Consortium Process

The University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. With the approval of the Masters Programs Office, students may enroll in specific approved classes (electives only) at other institutions and have their credits considered "residence" credits at their own institutions. These courses are considered College Park credits for tuition and fee purposes (based on the student’s Maryland residency status). Grades are calculated into their GPA. Significant factors to be considered for approval of consortium course work are the lack of similar courses at Maryland, enhancement of the student’s overall program, and the level and content of the course. Permission will not be granted if a comparable course is offered at UMCP.

Please note that MBA, MS and MFin students may attend only those consortium schools that are AACSB-accredited. Qualified programs with in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area are American University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Howard University.  A student may take no more than nine credits of courses outside the Smith School toward his or her degree, including via the Consortium process.

Grading:
Grades for Consortium classes will be sent to the University of Maryland Registrar, recorded and calculated into the cumulative grade point average of the University of Maryland student and become a permanent part of the student’s official record. Auditing courses through the Consortium is not permitted. Courses that do not carry credit at the University of Maryland, but do receive credit at the host university, will not count for credit at the University of Maryland. Further, any courses that do not carry credit at the host university will not be given credit by UMCP. Pass/Fail and audit grading options are not permitted.

Paying for a Consortium Class:
No financial transactions take place directly between the student and Host University. University of Maryland students register at College Park and pay the College Park tuition rate and relevant College Park fees. This means that if you are not a Maryland resident, you will pay out-of-state tuition for any Consortium courses. Tuition remissions awarded to graduate assistants and fellows may not be used to pay for consortium courses at other universities. Graduate assistants and fellows must pay for any courses they take under the consortium arrangement. Consortium courses will be included in the semester credit hour total for financial aid purposes.

Enrollment Availability and Requests Due:
Attendance in Consortium schools is limited to the fall, spring and summer terms only. Requests for fall term classes should be submitted for review and approval during the preceding spring term. Requests for spring and summer term considerations should be submitted before the end of the preceding fall term.

Step One: Find a class to take. Evaluate other schools’ offerings and select a class from the catalog. (For links to course catalogs see below). Classes must be at a graduate level and must complement the student’s degree program.

Step Two: Contact the Consortium Coordinator if you need assistance locating specific details about the class in question and to confirm your course of choice is open to UMD Consortium students:

University of Maryland Consortium Coordinator
301-314-8254
dcconsortium@umd.edu
Step Three: Submit the Consortium Request Form and a syllabus for the requested course to your Campus Advisor. Your request will then be reviewed by the Masters Programs Office for approval to count towards your MBA degree requirements.

Step Four: If course is approved, you will meet with your Campus Advisor to complete the Consortium Registration Permission forms as required by the Office of the Registrar. Your Campus Advisor will arrange to have all additional authorized signatures submitted on your forms and forwarded to UMD’s Consortium Office.

Step Five: UMD’s Consortium Office (Office of the Registrar) will process the forms when completed. Please note this process will take a minimum of two weeks.

Note: If the course is canceled, dropped or changed, contact UMD’s Consortium Coordinator immediately.

University of Maryland schedule adjustment deadlines apply for College Park students visiting other Consortium institutions.

American University
General Catalog: http://www.american.edu/provost/registrar/universitycatalog.cfm
MBA Program: http://www.american.edu/kogod/mba/mba.cfm
Graduate Programs: http://www.american.edu/kogod/graduate/index.cfm

George Mason
General Catalog: http://catalog.gmu.edu/
MBA Program: http://som.gmu.edu/mba-programs/current-students/courses-a-electives/
Graduate Programs: http://catalog.gmu.edu/programs/#filter=.filter_23

Georgetown
General Catalog: http://courses.georgetown.edu/
MBA Program: http://msb.georgetown.edu/programs/MBA
MBA Program Curriculum: http://msb.georgetown.edu/programs/MBA/the-program-experience/academics

George Washington
General Catalog: http://www.gwu.edu/~bulletin/grad/sbpm.html
MBA Program: http://www.gwu.edu/bulletin/grad/mbad.html

Howard University
General Catalog: http://www.provost.howard.edu/provost/bulletin2/graduate_bulletin.htm
MBA Program: http://www.bschool.howard.edu