Admission Requirements

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

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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

GMAT/GRE Exam

Although cut-off scores are not implemented in the admissions process, it is expected the applicant will show a good deal of promise through their GMAT or GRE test scores. GMAT scores typically range from the mid-500s through the upper-700s. To convert your GRE scores, use this online tool. Applicants interested in learning more about the GMAT can contact the Graduate Management Admissions Council. For more information on the GRE test, visit ETS.org.

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 Admissions Committee looks for applicants who demonstrate a strong undergraduate academic record. While approximately 33 percent of new MBA students come from a business undergraduate degree, applicants with a variety of undergraduate and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Undergraduate grade point averages for admitted students normally range from 2.90 to 4.00, while the majority of students have averages above 3.00. Any graduate coursework will be taken into account in the admissions process, but the common denominator for all applicants is still the undergraduate GPA.

International

The University of Maryland, College Park, requires any applicant who has not completed a university degree in a country in which English is the principal language (such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand) to take the TOEFL. You are strongly encouraged to include a photocopy of your TOEFL report with the application materials. The Admissions Committee will not review your file without the TOEFL. To view a list of countries exempt from taking the TOEFL exam please click here.

Note: 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.

2018-2019 Academic Year Tuition & Fees

 

Tuition Per Credit Hour$1,617
Total Credit Hours54
Total Tuition1$87,318
Application Fee$75
Technology Fee2$153
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 twice a year during the spring 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

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.

Merit Based 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.

2018 – 2019 Academic Year Submission Deadlines

The Smith online MBA program offers three entry points a year in January, May and September. 

  Application Deadline Opening Residency Classes Start
Spring ’19 Term November 26, 2018  January 17 – 19, 2019 January 21, 2019
Summer ’19 Term March 4, 2019 May 2 – 4, 2019 May 6, 2019
Fall ’19 Term June 4, 2019 August 15 – 17, 2019 August 26, 2019

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. Previously recorded webinars are available to view here.

Smith Online MBA Information Session
September 19, 2018 @ Noon ET
View Recording

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 will 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
  • Merit-based scholarships for military/veteran students
  • Veteran MBA alumni on staff to advise and advocate for military/veteran students
  • VA education benefits
  • 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.