What are the required qualifications?
Applicants must possess the equivalent of a 4-year undergraduate degree. The UMD Graduate School requires a 3.0 GPA. If you fall below this threshold, please contact an admissions representative to discuss this. Applicants have between eight and twenty years of professional experience and 3+ years of management experience. Each candidate will be reviewed as a unique individual and the sum of his or her experiences will be evaluated during the admissions process.
Do I have to take the GMAT?
The GMAT is not mandatory.
Are there any pre-skill courses I can take to be ready for the program?
We require that you complete prep courses in finance, accounting, and data modeling. You will successfully complete an online exam in each area prior to the start of the program. Information regarding these learning modules is provided to admitted students upon deposit.
Who in my company should I talk to about sponsoring me?
Choosing to take part in an executive MBA program is about your own personal growth, as well as how your participation can help the company grow. Seek support at the highest levels — not just your immediate supervisor — and be ready to point out the extra benefits of the Smith Executive MBA program, specifically the action learning project.
How do I explain the program benefits to my company?
While most executive education programs talk about students being able to immediately apply newfound knowledge to workplace situations, Smith makes such a connection even more immediate and relevant. The action learning project allows participants to tackle a real-time issue facing their company as part of their coursework. The company will have a team of executive MBA students and Smith faculty applying knowledge and manpower to company issues. This is more than just an immediate return on investment from the sponsored employee – the company is essentially receiving full-blown consulting services at a minimal price. In addition, the mastery coursework will have an immediate impact on your managerial and leadership skills.
Is financial aid available?
The Robert H. Smith School of Business does not offer financial aid for the executive MBA. However, most students utilize Stafford and Grad Plus loans administered by the U.S. Department of Education. You can start a Federal Application For Student Aid at any time.
In addition, work with your company to see if they are willing to cover part or all of your tuition.
The Smith School of Business awards scholarships based on scholastic merit, evidence of leadership, and work experience.
What sets apart the Maryland Smith Executive Development program?
We utilize a 360 approach to leadership development.
The executive assessment process is designed to tap a variety of competencies critical for leadership success, including oral communication, interpersonal sensitivity, strategic thinking, judgment/decision making, process leadership, persuasion and influence, dealing with conflict, teamwork, initiative, delegation, coaching and developing, planning and organizing, self-confidence, and stress tolerance.
We assess and provide feedback by:
- DiSC, Hogan, Gallup StrengthsFinder, multiple 360 reviews, etc.
- 6 two-hour individual coaching sessions
- Mastery sessions integrated into the program curriculum