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University of Maryland, Smith School of Business Executive MBA

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is located in College Park, five miles from Washington, D.C. and 30 miles from Baltimore, Maryland. Five thousand students pursue bachelor’s, specialized master’s, full time and part time MBA, Executive MBA, dual degrees and Ph.D. degrees. The school also has executive and corporate education programs. In addition to Van Munching Hall on the University of Maryland's campus, the Smith School has campuses in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Rockville, Maryland. Approaching its 100th anniversary, the Smith School is home to 50,000 alumni.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Tuition (Total) $99,500

Rankings

Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#17 Businessweek Executive MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#22 Best Graduate Universities for Management Consultants

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)
#16 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Graduate

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 44% accepted out of 661 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Application Fee: $75

Admission Considerations

Important: Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

To apply to Smith, students must submit two official copies of their undergraduate transcripts, official GMAT scores, two letters of recommendation, and a set of personal essays. An undergraduate GPA of 2.8 is required. In the full-time program, the current entering class had GMAT scores ranging from 610–730, and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.3...To apply to Smith, students must submit two official copies of their undergraduate transcripts, official GMAT scores, two letters of recommendation, and a set of personal essays. An undergraduate GPA of 2.8 is required. In the full-time program, the current entering class had GMAT scores ranging from 610–730, and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.3. The part-time class submitted GMAT scores between 500 and 690. Students have an average of 4.5 to 5 years of professional work experience before beginning the MBA program.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 1,049
Percent International Students 43%
Total Full-Time Faculty 212
Full-Time Faculty 75%

Student Life

Smith has MBA programs on four campuses in College Park, Rockville, Washington, and Baltimore, though the College Park location is primarily used for the full-time program. At each campus, you’ll find a different range of resources and opportunities. The School’s reputation and selective admissions draws a group of students who are “intel­ligent, well-informed, confident, hardworking, kind, and dependable,” and “fellow classmates are interested in collaboration and learning rather than competition and sab­otage.” You’ll also find a “diverse range of career backgrounds, and a high level of expe­rience,” though most “have rich business experience prior to business school.” In College Park, students are “heavily involved in clubs.” Clubs are diverse and run events from professional development events to international celebrations and happy hours. The small class sizes also lead to “a very intimate environment where you get to know your fellow students very well.” When it comes to having fun, students report a lively and social atmosphere among MBAs, including “great happy hours and frequent, memorable cultural and variety nights.” Luckily, part-time students don’t miss out on the fun; while their schedules leave little downtime, part-timers still find time for “happy hours after class, if we are still awake. We also have parties on weekends.” While there aren’t school-sponsored events specifically for kids, “many events are baby friendly.”

Career

A large percentage of Smith’s part-time students plan to stay at their current company after graduation. In fact, many are receiving tuition reimbursement for their studies. However, for students seeking a new position or career change after graduation, the Smith School of Business boasts “excellent job placement rates” and lots of deep ties in the local community. “Great companies recruit at Smith,” says a student. Smith’s Director of Career Services is “committed, focused, and approachable. He has been successful in his own consulting business, as well as his academic career and uses these skills to make strong employer connections at Smith.” Students can also get highly individualized assistance from one of the office’s professional staff members or take advantage of the numerous resources offered. Recent companies that have recruited Smith grads include American Express Financial Advisors, Bank of America, Barclays Capital, Capital One, Chase Card Services, Citigroup, Deloitte Services, DuPont, Fannie Mae, FedEx, IBM, Intel Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Morgan Stanley, Motorola, The Washington Post, and The World Bank.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

A large school with a commanding reputation in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas, the Robert H. Smith School of Business offers a wide range of MBA options to a diverse student body of more than 1,000 graduate students. Depending on their professional experience, work schedule, and academic objectives, students can apply to Smith’s full-time MBA program, Executive MBA, Accelerated MBA, or the part-time Evening MBA or Weekend MBA, and the school does not require students to choose a track. The School also has numerous graduate assistant positions, which allow students to not only receive in-state tuition, but also include tuition remission, a stipend, and eli­gibility for State of Maryland healthcare. While each program differs in terms of class schedules, enrollment, admissions require­ments, overall length, and location, they share an emphasis on the global economy, the integration of technology, and business, marketing, and entrepreneurship, all with “a strong quantitative core.” “My undergraduate is from a liberal arts school, so I chose Smith because it would develop my weaknesses,” says a student. At the same time, real-world experience is paramount to a Smith education, and the School allows many oppor­tunities for students to learn outside the classroom, such as case competitions, consult­ing projects, international teams, and “an excellent entrepreneurship center.” In addition to the “numerous leadership positions and international experiences,” the School has a special program called the Mayer Fund, where 12 selected MBA students from the entire school get to manage a $1.2 million endowment fund. There is a similar fund (Global Equity Fund) for part-time students. Adding to the School’s dynamic atmosphere is its urban location (Smith maintains campuses in College Park, Washington, Baltimore, and Rockville.), which helps attract some top-notch students to join the school, and “it really shows in the class discussion.” Smith attracts a team of “world class” faculty members, who “incorporate the most pressing issues in their research into their classes and teach us the real-world implica­tions.” Fortunately, the classroom experience does not come second to the faculty’s research interests; at Smith, professors “sincerely enjoy engaging with students on class topics” and “provide good independent-study projects” for students to pursue. Evening students tell us that Smith professors “are very good at holding the attention of the class, even late at night.” Small class sizes “allow for ideal interaction and extraction of knowl­edge from professors and other students.” Most Smith “professors have been very involved in both the Baltimore and Washington business communities” throughout their careers, adding an important practical dynamic to the classroom. In addition to their expertise, Smith professors “are also just great people to be around; very personable and approachable. They work as hard for us as we work for them.”

The Princeton Review

Degrees Awarded

MBA - 18 months to 5 years; MS - 1 year to 16 months; The Smith School's Office of Global Studies sponsors 7 - 10 day programs that combine seminars at a leading business school in the host country with visits to executives heading multinational companies and global organizations.

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Clickers allow students be better engaged in class, assists student in instantly understanding comprehension, create(s) an interactive lecture environment, and track student performance. Student response systems (SRS) easily allow professors to create interactive PowerPoint® presentations that collect real-time responses from students.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/organizations/internationalclub/ http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/organizations/embaa/ http://rhsmith.umd.edu/organizations/AsianMBAA/ http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/organizations/hmbaa/Index.html

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/organizations/spa/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://rhsmith.umd.edu/organizations/AsianMBAA/ http://rhsmith.umd.edu/organizations/bmbaa/ http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/organizations/hmbaa/Index.html http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/organizations/jmbaa/

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    As a result of student concerns from last year, the second year students implemented a “Student Help Desk” during the midterm and finals weeks of the fall 2009 semester. Second year students reserved space in the Caserooms and were available for questions regarding economics, finance, statistics and accounting. Some second year students were resistant to participate because they did not feel it was fair that the new first year students would have tutoring available when they did not have the same opportunities. Overall, about 10 students volunteered for the Help Desk. Complaints about lack of tutoring services available, especially in finance, have decreased drastically from last year.

  • Research Facilities:

    Clickers allow students be better engaged in class, assists student in instantly understanding comprehension, create(s) an interactive lecture environment, and track student performance. Student response systems (SRS) easily allow professors to create interactive PowerPoint® presentations that collect real-time responses from students.

  • Study Abroad:

    China UAE Brazil Egypt Israel - Technion Chile Korea - KAIST Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Australia - RMIT Royal melbourne institute of technology Hong Kong - HKUST university of science and technology Taiwan - NTU National Taiwan University India - IIIM Bangalore India - MDI management development institute France - ESC Grenoble France - CERAM Sophia Antipolis Spain - ESADE UK -MBS Manchester Business School Germany - WHU Koblenz Austria - Vienna School of Business and Economics Denmark - CBS Copenhagen Business School China - Guanghua School of Business

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/organizations/sawmba/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Maryland, College Park Robert H. Smith School of Business include:

Albert P. Carey - Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo

Bob Basham - Co-Founder, Outback

Richard Shaeffer - Chairman, NYMEX Holdings

Carly Fiorina - Head of Carly Fiorina Enterprises

Kevin Plank - CEO and Founder, Under Armour

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Cognizant, Deloitte Consulting, Capital One, Computer Science Corporation (CSC), PWC

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 43% $92,027
Technical 29% $92,604
Consulting 28% $100,523
Consulting 28% $98,729
Other 26% $94,835
Finance / Accounting 22% $90,258
Marketing / Sales 20% $89,313
Financial Services 17% $87,571
Other 16% $97,231
General Management 11% $96,667
Other 6% $87,400
Information Technology 5% $92,500
Manufacturing 5% $85,500
Operations / Logistics 4% $88,250
Human Resources 3% $83,000
Non Profit 2% $72,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 68%
Three Month Employment 88%
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