Curriculum

Maryland Smith’s curriculum has been carefully designed to deliver what you need for long-term success. We balance rigorous core learning that delves into the theory of business practice with focus areas and career specializations that better prepare you for a specific segment of the job market.

Smith’s Curriculum is Different

While you will leave Smith with a solid education in leadership and all facets of business, what will set you apart in your career will be your ability to make data-informed decisions to create exceptional value for your organization. You’ll learn how to acquire relevant information and ask the right questions about it. And while that data is important, centering decisions around informed human judgment is a skill that must be mastered for the complex situations you’ll inevitably encounter.

This two-credit course puts everything you've learned into practice as you integrate decision-making across all disciplines, and examine the impact of decisions on financial statements and on stakeholders both inside and outside of the firm. There's an emphasis on ethical leadership skills through building awareness of ethical issues, learning tools for analysis of ethical dilemmas and strengthening the capability to act on your values.

This series of co-curricular seminars brings our brightest researchers front and center with our students. Get an insider’s look at cutting-edge research before it hits the academic journals, and engage in discussion with the faculty leading it.

Integrating A.I. througout all facets of business is the next step in gathering an incredible wealth of data for organizational decision-making. But how do you balance that with the ethical dilemmas that are sure to follow? Infused throughout Smith's curriculum, your courses will explore having that power at your fingertips and knowing how to use it responsibly.

CORE CURRICULUM (30 credits)

 

FALL 1

Financial Accounting

Managerial Economics 

Finance

Data-Driven Decision Models

Leadership and Teamwork

Marketing

 

SPRING 1

Operations Management

Data Analytics

Strategic Management

 

FALL 2

Strategic and Transformational IT

Managerial Accounting

 

SPRING 2

Global Economic Environments

Integrative Capstone

Leading Strategically

Financial Accounting
Review periodic financial statements and the financial reporting process, while learning the importance of financial statements as an information source for creditors and investors, and as a communication tool for managers.

Managerial Economics
Understand microeconomic principles used by firms, including supply and demand, elasticities, costs, productivity, pricing, market structure and competitive implications of alternative market structures.

Finance
Explore valuation of the real assets of firms as well as the valuation of stocks and bonds, the primary financial assets in an economy through this introduction to finance.

Data-Driven Decision Models
Learn the analytical modeling of business decisions; uncertainty, risk and expected utility; and use regression modeling to infer relationships among multiple variables.

Leadership and Teamwork
Build upon your concepts of team-building and leadership to better ensure managerial successes through topics like decision making, communication and conflict, work motivation, building effective teams, and organizational change and culture.

Marketing
Analyze marketing problems and evaluate specific marketing efforts regarding the organization's products and services, pricing activities, channel selection, and promotion strategies across both domestic and international markets.

Operations Management
Dive into efficient and effective design and operation of business processes, with an emphasis on process analysis and design, capacity management and bottlenecks, quality management, lean, six-sigma, and revenue management.

Data Analytics
Understand data mining techniques and their use in business decision making while learning the key methods of data visualization, exploration, classification, prediction, time series forecasting, and clustering.

Strategic Management
Through analysis of profit opportunities and threats, assets, resources and capabilities, you’ll learn how to organize your company to be the best prepared to adapt its strategy over time as the market environment changes.

Strategic and Transformational IT
Learn more about the key issues in managing information technology, and how major IT applications in today's organizations support strategic, operational, and tactical decisions. 

Managerial Accounting
Better understand accounting data in corporate planning and control, including cost-volume- profit analysis, budgeting, pricing decisions and cost data, transfer pricing, activity-based management, performance measures, and standard costing.

The Global Economic Environment
Explore the relationship between national and international economic environments while you learn the determinants of output, interest rates, prices and exchange rates. 

Integrative Capstone
This two-credit course put everything you've learned into practice as you integrate decision-making across all disciplines, and examine the impact of decisions on financial statements and on stakeholders both inside and outside of the firm. There's an emphasis on ethical leadership skills through building awareness of ethical issues, learning tools for analysis of ethical dilemmas and strengthening capabilities to act on one's values.

Leading Strategically
The modern organization consists of formal structures, practices, and cultural norms that all need to be well-aligned to support your strategy. You’ll learn to use tools to assist in thinking systematically and analytically about managing an organization and leading strategically.

Focus Areas

Maryland Smith’s Focus Areas help you craft a clear career narrative, giving you the choice of specializations that have been carefully designed by our faculty. You may take more than one if you would prefer to specialize the majority of your 24 elective credits.

Robert H. Smith School of Business
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University of Maryland
Robert H. Smith School of Business
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College Park MD 20742