Happy 2017, dear blog readers! Wow – it’s been eight years since I started writing this blog as a student in the Executive MBA Program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. One of my action learning projects (ALPs) during the EMBA program was to encourage students, faculty and staff at Maryland Smith to blog and give our community a first-hand look at the Smith experience. Thousands of users view our UMD Smith blogs each month.
But this blog post is more about bragging about my business school than my blog endurance… Yesterday, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Maryland Smith Online MBA #9 in the U.S. This is the first year that the UMD online MBA program has participated in rankings since it’s only a few years old, so it feels pretty good to debut in the top 10! As part of the U.S. News OMBA ranking, student engagement was ranked at #7 and the Maryland Smith OMBA was ranked #5 for best online MBA programs for veterans/military. Two of my good friends are in the Smith Online MBA program and they love it. You have to work hard, but you can do it at home, in your pajamas, next to your warm fireplace, on a cozy sofa, with your dog beside you, snacking on popcorn, sipping a cocktail (…or not, well, you get the idea). You are part of a rigorous and accredited MBA program and you build up your amazing Terp alumni network all in the comfort of your own home… that’s pretty amazing!
I wouldn’t trade my UMD executive MBA experience for anything (the Maryland Smith EMBA is ranked #10 in the U.S. by Financial Times, 2016), but if your lifestyle best suits an online MBA program and it’s that or nothing, just do it! You won’t regret it.