Learn in Maryland

Attention BRAC-related personnel and their families:
Are you interested in getting an advanced degree?

Search and request information with the BRAC Graduate Degree Inquiry Referral system.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is pleased to announce the launch of a one stop website devoted to helping BRAC employees interested in obtaining a Master’s or Doctoral level degree. Thanks to the cooperation of the graduate admissions departments at Maryland’s institutions of higher education, prospective students can now receive information about all schools offering relevant degree programs.

By logging on at http://www.mhec.state.md.us/utilities/BRAC/index.asp, prospective students are led quickly and easily through the selection process. The relevant schools are immediately notified of the student’s interest, along with his/her contact information. We hope that those of you who are working with BRAC-related employees and families will make the information on this service widely available.

Elementary studentK-12 Education

As the State’s public education system continues to strive for excellence and
looks to the future, Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Department of Education are committed to providing children with a stimulating curriculum and high-quality education.

The State has received high marks for K-12 achievement, ranking number 1 in the nation for the second year in a row on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) scores, high school graduation rates, and Advanced Placement (AP) performance.

With a track record of excellence that includes highly qualified, dedicated teachers and an unprecedented investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) instruction, Maryland is ready to produce graduates who can compete and thrive in the high-tech BRAC marketplace. 

Learn Where You Earn

No matter where you live or work in Maryland, educational and training opportunities are within easy reach. Maryland’s education community is strong and growing. Maryland four-year public and independent colleges and universities offer more than 600 academic disciplines for graduate and undergraduate students who want to study full- or part-time.

Leading educational institutions like The Johns Hopkins University and the University System of Maryland are at the forefront of the science, engineering and technology learning experience. Community colleges throughout the State offer workforce training resources for employers and an array of educational and vocational options for students.  Educational institutions like the Maryland Institute College of Art provide unique learning opportunities for creative students.

The University System of Maryland and Morgan State University have agreed to offer in-state tuition to eligible employees and their family members moving to Maryland because of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Contact the university you plan to attend for more information. Military, civilian personnel and defense contractors and their families who relocate to Maryland and enroll in a post-secondary institution will be considered Maryland residents for State financial assistance (http://www.mhec/state.md.us/financialAid/descriptions.asp.)with appropriate documentation.

college campusBRAC Higher Education Fund grants

Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and Higher Education Secretary James E. Lyons recently announced the recipients of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Higher Education Fund grants.

The BRAC Higher Education Investment Fund, which was included in Governor O'Malley's fiscal year 2009 budget, ultimately included $2 million for the Maryland Higher Education Commission to finance the grants.

Eligible grant applicants included Maryland two- and four year public or independent colleges or universities, Maryland research institutions, Maryland Regional Higher Education centers, and Maryland private career schools approved by MHEC.

Sixteen applications were approved by the awarding panel ranging from $25,000-$164,500. The approved programs range from basic literacy, on-line and graduate projects.

Baltimore City Community College, Bowie State University, Cecil College, the Community College of Baltimore County, Hagerstown Community College, Harford Community College, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Prince George's Community College, Towson University, the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Washington College received grants.