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Maryland’s higher education system is composed of 11 universities that comprise the University System of Maryland, as well as the United States Naval Academy, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Morgan State University. The system also includes numerous public junior colleges and private for- and non-profit institutions, such as DeVry University, ITT Technical Institute, Kaplan University, Fortis College, and the University of Phoenix. The state’s higher education system is overseen by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, which is responsible for establishing academic standards and regulating schools within the state. It is also responsible for determining the educational needs of the state’s workforce and creating strategies to meet those needs, approving new colleges or universities, administering financial aid, giving budgetary recommendations, and more.
The University of Maryland University College primarily focuses on offering online degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level in business, information systems management, history, communications, biotechnology, and more. The school, which is part of the University of Maryland system, serves almost 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students from its campus in Adelphi, Md. Students of the online degree programs use the university’s WebTycho course management system to access course materials such as assignments or the PowerPoint slides, and it enables them to communicate with their instructors and peers through discussion boards or email.
DeVry University is a private, for-profit institution that has more than 95 campuses across the country and in Canada. The institution’s Maryland campus in Bethesda offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration and technical management, as well as master’s degrees in accounting and financial management, business administration, human resource management, project management, and public administration. Students interested in distance education can enroll in DeVry University’s fully online associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in business, management, engineering, health sciences, and more.
Towson University is one of 11 public universities within the University System of Maryland. The school offers more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees to its 21,464 students at its campus in Towson, Md. Towson University emphasizes academic excellence and supports programs that meet the needs of the community. In its 2012 Best Colleges report, the U.S. News & World Report placed Towson University at No. 11 in its ranking of the top public schools in the northern region. The university is also known for its online courses and degree programs, which includes a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and degrees in applied information technology, human resource development, and integrated homeland security management. The U.S. News ranked Towson University No. 15 in admissions selectivity and No. 26 in faculty credentials and training of the top online business programs.