Top News / April 9, 2024

Smith’s Flex MBA Among Top 10 in Nation in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Smith Also Moves up in Full-Time MBA, Specialty Categories

Smith's Flex MBA climbs to top 10 in U.S. part-time programs, ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Innovative AI curriculum, experiential learning and teaching excellence fuel its success.

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is a leading source for an MBA degree according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Graduate Schools rankings. Smith’s Flex MBA is ranked No. 10, placing it in the top 10 part-time programs in the United States, climbing from No. 21 last year. The program is known for innovative curriculum around AI and leadership, experiential learning, access to networking opportunities and teaching excellence.

For “Full-Time MBA,” Smith moves to No. 41 (from 42) and 19th among public universities.

In specialty categories, Smith is No. 9 (from 11) for “Information Systems MBA Programs” and No. 31 in “Best Management MBA Programs.”

U.S. News bases its rankings on expert opinion about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

“Those rankings capture our excellence in program innovations around leadership and digital transformation that includes AI, technology management and commercialization, experiential learning, and industry/government networking in our programs,” says Smith School Dean Prabhudev Konana. “And this latest recognition, including by peers across other business schools, reinforces our profile of exceptional students, world-class faculty and innovative curriculum amongst the best and most respected business schools in the country.”

Smith’s “Specialization in AI” infusion to its full-time MBA curriculum exemplifies AI initiatives impacting students. “The specialization dives into four components: AI’s capabilities, design, applications and governance for business and distinguishes Smith among early ‘AI adopter’ business schools,” says Associate Dean of MBA Programs Rosellina Ferraro.

“The specialization significantly conditions students to grasp AI’s short-term and long-term benefits and consequences,” she says. “We are preparing these future leaders to tackle challenges and transformations AI will make in areas like social media and digital marketing, finance and supply chain management.”

The experiential learning and networking components, Ferraro adds, are especially robust in the fast-rising Flex MBA program and its campus locations in Baltimore, Rockville, Md., and Washington, D.C.  “Our campuses are located in the midst of Smith alumni-led, elite corporations, government agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, and we’re leveraging this into a wealth of opportunities in terms of networking, consulting projects and career advancement more broadly.”

U.S. News ranked the Smith School No. 11 overall for its online MBA program earlier this year, as well as No. 5 for its online marketing MBA and online general management MBA programs, No. 9 among online MBA programs for veterans, and No. 14 for its online master’s in business (excluding MBA).

Read more about Smith’s MBA Programs.

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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 flex MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, business master’s, 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.

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