Feb 042016
 

You know those times when you suddenly think of a question about our Part Time MBA program while you are working away at your desk during the day?

Well, you can use our instant chat feature to ask those questions quickly and easily!

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All you have to do is click on a Part Time MBA page on our website and look for the “Live Counselor Available” box. If it is visible, either myself or someone else from our our Admissions Team is available to answer your question! Just click through and start typing to begin the chat.

If the image reads “Live Counselor Offline” you can still click through and send us a message. We will respond to you when we return.

Julie Dellinger is the Associate Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions at the Smith School. You can contact her directly with your Admissions questions at (240) 565-2117 or jdellinger@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Jan 282016
 

If you are planning to apply for our Part Time MBA program and would like to be considered for a scholarship, be sure to have your application submitted by our priority deadline of February 1, 2016!

A complete application for domestic students includes:

  • Application Fee
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Official Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Official GMAT or GRE score

International students must also provide:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Test Results – Required score: 100 or better
  • Transcripts must be translated into English

The Smith School of Business awards scholarships based on scholastic merit, GMAT/GRE scores and work experience. There is no separate application for our Merit-Based Scholarships, however applicants must submit their complete application by the priority deadline.

After our priority deadline passes, you will still have two more chances to apply for a Fall 2016 start. We have two more upcoming deadlines on April 4, 2016 and May 30, 2016.

Applicants typically receive their decision within 30 days of the deadline. For more information, visit our website.

Jan 142016
 

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If you’ve found this page, you know that the Smith PT MBA program has its very own blog!

New blog posts go up every week on topics ranging from keeping a work/life balance to a day in the life of a PT MBA student. If you follow us on twitter, you’ll be the first to know about our blog posts as well as receive reminders about upcoming deadlines and our PT MBA event schedule.

This year TWO winners will receive an Apple iWatch for following us on social media!

Here’s how to enter:
Step 1: Follow us on twitter at @SmithPTMBA
Step 2: Tweet us a message using #WhySmithPTMBA with why you are applying to our program
Step 3: Leave a comment on any blog post on the PT MBA blog (this post or any other!)

Winning entries will be collected from now until August 31, 2016. On that day, we will use a random number generator to determine two winners.

Good luck!

 

Prize specs: Apple iWatch with gold or silver aluminum case and sport band (various band colors available). Value ranges from $350 – $450. iWatch requires an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, or 6s Plus and iOS 8.2 or later.

Jan 072016
 
Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotI was recently accepted into Smith’s Part Time MBA program, but now I need to figure out how I’m going to finance my education. Any tips?

There are many ways to finance your MBA, the most popular being tuition reimbursement from your employer. Keep in mind, tuition reimbursement programs vary by employer so it is important that you understand the rules of your program before counting on the money! Some typical employer requirements include: approving each class to ensure that it is relevant to your position, attaining a particular grade in each class, or remaining employed with them for a certain period of time. Set up a meeting with your HR Department to find out the specifics of your program.

For international students, ask your embassy. Being in or near Washington, DC provides a tremendous opportunity for students to access their embassies. Check and see if your embassy offers scholarships, loans with special financing, or any other benefits for students from your country studying in the US.

The government offers both subsidized and unsubsidized loans, which are a common way to finance graduate programs. Visit the University of Maryland Financial Aid website for more information.

Are you currently a member of the military or a veteran? Put that GI Bill to use – you earned it! Contact our VA office by emailing: vabenefits@umd.edu. They will be able to tell you about the financial coverage available based on your time in the service. As an added bonus, we are able to waive the $1,000 deposit for our veteran students.

The Smith School also has The Terrapin Payment Plan.  The Terp Plan is an interest free monthly payment plan that will help you with cash flow. Rather than pay all your tuition upfront and then wait until the end of the semester for your grades to request a reimbursement from your employer, you can spread your payments out into monthly payments. You can include most university charges including: tuition, fees, room, meal plans, telecommunications fees, parking permits and orientation costs. There is a small enrollment fee of $50 for the 10 month plan, $80 for the 8 month plan and $45 for the 4 or 5 payment plan (Fall or Spring only).

Finally, don’t forget about our Part Time MBA scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on scholastic merit, GMAT/GRE scores and work experience. To be considered, applicants should submit their complete application by the priority deadline of February 1, 2016 to be considered.

Julie Dellinger is the Associate Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions at the Smith School. You can contact her directly with your Admissions questions at (240) 565-2117 or jdellinger@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Dec 172015
 

We’ve had a wonderful year here on the Part Time MBA blog and wanted to close out 2015 with some of our most popular blog posts of the year!

The MBA Admissions Office will be closed for the holidays from 12/25 – 1/3 and reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016. Happy Holidays!

Dec 102015
 
Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotI’ve decided to take the GMAT and I’m really nervous. Do you have any tips on how to prepare for the test?

 

Absolutely! Lots of people are scared to take tests but the good news is that if you don’t do as well as you’d like your first time, you can take it again 30 days later. The Smith school is only looking for your best score… so there is no reason to be afraid!

First off, a little about the GMAT exam:

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Here are a few tips to help you prepare:

Tip #1: Start off by taking a practice test online to see how you initially score on the test. Princeton Review offers a free practice test here www.PrincetonReview.com/GMAT. This will give you a good idea where you are starting from so as you prepare you can chart your progress.

Tip #2: There are lots of review books out there that have great test taking strategies in them. You can find a list of Official GMAT Review Guides by visiting www.mba.com/store. While this option can be quite cost effective, they won’t do you any good if you don’t have the discipline to work on them.

Tip #3: While a preparation course can be very expensive, it can also be very effective. If you’ve paid $1,500 or more for a review course, you are likely to say “No” to a happy hour invitation and go to class! This may not be the case if you’ve paid $50 for a review guide.

Tip #4: Register for your GMAT testing date and build your study schedule around it. You can register for the GMAT at MBA.com or by calling 800-717-GMAT (4628).

Good luck!

Julie Dellinger is the Associate Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions at the Smith School. You can contact her directly with your Admissions questions at (240) 565-2117 or jdellinger@rhsmith.umd.edu.

 

Dec 032015
 

We are so excited to announce that our new Part Time MBA campus videos are online! The videos give our prospective students an easy way to check out each of our campuses – DC, Rockville and Baltimore – without leaving the comfort of their homes!

Click around to see what our students are saying about our Part Time MBA program:

Our DC campus in the Ronald Reagen Building:

Our Rockville campus at the Universities of Shady Grove:

Our Baltimore campus at the University of Maryland Biopark:

Nov 192015
 

We recently streamlined our Part Time MBA program to allow our students to graduate in as quick as 24 or 28 months.

Want to see how?

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These accelerated degree options are a great way to graduate from our Part Time MBA program while still working full time! However, students still have the option of taking up to 5 years to finish their degree if they choose.

Would you like to learn more? Come to one of our upcoming information sessions to learn all about our Part Time MBA program options, our application process and our upcoming deadlines. You can register here.

Nov 122015
 

Patrick StandingBy Trey Standing, PT MBA Graduate

My Global Studies course that took place in South Africa was a great opportunity to meet with many companies from various industries as well as experience the diversity the country has to offer.

In total we met with seven different companies from two main business areas of the country: Johannesburg and Cape Town.  In Cape Town we met Olgivy & Mather, a marketing firm; SACD Freight and Maersk/ Damco, companies involved in shipping/freight; and Metrorail, the state-owned commuter rail service.  In Johannesburg we had the opportunity to meet with officials from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and leaders from a local pharmaceutical company called Glenmark.  Our last company visit was with the Chief Economist from FNB Bank, Sizwe Nxediana, who gave a very insightful presentation on the economic history of South Africa.  Every company we met had its various challenges but one main theme that stuck with most of the companies was dealing with the vast diversity that exists in the country.

In South Africa there are 11 official languages and about 80% of South Africans are of black African ancestry, from which 9 of the 11 official languages are derived from various sub-ethnic groups (the other 2 are English and Afrikaans).  There is also great class diversity.  Though there is a rising middle class in South Africa, one cannot help notice the immense poverty that exists in the country.  From the many beggars on the streets of Cape Town to the townships and “ghost city” of downtown Johannesburg, it is a sight that one cannot be prepared for until you actually experience it.  There is also plenty of wealth in South Africa, as witnessed in Sandton City, and it was interesting to watch both classes exist on the same streets.  With class struggles there are also lingering effects of racism from apartheid.  Though you see improvements of integration throughout the country, there are subtleties one can catch while eating dinner, walking the streets, or drinking at a local bar that give a glimmer of the issues that still exist.

It was great to have a chance to meet so many companies and experience a new culture but I can’t forget to mention the fun stuff!  South Africa is full of fun activities for all types of tourists: safaris, vineyard tours, beautiful beaches, landmarks, great hiking, whale watching, and excellent food and drink (especially with the exchange rate), but my personal favorite was shark diving with Great Whites.  If you ever go to South Africa be open, be hungry, and enjoy all it has to offer.

Trey Standing - Africa pic

Not Trey, but another tourist enjoying being on top of Cape Town from Table Mountain.

Trey Standing grew up in Virginia Beach, VA.  Before moving to Baltimore to pursue his MBA, Trey worked for Ferguson Enterprises for 8 years holding positions in sales, training, & operations management where he worked in Chicago and Richmond, Va.  In his spare time Trey enjoys being with his wife and two young daughters.  And is in his spare, spare time he enjoys anything outdoors, particularly biking, swimming, and surfing (when he can get to a beach).

(This post first appeared on the PT MBA blog on 2/20/2014)