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Feb 222017
 

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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!

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.

Jan 122017
 

Maurice Nick 2 Meet Maurice, an alumni of the Smith Part Time MBA program! Maurice graduated from the Baltimore Evening MBA program (with a dual MBA/MS in Supply Chain) in May 2016.

Where do you work/what do you do?
Northrop Grumman – Supply Chain Program Planner

Why did you choose Smith’s PT MBA program?
Smith had the most robust program in the region for part time students.  I loved having the ability to participate in Study Abroad Programs, Consulting practicums and not to mention the award winning faculty members that I would be learning from.  There was no contest when I looked at the rankings, and factored in global impact and the resulting network.

What was your favorite part of the PT MBA program?
My favorite part of this program was the many opportunities to take what I learned in class and implement it in the field while studying in a different country.  I enjoyed these international experiences so much that I ventured on three study programs: Sri Lanka, Brazil and China. I loved those programs so much, I talked about them all in the Radio advertisement I did for the Smith Part Time MBA program, and when I presented to Michelle Smith, the daughter of Robert H. Smith.

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What was your goal for earning your MBA and did that goal change or stay the same through your PT MBA experience?
The goal for earning my MBA as career advancement, which remained the same during my time in the program and the only reason I decided to combine with the dual MS in Supply Chain program.

Since graduation, how have you leveraged your MBA degree?
Since graduation my MBA has been a major factor in my advancement at work, in addition to the side projects I have begun.  I am working with a start-up company, and have been sought after to provide commentary related to business  for WJLAs The RightSide with Armstrong Williams on Saturday mornings.

Did you use Smith’s Career Services to find a new job?
I used Smith’s Career Services to prefect my CV.  My resume is so much stronger because of the sessions I had with my Career Services advisor.

What was your favorite PT MBA class?
Two favorites: Competitive & Collaborative Negotiations and Human Capital

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to star as you?
Michael B. Jordan – he would have to shave his head bald however.

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What is your favorite book?
The Holy Bible

Do you have a favorite movie?
Toooo many to say…umm top in the last few years: Dope, Chi-Raq and Zootopia

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?
I was very active during my program. I served as the track rep. I worked with a Robotics Camp helped establish in Annapolis, later winning an award from the Mayor.  I was, and still am the Community Outreach Chair for my infinity group at Northrop Grumman, my works here won me the 2014 Governor’s Service Award and State’s Leadership Medal, among other honors from my Company’s leadership, and awards from The University of Maryland. The stories of my projects make it all the way to the White House, and I received a congratulatory letter from the President. I learned and grew in a lot of ways, but there is one thing I wish I could have told myself back when applying for this program.  Not that I didn’t know then, but I lost focus of this: Networking is one of the most important aspects of the MBA experience, take time to really network and develop friendships with as many classmates as you can.

Jan 052017
 

Julie Dellinger - 2015 headshotHappy 2017! Are you starting to research MBA programs in the area? Are you getting confused on which school is which? Do you understand the differences between Smith’s Weekend MBA and Evening MBA programs?

Sign up today for one of our Part Time MBA Information Sessions!

Our information sessions are a great first step to your MBA research. Each session offers prospective students an overview of our Part Time MBA programs and our application process. Our sessions are available at all three of our Part Time campuses: the University of Maryland Biopark in Baltimore, the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville, and the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

Click here to register for an upcoming Information Session!

Dec 152016
 

We’ve had a wonderful year here on the Part Time MBA blog and wanted to close out 2016 with some of our most popular blog posts of the year!

The MBA Admissions Office will be closed for the holidays from 12/24 – 1/2 and reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Happy Holidays!