Undergraduate Program

Business Honors

Honors Convocation
Honors Convocation

The Business Honors Program, offered at College Park, offers students with superior academic achievements special opportunities and resources, including the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research on business issues, and to graduate with honors.

The Business Honors Council provides extra-curricular activities and networking with Honors alumni.

Students in the Honors Program take their upper-level BMGT core courses in small, seminar-style honors sections, which allow in-depth exploration of business topics in marketing, finance, management and organization, business law, and policy and strategy. Studying with other Honors students challenges you to stretch your capabilities in an intellectually-stimulating classroom environment and provides excellent preparation for further graduate or professional study. 

The Honors Program provides both a non-thesis and a thesis option—in which students work on an original research project under the supervision of a Smith School faculty member.

Dr. Charles Olson is the Faculty Director for this program.

Curriculum: 2-3 years (15 credits)

This program offers H-version sections of all required BMGT core classes at the junior and senior level. Honors version sections present the same course content as the regular sections, but involve more rigorous and active participation, intensive writing, and faculty emphasis on critical thinking and reflective learning.

Honors Courses

  • BMGT 340H - Finance (offered fall semester)
  • BMGT 350H - Marketing (offered fall semester)
  • BMGT 364H - Management & Organizational Behavior (offered spring semester)
  • BMGT 380H - Business Law (offered spring semester)
  • BMGT 495H - Business Policies (offered spring semester)
  • BMGT 498H - Honors Study Trip (offered when interest and resources are available)
  • BMGT 493H - Honors Capstone (offered fall semester)
  • BMGT 494H - Thesis (offered spring semester)

BMGT 493H is the capstone course for the Honors Program that students will take the fall semester of their senior year. Taught using the case-study method, BMGT 493H provides an overview of business research methodologies, and covers special topics in business—including business strategy, business ethics, and corporate responsibility. Students must complete BMGT493H prior to enrolling in BMGT495H.

Click here for information on studying abroad while in Business Honors.

Application Eligibility

Admission to the Honors Program is competitive. Students are selected on the basis of the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average at University of Maryland, College Park
  • Minimum 45 credit hours earned before applying to the program
  • Students who are in the process of applying to Smith as a transfer may also apply, but admission would be contingent upon admission to Smith
  • Applicants who have already completed two of the BMGT upper-level core courses (BMGT340,350,364,380,495) in non-H-version sections have a lower probability of being admitted to the Honors Program
  • Completion of all BMGT pre-requisite courses by the end of semester during which you are applying to the program:
    • Accounting I and II – BMGT 220 and 221
    • Statistics – BMGT 230
    • Calculus – MATH 220 or 140
    • Micro- and Macro Economics – ECON 200 and 201

Application Process

Applications for admission to Business Honors starting Fall 2016 will open January 4, 2016, and are due Monday, February 8, 2016, by midnight. Letters of recommendation are due February 14.

To apply, applicants will submit the following information via this online application form:  

  • Cover letter explaining why you want to participate in Business Honors.
  • Resume
  • Essay: Respond to one of the following two questions in a maximum of two pages, double-spaced, 11-12pt font:

1. Find a current (within the last 6 months) business article (Please include a link to the article). What effect does the focus of the article have on industry? How will or could this affect your career?
2. What qualities or skills are required to be a successful business professional in today's global economy? What are you doing to expand your global/cultural mindset?

  • Two letters of recommendation - All Honors Program applications require TWO academic recommendations submitted via our online form (http://go.umd.edu/Fall15BusHonorsRec). References can come from any college professors or graduate student teaching assistants, including faculty from outside of UMD, who can speak to your academic achievement and critical thinking skills (no relatives, friends, or employers). Letters of recommendation are due February 14, so be sure to give recommenders plenty of time to complete their letters.

Questions? Contact Emily Heavin (edoane@rhsmith.umd.edu).