A key reason many people seek a graduate degree is to create a better life
for themselves and their families. Smith MBA students are challenged to
make necessary sacrifices during their graduate business study. For many
students, not having been in an academic environment for several years is a big
It is possible to successfully balance both your MBA program and your family
Smith MBA students in all programs have said that it is crucial to enlist the
support of family at the outset – cooperation and understanding by spouses,
children and other family members will be a large part of your success and give
you peace of mind during the program.
Even with long nights of studying and writing papers – the Smith curriculum
offers the options that will allow you to create a good balance between the
demands of school and home – all while receiving a quality education.
Smith MBA students say you can expect to spend one to two hours of study time
for each hour of lecture time. Working in teams can be more time-consuming – up
to a full day on a weekend and a half-day or night meeting during the week.
However, Smith faculty and your fellow students understand the juggling act you
undertake every day and are flexible in making the experience as rewarding as
"I returned to my home state for business school thinking I'd get to spend
more time with my family," says second-year MBA student Donna Lin. "It was
initially difficult to balance both school and work, but as a student, you learn
to prioritize your time and responsibilities. Your professors are understanding
that you play multiple roles besides that of full-time MBA. And your classmates,
sharing similar worries, are the first ones to lend a helping hand."
Smith’s Family Club is a way for students, their spouses and families to meet
and create informal support groups through recreational activities that get your
family involved with your life at Smith and create opportunities for quality
While there are sacrifices to be made to obtain your Smith MBA, the program
is definitely manageable. In the end, expect the investment to not only
pay big dividends in career advancement and upward mobility – but also in
enriching the quality of life for you and your family.
Smith MBA students are also encouraged to leverage the Family Care Resource
and Referral Service at the University of Maryland. This service is another step
in UMD’s efforts to achieve excellence in all areas of campus life by providing
free seminars, one-on-one consultations and informational resources to students
who have child care and elder care needs. Further information about these
services is available on the
University Human Resources website.