University of Maryland Global Campus has currently shifted all on-site instruction at regional locations online for the remainder of 2021. We are targeting the winter/spring 2022 terms for a return to hybrid instruction at these locations.

Plan for Upcoming Terms: Winter & Spring 2022

UMGC plans to hold hybrid courses at its U.S. locations nationwide during the winter and spring 2022 terms. As we transition back to these locations, face-to-face instruction will be limited during these first two terms. In addition, we plan to practice health and safety protocols to the best of our ability.

FAQs: Return to Hybrid

Will hybrid courses be available in 2022? +

Beginning in January 2022, hybrid instruction is slated to return to face-to-face sessions rather than synchronous meetings via Zoom. Registration for winter and spring 2022 courses is now open. See the latest course offerings in our online Schedule of Classes.

How often will students meet on campus during a hybrid session? +

Face-to-face instruction will be limited during the winter and spring 2022 terms. We plan to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Undergraduate 8-week courses will include two face-to-face sessions, with all other course sessions taking place via Zoom.
  • Graduate 11- to 12-week courses will include three face-to-face sessions, with all other course sessions taking place via Zoom.
  • For classes shorter than the examples mentioned, the number of face-to-face sessions may be reduced.

What documents do I need to provide to access a UMGC location? +

If you are taking hybrid courses at a UMGC location, you are required to submit your CDC vaccination card through our document submission portal. Alternatively, students may request an exemption by submitting the medical exemption request form or filling out the religious exemption option through our document submission portal.

Keep in mind, you will also need to follow any additional on-site protocol.

What precautions are UMGC faculty and staff taking at hybrid locations? +

You are expected to wear masks inside all hybrid locations, as well as adhere to any local, state, or location-specific requirements, including those requiring social distancing, temperature screenings, health attestations, or on-site class safety activities.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at hybrid locations, and we will be adhering to social distancing guidelines to the best of our ability.

FAQs: COVID-19 Vaccination

Where can I receive a COVID-19 vaccination +

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available at pharmacies nationwide (e.g. Giant Pharmacy, Walgreens, and CVS).

If you are looking for a vaccine in the state of Maryland, please visit the state’s vaccine site locator. You can also Find COVID-19 Vaccines nationwide by visiting the CDC’s vaccine webpage.

When am I considered fully vaccinated? +

You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of a two-dose vaccine (e.g. Pfizer or Moderna), or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (e.g. Johnson & Johnson or Janssen). In either scenario, the vaccination you receive must be FDA-approved or authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization.

Can I register for hybrid courses if I have not received a COVID-19 vaccination? +

If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccination or provided proof of vaccination at least 72 hours prior to your session start date, you may be dropped from the class per UMGC's policy on COVID-19 vaccination for students.

We want you to find the option that works best for you. If you are uncomfortable with the on-site experience or unable to register for hybrid courses due to your vaccination status, you may sign up for one of our many online course alternatives that are available to help you complete your degree.

Our advising team can assist you with scheduling adjustments if needed. Contact us at studentsfirst@umgc.edu or 800-888-8682.

U.S. Locations: Remainder of 2021

For the remainder of the fall 2021 term, all in-person instruction at regional locations has moved fully online. As of now, this shift to online instruction also applies to stateside military locations, both on- and off-base. Operations at military locations are subject to change based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Defense and local commands.

Faculty will hold Zoom teleconference sessions during times originally scheduled for face-to-face class sessions; look for instructions from your specific faculty.

For students using VA benefits, please keep in mind that the temporary rules in effect that allow for the continued payment of benefits and MHA are set to expire on December 21, 2021. Under these rules, students whose courses have transitioned from hybrid to online instruction because of COVID-19 continue receiving their full VA benefits, including the in-residence housing allowance. We’ll continue to update this information as it is made available.