A 33-credit-hour program culminating in an MRED degree awarded by the Graduate School of the University of Maryland. Students may elect (or be advised) to follow the Accelerated (12 months) path, Full Time (18 months) path, or Part Time (24-36 months) path. Students are admitted in both the Fall (August) and Spring (January) semesters. In certain circumstances, students may take a course in the summer or winter prior to their official admission. Students may be required or advised to take credit or non-credit prerequisites that would add to the time to complete the MRED degree.
Applicants must produce a capstone project or research thesis to complete the degree. The program is not a cohort program, and all courses will not be offered every term. The program is tailored to each student's background and interest; for example, a student with a strong background or taking other graduate work in an area such as architecture or finance would have the core courses in those areas waived and additional electives or more advanced courses substituted with the advice and approval of the Director. Graduate courses taken at other institutions may be substituted for advanced courses in the MRED program with Director's approval, but they may not be transferred for credit toward the degree. Application fees and tuition costs are fixed by the Graduate School per course hour depending on in-state or out-of-state status.