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Continuing and Professional Studies

UMBC Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) programs are offered by the Division of Professional Education and Training (DPET) and UMBC Training Centers (TC).

Summer and Winter Sessions | Master’s Degrees and Post-baccalaureate Certificates | Satellite Campus Offerings |
UMBC Training Centers

UMBC Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS) offers individuals and organizations high-quality credit and non-credit training, certificate and degree programs that reflect the values of a major research university and the performance of a private company. With enrollments of over 13,600 students and professionals annually, the combined enterprise offers programs on campus, on site, online, at bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park South (South Campus) and at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD.

Working closely with academic departments, CPS programs include:

  • Summer and winter sessions
  • Master’s degrees and post baccalaureate certificates
  • English Language Center
  • Satellite campus offerings
  • UMBC Training Centers (non-credit programs)

Summer and Winter Sessions

Summer session offers students the opportunity to accelerate their graduation date, learn something new or just enjoy a special-topics class for personal enrichment. Continuing, visiting and new students are invited to enroll. More than 350 courses from a wide range of academic areas are scheduled in four-, six-, eight- and 12-week sessions. Courses include special topics, general education requirements, major courses, study-abroad options, internships and field experiences. Over 20% of summer courses are online or hybrid. UMBC summer courses are also offered at The Universities at Shady Grove. Courses at both locations are conveniently scheduled.

Visit, email to or call 410-455-2335.

The winter session is  a condensed semester that provides an opportunity to earn up to 4.5 credits in January. Many courses required for graduation, as well as upper level and special-topics courses are available.Courses are also offered for students who want to explore a new  interests, travel for credit or gain internship experiencet. Many hybrid and online courses are also available.

Visit, email to or call 410-455-2335.

Master’s Degrees and Post-baccalaureate Certificates

Responding to the needs of working professionals, CPS offers applied, graduate degrees and certificates in the following areas, in partnership with the colleges and departments:

Master’s Degrees:

Engineering Management
Geographic Information Systems
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Instructional Systems Development -
Training Systems
Systems Engineering

Post-baccalaureate Certificates:

American Contemporary Music
Biochemical Regulatory Engineering
Biotechnology Management
Distance Education
Engineering Management
Instructional Systems Design
Instructional Technology
Nonprofit Sector
Systems Engineering

For more information, go to

K-12 Teacher Education (master’s and certificates)

CPS supports K-12 education by offering professional development programs for teachers. In collaboration with the Department of Education and other academic departments, CPS administers a variety of graduate courses (both on and off-campus) as well as special activities such as summer institutes for teachers.
CPS also coordinates off-site cohort programs with local area school systems to provide full degree programs in high-need subject areas such as mathematics and science.

For more information and a current listing of CPS programs, call 410-455-2336 or visit

English Language Center (ELC)

UMBC’s English Language Center (ELC) offers courses for current and prospective UMBC students who seek to advance their English language skills. Students who successfully complete upper-level ELC courses  are eligible to apply for conditional admission to UMBC’s bachelor’s and master’s degree programs with no TOEFL required.

The ELC offers varied program and course options:
            • Intensive English Program (full- or part-time study)
            • Academic English Program (full- or part-time study – online or in-class)
            • Specialized courses (TOEFL and GRE preparation, pronunciation, professional English, and more)
            • TESOL training course for aspiring English language teachers

Additional ELC resources include new online course options, individual tutoring, English language learning software, a conversation partner program, student advising, and more.

For more information, contact the ELC (410-455-2831, or see


Satellite Campus Offerings

UMBC at Shady Grove

UMBC, in partnership with the Universities at Shady Grove, offers an opportunity for transfer students in the national capitol region to achieve their educational goals.

Located in Montgomery County, UMBC at Shady Grove offers a full-time, daytime and upper division bachelor’s program with degrees in political science, psychology and social work, as well as two applied graduate programs in industrial/organizational psychology and geographic information systems.
Admissions requirements, academic policies and procedures, and academic standards for UMBC Shady Grove students are identical to those followed by all UMBC students. Classes are taught by UMBC professors, and degrees are granted by UMBC.

The programs stress enrichment opportunities such as internship experiences in business and industry, applied field practicum and undergraduate research opportunities.

For more information and a current listing of programs, call 301-738-6081 or visit

New Program Development
CPS partners with campus units to develop high-quality graduate programs responsive to the needs of working professionals, as well as government and corporate clients. By engaging the intellectual talent of university faculty and practitioners, CPS develops and delivers successful graduate certificates and master’s degree programs to working professionals. Through our graduate certificate and master’s of professional studies programs, there are various flexible, interdisciplinary learning opportunities.

For more information on the development of new programs, please contact Chris Morris at

UMBC Training Centers

UMBC Training Centers delivers high quality, flexible training programs that have direct impact on individual and organizational performance. Training Centers extends the academic excellence of UMBC to working professionals and organizations through affordable, convenient training offerings which can be conducted at one of our training locations, onsite or online.

For more information and for an up-to-date schedule of courses, please visit or

Core programs include:

Information Technology & Cyber Security

  • Certificate in Computer  & Network Technology
  • Certificate in Information & Network Security
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA)
  • Comp TIA A+, Network + and Security + Certfication
  • Java Programming Language
  • Microsoft IT Professional: Server Administration (MCITP)
  • Oracle Certified Associate: Database Administrator


  • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Preparation
  • Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) Preparation
  • Systems Engineering

Project Management & Business Analysis

  • Certificate in Project Management
  • Project Management Foundation
  • Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Preparation
  • Certificate in Business Analysis
  • Business Analysis Foundation
  • Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP®) Preparation

Professional Development

  • Certificate in Regulatory Affairs for Biotechnology
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Preparation
  • Professional in Human Resource Management (PHR) Preparation

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
UMBC Training Centers offers one of the area’s most highly regarded programs in diagnostic medical sonography. This program is accredited and includes concentrations in cardiac, general and vascular sonography. It involves classroom instruction and significant hands-on experience in our sonography lab, as well as at hospitals and other clinical sites in the Baltimore region. This program offers a certificate upon completion.

Higher Education Test Preparation
UMBC Training Centers provides a high-quality, affordable alternative for exam preparation for the GRE and LSAT examinations. These courses are delivered by experienced college faculty who are very knowledgeable of the examinations and who understand clearly how to help students maximize their performance on these exams and reduce their test anxiety.

Online Courses
Training Centers offers a variety of affordable, online, instructor-led courses in areas such as information technology, project management, business administration, sales and marketing and graphic design.
For more information, visit or call 443-543-5400.