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Learn to Lead Fearlessly

Employers want to hire critical thinkers—people who can make good decisions and identify the best strategy to solve problems. A Smith MBA builds a strong foundation of analytical skills so you can turn data into insights.

With a Maryland Smith MBA, you’ll identify patterns that matter, separating what’s important from the noise. You’ll gain functional expertise with tools like Solver and Tableau. And you’ll understand issues, solve problems and drive your organization’s success, succeeding in any industry.

Our Faculty is Top-Ranked and it Shows

Maryland Smith’s faculty are passionate about creating new knowledge and sharing it with students. They regularly serve as consultants for large financial institutions, multinational corporations and government agencies. And in the classroom, they’ll share those same techniques they use to help corporate clients implement their own data-driven decision making.

Experiential Learning

Smith Live Cases

A Smith Live Case brings executives from partner corporations into the MBA classroom to talk about real issues impacting the organization, and student teams compete to provide innovative solutions. Many core courses will feature a Live Case, giving you the opportunity to network, connect course content to top companies and hone your business acumen.

Mayer Fund

The Mayer Fund has yielded valuable returns. Members of the management team learn about stock selection, equity analysis, and portfolio management. They meet with Wall Street and local financial professionals. They get jobs with world-class companies. And their work has provided a five percent annual dividend to the Smith School and enhanced its reputation.

Case Competitions

Case competitions allow you to develop your teamwork and presentation skills, and demonstrate your strategic thinking and analytical skills. Smith MBAs compete all over the country and regularly bring back a win—and sometimes a job offer.

Adventure Challenge

Think Amazing Race meets venture creation. The eight-day global experience will take students from Shanghai to Beijing. Along the way, students will earn points as we visit Chinese startups, multinational corporations, venture capital firms and sites like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

DEVELOP YOUR GLOBAL MINDSET

Go on, go global. Stretch your learning across continents with programs designed around hands-on experiences. Participate in a global consulting opportunity, faculty-led global experience or a semester-long exchange program. You’ll earn academic credit while adding international exposure to your résumé.

View the list of global business courses. The result is a class teeming with different experiences and viewpoints that better prepare each person to work within a diverse environment.

Strengthen your soft skills

BUSINESS COMMUNICATION

It’s not enough to do the research and figure out the right strategy. You also need to convince others to follow your lead. Smith MBAs learn to communicate and carry themselves like executives in the executive communication program (affectionately known as ‘exec comm’). You’ll develop oral communication and visual presentation skills through an intensive, one-year curriculum.