Deferred Full-time MBA Program

Make your next fearless move and fast-track your career.

  1. Take the GMAT soon while everything you’ve learned is top-of-mind
  2. Apply and gain admission to Smith’s deferred MBA program
  3. Get at least two years of professional experience, knowing that we’ve already saved you a seat in the Full-Time MBA Program
  4. Come back to start Smith’s top-ranked Full-Time MBA, expand your network and turbocharge your career

Terp Grads Get Exclusive Perks

  • $10,000 Double Terp Scholarship Eligibility
  • Application Fee Waiver Opportunity
  • Priority Consideration for Merit-Based Scholarships

About The Program

The Smith School's Deferred Admission Program is a selective, deferred admissions program designed exclusively for domestic undergraduate seniors. Students apply and receive an admission during their senior year; if admitted, they venture into the workplace to gain two full years of substantive* professional experience before entering Smith’s highly regarded full-time MBA Program.

*Qualified candidates may extend their professional work beyond two years, as deemed necessary and at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Who Qualifies?

University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate seniors who demonstrate personal drive and determination, strong academics and interpersonal skills. Students who are interested in pursuing professional careers in any industry that places a premium on leadership and management skills are especially encouraged to apply. 

What is expected of me during my two years of professional experience?

Engagement
Smith admitted applicants should remain engaged with the Smith community and Admissions team. This may include attending select events and participating in various activities while gaining professional experience.

Updated Résumés 
Admitted applicants should submit an updated résumé to the admissions team every six months. 

Application Deadlines

Priority applications
July 1 of a senior's graduation year

Rolling admissions deadline
Applications will be accepted until September 1 of that same year

Deferred program applicants should submit the same materials and credentials as the Full-Time MBA Program. View Application Details.

Connect with our admissions team to find out more about how a deferred full-time MBA can work for you.