Flex MBA

The Flex MBA program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business combines the quality you want with the options you need to deliver one of the best, most versatile MBA programs in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore region. Select the pace and location that best suits your career goals, and benefit from a robust network of alumni, top-ranked faculty, and advisers—all passionate about your success. Get more from your degree with elective courses earned entirely online with other part-time students, or by participating in global learning experiences.

Flex MBA Career Coaching and Curriculum

Our curriculum and program calendar have been strategically designed to help you build your core MBA career content as efficiently as possible and to offer opportunities to practice storytelling, networking and interviewing techniques that are critical to your MBA advancement. Smith's Office of Career Services (OCS) will take you through a phased approach to creating your core career portfolio, complemented with next-level learning and capstone experiences. This entire career development protocol repeats each year so that you can get what you need when you need it.


The core career development curriculum builds in seven phases to establish key techniques and get you ready for employer interactions, either inside your current company or with a target employer.

Phase Month Activity
1 Oct The Accomplishment Chronicles
2 Oct Map the Market
3 Oct
Your Value Proposition and Storyware
TMAY Peer Practice
Tell Me About a Time When (TMAATW)
4 Feb
Networking at the Next Level
Networking Event
5 Feb
MBA Job Search Planning
Cover Letter as an Intro to the Interview
6 Feb Preparing for the 30-minute MBA Interview
7 Jun-Aug Negotiating from the Same Side of the Table


Additional seminars take your core work further, by deepening your insights and strengthening your position.

Semester Complementary Activity
Fall Pre-Conference Workshop
Spring Advanced LinkedIn
Spring Alumni Mock Interviews
Spring Alumni Networking


As you refine your MBA stance and strategy, Super Days can connect you with the Smith network.

Oct Capstone Activity
Oct Marketing Careers
Oct Finance Careers
Jan Consulting Careers
Jan Analytics Careers

The Coaching Partnership

Your career coach is dedicated to meeting you where you are in your career journey and facilitating your way forward through our co-active approach to MBA career development. The coaching relationship is confidential and tailored to your specific needs in order to aid you in reaching your highest potential.

The Coaching Team

For your convenience, each campus has a full-time career coach on site who can help with the unique career development needs of working professional students like you. If your designated campus coach is not the most convenient option for you because you work or live near another flex MBA campus, you are welcome to meet with another flex MBA career coach. Virtual meeting options like telephone and Smoogle (Smith Google) Hangout are also available. See the OCS team page for contact information.

Coaching Hours and Scheduling Appointments

The flex MBA coaching team strives to provide maximum flexibility to accommodate our working professional students' busy schedules and career development needs. Coaching availability typically begins during the lunch hours and ends at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday with earlier hours on Friday.

To schedule an appointment with a career coach, simply visit HireSmith to create your initial student profile and upload your resume. You will then have 24/7 access to all flex MBA coach schedules and can schedule an available date and time that's convenient for you. If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact your campus career coach or SmithOCSservice@umd.edu.

Career Conversation Topics

Career coaching is not just for those seeking new jobs. Your coaches are here to assist you with all your career development needs, whatever they may be. Topics can include:

  • Exploring your career direction
  • Reviewing your career progression and proactive career advancement plan
  • Understanding and communicating your value proposition and personal brand
  • Developing your strategic networking plan
  • Creating an impactful resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile
  • Mapping your job search strategy
  • Practicing your interviewing skills
  • And more!
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