Undergraduate Program

FAQs

Minors

Does the Smith School of Business and/or the University of Maryland, College Park offer minors?

The Smith School of Business does offer minors. The Business Analytics Minor began in spring 2014. In addition, the Smith School of Business also offers several special programs. More details can be found here

Many non-business minors are offered in other departments across the campus. To see a complete list and to learn more about these opportunities visit: www.umd.edu/catalog/index.cfm/show/content.chapter/c/127.

Online Courses

Does the Smith School or the University of Maryland, College Park offer online courses/degrees?

Currently, the Smith School of Business does not deliver courses online. While courses may have components that are online, instruction is primarily delivered in a classroom setting.

Registration

Can a non-business major register for business courses at the University of Maryland, College Park?

Most sections of lower level (100 & 200 level) business (BMGT) courses are open to all students. The following lower level courses are restricted to specific student populations as noted in the Schedule of Classes: BMGT190H, BMGT202, and selected sections of BMGT110, BMGT220, BMGT221,  BMGT230 and BMGT231.

In the fall and spring semesters, most upper level BMGT courses will be restricted initially to BMGT students. Non-BMGT majors have the opportunity to initially go on the holdfile for many upper level BMGT courses. On the first or second day of classes, restrictions on the holdfile courses are lifted. If there are seats available at that time, the students on the holdfile fill in the open seats. If there is a waitlist, the holdfile students join the back of the waitlist. During the Summer and Winter sessions, most BMGT courses are not restricted and are open to all students.

If I am waitlisted--or on a holdfile--for a course which is full, do I get enrolled automatically if a space opens up?

No. While waitlists and holdfiles are a wonderful tool for students to enroll in classes which are heavily demanded, they require careful monitoring on the student's part to make sure you do not make a mistake with your registration. Correct registration is your responsibility! Here's how it works.

Waitlist: A waitlist is a registration computer file that compiles names of students who meet the restrictions of a closed course section. If you place your name on a waitlist at the time of registration, your place "in line" is preserved. You must check-in daily using the Web, or in person during the schedule adjustment period in order to remain on the waitlist. (Click here for more details on waitlists or see the printed edition of the Schedule of Classes for detailed waitlist instructions)

Holdfile: A holdfile contains the names of students who wish to take a restricted course for which you are not eligible--i.e. a course outside of BMGT, for business majors, a BMGT course for non-business majors. (Note: BMGT majors in one field--e.g. marketing-- will be considered non-majors for another BMGT field--e.g. finance-- and would go on the holdfile rather than the waitlist, if the course is restricted by major.) Students on the holdfile must check-in on the first day of classes, and then daily, to remain on the holdfile. Students may check on their holdfile progress by going to Waitlist Check-In.

On the first or second day of classes, holdfiles are converted to waitlists, allowing all open sections to be filled by students on the holdfile. If there is a waitlist, the holdfile students join the back of the waitlist after the restrictions are lifted.

You should avoid getting on a holdfile or waitlist for sections that conflict with other courses you need or are currently registered for. You should also take time during the schedule adjustment period to "clean up" your schedule, deleting any courses which you do not want and making sure that you have confirmed those that you do want. Again, mistakes in registration are your responsibility, and exceptions to the drop/add deadline will not be made for your errors.

If my classes are dropped by the Bursar's Office, will I be able to register in the same courses later on, once I have paid my bill and cleared the hold?

Not necessarily. Again, making sure you meet the tuition payment deadlines is your responsibility. If the course and section are still open, and if registration is still ongoing--i.e., the deadline for adding classes has not passed--you would be able to re-register in the same section. If that section is full, you will have to register in another open section. If the course is full, or if the deadline to add courses has passed, you will not be able to register--even if you continue to attend, turn in assignments and take exams. (NOTE: Professors do not have the authority to override registration deadlines.)

If a BMGT professor gives me a note, will I be allowed to add a full section or late register for a course?

No. Professors cannot authorize over-subscription or late registration.

How can I register for BMGT Honors courses?

Honors courses are restricted to students in the Honors Program(s). There are actually two honors programs: The University Honors Program is designed for freshmen and sophomore students and the courses are primarily at the freshmen/sophomore level; The Smith School's Honors Program is designed for juniors and seniors. You must apply and be accepted into the BMGT Honors Program in order to take the upper level BMGT honors courses. Details can be found here.

Answers to other FAQs can be found in the following pages: