Online MBA

Online MBA Student

The Online MBA Program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of business removes barriers to a fantastic business education by creating a global classroom for its community of digital learners.

Our online MBA students are worldly professionals who average eight years of work experience in business, government, science, engineering and more. When the student body shares such a diverse collection of real-world experiences, it can create sophisticated leaders with perspectives that go beyond their areas of expertise.

Online 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.

Core

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 Core Activity
1 Oct The Accomplishment Chronicles
2 Oct Map the Market
3 Oct Your Value Proposition and Storyware
Jan TMAY Peer Practice
Feb  Tell Me About a Time When (TMAATW)
4 Feb Networking at the Next Level
5 Feb MBA Job Search Planning
Feb 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

Complementary

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

Capstone

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

Month 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 two full-time career coaches who can help with the unique career development needs of working professional students like you. They are:

Your coach is happy to meet with you by telephone or Smoogle (Smith Google) Hangout. If you work or live near the Baltimore or Shady Grove campus and prefer in-person coaching sessions, you are welcome to meet with whichever coach is most convenient to you.

Coaching Hours and Scheduling Appointments

The Online 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 www.HireSmith.net to create your initial student profile and upload your resume. You will then have 24/7 access to the Online MBA coaches' schedules and can reserve an available date and time that's convenient for you. If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact your career coach or OCSservice@rhsmith.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!