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.

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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.

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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.

Nov 032016
 

The Universities of Shady Grove (USG) offers nine top Maryland universities with 40 of their best degree programs at one convenient campus in Rockville. You can choose from a variety of degrees offered in flexible formats that fit the lives of working adults.

USG Open House
Monday, November 7, 2016
6:00 pm check-in/6:30 pm Welcome
7:00 – 8:00 pm Sessions & Information Fair
Refreshments will be provided

In addition to having a Smith table at the information fair, we will be offering two mini-information sessions focused on our Part Time MBA program.

Smith Part Time MBA Information Sessions
Building 2, Room #2052
Session #1: 7:00 pm
Session #2: 7:30 pm

Register here: www.shadygrove.umd.edu/gradopenhouse

Oct 272016
 

Time is running out to register for our upcoming Part Time Admissions events in New York City and Philadelphia! Register today to learn about our DC Weekend program, where you can take a short trip to DC two times a month and earn your MBA in just two years!

New York City Events:

NYC Meet the Admissions Team Dinner & PT MBA Overview
October 31, 2016 from 6pm
Residence Inn Times Square, 1033 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
Click here to register

NYC Coffee Chat
November 1, 2016 from 8am – 9am
Starbucks, 1040 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Click here to register

Philadelphia Events:

Philly Information Session
November 2, 2016 from 7:15pm – 8:15pm
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 North Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Click here to register

Philly Coffee Chat
November 3, 2016 from 8am – 9am
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 North Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Click here to register

Oct 202016
 
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Meet Edward Bempong, Assistant Director of PT MBA Admissions

One of the great things about our DC Weekend program is it’s accessibility to nearby cities. Students only attend class two Saturday’s each month, so it is really easy to take the train in from NYC or Philly!

Want to learn more? Sign up today for one of our off-campus events!

New York City Events:

NYC Meet the Admissions Team Dinner & PT MBA Overview
October 31, 2016 from 6pm
Residence Inn Times Square, 1033 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
Click here to register

NYC Coffee Chat
November 1, 2016 from 8am – 9am
Starbucks, 1040 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Click here to register

Philadelphia Events:

Philly Information Session
November 2, 2016 from 7:15pm – 8:15pm
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 North Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Click here to register

Philly Coffee Chat
November 3, 2016 from 8am – 9am
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 North Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Click here to register

Oct 132016
 

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Learn why the Smith Part Time MBA program is recognized as a leader in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. region by attending a class at one of our three part time campuses! A class observation provides you the opportunity to experience the academic richness and classroom dynamic that defines Smith. Plus, you will have the opportunity to network with current students and faculty.

Please note: to register for a Classroom Observation session, please first start your application for the Smith Part Time MBA program. Also, we highly recommend you attend a Part Time MBA Information session before registering for a Classroom Observation.

To find out class availability and details, visit our Class Observation page!

Oct 062016
 

rachel-carstens-picMeet Rachel, a current student in our Evening MBA program at our Shady Grove campus in Rockville!

Where do you work?
University of Maryland College Park (at the Shady Grove Campus), Coordinator

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program
I chose Smith’s PT MBA program for a lot of reasons. I’m addicted to learning and I am truly motivated to better myself. Prior to the MBA, I saw a need to hone my business skills, especially leadership and management. I’d spent all these years learning to be a writer, but acquiring business skills is essential to whatever field you pursue, especially if you want to grow within your organization.

Initially, I moved to Maryland for my Master’s of Fine Arts in Poetry (writing) in 2011. I’d lived in Rochester, NY, Panama City, Panama, and Uppsala, Sweden, but moving to Maryland felt just as far from home as those international cities. I’ve been employed by UMD since my 1st year in that program. Initially, I wanted to work in a field where I would get to share knowledge, and help create a space where students actually enjoy poetry or art. When that happens, it is pretty amazing.

I love UMD. There are always exciting speakers and extra curricular events happening on campus or near by. I’ve had some truly amazing experiences because of UMD. When I was pursuing the MFA, I interned at the Library of Congress’s Poetry and Literature Center. I had won a travel grant and spent a summer traveling through Turkey, Hungary, Austria, and Lithuania, ending at a Writer’s Seminar in Vilnius. I worked as a grant writer for the Art Gallery and ended up doing a lot of gallery preparation, meeting lots of artists and spending time with amazing Arts Administrators. I sold pasta at the farmer’s market. I taught Academic Writing and Creative Writing in the Department of English. I’m less interested in the traditional teaching role now. Grading papers is the absolute worst. I still work in higher education, now in a role where I have direct contact with students without any of the grading. I essentially run a program, which really means having strong project management skills, clear communication, and just good business skills. Smith gave me an opportunity to acquire those skills when I get out of work by literally walking about 200 feet from my office. Acquiring business skills is essential to whatever field you pursue. I hadn’t realized that until I’d been working for a while, and it became especially apparent when I became a supervisor.

What has been your favorite part of the PT MBA program so far?
Learning! We are constantly being challenged, and a lot of what we do really pushes me outside of my comfort zone. Second to learning, I really love hanging out with the people in my cohort. We had an especially fun game night last semester that involved a lot of pecan whiskey and Cards Against Humanity.

What is your best tip for juggling the work/life/MBA balance?
After the first semester, figure out how much time you need to allocate to self-care and maintaining your friendships, getting your homework done, and to not be an exhausted disaster at work. Then take on a class load that makes sense for that mix.

What does your typical work/class day look like?
I wake up, shower, dress, go to work, study between work and class, go to class, call my boyfriend, go to sleep. Repeat. Days without class I spend the time I would be in class studying, every day. First semester that included literally waking up and doing homework/studying all day Saturday and Sunday.

What is your goal for earning your MBA?
Career advancement. If my career doesn’t advance (no promotion) within the next year, I’ll make a career switch.

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
That’s hard. Emma Watson, especially if it meant I could hang out with her.

What is your favorite book?
Meadowlands, by Louise Gluck

Do you have a favorite movie?
No favorite movie. When I was in high school I watched Breakfast Club all the time.

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?
Do it! I waited until the very last minute to apply. I was really worried about the GMAT, especially because I’d taken the GRE more than 5 years prior.