The admissions committee is looking for full-time MBA students who exude passion for career success in business, personal drive and focus. Applicants should expect to articulate post-MBA career goals and how they plan to fully leverage their Smith MBA experience to achieve them. In addition, applicants should demonstrate the ability to harness the academic rigors of the program and add value and perspective to the class.
Full-time MBA applicants are admitted for the fall semester only.
Criteria for Admission
Professional Work Experience
A solid professional background with several years of work experience better positions an MBA student for competitive internship and post-MBA opportunities. Therefore, it also strengthens an applicant's profile for admission. An application is not complete unless it contains the applicant's resume.
Undergraduate Academic Record
The admissions committee looks for applicants who demonstrate a strong undergraduate academic record. While approximately 33 percent of new MBA students come from a business undergraduate degree, applicants with a variety of undergraduate and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Undergraduate grade point averages for admitted students normally range from 2.90 to 4.00, while the majority of students have averages above 3.00. Any graduate coursework will be taken into account in the admissions process, but the common denominator for all applicants is still the undergraduate GPA.
Graduate Admission Tests (GMAT or GRE)
Although cut-off scores are not implemented in the admissions process, it is expected the applicant will show a good deal of promise through their GMAT or GRE test scores. GMAT scores typically range from the mid-500s through the upper-700s. To convert your GRE scores, use this online tool. Applicants interested in learning more about the GMAT can contact the Graduate Management Admissions Council. For more information on the GRE test, visit ETS.org.
One Letter of Recommendation
A recommendation should be solicited from an individual who can objectively comment on an applicant's performance in a professional environment. Recommendations of an academic nature are also accepted.
The admissions committee looks for essays that clearly and concisely answer each question. Be sure to check for spelling and grammatical errors.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS)
The University of Maryland at College Park requires any applicant who has not completed a university degree in a country in which English is the principal language (such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand) to take the TOEFL or IELTS. View a list of countries exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS exam.