Admissions

The health and safety of our community remain a top priority. In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the MBA/MS admissions office will not accept visitors or walk-ins. Candidates should contact us at FTMBA@umd.edu to adequately address your inquiry or set up a virtual consultation. The most up-to-date information from the University of Maryland is available here.

Your Smith Experience Starts Here

Your classmates aren’t your competition—they’re your biggest fans. Smith strives to mirror the real business world, filling our classes with students from all walks of life, backgrounds and cultures. The result is a class teeming with different experiences and viewpoints that better prepare each person to work within a diverse environment. The result is a class teeming with different experiences and viewpoints that better prepare each person to work within a diverse environment.

How to get
into the Maryland Smith MBA

Roadmap to Admissions

Sign up for a graduate consultation and have a 1:1 with a Smith admissions professional. You can also get in touch with a current student through our ambassador’s program.

Your application should tell a comprehensive story about your work experience, your goals, and what you can contribute to the Maryland Smith community.

Proofread, proofread, proofread! Submit your application when it is at its strongest. If you apply by one of our deadlines, we guarantee a decision within 8 weeks.

Prepare like you would for a job interview. Dress professionally and be ready to articulate your goals. Travel to campus if possible and chat with a current student.

We host a variety of in-person and virtual events for admitted students. Get to know your classmates and try to get some relaxation in before the real fun begins.

Deadlines

To apply for fall 2021, complete applications must be received by the dates indicated below. 

Application Deadline Decision Notification Date
October 1, 2020 December 23, 2020
November 1, 2020 January 15, 2021
December 15, 2020
Scholarship priority deadline for international candidates.
March 15, 2021
January 15, 2021
Scholarship priority deadline for domestic candidates.
April 15, 2021
March 1, 2021 May 1, 2021
April 30, 2021 Rolling

“My ambitions are driving me to leave a lasting impact on the world, providing cutural and business innovation; and my Smith MBA gave me the tools to succeed.”

Andre Wiggins

MBA ′17

A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required. Please pay by credit card as you submit your application online.  We offer application fee waivers to active members or veterans of the United States military as a special thanks for their service. Applicants must contact the MBA Admissions Office anytime after beginning their application and at least 48 hours before submitting the application to ensure that all paperwork is managed accordingly. To activate your fee waiver, please email a copy of your DD Form 214 or proof of active duty to the MBA Admissions Office at mba_info@rhsmith.umd.edu before submitting the application.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many aspects of our lives, but Maryland Smith wants to help prospective MBA students keep career ambitions on track. We are now making it easier to apply for the full-time MBA program, even without a GMAT or GRE score.

To qualify for the GMAT/GRE waiver, prospective MBA students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Industry certifications such as CFA, CPA, CAP, PMP, PHR, PE, or Six Sigma; with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Other exams such as MCAT or LSAT, with overall scores in the 70th percentile or greater
  • Earned graduate or terminal degree in business or STEM related field; with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Earned undergraduate degree, equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s, from an accredited university or college with:
    • GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or Degree Classification of First Class or First Class with Distinction
    • 3 years of professional work experience
    • Completion of undergraduate coursework in statistics or other quantitative courses, with a grade of B or higher
  • Sponsored candidates by an external organization/company, to include active duty military or veterans with G.I. Bill, may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver with documentation of applicable quantitative and management skills.
    • Documentation may include letters of recommendation from supervisors or citation of professional military qualifications

GMAT/GRE waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and does not guarantee admission into the MBA program. The admissions committee will thoroughly review the candidate's academic record, work experience, industry certifications, essays, and recommendation letters. Some candidates may be asked to submit a GMAT or GRE score later in the cycle to strengthen their application.

For more information on the GMAT, and to request an official score report, please visit www.mba.com. For more information on the GRE, and to request an official score report, please visit www.ets.org/gre.

When requesting a score report be sent to the University of Maryland, please use the following institutional codes:

GMAT

  • Full-time MBA code is SQT-N8-23
  • Part-time MBA code is SQT-N8-26

GRE

  • Institution code is 5814

The online application allows you to upload a scanned official transcript(s) for each college or university attended. If the official transcript where you received your degree does not state the degree was conferred, please also upload an official diploma or official copy of your degree received (most schools already list the conferred degree on the transcript). If you are formally admitted to the University of Maryland, you will be required to submit an official transcript to the Graduate School. If your transcript is not in English, please also submit an official transcript translated into English.

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to successfully complete quantitative coursework. Candidates without previous undergraduate or graduate quantitative coursework, strong quantitative skills displayed on the GMAT or GRE test, or quantitative centered professional experience, may be asked to demonstrate their abilities by taking a class (such as calculus) at an accredited institution prior to beginning MBA coursework.

Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE official test scores) is required for non-native English speakers. Those who have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from one of the countries listed here are waived of this requirement.

For TOEFL scores, contact www.toefl.org to request an official copy of your TOEFL test score to be sent to the University of Maryland at College Park. The TOEFL institutional code is 5814.

For IELTS, the University of Maryland downloads scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. IELTS test takers should contact their IELTS test center directly to request electronic test scores be sent to the University of Maryland — The Graduate School IELTS e-download account.

For PTE, test takers can send their score reports to the University of Maryland through their Pearson account.

Minimum Required Scores

 

TOEFL
Minimum Required Score

IELTS
Minimum Required Score

PTE
Minimum Required Score

Overall

96

7

68

Speaking

22

6.5

 

Listening

24

7

 

Reading

26

7

 

Writing

24

7

68

Academic Credentials

By the application deadline date, the admissions office must receive:

  • A transcript/mark sheet in the original language must be uploaded into the online application. If your transcript is not in English, please also upload a transcript/mark sheet translated into English.
  • Copy of diploma/degree received if this information is not listed on your transcript. If your diploma is not in English, please also submit a diploma translated into English. This documentation should be uploaded into the online application.

Only applicants who have completed the full sequence of preparatory studies and examinations equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an approved institution and who have demonstrated high academic achievement will be considered.

Translations should not be interpretive, and actual names of all degrees, diplomas, and certificates must appear in the translation. If you are in need of a translation service, a list of English translation companies can be found at this website.

Financial Resources

Admitted international students who need an I-20 must show evidence of funding for the first year of their studies. The funding amount includes tuition, fees, housing, and miscellaneous expenses for one year. This financial documentation is not required until after a student is formally admitted.  Additional information will be provided to international students after they are admitted to the University of Maryland.

Immigration Documents

International applicants admitted to graduate study will be issued student visas where appropriate. Foreign students should not leave their home country before obtaining an official offer of admission from the dean of graduate studies.

To enter the United States most foreign students will need a passport from their government and a visa from the U.S. Consulate. To apply for a visa, the student must provide evidence of a minimum of 48 graduate unit hours, or the equivalent of a full course of study. The accompanying spouse or child of an F-1 student enters the U.S. on an F-2 visa, which does not permit employment of any kind. Another commonly granted visa is the exchange visitor visa (J-1), generally for students sponsored by agencies, foundations, or their home governments. It is granted only with the presentation of a Certificate of Eligibility Form (IAP-66). The accompanying spouse or child enters the U.S. on a J-2 visa, which may in some circumstances permit employment with approval from the U.S.

For further information, please refer to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or U.S. Department of State.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

It is important to note that, in many cases, an exchange visitor must leave the U.S. at the conclusion of the program, may not change visa status, and may not be eligible for any other visa until a two-year home country residency has been completed.

For further information concerning visas, please consult with the U.S. Consulate in your country.

Note: The visitor visa (B-2) is not appropriate for students intending to study in the U.S. Once an individual is in the U.S. on a B-2 visa, it is difficult to change to a student or exchange visitor visa unless that individual has previously discussed study plans with the U.S. Consulate and has been issued a B-2 visa designated “prospective student.”

Admitted students begin their MBA program in the semester for which they have applied. If a student needs to request a deferral for an emergency medical reason, the admissions committee will consider requests on a case-by-case basis.

The online application portal requires you to upload a professional resume. We want to learn about your professional history since the time you graduated from your undergraduate degree up until you apply. Although we do not have a required format, we suggest using a resume akin to one you would use to apply for a job. Typical resumes we see are one page, although a second page can be used if your professional history is robust.

The full-time MBA program requires an applicant to share one recommender's name and email address. We prefer professional recommendations from one who has managed you in the past, typically a current or previous supervisor. If these options are not available, we are open to recommenders who can attest to your professional skills, such a person who managed you through a volunteer or civic organization or a client.

In lieu of writing a formal recommendation letter, we will send your recommender an email with a list of questions. He/she can simply answer these questions through the provided online form. A recommender will also have the option to upload a document should he/she choose to answer these questions in a separate document, or should they prefer to upload a traditional recommendation letter.

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