Apr 282016

The 2016/2017 tuition rates for the University of Maryland were just announced and we are pleased to say that the tuition for our Part Time MBA program will stay the same as last year! Part Time MBA students in our Evening and Weekend MBA programs will continue to pay $1,610 per credit.

To give PT MBA students an idea of their expected costs, here is a tuition and fees breakdown for a typical 8 credit semester:

tuition chart

For more information on our tuition and fees, please click here to visit the Smith school website.

Apr 212016

safa final headshotMeet Safa Ali, a first year student in our Shady Grove Part Time MBA program!

Where do you work?
I’m a consultant for Deloitte Consulting in the federal practice Information Management.

Why did you choose Smith?
Smith is a recognized school in the country ranking in the top 20 with notable faculty, flexible class schedules, and effective career advancing resources.

What has been your favorite part of the Part Time MBA program so far?
The best part is the network that I’ve built inside and outside of my class and meeting such talented and unique individuals. We started out as classmates and now have become very close friends and part of a strong support system for each other.

Do you belong to any Smith clubs?
Yes, I’m a first year Track Rep and the VP of Outreach for the Shady Grove campus.

What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
Time management is a skill you have to master. Set aside a daily and weekly schedule, and prioritize your deadlines and tasks. This will help you stay sane and on track. Without a schedule, you will find yourself out of sync and overwhelmed.

What does your typical work/class day look like?
I work Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM and have class two nights a week from 6:30-10:00 PM. The nights I have class are the longest, but I have the rest of the weeknights and weekend to recover and recoup.

Safa - skiing

What is your goal for earning your MBA?
My goal for obtaining my MBA is to increase my business acumen, build my network, and achieve higher education which will not only develop me professionally, but improve my personal caliber.

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
Sandra Bullock

What is your favorite book?
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Do you have a favorite movie?
Silence of the Lambs

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 wish I could have applied earlier and sat in on classroom observations. This would have helped me prep better for graduate level studies.

Apr 142016

Are you planning to be a DOUBLE TERP?
If so, you are eligible for some exclusive benefits when applying for the Smith Part Time MBA program!

Benefit #1: A Double Terp Part Time MBA Scholarship
Beginning with the Fall 2016 entry, a one-time $10,000 Double Terp Scholarship is available to alumni of University of Maryland, College Park, who are newly-admitted into the Part-Time MBA program. Be sure to indicate that you are a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park on your application for admission.

Benefit #2: GMAT/GRE Waivers
Smith School alumni qualify for an automatic waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Those with a GPA of 3.0 – 3.49 may also be eligible based on work experience and other application requirements.

University of Maryland, College Park alumni may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver depending on submitted materials including coursework, GPA, resume and work experience.

Benefit #3: Express Processing
Smith School and University of Maryland, College Park alumni receive express processing of their applications and quicker admissions decisions.

Apply today to the Part-Time MBA program!

Contact our admissions department at (301) 405-2559 to learn more!

Apr 072016

Julie teaching session

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!

Mar 312016
Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotI’m working on my application and I’m not quite sure who to ask for my recommendation. Is it best to use past teachers, employers or my friends? 

As part of your Part Time MBA application, we only accept one recommendation… so, as the Grail Knight said in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, “choose wisely.”

The best choice for a reference is someone who has supervised you and worked with you on a daily basis. While the name of your company’s CEO may be impressive, if they don’t know who you are, how can they recommend you as a good applicant?

Past employers can make good references, as long as they are recent. However, more than two or three years in the past usually means a significant difference in your responsibilities. If you’ve worked at your family business it is best to avoid asking a family member to write your recommendation, as there is potential for bias. If you are a recent graduate who does not have a professional reference, you can ask a professor.

Please be sure to speak to your contacts before completing the online recommendation form. Once you enter their email information, a message will generate automatically which can be a bit awkward if you haven’t spoken to them yet!

Set up an appointment for the two of you to get a cup of coffee or lunch. Use this opportunity to bring a copy of your resume and remind them of your completed projects and accomplishments. Communicate your goals with the MBA and your career so that they are prepared as much as possible to write your recommendation.

Also, if your application deadline is quickly approaching and you still haven’t seen that your recommendation letter has been received, be sure to follow up with your reference.

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.

Mar 242016

iWatch image for blog and flyer

As a way to get word out on our fantastic PT MBA blog and @SmithPTMBA twitter account… we’re picking TWO winners to receive an Apple iWatch!

Here’s how to enter in THREE easy steps:
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!

Mar 172016

TestudoOur Part Time MBA program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business climbed into the top 20 in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, released March 16, 2016. The program is No. 19 overall and No. 11 among public schools in the publication’s 2017 Best Graduate Programs guide, compared to No. 26 and No. 16, respectively, from the previous year.

U.S. News and World Report bases the rankings on statistical data from each school, along with expert opinions from academic leaders and business professionals, including corporate recruiters. View more Smith program rankings here.

Source: http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/news/smiths-part-time-mba-climbs-us-news-top-20

Mar 032016

Giving Day returns to the University of Maryland on Thursday, March 3, giving all members of the Robert H. Smith School of Business community the opportunity to boost their contributions through several hourly contests held across campus. From noon until 2 p.m., the Smith faculty and staff’s donations will be eligible for an extra $3,000 prize to be awarded to the Smith School – if they can donate the most money of any on-campus unit within that timeframe.

If alumni donate specifically to the Smith School between 9 and 10 p.m., Smith stands to win an extra $1,000 prize if Smith Terps donate the most funds within that time period.

Giving Day timeline for cash incentives:

  • 10-11 a.m. – The most creative “Maryland Pride” photo posted, marked with #givingdayumd and the @SmithSchool handle earns an extra $500.
  • 12-2 p.m. – The school with the most faculty and staff donations earns an extra $3,000.
  • 6-7 p.m. – The most gifts to a student organization fund earns an extra $1,000.
  • 8-9 p.m. – The best Terp Men’s Basketball selfie posted, marked with #givingdayumd and the @SmithSchool handle earns an extra $1,000.
  • 9-10 p.m. – Most donations by alumni earns an extra $1,000.

Interested donors are encouraged to visit go.umd.edu/gdbus to donate on March 3 and join the conversation on Twitter at #givingdayumd @SmithSchool.

– See more at: http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/news/giving-day-march-3#sthash.mfB6g7pB.dpuf

Feb 252016

Effective February 15, 2016, the Robert H. Smith School of Business faculty has decided after much deliberation that in some cases they will waive the GMAT/GRE requirement for the Part-time MBA program.

“A waiver 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 like to be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver, please follow these steps:

  1. Start your online application account for the Part Time MBA program.
  2. Complete the waiver section along with all other sections.
  3. Submit a complete application with all requirements except for the official exam scores.

In order for the Admissions Committee to review your application and waiver request, please be sure that all required components (except the official GMAT or GRE scores) are complete before submitting.