged by the school. All in all, I am satisfied with the in class education I receive but believe the school can improve its program by adding more practical learning opportunities and making the global programs more affordable.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Civil Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018

I would definitely recommend the Civil Engineering program. The professors are very articulate and they make the whole learning experience an worth it. The class sizes were small but diverse and Registration for me was hassle free. It helps to form study groups as part of the college experience.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018

The Student Affairs graduate program at the University of Maryland, College Park is renowned around the country, yet the faculty and staff are extremely humble about their reputation. Although similar to the Higher Education program, the Student Affairs Concentration (SAC) specifically invests in cultivating scholar-practitioners to bridge theory and practice in both academia and student offices and centers. In addition to an academic advisor, I am also matched with a professional advisor, a current UMD student affairs professional, that serves an extra source of guidance and support during my graduate school journey and beyond. SAC does not explicitly market themselves as a social justice oriented program, but the faculty representation (all women of color), their research, courses, and cohorts of students represent their commitment to using critical consciousness to create a more equitable education system and society. Specifically, I appreciate that the large public research university provides a variety of resources to create the practical and experiential opportunities that are meaningful to me as an individual. From doing a practicum at the multicultural center to volunteering for the college access office or interning in Washington DC, UMD provides me with spaces to explore and merge my intellectual curiosities and passions together. One of the most exceptional aspects is that they prioritize funding the program for all of their students, and work diligently to make sure that everyone secures an on-campus assistantship to receive tuition remission to offset the financial burden of obtaining a Masters degree. Overall, the faculty and university at large recognize the potential of SAC students, and genuinely believe in their power to carry out the institutional mission and create impactful social change.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2018

As the first person in my family to graduate from college, obtaining my degree from the University of Maryland, College Park will not only allow me to satisfy my yearning desire for a better understanding of the world, but also give me the means to move beyond my own experiences. I feel that the faculty and coursework have provided me with the necessary education needed in order to succeed. Not only do I desire to work in a field that is challenging, but also to create positive global transformations in the areas of health, policy, and education. I want to do the absolute best job that I can in working toward these goals and I believe the University of Maryland has given me the resources needed to accomplish my goals.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2017

Most of the professors are highly skilled and have experience with real world applications. Even though this is an evening program, the atmosphere in the classroom is generally one of collaboration with a strong desire to learn. First years are enrolled as a cohort and spend the next year taking core classes together. This further expands on the collaborative nature in the classroom and allows students to feel comfortable expressing opinions with each other.
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Software Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018

This is my first semester in the program so I am still getting a general feel for things. But so far I like my professors and the way class is moving. It is very hands on and we learn a lot in software engineering as it pertains to the real world. My classes are full of people from all over the world! People in my classes are Indian, Middle Eastern, European, African,etc and it makes the class environment so much richer. Unfortunately the one thing I do not like about the school are the crime related incidents that frequently happen outside of campus. But I will admit that the Maryland police and UMD police do a really good job of containing everything and keeping us updated with the turn out of events. The financial aid services department also has not been of great help to me. They do not frequently contact students or go out of their way to assist. My personal experience with the financial aid department was not the greatest; they kept on just referring me to different departments to handle my questions. I am definitely glad I chose this major at this school as there are tons of networking events and fortune 500 companies literally visit us almost everyday for information sessions and socials. I have yet to meet my adviser in person but the few messages we exchanged through email were pleasant. I specifically made sure that all my classes were on campus because I like being engaged in person with the professor. On the other hand my graduate program does let students take any class online which is great if one plans on having a peculiar or irregular schedule for a semester. Overall great school and a very rich environment and I would definitely recommend this school.
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