Undergraduate Program

Admission Standards for Shady Grove

All students who wish to apply for admission to The Robert H. Smith School of Business program at Shady Grove should plan on attending a Smith School at Shady Grove Admission Workshop or visit the information table when a representative is on your campus for a transfer visit.  You may also contact the Smith Undergraduate Programs Office at Shady Grove by calling 301-738-6079 or by email at smithugradsg@rhsmith.umd.edu with questions regarding the program at Shady Grove.


Applications for the Smith School of Business at Shady Grove can be found here: www.admissions.umd.edu/apply/hobsons.cfm. Admission to the Robert H. Smith School of Business is competitive, as capacity in each Smith School major offered at Shady Grove is limited.

Admission Criteria:

To be considered for admission to the Smith School at Shady Grove, applicants must complete the following admission requirements and the additional courses/requirements listed below:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (preferred, may vary based upon the applicant pool)
  • Earned a minimum of 45 credits.

Completion of Gateway courses, all with “C-“or better:

  • BMGT 220 Principles of Accounting I
  • MATH 220, 130 or 140 Calculus I
  • BMGT230or 2312 (or equivalent) Business Statistics

In addition to the admission requirements above, it is expected that all students entering a Smith School major at Shady Grove will have completed 60 credits and successfully completed the following courses/requirements.

  • All General Education requirements3 with the exception of Professional Writing 
  • Smith School’s Public Speaking Requirement
  • BMGT221 Principles of Accounting II
  • ECON200 Principles of Micro-Economics
  • ECON201 Principles of Macro-Economics

The following courses are approved substitutes for BMGT230: BIOM301, CCJS200, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, PSYC200, and SOCY201.

The following courses are approved substitutes for BMGT231: ENCE302, ENEE324, ENME392, or STAT400.

University of Maryland General Education (or CORE if matriculated in Maryland community college prior to Fall 2012) requirements are explained at: http://www.gened.umd.edu/.

Co-curricular involvement, leadership experience and honors and awards will also be considered in the admission decision. Students are strongly encouraged to submit with their applications a resume and letter detailing their accomplishments and experience.

Application Deadlines for Transfer Students: The priority application and International applicant deadline is the 1st business day of March. The regular deadline is June 1st, and applications submitted after the deadline are considered only on a space available basis. The Robert H. Smith School of Business program at Shady Grove admits students ONLY in the Fall semester on a competitive and rolling basis and rolling admissions will continue until each major is filled.

Applications for the Smith School of Business at Shady Grove can be found here:www.admissions.umd.edu/apply/hobsons.cfm. Admission to the Robert H. Smith School of Business is competitive, as capacity in each Smith School major offered at Shady Grove is limited.

Frequently Asked Questions

What majors will be offered at Shady Grove?

Beginning Fall semester 2011, the following BMGT majors will be offered: Accounting, Management with specialization in Entrepreneurship, International Business, and Marketing. Details on the curriculum in each major program are available online

What are the advantages to studying Business at Shady Grove?

At maximum capacity, there will be 360 students majoring in BMGT at Shady Grove. Therefore, students studying at Shady Grove will enjoy small class sizes and easy access to academic advising and career counselors. Expedited registration will assure course availability. The Shady Grove Center is a beautiful corporate setting with state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs—located close to everything in the high-tech Montgomery County corridor.

What is different between the BMGT major offered at Shady Grove and College Park?

The program at Shady Grove admits students only in the fall semester due to the MBA-cohort style of four semesters, sequential full-time degree program. There are no mid-year admissions into the Shady Grove program. All courses at Shady Grove will be taught by the same corps of faculty, will consist of the same required courses, and will have the same graduation requirements as those offered at UMCP. Students at the Shady Grove programs will complete all of their coursework at Shady Grove, and will declare a single major program of study. Students who complete the Smith BMGT program at Shady Grove graduate and receive a degree/diploma from the University of Maryland, College Park, Robert H. Smith School of Business.

May I take courses elsewhere in fulfillment of BMGT requirements?

Only upper division business courses offered by the University of Maryland, College Park, at the Shady Grove Center or through the UMCP summer or winter program, or by another AACSB accredited institution, may be applied to these degree programs. Permission to enroll at another institution must be granted in advance.

Are my grades in community college or in another major counted in the GPA I need to be admitted to BMGT?

Yes. All grades from all coursework taken anywhere are included. You are required to submit transcripts for all coursework previously taken.

I have earned more than 60 credit hours. May I still be considered for admission?

Yes. There is no hard-and-fast number of credits that would limit your ability to be admitted to BMGT, although priority will be given to those who have not yet earned a degree. (NOTE: ESL credits are not included in the number of credits for purposes of meeting admission requirements.  AP credits earned may be used towards the 60 credit hour requirement.)

I have not completed all my lower-level general education courses; may I still be considered for admission?

Yes, you may be admitted; however, no 100-200-level courses will be provided at Shady Grove.  Therefore, you will have to return to your community college or attend somewhere else to take the remaining general education courses in fulfillment of graduation requirements.

NOTE: Admission requirements and policies may be subject to change. Please check our Web site for the most up-to-date and comprehensive information