The MBA/MS Admissions Committee's decision to admit a Full-Time MBA, Part-Time
MBA, or Dual Degree MBA applicant is based on an evaluation of the candidate's potential
to be successful in the graduate business program, his or her ability to contribute
to the perspective of the class, and Smith's ability to accommodate a limited number
The Smith School admits applicants only for the Fall semester.
Criteria for Admission
Professional Work Experience
While work experience is not a requirement for
admission, it does give applicants an important edge in the admissions process.
A solid background of several years of work experience strengthens an
applicant's profile and makes him or her more competitive in the job market upon
graduation. An application is not complete unless it contains the applicant's
Undergraduate Academic Record
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
Graduate Admission Test (GMAT)
Although cut-off scores are not implemented in the
admissions process, it is expected that the applicant will show a good deal of
promise through the GMAT score. GMAT scores typically range from the mid-500s
through the upper-700s. Applicants interested in learning more about the GMAT
can contact the Graduate
Management Admissions Council.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Recommendations should be solicited from
individuals who can objectively comment on an applicant's performance in an
academic or professional environment.
The Admissions Committee looks for essays that
clearly and concisely answer each question. Be sure to check for spelling and
Test of English as a Foreign
The University of Maryland at 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
view a list of countries exempt from taking the TOEFL exam please click here.