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Robert H. Smith School of Business

Robert H. Smith School of Business – University of Maryland

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business offers a full-time MBA on its College Park, MD, campus. This campus is located less than 10 miles from the White House. In addition, the Smith School offers part-time, online, and executive MBA options. Overall, the Smith School’s MBA is distinguished by its internationally recognized faculty, economically vibrant region, opportunities with top employers and powerful alumni network.

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The 200 full- and part-time professionals who make up the Smith School faculty bring their significant expertise to the classroom. They comprise six academic departments: Accounting & Information Assurance; Decision, Operations, & Information Technology; Finance; Logistics, Business, & Public Policy; Management & Organization; and Marketing. Furthermore, many of the professors have worked as consultants for leading corporations or worked in the international business realm.

The Smith School’s Full-time MBA requires 54 credits to complete, and the program lasts for 21 months. Students begin the program in August and take classes during weekdays.

The core courses, which cover topics such as financial accounting, managerial economics, and strategic management, encourage students to master business fundamentals. These make up 12 to 16 credits each semester.  Furthermore, electives are offered through each academic department. For instance, the Management & Organization Department offers MBA students coursework in Leadership Development and New Venture Financing, whereas the Finance Department provides classes in Capital Markets and Financial Restructuring. Furthermore, the electives can be grouped into career tracks in analytics, consulting, finance, general management, marketing, or supply chain.

In addition, the Smith School provides many opportunities for international travel. MBA students may participate in consulting opportunities, semester-long exchange programs, and 10-day global learning experiences to understand more about the international business world.

Other MBA Degree Options
The Smith School also offers a Part-time MBA, an Online MBA, and an Executive MBA. The Part-time MBA offers a flexible format that can be completed in 24, 28 or 36 or months on evenings and weekends in multiple campus locations in Rockville, MD; Baltimore, MD; or Washington, D.C. Fifty-four credits are required for completion. Students have an average of five years’ working experience and represent a variety of industries and academic backgrounds.

The Online MBA takes place over 21 months and requires 54 credits for completion. Aside from a three-day residency at the beginning and end of the program, all coursework takes place online. Students have and average of nine years of work experience. They hail from areas all over the United States, and many international students also pursue this degree.

Lastly, the Executive MBA takes place on Fridays, with an overnight stay, and Saturdays of alternating weekends. The Smith EMBA program is cohort-based, and places a strong emphasis on personal growth, leadership development and building executive competencies. Smith EMBA students tend to be further along in their careers with an average of 16 years of working experience with progressive levels of management.

Career Tracks at Smith

  • Analytics
  • Consulting
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain

Full-time MBA Program

Part-time MBA Program

Online MBA

Executive MBA

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Clubs, Conferences, & Competitions
Twenty clubs invite MBA students to get more involved with the Smith School community. The clubs may focus on particular areas of study (such as the Finance Association) or cultural affinity (such as the Asian MBA Association).

Furthermore, the Smith School offers annual conferences, such as the Smith Entrepreneurship Research Conference, to encourage prominent business leaders to speak on a variety of topical issues.

Lastly, the Cupid’s Cup Business Competition is the University of Maryland’s international business competition. It promotes student entrepreneurship. Previous winners have included a company to improve coffee, an app to help students locate college scholarships, as well as an inexpensive device for diagnosing Malaria.

Campus Spaces
The Smith School is located only eight miles from the White House at the University of Maryland’s College Park, MD, campus. The business school is in Van Munching Hall, which offers meeting spaces for interviewing and networking, houses career services and the Dean’s office, as well as such tech advancements as a live stock ticker.

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Career Services
The Smith School offers comprehensive career services, including individualized career coaching, mock interviews, and career panels. Assistance with résumé building and personal branding are also provided, and leadership assessment tools and automated job postings are available as well. Furthermore, students are given a comprehensive career education that addresses the soft skills needed for successful connections. On-campus interviews with prospective employers are also offered, but those abroad may virtually interview with staff to practice the related skills. Students have been hired by prominent companies, such as Amazon, Deloitte, and Citi.

Career Statistics
For the Class of 2016 full-time MBAs, technology was the most popular industry, as over 23% entered the field.  Financial services followed at just under 22% while approximately 17% of graduates chose consulting.  Consumer products and healthcare each welcomed 7% of the Class of 2016.  The remaining quarter of graduates spread out across unreported industries.

In regards to regional placement, 38% chose the Mid-Atlantic, followed by 26% settling in the Northeast.  The Midwest was fairly popular, as nearly 16% of graduates moved there.  The South followed with 12% and the West also claimed 7% of graduates.

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The Class Profile
Smith combines the class profiles for the Classes of 2017 and 2018. The Class of 2017 is comprised of 90 students while 97 will be graduating in 2018. The average GMAT was 660, and the average undergraduate GPA was 3.3. The students were 29 years old on average, and they had 5.2 years of post-university work experience. Women made up 39% of the classes and 34% are international.

Application Procedures
Smith gives its applicants the choice of applying in one of five admissions rounds, which usually take place once a month, October through January, and then finally in March. December is the priority deadline for international students and scholarships, while domestic students have until the January deadline to be considered a priority for scholarships. The application requirements for Smith include the online application, an essay, a letter of recommendation, a $75 application fee, GMAT/GRE scores, transcripts, and TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Application Checklist

  • Online Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Essay
  • Résumé
  • Official Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • GMAT or GRE
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable)

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For the class entering Fall of 2017, tuition was $44,766 (in-state) or $53,946 (out of state) for the 54 credit program.  Additional fees add $2,238 to the cost of attendance.

Applicants who meet priority deadlines are automatically considered for merit awards based on scholastic achievement, test scores, and leadership experience. Furthermore, full-time MBA students may qualify for graduate assistantships in exchange for a partial tuition waiver. Scholarships are also available for military service members and veterans. Federal student loans may be available for qualified students with a FAFSA application. Lastly, international students may get loans through the Global Student Loan Corporation or country-specific organizations.

Estimated Cost of Attendance (per academic year, 2017)

  • Tuition: $44,766 (in-state); $53,946 (out of state)
  • Fees: $2,238
  • Total: $47,004 (in-state); $56,184 (out of state)

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