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.

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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)

Nov 052015
Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotI’m just starting the process of looking into the different Part-Time MBA programs offered in the area. Do you have any tips on what to look for?

We are very lucky to live in an area where there are a number of wonderful MBA programs available. Many people find it confusing and overwhelming when starting the process of determining which one will be the best match for them. Here are 5 of my favorite tips to help you out!

Tip #1: When researching the different universities, we always recommend that you first determine whether the potential MBA program fits into your lifestyle. Think about what works best for you: evening or weekend classes, a blended learning program, or even short term study abroad opportunities. Consider the geographic areas where the schools are located and whether the classes are available at multiple locations.

Tip #2: It is important to choose a MBA program with well-respected faculty members. Having a teacher who is an expert in their field is invaluable. In addition to providing you with an interesting learning experience, they will be able to offer insight into your new career track.

Tip #3: Review the program’s curriculum – how practical are the classes? Can you select courses that are relevant to your career objectives? Will the MBA help you to be a better analyst? A better consultant? A better leader?

Tip #4: There are various reliable publications that rank MBA programs: The Financial Times, US News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes and more. Take a look at the rankings published to get a general sense of the schools that you are considering, but don’t let the rankings be your only concern when making your decision.

Tip #5: This is a really important one: research programs for resources and curricular options that match your intended career advancement objectives. Look for a school that has a career center that offers career development and resources to students on your schedule.

All business schools have brochures, websites and campus videos full of photogenic and successful students, but you won’t be able to get a good feel for the classroom experience and atmosphere from their marketing materials. Talk to current students, contact the staff, tour the campus; get an idea of the responsiveness and feel of interaction with the school and students. The return on the investment of time to do this research will be well worth it.

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


Oct 292015

coffee pic

If you’re following us on Twitter  or Instagram, you may have seen that we occasionally post pictures of coffee cups and delicious looking donuts. After you finish salivating over the Krispy Kreme doughnut, you probably wonder what’s going on with Smith’s PT MBA program.

Our tasty pictures are our fun way of drawing attention to our Info-To-Go Coffee Chats!

We have them by each of our campuses in Baltimore, Rockville and DC as a chance for you to stop by and chat with a member from the admissions team. This isn’t a full-on information session, just a quick morning event where you can ask a question or two and still make it to the office on time. As an added benefit, we will even buy you a cup of coffee. Or, if you’re meeting Julie at the Rockville Krispie Kreme, she’ll throw in a doughnut!

Click here to see this month’s scheduled chats and register online!

Oct 222015

Smith business summit

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is pleased to present the Fourth Annual Smith School Business Summit on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.

The theme of this year’s event is “Workplace 2025: Emerging trends that will redefine modern business in the next decade.”

The keynote speaker is Calvin G. Butler Jr., the chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE). Before becoming CEO of BGE on March 1, 2014, he previously served as BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs. Before joining Exelon (BGE’s parent company) in 2008, Butler held leadership positions for eight years with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley. He is also very active in civic and community relations. He Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. Read more in his full bio.

After the keynote address, attendees will be able to select from a series of panels moderated by Smith School faculty members on the following topics: business analytics, energy, finance, women in leadership, social value creation, innovation, leading with a global mindset, entrepreneurship, healthcare, sustainability and supply chain, and technology. The event will conclude with a networking reception.

The Smith School Business Summit is a complimentary event and is open to the general public, but space is limited, so please reserve your place today by registering here.

Oct 152015

Michelle Gallagher headshotBy Michelle Gallagher, a track representative for the 2014 DC Weekend Cohort and VP of Marketing & Communications for the PTMBAA.

When I applied to business school I expected a competitive environment where earning top grades was paramount and success was achieved alone. I never expected to meet and bond with such a vibrant, talented group of people that use competitive and collaborative tactics to succeed and hold one another accountable.

Traditional networking (a la wine & cheese events, industry panel discussions and career fairs) had always left me cold. Although an introvert by birth I’m a language ‘nut’ by profession, having taught English for years, earned my masters in Madrid and worked as a Spanish interpreter in two school systems. I love meeting new people 1:1 and hearing their life stories – then catching up at subsequent gatherings.

No one tells you this but your first year of an MBA program is the equivalent of business-school boot camp.

You sit through the four-hour-long weekend core classes and take on grueling exams as a unit, and in the process you build your Smith network – and quite a few friendships. In our cohort alone several students have been referred and hired by their classmates for openings at their firms. Group work in class exposes you to different personalities and skill sets, which then improve your own technical and managerial abilities. You become a leader in your areas of expertise. However, you also learn how to contribute to team success, even when you may lack experience in the subject matter.

150719 DC weekend cohort picnicA greater extension of the cohort is Smith’s Part Time MBA Association (PTMBAA). Elected representatives of the PT student body, board members organize social and professional events, as well as serve as the students’ voice to the school’s faculty and staff.

As a board member I’ve recruited several classmates from my cohort for my committee based on their strengths and career interests – a pattern found in committees throughout the association – and had the chance to work with students from other cohorts and campuses. This year the board has also focused on actively seeking committee members among first-year students – thereby building up new students’ networks and creating a sustainable future for the organization as a whole.150927 M&C Committee Dinner

Real networking builds long-term professional relationships. Whether it’s a critical task at work, a group project in class or a social event for a volunteer organization, collaborating with gifted, reliable colleagues trumps the casual acquaintance any day. These colleagues push you to be better while generously sharing their time, expertise and energy. They will likely be instrumental in your future professional success. Good thing you already know their favorite drink.

Michelle Gallagher is a track representative for the 2014 DC Weekend Cohort and VP of Marketing & Communications for the PTMBAA. She earned her BA in International Relations from Tulane University and her Masters in Conference Interpreting (Spanish/English) from the Universidad de Cluny – ISEIT (Madrid). By day she is the Managing Director of Cross-Cultural Communications, an interpreter and cultural competence training organization. By night and weekend she is a PT MBA student. When not working or studying she volunteers for an international student exchange program, exercises and spends time in her beloved vegetable garden.


Oct 082015

whitehouse - women in business initiative post

A delegate from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business recently visited the White House for meetings aligned with the school’s 50/50 by 2020 campaign launched in spring 2015.

The White House event, focused on best practices for business schools to expand women’s opportunities, brought together business leaders and representatives from several schools. Other participants came from the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

“Drawing more women into the pipelines of business schools can change our companies and get more women into higher levels in our firms,” said Smith School Vice Dean Joyce E.A. Russell, who attended the White House event. “With more women in C-level positions and on boards, our firms will truly be representative of the U.S. population.”

In February 2015, the Smith School announced its commitment to close the MBA gender enrollment gap within five years. While women have closed the enrollment gap in higher education overall, they continue to lag at business schools. AACSB statistics show that about one-third of MBA students are women.

“The White House commitment to best practices is perfectly aligned with the Smith School’s 50/50 by 2020 pledge,” Russell said. “Working together, we will deliver results.”

A White House issue brief says women have become more equal players in the U.S. labor market, but they remain less represented in business careers. In 2014 just 5 percent of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies were female, and in 2013 just 17 percent of Fortune 500 board seats were held by women.

“Girls need to take more business classes in high school and see examples of successful women in business,” Russell said. “They need to be encouraged to take math courses and other quantitative courses, which can help them in business careers.”

Russell and business school leaders from the likes of the Wharton School, Booth School of Business and Yale School of Management signed a White House commitment to implement best practices in four key areas:

  • Ensuring access to business schools and business careers.
  • Building a business school experience that prepares students for the workforce of tomorrow.
  • Ensuring career services that go beyond the needs of traditional students.
  • Exemplifying how organizations should be run.

As part of Smith’s efforts to close the gender enrollment gap, the school also has partnered with the Forté Foundation, a nonprofit consortium supporting women in their business careers. Other Smith School initiatives involve the annual Women’s Week in March. This year’s events included an executive roundtable, where women students networked and learned about topics such as salary negotiation, work-life balance, and finance careers. The week culminated with the annual Women Leading Women, featuring Smith School alumnus Andrea Brody ’87, senior vice president of global marketing at BravoSolution.

Smith also has expanded its portfolio of MBA programs to include full-time, part-time evening, part-time blended, part-time weekend, online MBA, and Executive MBA. The numerous programming options allows aspiring business leaders to have more flexibility in managing their school and personal lives.

The Smith School further administers programs for prospective women applicants addressing career issues, GMAT test taking and admissions issues. “We want applicants to know that the Smith academic community is challenging, yet also collaborative,” Russell said. “We are family.”

This article first appeared on the Robert H. Smith School of Business news page on August 5, 2015.

Oct 012015

Megan AllumsBy Megan Allums,  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 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.

This post was first published on 3/19/15.

Sep 242015

By Edward Lavino, Ed.D, Director of Admissions, Part-Time MBA Programs

Now that fall is here, it’s a great time to start preparing your application for next year’s MBA program! Here are five things you should be doing to prepare.

1. Know your professional goals. What do you want to achieve with your MBA? Why is now the right time? Which schools have the best resources to get you where you want to go? Consider the experience you already bring to the table, a school’s resources, and where the graduates of that program have recently gone to combine your strengths with the school’s strengths to meet your objective.

2. Research your options. What sort of student experience do you want: full time, part time, online, executive format, an in-class experience, blended, etc. Know that there are many options out there and these terms may mean different things at different schools. No format is right for everyone and each format has its benefits and challenges.

3. Test Preparation: Will you take the GMAT or the GRE? Many schools accept either exam. Some don’t require an exam. If your target schools accept either exam, put your best foot forward by taking the exam your practice test scores are the highest in.

4. Select a deadline and treat it like a work project. Don’t sit up until 3AM the night the application is due to finalize it. Set firm dates to have sections complete and review your full application before submission. You will be less likely to include mistakes and/or omissions on your application if you are awake and focused when you hit “submit”. There could be scholarship money available at earlier deadlines, so pay attention to each school’s application cycle.

5. Consider your recommender: You are hand selecting someone to speak on your behalf to the admissions committee about you. You need to trust that they are going to represent you well. Prepare them. Invite your recommender to coffee and give them a copy of your resume. Remind them of important projects that you have completed that are great examples of your strengths and encourage them to mention those projects on your recommendation. Concrete examples always help make stronger recommendations. And make sure you let them know what deadline you are targeting.

This article was originally posted on the PT MBA blog on September 18, 2014.