Online MBA Admissions

Admission Requirements

We welcome ambitious, highly motivated professionals who seek a rigorous academic program taught by our world-renowned faculty.

Application Fee

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

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.

 

 

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.

Essays

The admissions committee looks for essays that clearly and concisely answer the assigned question. It is preferred that applicants keep their submission to approximately 500 words, or two pages double-spaced. Be clear about your career goals and why you want to earn your MBA. Before submitting, be sure to check for spelling and grammatical errors.

 

Quantitative Preparation

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to successfully complete quantitative coursework. Candidates without previous undergraduate or graduate quantitative coursework, strong quantitative skills displayed on the GMAT or GRE test, or quantitative centered professional experience, may be asked to demonstrate their abilities by taking a class (such as calculus) at an accredited institution prior to beginning MBA coursework.

GMAT/GRE Exam

The GMAT or GRE is required of all MBA applicants, regardless of previous academic history or work experience.  For more information on the GMAT, and to request an official score report, please visit www.mba.com. For more information on the GRE, and to request an official score report, please visit www.ets.org/gre.  When requesting a score report be sent to the University of Maryland, please use the following institutional codes for the Online MBA: GMAT code is SQT-N8-32; GRE code is 5814

A waiver may be considered if an applicant has demonstrated excellent quantitative and analytical skills through academic records and/or a successful career trajectory. Please contact an enrollment advisor for additional information.

Academic History

The online application allows you to upload a scanned official transcript(s) for each college or university attended. If the official transcript where you received your degree does not state the degree was conferred, please also upload an official diploma or official copy of your degree received (most schools already list the conferred degree on the transcript). If you are formally admitted to the University of Maryland, you will be required to submit an official transcript to the graduate school. If your transcript is not in English, please also an official transcript translated into English.

The University of Maryland Graduate School requires all admitted students to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.80/4.00. Applicants who have a grade point average below 2.80 are encouraged to use the optional essay to address this.

International

English Test Scores (TOEFL or IELTS)

Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS official scores) is required for non-native English speakers. Those who have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from one of the countries listed here are waived of this requirement. Contact www.toefl.org to request an official copy of your TOEFL test score to be sent to the University of Maryland at College Park, Institutional Code 5814. IELTS information can be found at www.ielts.org.

Campus Requirements / Immigration Documents

All students, including international students, are required to attend two three-day residencies scheduled at the beginning and the end of the program on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland. The University of Maryland, College Park, cannot issue a Form I-20 or Form IAP-66 to students enrolled in the online MBA program for the attendance of the residencies.

Academic Credentials

By the application deadline date, the admissions office must receive:

  • A transcript/mark sheets (in the original language) uploaded to the online application. If your transcript is not in English, please also upload a transcript/mark sheets translated* into English.
  • A copy of the diploma/degree received (only if this information is not listed on your transcript). If your diploma is not in English, please also submit a diploma translated into English. This documentation should be uploaded to the online application.

Only applicants who have completed the full sequence of preparatory studies and examinations equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an approved institution and who have demonstrated high academic achievement will be considered.

*Translations should not be interpretive, and actual names of all degrees, diplomas, and certificates must appear in the translation. If you are in need of a translation service, a list of English translation companies can be found here.

2020 Academic Year Submission Deadlines

The Smith online MBA program offers three entry points a year in January, May and August. Please contact the admissions team at 888.836.4735 to discuss next steps and begin your application.


Fall 2020 Term Important Dates:

Application Deadline Classes Start
June 22, 2020 August 31, 2020

 

2021 Term Important Dates:

Term  Application Deadline Classes Start
Spring November 9, 2020 January 25, 2021
Summer March 8, 2021 May 17, 2021
Fall July 5, 2021 September 6, 2021

Information Sessions

We invite you to join us for an online webinar where you will learn more about the admissions process, the Online MBA program, and the Smith Community. 

Why Choose the Smith Online MBA?
Recorded May 18, 2020 – Watch Now

Online MBA Career Services
Recorded May 20, 2020 – Watch Now

Online MBA Information Session
Recorded January 29, 2020 – Watch Now

Please check back for more upcoming information sessions.  Additional previously recorded webinars are available to view here.

 

2019-2020 Academic Year Tuition & Fees

 

Tuition Per Credit Hour$1,644
Total Credit Hours54
Total Tuition1$88,776
Application Fee$75
Technology Fee2$76.50 for 8 credits or less;
$153 for 9 credits or more
Enrollment Deposit3$1,000

 

There is no differentiation between in-state and out-of-state tuition. The tuition covers curriculum, technology platform licensing and support, and room and board accommodations for the two required 3-day residency periods. Transportation to and from the Smith School for the residencies, as well as course books and materials, is not covered in the tuition or fees. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

The University-mandated technology fee is charged three times a year during the spring, summer and fall semesters.

Admitted applicants are required to submit a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit to reserve a space in the class. Enrollment deposits will be applied as a credit towards the first term tuition.

Financing Your Education

There is a multitude of financial awards and financial aid options available to help eligible students in paying some or all of the cost of their online MBA. Be sure to carefully review all financial aid resources to gain an understanding of what options may be available to you.

Smith Financial Awards

The Smith School of Business bestows financial awards to a select number of applicants based on scholastic merit, professional accomplishment and evidence of leadership. All applicants whose applications are complete by the application deadline receive automatic consideration.

Double Terp Financial Award

A Double Terp Financial Award is available to alumni of the University of Maryland, College Park who are newly-admitted into the Smith Online MBA program. Be sure to indicate that you are a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park on your application for admission.

Corporate Partnerships

The Smith School of Business has partnered with specific organizations to offer reduced tuition and no application fee or enrollment deposit for their full-time employees and their immediate family members who enroll in the online MBA program. If you are employed by a partner organization and would like to learn more about this benefit, or would like to confirm if your organization has a partnership with Smith, please contact an enrollment advisor.

Federal Student Loans

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for Federal Student Loans through the Office of Student Financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov; UMD-College Park’s FAFSA code is 002103.

After the FAFSA is received by the Office of Student Financial Aid, additional information specific to the individual student may be requested. When all application materials are received Federal loans are certified, and the student is notified. This notification process typically begins mid to late June. An application for aid has no bearing on the application for admittance to the program.

US Military Members and Veterans

The University of Maryland has a Veterans Program Office to assist military service members and veterans in their educational pursuits. Veteran Award and VA benefit information can be found online

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students receiving financial aid must maintain certain academic standards during the program or else risk losing eligibility for funding. Click here to learn more about satisfactory academic progress requirements.

Online Military-Friendly MBA

Our military-friendly MBA program offers a number of benefits for veterans and active members of the military in recognition of their service. We are dedicated to providing military personnel with special opportunities to ease the transition to academics and make a first-rate education readily attainable. To help you navigate the enrollment process and the procedures for securing government funding, we offer a dedicated military advocate to act as a personal agent for military students. This advocate can also help you communicate with companies and organizations throughout the corporate landscape after you graduate to help you find the right career opportunity.

Other potential benefits for veterans and active military personnel include:

  • Yellow Ribbon Program Participating Institution Benefits
  • Waived application fees
  • Veteran MBA alumni on staff to advise and advocate for military/veteran students
  • SmithVets student club & campus Student Veterans of America chapter
  • Veteran-centered programming
  • In-state tuition extended to veteran residents of Maryland and soldiers stationed in MD.

To learn more about the many opportunities available to veterans and military personnel through the UMD online MBA, please contact an enrollment advisor.