UMUC Europe Launches Graduate Program
For the first time, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the graduate program in management, cyber security, homeland security and criminal justice management in U.S. military bases in Europe and the Middle East.
“The face-to-face Aspect is something I’ve been looking for,” said Air Force Captain Edwin Maldonado. “There is no substitute for getting answers on-the-spot from the professors and learn from other students.”
Planning for the future transition into the civilian workforce after 20 years in the military, Maldonado is registered in the first MBA class at Kapaun Air Station in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
He had a dream to start my own business after retirement and was sure that UMUC MBA Award winner would help her build the knowledge and skills he needs to prepare while stationed in Europe.
“If this program is not here, I will lose a few years by waiting until I get back to the States to begin my graduate education,” he said. “Graduate school is critical to have overseas because they allow the military to do the next step soon.”
The program opens the door for new military communities in Europe and the Middle East, who have never seen this variety of undergraduate degree options face-to-face at their base. Active-duty military, family members, and civilians stationed in Europe and Central Command already can register online. This spring, UMUC will also offer the Master of Social Work (MSW), with more details to be announced soon.
Faculty members Gregory Evans, a subject expert for MBA Program, pointing to a master can have effects on the growth of individuals and the future of marketing in the private realm.
“The average unemployment rate was significantly lower for those with a university degree compared with those with a college degree,” he said, referring to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Take your education to the next level makes all the difference.”
Jeffrey Newbern, Director of UMUC Europe Graduate Program, noted that the program that changes the game “is designed to leave the students prepared to go through necessary cyber security certification could allow them to Excel in cyber industry.”
While the program kicks off in Kaiserslautern and Wiesbaden, UMUC plans to expand them to most of the larger military community in Europe and the Middle East and then working toward offers classes no matter where students show interest.
“We want the servicemembers in Europe to be able to take the same class and have the same opportunities that they would if they were in the United States,” said Newbern. “We don’t want the fact that they are serving their country abroad to prevent them from not only continue their education but completed a master’s degree.”
“In the current climate, more and more registered like me have a college degree, and that’s the level that many of the personnel who will be in the future, so it’s critical that there are different levels of graduate opportunities like this.”