Flex MBA

A Brand New Way to MBA

The Maryland Smith Part-Time MBA has been reimagined as the Flex MBA, with more flexibility and convenience built into the program than ever before.

Choose a home campus that's convenient, available in Baltimore, Md., Rockville, Md., and Washington, D.C. Take your first-year courses either online or in-person at your home campus. In your second year, take your electives online or on-site at any campus location you choose.


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In-person program in College Park for experienced professionals Fully online MBA program with in-person opening/closing residencies Fully online Masters of Science program In-person core at one of 3 campuses with flexible electives
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Masking Guidance Updates

In order to provide a healthy and safe environment for every member of our campus community, UMD's masking policy — announced August 6, 2021 — requires everyone to wear a mask in public indoor spaces and on Shuttle-UM buses, regardless of vaccination status.

Invest in Yourself. Invest in Your Future.

Earn credits outside the traditional classroom setting at our Business Decoded Saturday Seminars in College Park, taught by our world-renowned faculty and designed to disseminate cutting-edge business knowledge.

Adaptive to the Speed of Business
  • Business moves at the speed of light. Our curriculum adapts in real time.
  • Learn to analyze data, then learn to go beyond.
  • Our Business Decoded Saturday Seminars will propel you ahead of the competition.
Flexible to Fit Your Life
  • Three home campuses put an MBA within reach.
  • Earn credits at our campuses, on Saturdays in College Park, or online. 
  • Stack your specializations to kick your career into high gear.
Connecting You with Opportunity
  • Consulting practicums let you put new skills into practice.
  • On-campus career resources help you navigate your future.
  • Access to 66,000+ alumni expands your network worldwide.

Fearless Learning

What does it mean to Lead Fearlessly? In the Flex MBA program at Maryland Smith, it means rolling up your sleeves to get the job done. Taking on big data and creating action-oriented solutions. Understanding why and how sound business decisions are made. Your career advancement depends on your ability to lead in markets that are fast-paced, global and complex. Our faculty, known for their research prowess and practical experience, will teach you how to do it all  – FEARLESSLY.

Transformational Learning

Turbocharge Your Saturdays

Our Business Decoded Saturday Seminars explore new developments in business and are taught by our own Maryland Smith faculty experts. During their two years in the program, Flex MBA students at all three campus locations are required to complete 50 hours of these special topic seminars as part of their core credits.

Seminars are also open to Smith alumni, providing increased networking opportunities. Proposed topics are relevant and varied, including:

  • Big Data and AI
  • Bubbles & Disruption
  • Data Tracking and Privacy
  • Data Visualization
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • How Industries Evolve
  • HR Analytics 
  • Innovation Greenhouse
  • Managing Conflict

MBA Consulting Practicum 

In this four-credit course, student teams provide semester-long management consulting services to clients who have contracted with Smith. Through experiential and classroom learning, students get to solve complex business problems and deliver value as consultants.

“I love working with students. Helping future consultants add value to their clients is very rewarding.”

Rick Sullivan
MBA ’15

They Did It. You Can Too.

For these working professionals, choosing the Flex MBA program at Maryland Smith was a defining moment in their lives. Here are their stories:


Our opening and closing residencies in College Park, Md., are attended by every new Flex MBA student from each of our three campuses. Each residency earns you two credits towards your degree. Building community with your cohorts and others can reap tremendous rewards, both in and out of the classroom.

Opening Residency – Before your regular coursework even begins, you’ll meet like-minded, motivated regional professionals on day one, while learning the expectations of the program. Workshops explore topics such as data analytics, strategy and decision-making, and financial tools and economics, as well as an introduction to the Office of Career Services. 

Closing Residency – Students put their business acumen to work across all of the functional areas they’ve studied throughout the program in an Integrated Capstone experience. In this final session, you’ll get to show off your critical thinking, problem analysis and soft skills.

Upcoming Events


Flex MBA Current Student & Alumni Panel

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
6:00 PM EDT
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Admissions, Info Session

Flex MBA Info Session

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
6:00 PM EDT
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