The University of Maryland Eastern Shore had its origin on September 13, 1886, as the Princess Anne Academy under the auspices of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1919, the State of Maryland, in operating its landgrant program at the Maryland Agricultural College at College Park, to which Afro-Americans were not admitted as students, sought to provide a Land-Grant program for Afro-Americans and assumed control of the Princess Anne Academy, renaming it the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Agricultural College. In 1926, the College passed into complete control and ownership of the State and the University of Maryland and became University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1970.
Today, the University offers major programs in the arts and sciences, professional studies and agricultural sciences. In addition, UMES presents teaching degree programs and pre-professional programs, as well as an Honors Program designed in cooperation with the University of Maryland at Baltimore to prepare students for professional school study. Students can pursue bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the following schools:
School of Education, Social Sciences and the Arts
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
School of Business and Technology
School of Agriultural and Natural Sciences
School of Graduate Studies
UMES offers many of its courses online, and students can earn a master's degree in Cybersecurity Engineering Technology entirely online.
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