Flexible Launch

Starting Fall 2020, UMBC will be offering eligible master’s degree students in select programs the ability to start their M.A./M.S./M.P.S. degree program online through the Flexible Launch program.

The Flexible Launch program is ideal for students who may be impacted by travel restrictions or visa delays. Students who participate in the program will have the ability to take up to three courses online during the fall semester and then continue their studies in-person at UMBC starting the Spring 2021 semester. In order to continue taking classes in spring 2021, students must complete their fall courses in good academic standing and, in addition, international students must receive a valid F-1 visa prior to the start of the spring semester.

Admitted students can complete the inquiry form to enroll in Flexible Launch.

Eligible Programs

Click the program name below to see the courses available for Flexible Launch.

*Since this is an online program, I-20s are not granted. 

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Who is eligible to participate in the Flexible Launch Program?

Students who have been admitted to the following on-campus master’s degree programs for the Fall 2020 semester, but who are experiencing some type of visa delay, travel restrictions or concerns regarding relocating to Baltimore area. In order to continue taking classes in spring 2021, students must complete their fall courses in good academic standing and receive a valid F-1 visa prior to the start of the spring semester.

What is the cost of the program?

Students enrolled in the Flex Start program will be responsible for Non-resident tuition and technology fee:

  • Tuition and technology fee: $3,546 per 3-credit course:
    • Non-resident tuition: $1,166 per credit
    • Technology fee: $16/credit
  • International fee: $125/semester
  • Graduate Matriculation Fee: $200 (This fee will be split into two even charges between the student’s first two semesters.)

Note: Graduate Matriculation fee of $200 ($100 per semester) is deferred until the student is in the US.
Please visit Student Business Services for additional information. 

I don’t know yet if I will be impacted by visa delays or travel restrictions. Do I need to register for Flexible Launch now?

We understand that many factors affecting your arrival in the U.S. may be last-minute and unpredictable. If you are interested in considering this option for the fall semester, please complete the required form to receive further information. We will work with each admitted student on a case by case basis to identify the right plan of action and deadlines for moving forward. You will still have the option to pursue your studies on-campus if circumstances allow!

Will I still receive an I-20 form for the Fall 2020 semester if I participate in Flexible Launch?

Students who enroll in the Flexible Launch program will receive an I-20 form from UMBC. We will work with students on a case-by-case basis to determine when they will receive their I-20 form and what start date will be listed.

I’m interested in learning more about the Flexible Launch Program option. Where can I find out more information?

Please complete the following form if you’re interested in learning more about the Flexible Launch program

How many credits am I required to take?

The full-time (minimum 9 credits) would not be a requirement for international students who have not yet relocated (under a student visa). Under the Flexible Launch program, you can take one to three courses online. Please consult with your academic program before registering.

If I take online classes how will it alter/affect my CPT and OPT options?

Any classes taken remotely from outside of the US in your first semester would NOT count towards your CPT and OPT eligibility. You would need to complete 2 full-time semesters on campus before you could use either of these kinds of work permission.

What courses are available online during the fall 2020 semester?

Upon consultation with the academic program, students have the option of enrolling in one, two, or three courses for the Fall 2020 semester. Students cannot enroll in more than 3 courses (a total of 9 credit hours) online for the Fall 2020 semester. Registration for new students: June 1.

Additional information about Fall 2020 options for international students can be found on the International Education Services  IES COVID-19 website.

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Flexible Launch Programs & Courses

Biochemical Regulatory Engineering, P.B.C.

  • ENCH 660: Regulatory Issues in Biotechnology
  • ENCH 664: Quality Control and Quality Assurance for Biotechnology Products
  • ENCH 657: Devices and Combination Products

Chemical Engineering, M.S.

  • ENCH 610: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ENCH 620: Methods of Engineering Analysis
  • ENCH 657: Devices and Combination Products
  • ENCH 660: Regulatory Issues in Biotechnology
  • ENCH 664: Quality Control and Quality Assurance of Biotechnology Products
  • ENCH 682: Biochemical Engineering

Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, M.S. & Ph.D.

  • CMSC / CMPE 611:  Advanced Computer Architecture
  • CMSC 621: Advanced Operating Systems 
  • CMSC 673: Intro to Natural Language Processing 
  • ENEE 680: Electromagnetic Theory 
  • ENEE 601: Signals and Linear Systems Theory 
  • CMPE 691/CMSC 691: Neuromorphic Computing
  • CMPE/ ENEE 605: Applied Linear Algebra 

Cybersecurity, M.P.S.

  • CYBR 620: Intro to Cybersecurity
  • CYBR 623: Cybersecurity Law & Policy
  • CYBR 641: Cybercrime

Data Science, M.P.S.

  • DATA 601: Introduction to Data Science
  • DATA 604: Data Management
  • DATA 605: Ethical and Legal Issues in Data Science

*Please note that DATA 601 is a prerequisite for Data 602 and Data 603.

Emergency Health Services, M.S.

  • *EHS 630: Issues Analysis and Proposal Writing
  • EHS 632: Disaster Health Services
  • **EHS 634: Disaster Mitigation
  • *EHS 640: Intro to High Performance EMS
  • EHS 676: EHS Management of Reimbursement

*Core Required Courses for either Emergency Health Services MS degree track
** Graduate Certificate Course (1 of 5) in Emergency Management

Engineering Management, M.S., Systems Engineering, M.S., Technical Management, M.P.S.

  • ENMG 650: Project Management Fundamentals
  • ENMG 652: Management Leadership and Communications
  • ENMG 656: Engineering Law and Ethics
  • ENMG 658: Financial Management
  • ENMG 661: Leading Global Virtual Teams
  • ENMG 668: Project and Systems Engineering Management
  • SYST 660: Systems Engineering Principles

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership, M.P.S.

  • ENTR 601: Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • ENTR 603: Legal and Ethical Issues in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership

Environmental Engineering, M.S.

  • ENEN 610: Environmental Chemistry
  • ENEN 621: Groundwater Hydrology
  • ENEN 660: Air Pollution

Health IT, M.P.S.

  • HIT 658: Health Informatics I
  • HIT 663: Health IT Policy and Administration
  • HIT 723: Public Health Informatics

Human Centered Computing, M.S; Information Systems, M.S.

  • IS 633: Database Management Systems
  • IS 634: Structured Systems Analysis and Design
  • HCC 629: Fundamentals of Human-Centered Computing
  • IS 669: Project Management Operations
  • IS 671: Electronic Commerce

Industrial & Organizational Psychology, M.P.S.

  • PSYC 670: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 672: Introduction to Data Analytic Procedures in I/O Psychology

Instructional Systems Development, M.A.

  • LAPT/EDUC 602: Instructional Systems Development
  • LAPT/EDUC 603: Analysis for Design and Evaluation
  • LAPT/EDUC 605: Adult Learner
  • LAPT/EDUC 671: Principles of Training and Development

Management of Aging Services, M.A.

  • AGNG 600: Social and Economic Context of Aging 
  • AGNG 612: Finance and Accounting in Aging Services 
  • AGNG 620: An Overview of Dementia & Dementia Care Services  
  • AGNG 638: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design in Aging Services
  • AGNG 698: Special Topics in Aging Services: Policy Foundations in Dementia Care Services 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.A.

  • EDUC 601 Human Learning and Cognition
  • EDUC 602 Instructional Systems Development
  • EDUC 625 Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL/Bilingual Students I
  • EDUC 636 ESOL Testing and Assessment
  • EDUC 644 Linguistics for ESOL Educators
  • EDUC 655 Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL/Bilingual Students II
  • EDUC 666 Intercultural Communication
  • EDUC 667 Grammar of American English for ESOL Teachers
  • EDUC 670 Theories of Language Learning in the ESOL Classroom
  • EDUC 672 Bilingualism
  • EDUC 688 Methodology of Teaching English as a Second of Foreign Language