Students Say

A large school with a commanding reputation in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas, the Robert H. Smith School of Business offers a wide range of MBA options to a diverse student body of more than 1,000 graduate students. Depending on their professional experience, work schedule, and academic objectives, students can apply to Smith’s full-time MBA program, Executive MBA, Accelerated MBA, or the part-time Evening MBA or Weekend MBA, and the school does not require students to choose a track.

Overview

Applicants
626
Acceptance Rate
36%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.25
Years Work Experience
5
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT
617 - 690
GPA
3.01 - 3.52

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
January 15

Regular Application Deadline
March 1

Round 1
November 1

Round 2
December 15

Round 3
January 15

Round 4
March 1

Overall

Students Say

A large school with a commanding reputation in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas, the Robert H. Smith School of Business offers a wide range of MBA options to a diverse student body of more than 1,000 graduate students. Depending on their professional experience, work schedule, and academic objectives, students can apply to Smith’s full-time MBA program, Executive MBA, Accelerated MBA, or the part-time Evening MBA or Weekend MBA, and the school does not require students to choose a track. The School also has numerous graduate assistant positions, which allow students to not only receive in-state tuition, but also include tuition remission, a stipend, and eligibility for State of Maryland healthcare.

While each program differs in terms of class schedules, enrollment, admissions requirements, overall length, and location, they share an emphasis on the global economy, the integration of technology, and business, marketing, and entrepreneurship, all with “a strong quantitative core.” “My undergraduate is from a liberal arts school, so I chose Smith because it would develop my weaknesses,” says a student. At the same time, real-world experience is paramount to a Smith education, and the School allows many opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom, such as case competitions, consulting projects, international teams, and “an excellent entrepreneurship center.” In addition to the “numerous leadership positions and international experiences,” the School has a special program called the Mayer Fund, where 12 selected MBA students from the entire school get to manage a $1.2 million endowment fund. There is a similar fund (Global Equity Fund) for part-time students. Adding to the School’s dynamic atmosphere is its urban location (Smith maintains campuses in College Park, Washington, Baltimore, and Rockville.), which helps attract some top-notch students to join the school, and “it really shows in the class discussion.”

Smith attracts a team of “world class” faculty members, who “incorporate the most pressing issues in their research into their classes and teach us the real-world implications.” Fortunately, the classroom experience does not come second to the faculty’s research interests; at Smith, professors “sincerely enjoy engaging with students on class topics” and “provide good independent-study projects” for students to pursue. Evening students tell us that Smith professors “are very good at holding the attention of the class, even late at night.” Small class sizes “allow for ideal interaction and extraction of knowledge from professors and other students.” Most Smith “professors have been very involved in both the Baltimore and Washington business communities” throughout their careers, adding an important practical dynamic to the classroom. In addition to their expertise, Smith professors “are also just great people to be around; very personable and approachable. They work as hard for us as we work for them.”


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
217

68
Full-time
32
Part-time
30
Female
28
Minority

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Decisions, Operations & Information Technologies


Logistics, Business & Public Policy


Accounting & Information Assurance

Management & Organization


Social Value Creation

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description
BULM758F Economics of Sustainable Development: Firms are increasingly confronted by issues of sustainability, whether via demand side or social pressures, a quest for superior and sustained performance or a need to comply with regulation. Sustainability issues facing firms are multi-faceted and, in most cases, without clear strategic solutions. The goal of this course is to better understand the issues of sustainability in a series of different contexts. Within each context, we examine the underlying market failures that lead to sub-optimal social outcomes along with commonly employed economic solutions to these problems.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/svc/approach/research.aspx

School's environmental commitment 1:
The Center for Social Value Creation: The Center for Social Value Creation's mission is to build a better world through business. By an engaging curriculum, real-world field experiences, cutting-edge research, and targeted career planning, the Center immerses students in complex and dynamic marketplaces where creative vision and thoughtful entrepreneurship tackle some of society's most critical environmental and humanitarian needs. economic prosperity and social and environmental change. Through an engaging curriculum, real-world field experience, cutting-edge research, and targeted career planning, the Center immerses students in complex and dynamic marketplaces where creative vision and thoughtful entrepreneurship tackle some of society's most critical environmental and humanitarian needs. http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/svc

School's environmental commitment 2:
Terp Changemakers Program with Ashoka: In 2008, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business was selected as an inaugural "Changemaker Campus" in partnership with Ashoka, a non-profit network of social entrepreneurs. Now in the sixth year of this partnership, Terp Changemakers are implementing a model for university-based initiatives that promote social innovation and environmental stewardship. The Smith School – with students, staff and faculty from across the University of Maryland campus – spearhead the effort, building on the school's leadership in programs and research that encourage socially and environmentally responsible business practices.

School's environmental commitment 3:
Social Enterprise Symposium: An annual symposium held by the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The Social Enterprise Symposium is designed to introduce new approaches for making impactful, lasting social and environmental change around the world using market-based approaches. With active student participation in planning and execution, the symposium is truly a “for student, by student” event. Attendees select from multiple plenary sessions that range from topics in sustainability to impact investing, from corporate changemaking to social entrepreneurship. Sessions are workshop-based so students learn how to put principles and practices into action. The 2014 Symposium was attended by more than 800 students, and sponsored by EarthColor, NewDay USA, and PricewaterhouseCoopers . http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/ses

Career overview

Career Rating
95
Average Starting Salary
$89,093

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
71%
School Facilitiated
29%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
71%
School Facilitiated
29%
Graduate Facilitated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

30%
Consulting
27%
Marketing
18%
Finance/Accounting
11%
Other
9%
General Management
4%
Operations/Logistics

Graduates Employed by Region

57%
Mid-Atlantic
18%
Northeast
9%
West
7%
Midwest
5%
International
3%
Southwest
1%
South

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 30% $100,000 $97,741 $60,000 $125,000
Marketing / Sales 27% $95,000 $88,935 $40,000 $117,000
Finance / Accounting 18% $92,500 $83,962 $50,000 $112,000
Other 11% $76,000 $82,206 $59,850 $109,000
General Management 9% $75,000 $80,175 $54,000 $110,000
Operations / Logistics 4% $73,000 $77,000 $68,000 $90,000
Entrepreneurship 4%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 23% $100,000 $99,252 $59,544 $125,000
Consumer Products 13% $100,000 $93,417 $60,000 $105,000
Technology 13% $92,500 $92,440 $62,400 $117,000
Financial Services 11% $95,000 $86,667 $50,000 $105,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 9% $75,000 $82,429 $63,000 $109,000
Government 3% $75,000 $75,000 $65,000 $85,000
Petroleum / Energy 3% $98,000 $98,000 $96,000 $100,000
Real Estate 2% $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000
Media / Entertainment 1% $58,500 $58,500 $58,500 $58,500

Prominent Alumni

Kevin Plank
CEO and Founder, Under Armour

Carly Fiorina
Head of Carly Fiorina Enterprises

Richard Shaeffer
Chairman, NYMEX Holdings

Bob Basham
Co-Founder, Outback

Albert P. Carey
Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 15

Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$38,475
Tuition (Out-State)
$45,765
Fees (In-State)
$1,683
Fees (Out-State)
$1,683

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,425
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,425
Fees (In-State)
$111
Fees (Out-State)
$111

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$15,000
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$15,000
Academic Expenses
$1,500

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
942
Out of State
54%

In State
99%

Demographics

18.00%
Minorities
38.00%
International

31% female
69% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Smith has MBA programs on four campuses in College Park, Rockville, Washington, and Baltimore, though the College Park location is primarily used for the full-time program. At each campus, you’ll find a different range of resources and opportunities. The School’s reputation and selective admissions draws a group of students who are “intelligent, well-informed, confident, hardworking, kind, and dependable,” and “fellow classmates are interested in collaboration and learning rather than competition and sabotage.” You’ll also find a “diverse range of career backgrounds, and a high level of experience,” though most “have rich business experience prior to business school.”

In College Park, students are “heavily involved in clubs.” Clubs are diverse and run events from professional development events to international celebrations and happy hours. The small class sizes also lead to “a very intimate environment where you get to know your fellow students very well.” When it comes to having fun, students report a lively and social atmosphere among MBAs, including “great happy hours and frequent, memorable cultural and variety nights.” Luckily, part-time students don’t miss out on the fun; while their schedules leave little downtime, part-timers still find time for “happy hours after class, if we are still awake. We also have parties on weekends.” While there aren’t school-sponsored events specifically for kids, “many events are baby friendly.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Cliff McCormick
Associate Director, MBA/MS Admissions

Address
2417 Van Munching Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1871

Phone
301-405-9540

Email
mba_info@rhsmith.umd.edu
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Key Stats

626
Applicants
942
Size
36%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists