Admissions FAQs

I am currently enrolled in a different MS program at UMBC, can I switch to HCC? 

Please speak with the HCC GPD. Students from other MA/MS programs who have been transferred typically had taken HCC graduate level courses and had a strong background in UX.

I am a full-time employee and am looking for a program I can do part-time, mainly one class a semester. Is this program conducive  to that if I work with a counselor? 

Most of our classes are designed for students with other obligations during the workday. Our graduate classes usually meet once a week Monday – Thursday from 4:30 and end at 7 (sometimes from 7.10 – 9.40pm). We have several students who take one course a semester and are very successful. We typically recommend students be careful about overcommitting on classes, and instead only take the appropriate number that works with their schedule.

Is it ideal to start the HCC program in Spring or the Fall?

We have students start both semesters, and it won’t impact your course trajectory. Since more students tend to start in the Fall semester, there are more campus orientation events. However, students who start in the Spring semester are successful and meet their classmates.

Are there any open houses about the program I could attend?

Interested students are welcome to visit campus and join us for our HCC community meetings on Mondays at 3pm in ITE 430. This is a regular meeting for all students (and those interested in becoming a student) to meet each other and faculty. Please let the GPD know if you are interested in visiting.

Do I have to take the GRE?

The GRE is now optional for the Ph.D. HCC program. The GRE is not required for the MS program.