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Why Transfer to UMGC for Your Master’s

Philip D. Adams
By Philip D. Adams

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is making it easier and less expensive for you to complete a graduate program. For most master’s degrees and all graduate certificates, UMGC has doubled the number of credits you can transfer, saving you time and money. 

Transfer to a Master’s Program

Now you can fast-track your master's program and earn the advanced degree you need propel your career to new heights. UMGC accepts up to 12 transfer credits toward most master’s degree programs, including all of our management, biotechnology, accounting, finance, and IT master’s degrees.

With 12 transfer credits, for example, you’re already a third of the way to completing an MS in IT: Software Engineering or Bioinformatics, and 40 percent of the way to a master’s in CyberAccounting or Healthcare Administration.

Jaliyah Royston transferred to UMGC and graduated with an MS in accounting information systems1 in 2021.

 "One of my professors recommended that I transfer to UMGC because they would take a majority of my credits. So, when I was able to transfer over, I pretty much picked up where I left off. UMGC helped me get my degree faster."  

Transfer to a Graduate Certificate Program 

You can also transfer up to 6 credits toward any of UMGC's 24 online graduate certificates. Earning an affordable and valuable graduate certificate is a great way to develop skills quickly and earn a credential that will help set you apart from the crowd. 

Many certificate programs are 18 credits, so with 6 transfer credits, you’ll have one-third of the credits you need, for example, for an Accounting or Digital Health Leader certificate. If you opt for a 12-credit certificate, such as Business Analytics or Cybersecurity Technology, you’re already halfway done! 

The number of credits you can transfer varies with each program, and credits must be earned at an approved institution and be related to your program of study. For details about UMGC’s graduate transfer credit requirements, or to have your credits evaluated, visit our Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation page.

Transfer to UMGC

As the #1 public university for transfer students, we understand your needs and know how to get you the most credit for your past learning. We make the transfer process as quick and seamless as possible, so you can start whenever you’re ready.

U.S. Air Force veteran Gregory Barber transferred to UMGC and earned an MS in Cybersecurity Management and Policy and an MBA.

"I wanted to continue my studies, and I researched several different institutions,” Barber said. “I found that UMGC met my requirements—it was an accredited university and veteran-trusted, it offered easy access, and the tuition was affordable. And I got the majority of my credits, if not all, when I transferred over."

UMGC was founded more than 75 years ago specifically to serve the higher education needs of working adults like you. The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland. UMGC has repeatedly received awards and recognition for our innovative educational programs and commitment to excellence.

At UMGC, you can choose from more than 60 career-focused graduate programs, many in high-demand fields and nearly all of which you can complete entirely online. Our online courses are built from the ground up specifically for the virtual environment. As innovators in online education since 1997, UMGC delivers a seamless, collaborative, and satisfying online classroom experience that prepares you for today's digital business environment. Hybrid options are also available. 

To provide a truly online experience, we’ve replaced bulky, expensive textbooks with no-cost digital course materials in nearly every course. The materials are easy to download within your online classroom and continually updated with the latest industry information. They also save students an average of more than $1,200 per year.2

Designed for Your Success

We make it easier to fit school into your busy life by offering multiple start dates throughout the year and a streamlined admissions process that doesn't require the GMAT or GRE. You can apply, enroll, and access a comprehensive array of support services and resources—all from your electronic device. 

Your courses are taught by our faculty of experienced scholar-practitioners who are leaders in their fields. They can help you develop the skills that are valuable in today’s job market. Plus, they understand the challenges faced by working adults attending school, and they’ll work with you to help ensure your academic success.  

UMGC takes its commitment to your success a step further by teaming you up with a dedicated success coach to support you throughout your entire student journey. Your success coach is there to help you develop learning strategies, map out education and career goals, and assist you with class selection. 

And no matter where you are in your career or how long you may need them, you'll have access to UMGC’s lifetime career services and our network of more than 280,000 alumni around the globe, so you'll never have to face a job search alone.


Learn More About Transfers and Credits at UMGC

A UMGC admissions advisor can answer your questions and help you get started.


1 The MS in accounting information systems was discontinued with the launch of the MS in cyberaccounting.

2 Average Cost of College Textbooks. July 15, 2022.

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