Jun 222017

If you’re a woman who’s interested in pursuing an MBA, or more broadly, a career in business, you should know about the Forté Foundation!

What is the Forté Foundation?
This organization is a consortium of not only top companies but also top business schools, which work together to create business education and career resources for women. The mission of Forté is to provide resources and education for women, but also to change perception about business careers among women. Forté works to show that women can have flexible and rewarding careers by conveying the benefits of an MBA while also providing resources, information, and networking.

Should I join if I’m thinking about an MBA?
The answer is yes! The Forté Foundation provides many benefits for women in undergraduate programs, pre-MBA candidates, current MBA students, and professionals.

For pre-MBA candidates, there are webinars focused on building competitive applications, interactions with sponsor schools and MBA alumnae, and career resource workshops. Forté also hosts networking opportunities at in-person MBA Forum events throughout late summer and into the fall.

Forté also offers a yearlong MBA preparation program called MBALaunch, which allows MBA candidates accepted into the MBA Launch program the opportunity to work on application skills, prepare for the GMAT exam, and connect with sponsor schools and MBA candidates.

One of the biggest benefits of Forté membership as you’re applying to business school is the opportunity to be awarded a Forté Fellowship. The Part-Time MBA program at the University of Maryland awards Forté Fellowships to select women each year. Besides the financial benefits of this fellowship, you are immediately exposed to top companies in the Forté network, as well as a network of peers that extends beyond the business school you attend.

After I’m accepted to business school, what can Forté do for me?        
The resources available for current MBA students are similar to those for pre-MBA candidates, but with a different focus. There are webinars that include business skill building such as negotiations and delegating along with opportunities to network with other students, alumnae, and employers.

One of the most important aspects of being a Forté member in an MBA program is the opportunity to attend the yearly MBA Women’s Leadership Conference. This Forté event brings both resources and employers together in one encompassing event.  This is a great opportunity to build a network and begin interacting with employers early on in your MBA journey.

How do I become a member of Forté?
There are a few different options for joining the Forté Foundation and the good news is if you are a pre-MBA candidate or a current MBA student, membership is free! You can click here to sign up.

Jun 152017

Great news for those of you who would still like to apply for our Fall 2017 Part Time MBA program! We have a limited number of openings in each of our Part Time MBA cohorts (DC Weekend, DC Evening, Shady Grove Evening, and Baltimore Evening) and will accept applications on a rolling basis until each cohort is full.

Smith’s MBA programs only start classes in the fall term, so our next entry point will be Fall 2018. While we’d be happy to help you with an application for that time as well, starting your MBA at Smith this fall is still an opportunity, but you will need to act quickly.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding earning your MBA at Smith, to learn more about Smith’s Part-Time MBA application process, or to discuss how to complete your application in this short time window. We look forward to speaking with you.

Good luck with your application and please do not hesitate to reach out to our admissions team with questions.

Jun 082017

Christopher DeWitt
Chris is a student in the DC Evening program and is expected to graduate in December 2018. For the past six years, Chris has been employed at International Business Machine (IBM) as a Software Client Leader, promoting IBM Cloud and Cognitive capabilities. Focused solely on our US Federal Government, Chris is responsible for developing, managing and delivering enterprise cloud solutions. Chris’ professional areas
of interest include business development, team management, and leadership. In his spare time, Chris enjoys working out, gardening, and jigsaw puzzles.

Ashley Duelks
Ashley is a DC Evening student and is expected to graduate in December 2018. She is rapidly approaching her 10 year anniversary at Accenture this upcoming July. Accenture is a global professional services company, providing services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations to clients in over 40 industries with nearly 400,000 employees. Upon graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in psychology, Ashley joined the firm as a campus recruiter. During her tenure, Ashley has had the opportunity to travel the world and serve in a variety of roles within the HR and Human Capital functions focused on creating an engaging environment for employees where they can thrive, develop and reach their potential. Ashley currently serves in an internal change management role implementing a brand new global performance management process.

Trevor Fells
Trevor Fells is the VP of Outreach for the Baltimore Campus, Part Time Liaison to Smith Vets Student Body Association, and a 2018 MBA/MS Finance candidate. He obtained a Bachelor’s in Finance from UMUC in 2012 while deployed to Doha, Qatar. Currently, he serves as an active-duty Navy Senior Chief with 17 years of experience in Operations Planning.  His assignments  include Japan, Afghanistan, California (his home state) and various other countries.  His current assignment is as an Information Warfare Training Center Director, managing 6 learning sites composed of 120 military and civilian personnel across the DC Metro area with an annual budget of 5 million dollars. Trevor lives with his wife in Odenton, Maryland and when not studying enjoys hiking, wine, and experiencing local Naval heritage.

Daniel Fox
Daniel Fox is a student in the Evening PT MBA program at the Baltimore campus. He is expected tograduate in May 2018. Daniel currently works as a Sales Representative for a medical company known as Stryker Corp. (SYK).  He plans to use his education to further his career path within his current organization as well as make himself more marketable should he want to change career paths in the future.  Daniel is happy to help any prospective student or anyone considering graduate school.

Kinjal Patel
Kinjal is a second year student at the Smith School Of Business with plans to graduate in Fall of 2017. She currently works in the hotel industry and has worked in the area of hospitality for over 6 years now. Kinjal has a record of excellence in implementing productivity and cost improvements that contributed to the financials as well as aided in improving guests services. Prior to her time in the hospitality industry, Kinjal was working  for a healthcare management office for 5 years.

Jun 012017

Meet Kirsten Craft, Program Manager at the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) and Smith MBA alum!  The Center, founded in 2009 in response to student demand, aims to educate, engage and empower Smith students to create a better world through business principles.  Kirsten joined CSVC in 2016 and has been working to develop and manage experiential learning opportunities ever since.

We sat down with Kirsten last week to learn more about the opportunities available to our Part Time MBA students through CSVC…

Describe the Center in 3 words:

What is Change the World Consulting?
Change the World Consulting is a co-curricular experiential program offered by CSVC that connects Smith students with nonprofits in the DC-Baltimore area. Change the World supports between 12-15 projects every semester, and enables students to take the skills they learn in the classroom and apply them in a real world setting to benefit the nonprofit community. It’s an excellent way for students to explore the field of consulting and add a new dimension to their resume. Student consultants also engage with professionals from Accenture and Deloitte, who serve as program mentors. At the end of the semester each student team presents their work at the Change the World Showcase and gets feedback from their clients and peers.

As you know, the Social Enterprise Symposium just happened.  What was a highlight from that event?
Giving the first ever Leadership for Better Business Award to Smith Alumnus, Robert Kashan. Robert received the award due to his leadership in advancing economic, social and environmental prosperity through his company, Earth Color. He’s been with CSVC since day one as an advocate and also serves on the Board. It was a great opportunity to be able to thank him and recognize his achievement in creating a better world through business. 

Tell me more about the CSVC Advisory Board.
The Advisory Board is a cohort of alumni who have remained active with CSVC. They offer advice and guidance on the Center’s strategic direction, and help keep us connected to industry. They are all champions for social value, but come at it from different angles, which is really interesting and helpful.

What makes the CSVC unique in the Social Value space?
In my opinion, the offered programming and initiatives are more diverse. The CSVC focuses on more than just the non-profit and social entrepreneurship space.

Can you recommend any classes for our Part Time MBA students?
Yes! Julie Neill, Career Coach at the Shady Grove campus, will be teaching a new course this summer centered on developing a Purpose-driven career (BUMO758Z), and Cary Krosinsky will be teaching a course on Corporate and Investment Sustainability Strategy (BUMO758X). Some other popular classes include Professor Jim Sanders’ course on Social Entrepreneurship, and Rob Sheehan’s Strategic Nonprofit Management course. Students can also check out the courses listed on the CSVC website for more options.  **Please note that semester classes are subject to change

Are there any new upcoming initiatives coming to the CSVC that Smith students should keep an eye out for?
There are. Earlier this year we introduced our principles for better business and throughout the coming academic year we plan to expand upon this framework. The principles are our effort to ground the concept of social value creation in a digestible and actionable way, and to offer students a framework that can be applied throughout their careers. We’re in the early stages of building out a suite of programming that includes lecture series, skills workshops, teaching modules, courses and more. We’re also planning to pilot a sustainability practicum through Change the World this coming Fall semester. The practicum will connect student teams with for-profit businesses to assess real-world sustainability strategies. And, in mid-September we’ll be hosting an executive from a major international brand (to be announced soon!) who will give a presentation on inclusive prosperity and sustainability. We will be announcing the event this summer so please keep an eye out for that!

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