Flexible Launch

For Fall 2021, 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 experiencing travel restrictions, visa delays or other difficulties due to COVID -19. Students who participate in the program may take up to three courses online during the fall semester and then continue their studies in-person at UMBC starting the Spring 2022 semester. In order to continue taking classes in spring 2022, students must complete their fall courses in good academic standing. 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 2021 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 2022, 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: $3,549 per 3-credit course:
    • Non-resident tuition: $1,166 per credit
    • Technology fee: $17/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 2021 semester if I participate in Flexible Launch?

Since Flexible Launch programs are fully online, I-20s are not granted for Fall 2021. Students who enroll in the program will work with the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) team to receive an I-20 for Spring 2022.

How many credits am I required to take?

Full-time enrollment (minimum 9 credits) is not a requirement for international students who decide to study remotely for the fall semester. Under the Flexible Launch program, you can take one to three courses online. Please consult with your academic program for advising guidance 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 Curricular Practical Training(CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) eligibility. You are required to complete 2 full-time semesters physically present on campus in the U.S. before you may use either CPT or OPT  work permission. Please consult the ISSS website for more information related to CPT/OPT eligibility. 
Off-Campus Work: CPT – International Student and Scholar Services – UMBC 
OPT Information – International Student and Scholar Services – UMBC 

What courses are available online during the fall 2021 semester?

Students should consult with their individual program for guidance on class selection.  You have the option to enroll in one, two, or three classes for the Fall 2021 semester. Students cannot enroll in more than 3 classes (a total of 9 credit hours) online for the Fall 2021 semester. Registration for new students: June 1. 

Additional information about Fall 2021 options for international students can be found on the International Student and Scholar Services  ISSS 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

Biotechnology, M.P.S.

  • BTEC 657 Devices and Combination Records 
  • BTEC 660 Regulatory Issues in Biotechnology 
  • BTEC 664 Quality Control and Quality Assurance of Biotechnology Products 
  • BTEC 665 Management, Leadership and Communication 
  • BTEC 675 Business Principals of the Biotechnology Industry 

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
  • DATA 690: Special Topics in Data Science: Stats & Visualization 
  • DATA 690: Special Topics in Data Science: Data Structures & Algorithms in Python 
  • DATA 690: Special Topics in Data Science:  Math Foundations for Machine Learning 

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

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
  • 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
  • ENTR 611: Project Management Approaches 

Health Information Technology, M.P.S.

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

Learning and Performance Technology, M.A.

  • LAPT 602: Instructional Systems Development
  • LAPT 603: Analysis for Design and Evaluation
  • LAPT 605: Adult Learner
  • LAPT 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  

Software Engineering, M.P.S.

  • ENMG 652: Management Leadership and Communications
  • DATA 603: Platforms for Big Data Processing