Jan 192017

Our first Part Time MBA program deadline of the year is quickly approaching on Monday, January 23, 2017!

In order to have your application reviewed for the first deadline, you must have a complete application submitted by January 23rd.

A complete application includes:

  • Application fee
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Official Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation done by using our Online Recommendation Form
  • GMAT or GRE
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if English is not your primary language) – required score of 100 or better

Please be sure to take your GMAT or GRE before the deadline, since we will need the scores for your application to be considered complete. If you have decided to have your application reviewed for a GMAT/GRE waiver, you must complete the entire application and the GMAT/GRE waiver section. If you do not qualify for a waiver, your application will be marked as ‘incomplete’ until you take the GMAT or GRE.

All applications submitted by the first (and second) deadline will be automatically reviewed for scholarships. Also, all those who apply by the January 23rd deadline will receive an invitation to our Smith Super Saturday event scheduled for February 11, 2017.  The decision notification date is after the Super Saturday event with applicants receiving decisions by February 27, 2017.

After our first deadline passes, you will still have two more chances to apply for a Fall 2017 start. You can view our list of upcoming deadlines here: Part Time MBA Program Deadlines.

Jan 122017

Maurice Nick 2 Meet Maurice, an alumni of the Smith Part Time MBA program! Maurice graduated from the Baltimore Evening MBA program (with a dual MBA/MS in Supply Chain) in May 2016.

Where do you work/what do you do?
Northrop Grumman – Supply Chain Program Planner

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?
Smith had the most robust program in the region for part time students.  I loved having the ability to participate in Study Abroad Programs, Consulting practicums and not to mention the award winning faculty members that I would be learning from.  There was no contest when I looked at the rankings, and factored in global impact and the resulting network.

What was your favorite part of the PT MBA program?
My favorite part of this program was the many opportunities to take what I learned in class and implement it in the field while studying in a different country.  I enjoyed these international experiences so much that I ventured on three study programs: Sri Lanka, Brazil and China. I loved those programs so much, I talked about them all in the Radio advertisement I did for the Smith Part Time MBA program, and when I presented to Michelle Smith, the daughter of Robert H. Smith.


What was your goal for earning your MBA and did that goal change or stay the same through your PT MBA experience?
The goal for earning my MBA as career advancement, which remained the same during my time in the program and the only reason I decided to combine with the dual MS in Supply Chain program.

Since graduation, how have you leveraged your MBA degree?
Since graduation my MBA has been a major factor in my advancement at work, in addition to the side projects I have begun.  I am working with a start-up company, and have been sought after to provide commentary related to business  for WJLAs The RightSide with Armstrong Williams on Saturday mornings.

Did you use Smith’s Career Services to find a new job?
I used Smith’s Career Services to prefect my CV.  My resume is so much stronger because of the sessions I had with my Career Services advisor.

What was your favorite PT MBA class?
Two favorites: Competitive & Collaborative Negotiations and Human Capital

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
Michael B. Jordan – he would have to shave his head bald however.

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What is your favorite book?
The Holy Bible

Do you have a favorite movie?
Toooo many to say…umm top in the last few years: Dope, Chi-Raq and Zootopia

What piece of advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time to when you applied for Smith’s PT MBA program?
I was very active during my program. I served as the track rep. I worked with a Robotics Camp helped establish in Annapolis, later winning an award from the Mayor.  I was, and still am the Community Outreach Chair for my infinity group at Northrop Grumman, my works here won me the 2014 Governor’s Service Award and State’s Leadership Medal, among other honors from my Company’s leadership, and awards from The University of Maryland. The stories of my projects make it all the way to the White House, and I received a congratulatory letter from the President. I learned and grew in a lot of ways, but there is one thing I wish I could have told myself back when applying for this program.  Not that I didn’t know then, but I lost focus of this: Networking is one of the most important aspects of the MBA experience, take time to really network and develop friendships with as many classmates as you can.

Jan 052017

Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotHappy 2017! Are you starting to research MBA programs in the area? Are you getting confused on which school is which? Do you understand the differences between Smith’s Weekend MBA and Evening MBA programs?

Sign up today for one of our Part Time MBA Information Sessions!

Our information sessions are a great first step to your MBA research. Each session offers prospective students an overview of our Part Time MBA programs and our application process. Our sessions are available at all three of our Part Time campuses: the University of Maryland Biopark in Baltimore, the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville, and the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

Click here to register for an upcoming Information Session!

Dec 152016

We’ve had a wonderful year here on the Part Time MBA blog and wanted to close out 2016 with some of our most popular blog posts of the year!

The MBA Admissions Office will be closed for the holidays from 12/24 – 1/2 and reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Happy Holidays!

Dec 082016

Did you know you can take a tour of our Part Time MBA campuses without even leaving your house? We have videos available that give our prospective students an easy way to check out each of our campuses – DC, Rockville and Baltimore!

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:

Dec 012016

samantha_samarasinghe_headshotMeet Sam, an alumni of the Smith Part Time MBA program! Sam graduated from the Baltimore Evening MBA program in December 2015.

Where do you work?
I currently work in the defense industry as a Budget Analyst/Property Manager at AASKI Technology.

Why did you choose Smith’s Part Time MBA program?
I chose Smith’s Part Time MBA program due to its diverse, world-class faculty, as well as its unique networking opportunities.

What was your favorite part of Smith’s Part Time MBA program?
I served as one of the track representatives for our cohort. I enjoyed planning networking events with other cohorts and resolved class issues. This was the first leadership position I held which gave me the opportunity to network with Smith faculty and students from the other campuses. I also organized an event for teens with Mandy Hale and Jaime Jamgochian. I met some of the most supportive and encouraging people through this program.


What was your goal for earning your MBA?
My goal for earning an MBA was to make a career transition to the marketing field and build a stronger network. I am still actively searching for that dream marketing position.

Since graduation, how have you leveraged your MBA degree?
I improved my negotiation skills from Competitive and Collaborative Negotiation with Gosia Langa in everyday life experiences.


Did you use Smith’s Career Services to find a new job?
Yes, I am currently receiving assistance from Career Services to make the career transition from finance to marketing.

What was your favorite Part Time MBA class?
Creativity for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs with Oliver Schlake because he encouraged his students to think outside of the box and made the class very enjoyable.

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
Jennifer Aniston because she’s sweet, caring, and fun.

What is your favorite book?
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.

Do you have a favorite movie?
My favorite movie is The Choice because your life path is determined by every choice you take.

What piece of advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time to when you applied for Smith’s PT MBA program?
Don’t stress over the curriculum. As long as you put in the time and effort, you will do well. Use the professor office hours to your advantage. If you’re having difficulty grasping the material, form study groups with your classmates because you’re all working towards the same goal. Don’t give up when it gets tough because on graduation day you will be extremely grateful you didn’t.

Nov 172016

When looking at MBA programs it can be difficult to determine when to start thinking about financial aid. In order to help streamline the process, here is the contact information for our Office of Financial Aid as well as a handy timeline:

University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid Contact Info
Website: http://www.financialaid.umd.edu/
Phone: (301) 314-9000
Email: umfinaid@umd.edu

FAFSA Contact Info
Website: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
UMD School Code: 002103

Financial Aid Timeline
Step 1: Apply to PT MBA Program
Step 2: Wait to hear whether you are admitted
Step 3: Complete & submit your FAFSA Form

Keep in mind that you cannot submit your FAFSA until you are admitted into a program, as they need to “link” you to a program in order for them to review your forms. It will take 3 – 5 weeks form when you submit your FAFSA to when you receive your loan package information.

Nov 102016
Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotI think I would be a good candidate for the GMAT/GRE waiver, but I’m not sure. Can I email you my background for you to review and tell me whether I can get the GMAT requirement waived?

Out of all the emails I receive and the questions I am asked, this is one that I see the most often. As of February 2016, there is potential to have the GMAT/GRE requirement waived for the Part Time MBA program. Waivers may be considered if an applicant has demonstrated excellent quantitative, analytical and verbal skills through academic records and/or a successful career trajectory.

If you feel that you would be a good candidate for a GMAT/GRE waiver, you must submit a complete application and waiver request. Please note: in order for the admissions committee to review your waiver request, all sections of the application must be complete.

You do not have to wait until a deadline, as the applications committee will review waiver requests on a rolling basis. Once they have determined whether your request has been granted, they will contact you as soon as possible so that you can study and take the GMAT or GRE to complete your application if your waiver is not approved.

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.