Professional Programs Partnerships

UMBC’s Office of Professional Programs (OPP) understands that developing and sustaining flexible, innovative, and mutually beneficial academic and industry partnerships enhance both the student experience and the value of a UMBC professional master’s degree. 

OPP works collaboratively with corporations, government, educational institutions, and organizations to develop and implement new partnerships.   

Some of OPP’s current strategic partnerships include:

Fellowship Program with the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (CARD) and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES)
The newly formed Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (CARD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Aging (NIA) in partnership with UMBC and NIH’s Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) is offering a unique, high-quality master’s level fellowship program to build a diverse and inclusive community in biomedical data science and train healthcare researchers to grow their data science skills.

The goal of this program is to cultivate the next generation of data science and bioinformatics professionals at CARD. Fellowship awardees will gain foundational knowledge in data analysis and data management through collaborative online instruction and direct consultation with experts in the field. Beyond the coursework, fellows will have the opportunity to use and refine new skills they have learned working with real data curated at the CARD as Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) students. The selected candidates will receive a remunerated full-time IRTA position to work at CARD while studying the Master’s. During this time, fellows will get trained in data analysis. The fellowship will cover all costs for the Master’s degree. For additional information, to apply for the fellowship, or to register for a virtual information session, please visit:

National Institutes of Health’s Foundation of Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) 
UMBC and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) are partnering to extend academic opportunities for their respective students. Qualified students who successfully complete coursework in data science, bioinformatics, or technology transfer at FAES may be able to transfer coursework into UMBC’s Master of Professional Studies in Data Science or Master of Professional Studies in Biotechnology. 


UMBC Training Centers
UMBC Training Centers students are eligible to earn graduate credit in UMBC’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Leadership.  Up to nine credits of graduate credit can be earned for the successful completion of Training Centers courses that have been evaluated and determined to be equivalent to corresponding UMBC courses in the MPS program. 

Organizational Cohorts
OPP has flexible educational partnerships with corporations and organizations to allow working professionals to earn a professional certificate or Master’s degree at a reduced tuition rate. OPP will work cooperatively with your leadership to design a cohort program that fits your needs. 

Engagement Opportunities
Strengthening relationships with industry, government, and organizations is a top priority for all of the UMBC professional graduate programs. There are a variety of ways that organizations can engage with the Office of Professional Programs.

  • Participating in focus groups or interviews to discuss industry needs and trends 
  • Serving on program advisory boards
  • On-site information sessions at your company or organization
  • Joint program development

For additional information, please contact Allison Jones, Director of Program and Partnership Development at (410) 455-1244 or