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Smith Welcomes Executive MBA Cohort 17

Feb 01, 2017


On Jan. 16, 2017, 38 students from a wide array of professional and cultural backgrounds began their journey to earning an Executive MBA at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The class boasts an average of 15 years of experience, including eight years in management. Thirty percent already have an advanced degree in law, medicine or another field. It’s also a very diverse group, at 34 percent female and 37 percent international, and 24 percent of this cohort are veterans of the United States Military.

“This group has a wealth of experience across so many different industries. Their drive to become well-rounded leaders and accomplish bigger and better things in their careers is just inspiring,” says Gary Cohen, associate dean of executive programs at Smith. “Our world-renowned faculty and executive coaches keep improving the depth and quality of this program every year. I think this class will receive the best EMBA experience we’ve ever offered.”

The program began with a weeklong residency, giving students the opportunity to bond with each other as they dove right into intensive coursework. Over the next 19 months, students will develop lifelong connections and better themselves through leadership development and executive coaching. They will spend every other weekend together, taking on real-world business scenarios and mastering core business competencies.

If you would like to learn more about the Smith EMBA academics, admissions or community please visit our website or contact Shelbi Brookshire at

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty masters, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.