Aug 252016
 

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 or Coffee Chats!

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.

A Coffee Chat is a more casual opportunity to stop by, grab a cup of coffee and ask a quick question on your way into work. While it’s not a full information session or presentation, it’s a chance to ask your personal questions face-to-face with someone from our admissions team.

Click here to register for an upcoming Information Session or Coffee Chat!

Aug 182016
 

Alley Benton headshotThe hardest choice you’ll make in deciding to go to business school is determining which program is right for you. This question can be a difficult obstacle when you’re trying to narrow down your list of potential schools, especially in an area like the DMV where first class business schools are all around. The search can be time consuming if you’re trying to visit each school and reach out to them individually to learn more about what they have to offer. Luckily, MBA programs have found a way for you to meet with school representatives from all over the country and the world in one evening… MBA Fairs!

These events, held in the evenings and weekends, bring together a wide range of schools and programs for prospective students to meet with admissions representatives. Attending MBA Fairs is a great way to learn more about the business school application process and individual programs. While it can seem like a daunting task walking into a room of 50+ school booths, here are some tips for attending MBA Fairs like a seasoned veteran:

  • Have a list of target schools to speak with and have some well thought out questions for the school representatives and alumni.
  • Visit a few school booths for programs that you have never considered. Maybe an international school or even one close to home that you hadn’t yet researched.
  • Many of these Fairs have industry expert panels and individual school presentations before or after the fair… attend a few to get some insider information.
  • Get contact information from the school representatives and follow up.
  • Have confidence in yourself! Don’t introduce yourself and then tell school representatives that you’re bad at math and are worried about the GMAT. Let them know why you’d be a great fit for their program and how you’d contribute to their class. This is a first impression, highlight your strengths!

The Smith School will be at a number of MBA Fairs this fall and we hope to see you there!

Idealist Graduate Fair – Washington DC – September 27, 2016 (additional information and registration link)

QS World MBA Tour – Washington DC – September 28, 2016 (additional information and registration link)

Inside the MBA – Washington DC – October 11, 2016 (additional information and registration link)

Alley Benton is the Assistant Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions at the Smith School. You can contact her directly with your Admissions questions at (240) 204-7377 or abenton@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Aug 112016
 

Michelle GallagherMeet Michelle, a current student in our DC Weekend Part Time MBA program!

Where do you work?
I am the Managing Director of Cross-Cultural Communications in Columbia, MD. We train bilingual or multilingual individuals to work as interpreters in hospitals, clinics, social services and school systems. Our clients include individual interpreters, language service providers, nonprofit organizations and local, state and federal government agencies. I direct our business operations, strategic planning and marketing efforts.

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?
I chose Smith based on the recommendation of a friend from undergrad. An English major who paid for his undergraduate education by serving in the Army, he loved how an MBA gave him the practical knowledge and skills to advance his career in the Federal Government. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being taught by a world-class faculty who are, at the same time, approachable and eager to share their knowledge.

What has been your favorite part of the PT MBA program so far?
More than anything else, I’ve greatly enjoyed working with and learning from such a wonderful group of people, in particular, my fabulous cohort! Most classes include a significant amount of group work, enabling you to learn from your colleagues’ diverse backgrounds and skill sets. I’ve learned how to lead – and how to follow – in different groups, as well as how to build a great team in the first place. I’ve directly applied leadership and management skills I’ve learned from classes to my current role as we hire more employees and build a collaborative company culture.

Do you belong to any Smith clubs?
In addition to be being a Track Rep for my cohort, I served as the Vice President of Marketing & Communications on the PTMBAA (Part-Time MBA Association) Board in 2015-2016.

Michelle Gallagher - 2

What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
Be disciplined yet reward yourself! The last thing you want to do on a Sunday after being in class all day Saturday is homework. Yet, that is precisely what you should do in order to get a jump on the week ahead. It’s better to do a little bit of homework everyday instead of hitting the books the night before class. However, acknowledge that you’re human and deserve a break. I incentivize myself by looking forward to get-togethers with family and friends – and yoga!

Michelle Gallagher - 1

What does your typical work/class day look like?
I work 45-50 hours a week plus one business trip per month. Work is pretty consuming so I’m fiercely protective of my ‘free time’ in the evenings to do schoolwork and exercise. Schoolwork takes up about 10-15 hours and in-class time an average of 4.5 hours per week.

What is your goal for earning your MBA?
For the moment, I love being able to apply everything I’ve learned in the program to my role as the director of a small business. Eventually, I’d like to transition to a management and/or marketing role in a larger company, and then perhaps start my own business.

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
Even though we look nothing alike, I’d love to be played by Jennifer Lawrence. In addition to being a fantastic actress, I love how she’s brought out the issue of gender pay inequality among actors in Hollywood. Equal pay for equal work!

What is your favorite book?
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.

Do you have a favorite movie?
The Last Unicorn. Based on the classic fantasy novel of the same name. Although this is an animated film, it’s definitely not for children!

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?
Take a statistics class before starting the MBA program! I believe I’m in the minority but I’d never taken a statistics class in grade school or at university. That knowledge would have helped me a great deal in some of the program’s core classes. On a lighter note, I probably would have read more books for pleasure had I known my brain would be taken up by business reading for the next two years of my life!

Aug 022016
 

Thank you to everyone who has entered our PT MBA contest so far! You still have a few weeks to enter, so be sure to do all THREE of the following 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!)

At the end of the month, we will pick two winners to win an Apple iWatch. It’s that easy!

Here are some of our latest #WhySmithPTMBA tweets:

 

 

Jul 282016
 

Meet Steve who is currently in the DC Weekend Part Time MBA program!

Where do you work?
I’m an Officer of Government Relations at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?
I felt it is the best in the area, and it had the best structure and course offerings.

What has been your favorite part of the PT MBA program so far?
Classes out of my comfort zone, it makes feel I am actually learning. And of course meeting all my interesting classmates!

What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
Take time to plan ahead, and it is never too soon to start.

What does your typical work/class day look like?
Typically it was just work, and then school work in the evenings when I had only Saturday classes, but now I go straight from work to school on M &W.  I plan to take the electives that interest me the most regardless of whether they are at night or on Saturday.

AbbottinParis

What is your goal for earning your MBA?
Advancement and Flexibility

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

What is your favorite book?
The Power Broker – Robert Caro

Do you have a favorite movie?
Probably My Cousin Vinny (or Major League, big Cleveland sports fan!)

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?
Ask more questions!  In retrospect I didn’t have a full understanding of coursework, time, and classes.  I wish I would have asked more specific questions.

Jul 212016
 

iWatch image for blog and flyer

 

Time is running out! If you haven’t already entered, be sure to do the three easy steps to enter our social media contest. We will be picking TWO winners to recieve an Apple iWatch at the end of August!

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!

Jul 142016
 

Last month, the Smith School welcomed the incoming Part-Time MBA students with a new event called the Dean’s Gala.

The event brought together newly admitted students, faculty, staff, current MBA students, alumni as well as Dean Triantis.  It was a night for our new class of MBA’s to learn more about the Smith community and to begin the process of building a lasting network. Of course, it was also a great time for the new Terps to ask our current students and alumni about work, life, balance and just how hard it will be to take Data Models & Decisions.

Attendees heard from recent alumni, our Part Time MBA Association president, and some wise words from the Dean, encouraging all to not let pre-skills wait until the last minute!

As orientation comes ever closer, the Dean’s Gala was a perfect way for our new Part-Time MBA students to start off the school year.

UMD Smith MBA-4768-2016-Jun-30-Exports

UMD Smith MBA-5031-2016-Jun-30-Exports

UMD Smith MBA-4889-2016-Jun-30-Exports

UMD Smith MBA-4908-2016-Jun-30-Exports

UMD Smith MBA-4815-2016-Jun-30-Exports

UMD Smith MBA-5070-2016-Jun-30-Exports

UMD Smith MBA-5044-2016-Jun-30-Exports

Jul 072016
 

Ian Greathead Meet Ian who is currently in his second year of the Shady Grove Part Time MBA and Masters in Accounting Dual Degree!

Where do you work?
I’m a Realtor at Keller Williams Capital Properties.

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?

I chose Smith’s part-time MBA program because it is reputable and well known across the country and the world. It is convenient to my home and work. It has a large great alumni group and now I can officially be a Terp!

What has been your favorite part of the PT MBA program so far?
The global study classes. Great to spend concentrated time with other students and professors, learn real world applications and travel to France and China.

What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
Be clear about what is expected, study smartly by highlighting and taking notes by summarizing most important points, participate in class, and bring school work with you every day so that you can get some studying in any time you have expected or unexpected downtime.

What does your typical work/class day look like?
Emails, calls, driving around to listings and showing clients, prepping for class, then class 6:25 – 10 and best part sleep!

Ian Greathead - 2

What is your goal for earning your MBA?
I had always planned it would help with many of my life goals. Management/consulting, entrepreneurship, politics/community leader, and family management.

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

What is your favorite book?
The Giver

Do you have a favorite movie?
Old School

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?
Get work and personal life as squared away as much as possible before school starts as core is very demanding.

Jun 302016
 
Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotI’m working on my application and have gotten to the part where I need to submit my essay. Do you have any tips I should keep in mind? 

When you sit down to start writing your essay, think about the fact that the admission committee reads hundreds of responses to the same question as they’re reviewing applications. Don’t try to tell them what you think they might want to hear – use this opportunity to introduce the real you, the person behind your resume and GMAT scores!

Once you’ve written your first draft, review your essay as many times as you can and be sure to have another person (or two, or three) review it as well. This is one instance where you’re going to want to edit yourself. Although some essay topics could easily run the length of a novel, the Smith admissions team prefers that you keep your submission to about 500 words, or two pages double-spaced. Be clear about your career goals and why you want to get your MBA degree.

In addition to the one required essay, there is an opportunity to submit an optional essay. When determining whether to submit the optional essay, think about whether there is something in your background that might be an issue for the admissions committee. For example, did it take you longer than normal to complete your undergraduate degree? Do you have large gaps in employment? Do you have below the recommended GPA (2.80/4.00)? If so, use the optional essay to your advantage and address the subject.

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.

Jun 232016
 

Alley Benton headshotIf you’re a woman who’s interested in pursuing an MBA, or more broadly, a career in business, you should know about the Forté Foundation!

What is the Forté Foundation?
This organization is a consortium of not only top companies but also top business schools, which work together to create business education and career resources for women.

The mission of Forté is to provide resources and education for women, but also to change perception about business careers among women. Forté works to show that women can have flexible and rewarding careers by conveying the benefits of an MBA while also providing resources, information, and networking.

Should I join if I’m thinking about an MBA?
The answer is yes! The Forté Foundation provides many benefits for women in undergraduate programs, pre-MBA candidates, current MBA students, and professionals.

For pre-MBA candidates, there are webinars focused on building competitive applications, interactions with sponsor schools and MBA alumnae, and career resource workshops. Forté also hosts networking opportunities at in-person MBA Forum events throughout late summer and into the fall.

Forté also offers a yearlong MBA preparation program called MBALaunch, which allows MBA candidates accepted into the MBA Launch program the opportunity to work on application skills, prepare for the GMAT exam, and connect with sponsor schools and MBA candidates.

One of the biggest benefits of Forté membership as you’re applying to business school is the opportunity to be awarded a Forté Fellowship. The Part-Time MBA program at the University of Maryland awards Forté Fellowships to select women each year. Besides the financial benefits of this fellowship, you are immediately exposed to top companies in the Forté network, as well as a network of peers that extends beyond the business school you attend.

After I’m accepted to business school, what can Forté do for me?        
The resources available for current MBA students are similar to those for pre-MBA candidates, but with a different focus. There are webinars that include business skill building such as negotiations and delegating along with opportunities to network with other students, alumnae, and employers.

One of the most important aspects of being a Forté member in an MBA program is the opportunity to attend the yearly MBA Women’s Leadership Conference. This Forté event brings both resources and employers together in one encompassing event.  This is a great opportunity to build a network and begin interacting with employers early on in your MBA journey.

How do I become a member of Forté?
There are a few different options for joining the Forté Foundation and the good news is if you are a pre-MBA candidate or a current MBA student, membership is free! You can click here to sign up.

Alley Benton is an Assistant Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions at the Smith School. She has hours at our Part Time MBA campus in Baltimore. You can contact her directly at abenton@rhsmith.umd.edu.