May 212015

by Julie Dellinger, Assistant Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions & Social Media

One of the benefits of being admitted into our Part Time MBA program at one of our earlier deadlines is that you have the opportunity to attend some fun networking events with other admitted students!

In May, we had two “Have a Ball” bowling events for our new admits: Wednesday, May 13th at Lucky Strike in DC and Thursday, May 14th at Mustang Alley in Baltimore.

Each event was a fun chance for the new students to get to know each other before orientation, as well as chat with current students and recent alumni. Thank you to everyone who rocked, rolled and bowled with us. Good luck to our new students on their upcoming orientation and first semester!

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May 142015

If you’re planning to apply for our PT MBA program to start this Fall, you still have a couple weeks to complete your application before our June 1st deadline!

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

If you have any questions about your application or the upcoming deadline, please feel free to contact us at (301) 405-2559 or email us at

May 072015

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, Blended Evening 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!

Apr 302015

Thank you to everyone who entered our PT MBA contest in the month of April. This month’s winner is… Vincent Bonasso!

Vincent’s number was chosen by the random number generator and he is the winner of a Kindle Fire HD6. If you entered the contest in January, February, March or April, you still have 4 more chances to win.

Here are some of our favorite #WhySmithPTMBA tweets from April:

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Do you want to enter our contest to win a Kindle Fire HD6 Tablet? We are giving one away EVERY MONTH from now until August.

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
Step 3: Leave a comment on any blog post on the PT MBA blog (this post or any other!)

Winners will be drawn on a monthly basis using a random number generator. Once you win, you will be ineligible to win again until 2016. Winners will be announced on the Smith PT MBA twitter feed and blog.

Good luck!

Prize specs: Kindle Fire HD6, Black, 6” HD Display, Wi-Fi, Front and Rear Cameras, 8 GB, value $99.


Apr 232015

Scott Grahamby Scott Graham, a third year Part-Time MBA degree candidate at the Smith School of Business, Shady Grove campus

What do you hope to gain from your MBA? One of the biggest benefits to participating in an “in-person” MBA vs an online MBA is the connections you make.

For many, “networking” is a dirty word. It means forced, awkward and uncomfortable conversations with people you don’t know. It can be simpler (and much more enjoyable!) than that. Don’t force a conversation, create opportunities for the conversations and friendships to develop organically.

Here are a few things I’m doing this year to connect with others.

1. Make it easy for others to learn about you. Once you start your PT MBA program, complete your online profile on SHMOOGLE and on CANVAS. It doesn’t take very long and it’s easy to do. This allows people in your classes to learn about you. Most important is to get a head shot on your profile. At the very least, it allows them to connect your name with your face. The PTMBAA often offers professional head shots at your campus. You can also get inexpensive pictures done at Target or JCPenney or have a friend take one. This is also a good resource for you to learn about others in your classes.

2. Say Hello. Before class, at breaks or in the MPO office, say hello. JUST say hi to people you know and those you haven’t met. At the end of class say good-bye or good night. No need to force a conversation. A conversation may start or it may not, but you’ve opened the door. This one simple action provides the greatest opportunity to engage with others. Plus, it’s polite.

3. Business Cards. This couldn’t be more archaic, but they elegantly serve their purpose. If you don’t have them, get them! UMD offers them and they are usually on sale in the fall of each year. Or you can order cards online. Your job may print cards at no cost to you. If you already have them, use them. Keep a handful in your school bag. When forming teams in class, give team members your card so they can contact you. That’s much more professional than scrawling your contact info on a piece of paper. Something I did last fall that worked well was to bring a stack of business cards to the last day of class and give one to members of the class (or those you’d like to be part of your network). Let them know you want to stay in touch or add them to your network. Give them your card and ask them to find you on LinkedIn. Often they will give you a card back. It’s so much easier to find and connect with people online when you can correctly spell their full name and their employer.

4. Attend a class at a different campus. One great aspect to our program is that there are 3 locations to attend classes. If you can, attend classes on another campus and meet students on those campuses. It can be a challenge to travel to another campus after work in rush-hour traffic, but maybe you can drive to the DC campus for their weekend classes. The DC campus has the largest number of part-time students and the largest number of class offerings. Consider going to the Nation’s Capital for a class and diversifying and broadening your network!

5. Attend UMD Events. No one can attend everything, but attend what you can. Ask people in your classes or your cohort about upcoming events they’re attending and join them. If it’s an event you’re interested in, see if there are others in the program that would join you. Even if you don’t meet anyone new, you can enjoy the event with someone you know.

6. Get Involved. Join a club or school organization. The MPO, the PTMBAA (Part-Time MBA Association), and your track reps are happy to help you learn more about clubs and groups on campus. These groups provide opportunities to learn more about a special topic, get more experience in a specific subject, or provide leadership opportunities. Some of the most popular groups are the PTMBAA, Global Equity Fund, and The Center for Social Value Creation.

We’re all here to increase our knowledge, expertise and hopefully our paychecks. Those who have completed the MBA often cite the connections they made during the program as the most valuable part of the experience. With work, life, papers, tests and grades don’t neglect the most valuable part of you MBA: connections.


Scott Graham is a third year Part-Time MBA degree candidate at the Smith School of Business, Shady Grove campus. He has been a financial analyst with Lockheed Martin for over ten years. He is attending Smith to focus on leadership, data analysis and strategy. He enjoys public speaking (you read that correctly) and is a classically trained actor. Scott is currently the VP of Finance for the Part-Time MBA association.

Apr 162015


Beginning in the fall of 2015, Smith’s Evening MBA Program located at our Shady Grove campus will undergo an exciting curricular transformation and become the Evening Blended MBA!

Core classes taught at Shady Grove will incorporate a blended learning component to enhance learning objectives, reinforce instruction topics, and increase flexibility for our students. The blended curriculum at Shady Grove will enable students to complete 28 credits in the first year of the MBA. They may also take part in a Global Study Experience in January of 2016 and will have the opportunity to complete the entire 54 credit Smith MBA in twenty-four months.

Check out our new Evening Blended MBA compared to our other Part Time MBA programs on this handy chart.

To apply for Evening Blended MBA, just choose Shady Grove Evening as your program option when filling out your online application!

Apr 092015

Monica BautistaBy Monica Bautista, DC Weekend MBA Program & 2014 Forté Fellow

In August 2014 I received an amazing email from Maria Pineda notifying me that I was chosen as a Forté Fellow. Smith is a new Forté Foundation participating school and so I was completely shocked and honored to be part of the first class of Smith Forté Fellows. Coming in to Smith I was already aware of the Forté Foundation because I participated in their MBALaunch program that helps women improve their candidacy for Business School.

Being a Forté Fellow has many wonderful benefits including a scholarship, introductions to Forté Foundation Corporate Sponsors, and access to Forté’s webinars, conferences, and other professional development activities. I am grateful for all of those benefits but truly appreciate the opportunity to connect with other women who have the same drive and dedication that I do. The LinkedIn group and Forté’s professional development webinars are particularly helpful because they make connections to real life issues that women face every day both in and outside of the workplace.

Being a Forté Fellow also means you get the chance to work with the admissions office on recruitment activities, as well as professional development activities for women at your school. As a Part-Time MBA student, our opportunities to interact with full-time students are often limited but being a Forté Fellow has allowed me to meet and connect with the full-time Forté Fellows who I might not have otherwise met.

Although I haven’t been able to attend every event because of work or class, I look forward to engaging with future Forté Fellows and working with the admissions team on part-time MBA recruitment activities. I’m extremely thankful to have access to a diverse network of successful women via the Forté Foundation and Smith alumni network. If you have the chance to connect with Forté I highly suggest it!

Congratulations to our 2015 Forté Fellows:

Megan LaBossiere, DC Evening MBA Program

Megan LaBossiere
Lieutenant Meagan LaBossiere is from Germantown, Maryland and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantitative Economics. She was the National Society of Black Engineers, Annapolis Chapter President during her senior year of college. Meagan is now an active duty helicopter pilot, flying the MH-60S Seahawk for the Navy. She has served two deployments in the Middle East, providing logistical helicopter support to US and coalition ships operating throughout the Arabian Gulf. In her free time, Meagan volunteers with Quality of Life, an adult literacy program within the local community.

Rebecca King, DC Weekend MBA Program

Rebecca King
In her current role as Marketing Director at Perennial Sports and Entertainment, Rebecca helps professional athletes pursue their interests off-the-field. She procures and negotiates player appearances, autograph signings and a variety of endorsement deals. Additionally, she works with clients to recognize and execute charitable endeavors to better serve their communities. Rebecca received her M.P.S. in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University where she became a member of WISE (Women In Sports and Events) to continue to empower young women in the sports industry. Before moving to Washington, D.C., King studied Management and Nuclear Engineering at West Point for 4 years, and then medically retired from the Army. She went on to receive her B.S. in Liberals Arts from Excelsior College. Rebecca grew up in Wisconsin, but now calls Maryland her new home.

Angela Granum, Shady Grove Evening MBA Program

Angela Granum
Angela graduated with a BA in International Studies from the University of Wyoming, where she was named the Spitaleri Outstanding Graduating Woman for the class of 2006. She also has an MA in Latin American Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. After graduate school, Angela joined the U.S. Department of Commerce as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2009. During her four years at Commerce, she served as a program analyst at the Economic Development Administration and as an ICT industry analyst at the International Trade Administration. Angela currently works in the Program Effectiveness Office in the Office of Operations at the Food and Drug Administration. She coordinates efforts related to strategic planning, organizational health and culture, and risk management across FDA’s centralized shared services. In her free time, Angela enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her rescued black lab.

Virgilia Zabala, Baltimore Evening MBA Program

Virgilia Zabala
Virgilia Zabala graduated Cum Laude the Univeristy of Florida with a B.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition, with a focus on dietetics. Through her extra-curricular involvement at UF she developed a strong interest for working with underserved communities, locally and abroad. She attended a 3 week international service trip to Nicaragua- that trip opened her eyes to public health and drove her to continue my studies in that field. Thus, Virgila enrolled at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she was selected to become part of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, obtained a Master of Science in Public Health, and also completed her practicum to become a Registered Dietitian. Upon graduation, she focused her efforts locally to improve the health status of low-income pregnant women and children in the community by working as a nutritionist at the Johns Hopkins Women, Infants and Children program. Recently, Virgilia switched jobs, and is working with the University of Maryland Food Supplement Nutrition Education program, through which she deliver nutrition education presentations to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients at schools and community centers in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Harford County.


Monica Bautista graduated magna cum laude from Portland State University with a BS in Health Studies: Community Health Education. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and works as a Program Analyst in the Bureau for Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to her current role with USAID, Monica served as a Graduate Fellow in the Office of Senator Richard Durbin, and at the Health Resources and Services Administration. In her free time, Monica volunteers with HIPS as a Mobile Health Outreach Volunteer. Monica chose Smith because of the wonderful people, the ability to tailor the curriculum to her needs, and the convenient schedule and location. Monica appreciates the welcoming atmosphere created by Smith faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as the opportunity to learn from talented professors, and impressive classmates. She is thoroughly enjoying her first year as part of the DC Weekend Cohort.

Apr 022015

Thank you to everyone who entered our PT MBA contest in the month of March. This month’s winner is…Zoya Awan!

Zoya’s number was chosen by the random number generator and she is the winner of a Kindle Fire HD6. If you entered the contest in March, you still have 5 more chances to win.

Do you want to enter our contest to win a Kindle Fire HD6 Tablet? We are giving one away EVERY MONTH from now until August.

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
Step 3: Leave a comment on any blog post on the PT MBA blog (this post or any other!)

Winners will be drawn on a monthly basis using a random number generator. Once you win, you will be ineligible to win again until 2016. Winners will be announced on the Smith PT MBA twitter feed and blog.

Good luck!

Prize specs: Kindle Fire HD6, Black, 6” HD Display, Wi-Fi, Front and Rear Cameras, 8 GB, value $99.

Mar 262015

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Have you ever been curious about who exactly makes up our Part Time MBA program classes?
Well, here it is by the numbers!

Academic Profile
Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.3
Middle 80% GMAT range: 550 – 650
Employers Represented: 210
Undergraduate Universities Represented: 125
Countries Represented: 32

Average Age: 28
Women: 39%
Diversity: 34%
Military: 10%
Average Years Post-University Work Experience: 5 years

Industries Represented
Banking/Financial Services: 13%
Government: 11%
Consulting: 10%
Non-Profit/Education: 9%
Aerospace: 7%
Construction/Real Estate: 5%
Military/Active Duty: 5%
Energy: 4%
Information Systems: 4%
Entertainment: 3%
Healthcare: 3%
Law: 3%
Manufacturing: 2%
Telecommunications: 2%
Human Resources: 1%
Other: 18%


* All information is for our 2014 PT MBA Class.

Mar 192015

Megan AllumsBy Megan Allums, a second year PT MBA student.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked from prospective MBA students or people outside the program is “How do you do it?” Well it might seem daunting at first to manage a career, classes at night and something that resembles a personal life all at the same time, but it is possible! Here are a few tips and theories I have to juggling it all.

Calendars. Prior to starting school, I was able to manage my social obligations, appointments, etc. primarily by memory. My first fall in the program, I quickly became accustomed to scheduling everything with Google Calendar. I would recommend that anyone with a busy schedule, buy a calendar or get familiar with your phone’s calendar. It is an easy way to get organized!

Prioritize. When you are short on time, you have to make decisions between studying, friends, family, exercising, etc. Often I have to make a decision between studying for class or spending time with friends. It’s a tough balancing act because I want to be prepared for class, but I also need to make time for my life as well. Determine your own personal balance and use your calendar as a check to see if one thing is outweighing the other.

Take some time for yourself. Whether this is scheduled or spontaneous, you have to remember to take care of yourself. Once a month I try to take an afternoon or a morning off to do whatever I want to do. Sometimes it’s working out, getting my nails done or even sleeping in. It helps me relax and recharge. It also helps me be a better student, friend, and employee.

Learn to disconnect. I am definitely guilty of being completely dependent on my phone. For example, checking my email seconds after I wake up and still in bed and having anxiety when my phone dies. I try to turn off my phone before I go to bed and have a cup of coffee prior to checking any emails. Small steps I have found that reducing my dependence on my phone also reduces my stress level. For me, I have found it makes me more productive during the times I am working or studying.

Cut yourself some slack. There are going to be times where it may seem like too much or maybe there are simply not enough hours in the day. Understand that you cannot be perfect at everything all the time and don’t be too hard on yourself about it.

Megan Allums is a second year Part Time MBA degree candidate at the Smith School of Business. Megan is a financial analyst with over six years of experience working for the United States Army. She is focusing on international business, strategy and data analytics in her MBA studies. Megan currently serves as VP of Professional Development with the Part-Time MBA Association. She has used her position to develop long lasting student-alumni networking events like the PTMBA Golf Tournament.