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

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. 

Well-Written Essays

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, IELTS or PTE)

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 TOEFLIELTS or PTE. View a list of countries exempt from taking the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exam.

For TOEFL scores, contact to request an official copy of your TOEFL test score to be sent to the University of Maryland at College Park. Beginning August 2019, for the Fall 2020 incoming class, we will accept the "My Best" TOEFL score from ETS. 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 following IELTS e-download account:

University of Maryland — The Graduate School
The Graduate School
2123 Lee Building 
College Park, Maryland 20742-1815

Please note we cannot accept paper IELTS forms.

  TOEFL Minimum
Required Score
IELTS Minimum
Required Score
Overall 96 7
Speaking 22 6.5
Listening 24 7
Reading 26 7
Writing 24 7

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


Institutional Codes

  • TOEFL - institutional code is 5814
  • GRE - institutional code is 5814
  • GMAT - SQT - N8 - 16