May 252017

Bill Deitrick
Assistant Director, Part Time MBA Admissions

Email: wdeitrick@rhsmith.umd.edu
Phone: 301-852-0278

Bill joined the Smith School of Business in 2017. Bill earned his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and his graduate degree from High Point University.Prior to joining Smith, Bill spent the previous five years working for the High Point University Undergraduate Admissions Office as a counselor and data analyst.Prior to working in higher education, Bill worked in athletics for the Baltimore Ravens, High Point University, Goucher College, and N.C. State.

As a native Marylander, Bill is excited to return back to Baltimore to cheer on the Orioles, Ravens, Capitals and Terps.When not watching sports, Bill can be found at the local Crossfit gym.

Favorite Band: Can’t name just one. Fun Fact: Bill has attended over 300 concerts

Biggest Bucket List Item: Dive with sharks

May 182017

The 2017/2018 tuition rates for our Part Time MBA program have just been announced. The program will have just a 2% increase in tuition with no change in fees. Part Time MBA students in our Evening and Weekend MBA programs will pay $1,642 per credit.

To give PT MBA students an idea of their expected costs, here is a tuition and fees breakdown for a typical 8 credit semester (the program has a total of 54 credits):

For more information on our tuition and fees, please click here to visit the Smith school website.

May 112017

If you’re planning to apply for our Part Time MBA program to start this Fall, you have a little over a week to complete your application before our May 22nd deadline!

All those who apply by May 22, 2017 will be invited to Super Saturday interviews that will take place on June 10, 2017. The decision notification date for our third deadline is June 26, 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

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 mba_info@rhsmith.umd.edu.

May 042017

Federal employees and their spouses who are admitted to the Smith School after January 30, 2017, are eligible for Smith’s FedGrant, which reduces graduate program tuition by 30 percent, as part of Smith’s alliance with the Federal Government. We are happy to announce that the Part Time MBA program is one of the participating programs! For the full list of programs, visit here: FedGrant Information.

FedGrant is for Federal civil employees and their spouses and does not apply to members of the military or uniformed services. Military Veterans who are currently Federal civil employees are also eligible for the FedGrant benefit. The discounted tuition rate applies only to tuition; it does not apply to fees and associated costs such as housing, books or global courses. Please note, students who utilize FedGrant can not receive other tuition reductions or scholarships.

Please follow these steps to receive Smith FedGrant:

  1. Start your application, complete the questions in sections titled “Educational Intent”.
  2. If the program selected qualifies, questions will be visible in the section titled “Smith FedGrant Program”. Answer all questions in this section. 
  3. If you qualify for an application fee waiver based on all of your answers in these sections, you will see a new section titled “Application Fee Waiver Code”. Enter code rhsfed614 in the section titled “Application Fee Waiver Code.” (This code may only be used by current Federal Government employees and their spouses.)
  4. Continue to complete all other sections of the application.
  5. Submit your application.

For additional information, visit our FedGrant FAQ page.

Apr 272017

The Smith School’s world-class faculty are routinely quoted in leading business and other media, while Smith’s innovative programs and research projects also receive attention. Here are some recent highlights:

Harvard Business Review – April 21 – Smith Dean’s Professor in Leadership and Management Hui Liao coauthors “When one person’s high performance creates resentment in your team.” Read

Washington Post – April 21- Rebecca Bellinger, managing director of the Office of Global Initiatives and Center for International Business Education and Research, writes Career Coach piece on “Tips for doing business abroad.” Read

ValueWalk – April 20 – Clinical professor Oliver Schlake describes how drones, postal customers and gas pump ads can shape the future of convenience stores. Read

Washington Post – April 19 – Dingman Center managing director Elana Fine gives strategy for coffee startup Javazen to market a compostable brew bag. Read … Previous Fine-Business Rx column topics: ‘Expanding an online startup targeting exercise/fitness consumers’ (April 12) and ‘Online subscriber-building for a juicery’ (March 29)

Bloomberg – April 17 – Entrepreneurship lecturer Jonathan Aberman comments on the D.C. region’s economic future: “Even as the tech industry in the region has been “really, really, really, really good at delivering innovation in the services model, the sector hasn’t yet adjusted as it should to a more product-oriented approach…What you have is a very clear picture of an innovation community that is configured completely wrong to deal with the coming tsunami of government spending changes on technology.” Read

Find more on our Smith School in the News page!

Apr 202017

Each year, students in the Part Time MBA program at Smith campaign to be a part of the Part Time MBA Association (PTMBAA) Board. The new PTMBAA board members for the 2017-2018 academic school year have just been announced, and we want to take this opportunity to congratulate them!

We are also thrilled that two of our Part Time MBA Ambassadors are now on the Board, Ashley Duelks and Chris DeWitt. We know that they will be wonderful additions to the PTMBAA!

PT MBAA 2017-2018 Board
President – Ashley Duelks
Chief Financial Officer – Chris DeWitt
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer – Amy Tram
Chief Special Events Officer – Ryan Blaszczak
Chief Professional Development Officer – Jaclyn Walkins
Chief Community Development Officer – Tina Defeo
Vice President of DC – Katie Kee
Vice President of Baltimore – Franklin Phillips
Vice President of Shady Grove – Rachel Carstens

Apr 132017

Kate Rosa
Assistant Director, Part Time MBA Admissions

Email: krosa@rhsmith.umd.edu
Phone: (240) 204-0342

Kate joined the Part Time MBA Admissions Team at the Smith School of Business in 2017. After graduating with a double bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Hispanic Studies in 2008, Kate happened upon a position working with foreign exchange students and has been working in the education field ever since. Prior to joining Smith, Kate worked with graduate students at The Embassy of the State of Kuwait and The George Washington University. She received her master’s degree in International Education from The George Washington University in 2014 and looks forward to taking business classes at Smith!

When not at work, Kate enjoys hiking with her dog and husband, taking advantage of events throughout the Washington, DC area, and going to concerts.

Favorite Book: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Favorite Getaway: Inlet in the Adirondacks, NY

Likes Best about Working at Smith: Getting to meet so many interesting and accomplished people!

Apr 062017

Michael SnyderMeet Mike, an alumni of the Smith Part Time MBA program! Mike graduated from the Shady Grove Evening program in Fall 2015.

Where do you work/what do you do?
Accenture, Associate Manager/ Team Lead

Why did you choose Smith’s Part Time MBA program?
I reviewed the Part Time MBA program rankings compared to the regional schools, as well as examined the ability to leverage all the location options at Smith. I was impressed by the diversity of the student body and also the fact that the admission’s office worked with me to accept my application when I called them three days before flying to Italy!

What was your favorite part of the Part Time MBA program?
The breadth of the electives courses allowed me to shape my course of study to match my personal and career interests

What was your goal for earning your MBA and did that goal change or stay the same through your Part Time MBA experience?
When I applied I wanted to make myself more valuable and marketable.  I was searching for new jobs after being let go from my government consulting company during sequestration.  As I worked towards completing the program, my focus turned more towards broadening my skills to enable me to expand markets where I could find my next career.

Since graduation, how have you leveraged your MBA degree?
I quite frequently find myself applying some part of my education to life since graduation.  I also have an expanded desire to continue learning so I read a lot and I try to apply it to work and home life.

What was your favorite Part Time MBA class?
Change management, supply chain management, and new ventures.

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

What is your favorite book?
Usually the two or three I am currently reading.  Right now that is Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel, Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, and Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.  I also go back to Rise of Superman by Steven Kottler and Jamie Wheal, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, and Apollo: the Behind the scenes story of one of humankind’s greatest achievements.

Do you have a favorite movie?
The miniseries, Band of Brothers.

What piece of advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time to when you applied for Smith’s Part Time MBA program?
Attack the difficult courses with more of a disciplined focus and realize that a term is SUPER fast and leaves no time to catch-up.

Mar 302017


Learn why the Smith Part Time MBA program is recognized as a leader in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. region by attending an upcoming 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.

We have posted some great classes you can visit in April, visit our Class Observation page to register today!

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.

Monica - 2

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.