The University of Maryland Global Campus houses the online and distance learning centers for the school. The school gained its independence from the University of Maryland in 1970 (after enjoying an 11-year relationship) and became a free-standing member of the University System of Maryland. Today, UMUC is a large provider of distance education in the country. The school offers dozens of programs at a certificate level and bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Bachelor’s programs include business, biotechnology, computer science, criminal justice, legal studies, political science, and healthcare. Master’s programs include MBA, biotechnology, cybersecurity, education, and healthcare. A robust offering of certificate programs is also available. Online learning is a key deliverable for UMGC; the fully developed system integrates all elements of post-baccalaureate education into a collaborative virtual classroom with excellent student support.