Welcome to the Office of Extended Studies

The University of Maryland is recognized nationwide for academic excellence and state-of-the-art resources. Whether you're looking to catch up on credits, explore new subjects, start college, or advance your career, the Office of Extended Studies provides academic opportunities to help you get ahead.

Summer Term

Over 1,700 courses available in-person and online. Current students enrolled in UMD, other institutions, or high school, as well as, international students, professionals, and life-long learners are welcome to make their summer count!

Freshmen First

Get started at UM before the rest of the crowd! Newly admitted UMD freshmen ease into campus life and earn academic credit before they start college in the fall.

Young Scholars Program

Get ready for college—while you're in high school! Academically talented high school students earn three college credits, pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and learn about university life.

Young Scholars Discovery

Discover, explore, grow, and learn about university life! Rising eighth and ninth grade students explore diverse courses and seminars that encourage creative reasoning and problem solving.

Freshmen Connection

Kick your college education into high gear! Freshmen who accept spring admission to UMD can enroll in the next fall semester extension program, and earn up to 17 credits toward their undergraduate degree.

Winter Term

Catch up or get ahead with more than 350 courses available in-person and online, it's easy to earn credits, regardless of your schedule. Courses are open to current UMD students, students attending other institutions, professionals, and more.

Professional Programs

Advance your knowledge and career goals! Programs include professional master's degrees and graduate certificates, post-baccalaureate opportunities, and many customized programs crafted for industry application.

Continuing Education

Prepare for professional schools, graduate programs, and professional achievement with post-baccalaureate programs, workforce development, and continuing education units (CEUs).

Free Online Courses

UMD is pleased to offer free online courses in collaboration with Coursera, an online education platform. These non-credit interactive courses, taught by UMD faculty, are available now. For more information, please visit www.coursera.org/umd.