The University of Maryland University College evolved from evening courses offered by the University of Maryland from the 1920s through World War II. After the War, the University provided continuing education overseas for military personnel, particularly in Europe and Asia.

[photo, Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland] In 1947, the College of Special and Continuation Studies opened to administer off-campus evening programs. It functioned first as a branch of the University of Maryland's College of Education. Beginning in 1949, it was the first college to offer courses overseas for members of the armed services. In 1959, it was renamed University College and, in 1988, made part of the University of Maryland System (Chapter 246, Acts of 1988). The System, in 1997, was renamed University System of Maryland (Chapter 114, Acts of 1997).

Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland, August 2003. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Throughout Maryland and around the world, University of Maryland University College extends the resources of the University System of Maryland to over 95,000 adult students. The curriculum, class schedules, registration procedures, and student services have been designed to create an academic environment that supports and encourages the educational goals of working adults.

The College offers programs for the bachelor's and master's degrees, and noncredit professional development. Forty-nine of these programs leading to the bachelor's and master's degree, as well as 17 undergraduate and graduate certificates, may be completed totally on-line.

Day, evening and weekend classes meet at 22 locations in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. For U.S. military personnel, government employees, and their families, the College offers courses at more than 140 worldwide locations on four continents.

From 1978 to 2012, the Graduate School was named the Graduate School of Management and Technology. In 2012, it was renamed the Graduate School.

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