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Mar 232017
 

Monica 1Meet Monica, an alumni of the Smith Part Time MBA program! Monica graduated from the DC Weekend MBA program in May 2016.

Where do you work/what do you do?
I work at USAID as a Ebola Program Advisor. I manage eight projects that focus on repairing the health system in Liberia that was damaged by the 2014 – 2016 Ebola outbreak.

Why did you choose Smith’s Part Time MBA program?
I chose Smith because I loved the diversity of the people in the program and the opportunities available for experiential learning. I also really appreciated that all the staff, students, and faculty I interacted with were so warm and welcoming; it felt like I was joining a big family.

What was your favorite part of the Part Time MBA program?
I appreciated the flexibility of the program, the ability to learn from talented professors, but my favorite part of the program was the friendships I made. I really liked my consulting practicum experience too!

What was your goal for earning your MBA and did that goal change or stay the same through your Part Time MBA experience?
My original goal was to switch careers and industries immediately and maybe even move to a different state/country. During the course of the program I changed jobs and so did my husband so my goals for MBA changed as well. I decided I wanted to stay in the field of international development, and continue to be based in Washington, D.C. That being said, I did just start working with Julie Neill, one of the UMD Career Coaches, to figure out my next career move.

Monica 2Since graduation, how have you leveraged your MBA degree?
I got two promotions within my organization in 2016, one immediately after graduation and the other five months later. I also look at challenges that come up at work and in my personal life from a different perspective. Lately, I’ve been thinking about starting a little side business and my MBA will definitely come in handy.

Did you use Smith’s Career Services to find a new job?
I used Smith’s Career Services in the very beginning to first understand how to better shape my MBA experience. At a later date I used Career Services to think more critically about what I wanted to do post-graduation. Now, one year after graduation, I’m working with Career Services to figure out my next big career move.

What was your favorite Part Time MBA class?
My favorite class was the strategy course taught by Anil K. Gupta, he kept us engaged and on our toes. My second favorite course was Creativity taught by Oliver Schlake, I really welcomed the opportunity to think outside of the box.

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
Jessica Alba! She’s Latina, runs her own business, and does a lot of great work outside of being an actress and entrepreneur.

What is your favorite book?
I LOVE The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. It’s a true and heartbreaking story that focuses on cultural competence in healthcare and is a must-read for anyone working in diverse communities.

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Do you have a favorite movie?
I don’t have a favorite movie, but the last movie I saw was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and it was great.

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 the time to better understand all the resources and opportunities available to you via Smith and the University of Maryland, and get to know your professors better too.

Mar 162017
 

women leading women

Women Leading Women is an annual event that celebrates and showcases our fearless female alumnae and other enterprising women in business from the classroom to the C-suite. The event, centered around a one-on-one discussion, inspires and challenges attendees to realize and reach their full potential.

This year’s honoree is Marguerita (Rita) Cheng, a 1993 Smith School alumna and founder and CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth in Rockville, Md. Find out how this enterprising executive made the successful transition from the sales floor at Nordstrom to founding her own company. The event closes with a raffle drawing for some exciting giveaways, followed immediately by a networking reception.

Event Information:
Women Leading Women
Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 6 p.m.
Frank Auditorium – Van Munching Hall
Robert H. Smith School of Business
College Park, MD

Be sure to choose “Smith School MBA Prospective Student” and register here!

Mar 082017
 

giving day graphic

Today is Giving Day, a 24-hour giving challenge to support student scholarships, academic programs and campus initiatives! Donors can choose from dozens of giving options, including schools and colleges, athletics, libraries, performing arts, as well as Greek and student organizations! There is even an online leaderboard that will display progress throughout the day as each unit competes for a total of $70,000 in matching funds! Find them here: https://givingday.umd.edu/leaderboards

There are also $14,500 in matching funds up for grabs throughout the day, starting at 8:00 am and ending at midnight. Find them here: https://givingday.umd.edu/prizes

Interested donors are encouraged to visit https://givingday.umd.edu/ to donate and join the conversation on Twitter at #givingdayUMD

 

Mar 022017
 

If you are planning to apply for our Part Time MBA program and would like to be considered for a scholarship, be sure to have your application submitted by our priority deadline of March 20, 2017!

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

The Smith School of Business awards scholarships based on scholastic merit, GMAT/GRE scores and work experience. There is no separate application for our Merit-Based Scholarships, however applicants must submit their complete application by the priority deadline.

After our priority deadline passes, you will still have one more opportunity to apply for a Fall 2017 start.  Our last deadline will be on May 22, 2017..

Feb 222017
 

classroom

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!

Feb 162017
 

Applicants to the Part Time MBA program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business were invited to visit Van Munching Hall, home of the Smith School, on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, as part of a new admissions event series: “Smith Super Saturdays.”

A total of 97 prospective Part Time MBA students attended the event last weekend, which included networking sessions, workshops, panels, meet-and-greet with faculty, and interviews by current students and alumni.

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“Prospective students were able to get a first-hand look at the professional network and culture that is uniquely Smith,” said Julie Dellinger, associate director of part-time MBA admissions. “All new applicants to the Smith Part Time MBA program will be invited to an upcoming Smith Super Saturdays event. It’s a great way for students to kick off their Smith MBA experience.”

Smith’s Part Time MBA program is offered year round, with evening classes at sites in Baltimore, Md., Rockville, Md., and Washington, D.C., and weekend classes in D.C.

To find out more about the Smith Part-time MBA Program, visit: http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/ptmba

Feb 092017
 

Byron Corum headshotMeet Byron, an alumni of the Smith Part Time MBA program! Byron graduated from the DC Weekend program in Spring 2016.

Where do you work/what do you do?
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission + Economist

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?
I felt the Smith part-time program best fit my career and personal needs.  The program is nationally recognized, so I knew the name would carry weight on my resume.  The classes fit my schedule extremely well and the DC campus was convenient to reach after work.  Also, I went to Maryland for undergrad, and was more than happy to become a double-Terp.

What was your favorite part of the Part Time MBA program?
I met many amazing people in the program. My cohort got along really well, which made coming to class enjoyable.  I learned just as much from them, as I did from assignments.

What was your goal for earning your MBA and did that goal change or stay the same through your PT MBA experience?
My primary goal was career advancement and that was a goal that I carried throughout the program.

Since graduation, how have you leveraged your MBA degree?
I’ve earned two promotions at my job, been accepted into our leadership program, and been able to lead a number of high profile projects.  I’m also using skills that I honed in the program to help with my day-to-day tasks.

What was your favorite Part Time MBA class?
I enjoyed all of the economics and leadership classes that I was able to take.  Negotiations was good as well.

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What is your favorite book?
There’s too many to name. I enjoy anything by Tom Clancy or George Pelecanos, as well as the James Bond series, and the Song of Ice and Fire Series.

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?
Remember to relax a little and enjoy the experience.  I’m the type of person who naturally gives my all to every project and assignment.  I learned halfway through the program that balancing a full-time work schedule and school can quickly lead to burn out.  While it’s important to work hard, learn, and earn the grades, I found that I enjoyed the program more and my performance improved, when I learned to slow down, savor the experience, and maintain a life outside of work and school

Feb 012017
 
Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotI’m confused about which transcripts need to be uploaded into my application. Won’t my ‘official’ transcripts become ‘unofficial’ once I open the envelope?

In order to apply for our Part Time MBA program, we do need an official transcript. However, you’re absolutely correct in saying that the official transcript is no longer official once you open the envelope. So, here is what you do… order TWO official transcripts from your undergraduate institution. Open one and scan it to include in your application. Keep the other one sealed – once you are accepted into the program the Graduate School will contact you directly to tell you when/where to turn it in.

Also, please note that applicants will need to upload a transcript from any school they attended. At times, if an applicant transfers in courses from a community college to a 4 year school, the 4 year school transcript does not always list the grades received at the community college. To be on the safe side, applicants should submit all transcripts to avoid a delay in an admission decision later on.

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.

Jan 262017
 
Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotI submitted my application for the Part Time MBA program a month or so ago and I want to know when I’ll get an admissions decision.

For the Smith Part Time MBA program, we have three deadlines throughout the year, all for a Fall 2017 start. So, if you submitted your application before the first deadline, it will be reviewed after the deadline has passed.

This year our first deadline was January 23, 2017, so all candidates who submitted applications will be invited to attend the February 11th Super Saturday event (you can read more about Smith Super Saturday here). Admissions decisions for our first round will then be out by February 27, 2017. You can see a breakdown of all three of our deadlines, Super Saturday dates, and Admissions Decisions dates here: PT MBA Admissions Deadlines.

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.

Jan 192017
 

Our first Part Time MBA program deadline of the year is quickly approaching on Monday, January 23, 2017!

In order to have your application reviewed for the first deadline, you must have a complete application submitted by January 23rd.

A complete application includes:

  • Application fee
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Official Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation done by using our Online Recommendation Form
  • GMAT or GRE
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if English is not your primary language) – required score of 100 or better

Please be sure to take your GMAT or GRE before the deadline, since we will need the scores for your application to be considered complete. If you have decided to have your application reviewed for a GMAT/GRE waiver, you must complete the entire application and the GMAT/GRE waiver section. If you do not qualify for a waiver, your application will be marked as ‘incomplete’ until you take the GMAT or GRE.

All applications submitted by the first (and second) deadline will be automatically reviewed for scholarships. Also, all those who apply by the January 23rd deadline will receive an invitation to our Smith Super Saturday event scheduled for February 11, 2017.  The decision notification date is after the Super Saturday event with applicants receiving decisions by February 27, 2017.

After our first deadline passes, you will still have two more chances to apply for a Fall 2017 start. You can view our list of upcoming deadlines here: Part Time MBA Program Deadlines.