Experience the Smith Difference

The Smith Online MBA

The online MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, develops expertly skilled, ethically sound business leaders. Smith MBA graduates embody the professional intelligence and practical management skill set to thrive at the forefront of local, regional and international enterprise.

Earn your MBA online in as few as 24 months.

Experience the same academic rigor and top faculty offered in the campus-based programs.

Focus your degree by choosing from five specializations.

Join a network of more than 62,000 Smith School alumni worldwide.

A Flexible and Engaging Curriculum

The top online MBA programs are delivered by exceedingly accomplished business experts.

Highly focused and experientially driven, the online MBA from the internationally recognized Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, features a world-renowned faculty and an innovative curriculum developed directly from real-world business experience. Our proximity to the Washington, D.C., business community gives us the ability to recruit speakers and educators from among today’s most powerful policymakers and professionals.

The Smith online MBA program is designed to provide the highest level of student engagement, utilizing features such as audio and video messaging, integrated multimedia and collaborative online workspaces. It is largely asynchronous, allowing you to continue to meet professional and personal obligations during your course of study. A small number of live online classes presented via the state-of-the-art video conferencing tool, Adobe Connect™, provide the benefit of “attending” class and interacting with professors and peers in real time.

Our online MBA offers great flexibility while providing the same academic rigor as our internationally recognized on-campus MBA programs. Hone your leadership abilities and develop high-level communication and analytical skills. Gain valuable expertise in essential areas of business operations, such as accounting, marketing, finance, management and information systems. Explore the ethical and financial challenges of doing business in the global marketplace. The Smith online MBA focuses on modern, applicable strategies and skills to create an educational experience with real-world value.

Specializations

Any MBA program should broaden your overall perspective and understanding of the diverse world of business. A first-rate MBA program will also provide a detailed examination of the business areas that most interest you. That’s why our online MBA offers five highly relevant specializations focused on the most important aspects of modern business — Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Analytics, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management — in addition to a general track for those looking for the broadest MBA experience.

Accounting

Advanced managerial accounting is vital to every business. Learn to analyze, track and communicate the financial information necessary for formulating business strategy and managing financial assets.

Finance

Wise money management in the modern business environment is essential for success. Engage in an in-depth exploration of the challenging intricacies of corporate finance, financial restructuring and investing.

Information Systems and Business Analytics

Business is evolving more rapidly than ever through the increased ability to gather key information with speed and precision. Learn to manage and analyze data and design and implement information systems to help you stay current in the professional setting.

Marketing

How your company and products are represented to the consumer is crucial to your company’s – and your – success. Explore the latest marketing topics, such as data-driven marketing and permission marketing. Build your brand management expertise while developing a strong portfolio of marketing skills that can be applied in a variety of settings.

Supply Chain Management

Growing local and global operations takes expertise. With a curriculum designed for the future of supply chain management, that’s what you get. Learn how to identify, evaluate and mitigate risk, improve efficiencies and utilize cutting-edge supply chain technology applications, including cloud-based programs like Resilinc and SAP.

General Track

Broaden your MBA experience with an expansive look at the core concepts covered in each of the four specializations. Develop your background in accounting, information systems and business analytics, finance and marketing to become the most well-rounded professional you can be.

Student Outcomes

Building Careers and Fostering Success

It’s no accident that the Robert H. Smith School of Business was ranked #2 overall in “Career Services” by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Providing support for students and alumni in their pursuit of career success is a focal point at the Smith School. We offer a wide range of services to help you grow as a professional – the same invaluable services that are provided to our on-campus students, including:

  • Career coaching
  • HireSmith online recruiting system and job database
  • Internship assistance
  • Resume and cover letter coaching
  • Target job search management technology
  • Networking
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Interview training, including mock interviews
  • Evaluating and negotiating job offers
  • Soft skill development

I chose Smith because when I researched other online MBA programs, it had the most positive attributes: the flexibility to stay home with my infant son while receiving a top-notch education, outstanding career service offerings, a team of professors that are the tops in their field, and lastly, the incredible reputation of the University of Maryland and the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

— Lauren McConnell, MBA ’15

Faculty

Our faculty is the heart of our MBA program

While enrolled in the program, you will have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the innovators and established thought leaders of the Robert H. Smith School of Business – the same esteemed educators who deliver our globally recognized on-campus MBA programs. Consistently ranked among the nation’s best in intellectual capital by Financial Times, our faculty delivers a wealth of industry experience into every online course. Our students benefit from having the opportunity to interact and network with the minds that are currently shaping the world of business and defining the future of global business practice.

About Us

University of Maryland

The University of Maryland, College Park, is a public research university and the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland. Established in 1856, UMD is the original land-grant institution in the state. It is one of only 62 members of the Association of American Universities, an organization composed of the leading research universities in the United States and Canada. The University of Maryland is committed to achieving excellence as the state’s primary center for research and graduate education and the institution of choice for undergraduate students of exceptional ability and promise.

The University creates and applies knowledge for the benefit of the economy and culture of the state, the region, the nation and beyond. As the flagship of the University System of Maryland, the University shares its research, educational, cultural and technological strengths with businesses, government and other educational institutions. The University advances knowledge, provides outstanding and innovative instruction and nourishes a climate of intellectual growth in a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business Online MBA program is ranked No. 9 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The Online MBA program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business is accredited by AACSB International.

The University of Maryland, College Park, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Admission

Requirements

Professional Work Experience
Multiple years of professional experience strengthen an applicant’s profile and provide an important edge in the admissions process. A minimum of two years of work experience is highly recommended for consideration. An application is not considered complete unless it contains the applicant’s resume.

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required. Please pay by credit card as you submit your application online. The application Fee is waived for UMD Terp alumni and Military students.

 

 

Essays
There is one essay question and one optional question on the application. The Admissions Committee looks for well-written essays that clearly and thoughtfully answer each question.

 

Letter of Recommendation
A recommendation should be solicited from an individual who can objectively comment on an applicant’s performance in a professional environment. Only one recommendation letter is required with your application.

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