MSBA Admissions

Admission Requirements

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

Strong Quantitative Background

The admissions committee reviews a candidate’s background based on their transcripts and their GMAT or GRE score.

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.


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.

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.

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 an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.80/4.00. Applicants who have a grade point average below 2.80 are encouraged to use the optional essay to address this point.

Graduate Admissions Test (GMAT / GRE)

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

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.


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.  An official copy of your TOEFL test scores should be sent to the University of Maryland, College Park – institutional code 5814.

2020 Academic Year Submission Deadlines

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

Spring 2020 Important Dates

Instant Decision Day Application Deadline Classes Start
October 2, 2019 November 18, 2019 January 20, 2020


What is “Instant Decision Day”?

All completed MSBA applications submitted for the Spring 2020 term by 11:59 PM EST on October 2, 2019 will be reviewed by the Robert H. Smith School of Business admissions committee on October 3, 2019, with these admissions recommendations being communicated the same day.  This recommendation for admission by the Smith School is the first phase of the admissions process. Students are then submitted to the University of Maryland graduate school for a formal admission decision. 


  Application Deadline Classes Start
Summer ’20 Term March 23, 2020 May 11, 2020
Fall ’20 Term July 13, 2020 August 31, 2020

Information Sessions

We invite you to join us for an online webinar where you will learn more about the admissions process, the Online MSBA program, and the Smith Community. Previously recorded webinars are available to view here.

UMD Smith Military Benefits Webinar
September 26, 2019 – Click to Register

 Online MSBA Information Session
June 19, 2019 – View Recording


2019-2020 Academic Year Tuition & Fees

Tuition Per Credit Hour $1,644
Total Credit Hours 30
Total Tuition1 $49,320
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.  Course books and materials are 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

There are 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 degree. 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 MSBA 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 MSBA 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; 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 MSBA

Our military-friendly MSBA 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
  • 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 MSBA, please contact an enrollment advisor.