Maryland Smith strives to mirror today’s business world by intentionally building classes with students from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities. As a result, your MBA cohort will be teeming with different experiences and viewpoints. These unique perspectives will give you fresh insights and innovative solutions—and better prepare you to work with a diverse group of future colleagues.
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Your classmates aren’t your competition, they are your biggest fans. Smith students genuinely support each other in the classroom and on the job search. Fearless and fierce, they’re diverse, they know what they want out of their careers, and when they come together as a team, nothing can stand in their way.
“The Smith community introduced me to friends and classmates from more than 20 different countries. And the collaboration really goes beyond anything you’d expect. Sure, every school touts its collaborative community. But before our internship interviews, students would lead open refresher lectures on all sorts of topics—finance, presentation skills—just to make sure absolutely everyone was prepared to do their best.”
Andre received his bachelor’s in business administration (BBA) in supply chain management from Howard University in Washington, DC. He has three years of global corporate experience working within the chemicals industry at DuPont and Axalta before attending Maryland Smith's Full-Time MBA program. During his time at Smith, Andre has served as the vice president of finance for the Black MBA Association and interned at the Biotech Fortune 500, Amgen as a Strategy Associate during the summer of 2021. Upon graduation, he will pivot into tech, joining the commercial side of IBM as a senior offering management consultant. Aside from academics, Andre enjoys traveling and connecting with friends and family.
Cherisse is a first-year MBA student from Bolingbrook, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is looking to pursue the marketing specialization in the FTMBA program. Professionally, she has worked in the staffing and insurance industries, and is looking to transition into a career in the sports and entertainment industry. Her hobbies include basketball and traveling to new places.
Christina received her bachelor’s degree from National Sun Yat-Sen University and master’s degree in accounting from National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Christina focused on the finance area after completing her degree. She has 4 years of audit experience in KPMG and Deloitte and 4 years of experience in corporate finance at KGI securities. During her free time, Christina enjoys swimming, reading detective novels, and traveling.
Jonathan received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and brings nearly a decade of experience working in international development and economics. Fluent in French and Portuguese, he has leveraged his international experience with a passion for impact across agribusiness, finance and global health industries. Jonathan enjoys playing ice hockey, hiking and cooking in his spare time. Jonathan interned with the World Bank in the summer of 2021.
Philip (PJ) received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from New York University in New York, NY. He has over 6 years of work experience in both the education and non-profit sectors. PJ is a career transitioner with a concentration track in Marketing. He hopes to one day be the general manager of a sports franchise. Outside of classes, PJ can be seen leading fitness classes or performing stand-up comedy in the DC area. He will be interning at Hershey during the summer of 2022.
Sam took a year off early in his undergraduate studies at West Virginia University to enlist in the US Army Reserves. Sam eventually graduated with a BS in psychology and moved to Arizona for a position as a high school math teacher and a part-time position with an outdoor adventure outfitter. Sprinkled in the 8 years of military service leading up to the MBA, Sam has been mobilized to the Eastern Bloc and to the Middle East. He is concentrating in the finance curriculum.
Sara received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. She started out working in a lab with R&D, and switched to chemical sales in Washington, DC prior to joining the Smith School of Business. Outside of classes, Sara lives in DC and loves to explore the city with her dog, practice yoga, and hang out with friends at the local MBA spots. Sara interned with IBM during the summer of 2021.
Scott received bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish from Ohio University in Athens, OH. He participated in Teach for America right out of undergrad and remained in the education industry for nine years across Phoenix, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Upon joining the Smith School of Business, Scott became interested in healthcare consulting in hopes to create a more accessible and equitable landscape for marginalized populations. During his free time, Scott enjoys craft brews, hiking in the mountains, and cheering on his beloved Liverpool soccer team. Scott interned with AstraZeneca during the summer of 2021.
Shilpa received her bachelor’s degree from the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra in India. She has 12 years of international work experience in the telecom and IT industry before joining the Full-Time MBA program at Smith School of Business. After her MBA, she plans to pivot to the healthcare industry after interning as a general and development management Intern at Fortive – Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP). Outside of academics, Shilpa enjoys traveling, hiking and adventure sports.
Shivani received her bachelor’s degree in chemical & biomolecular engineering from the University of Maryland and is excited to be back at Maryland to pursue her MBA. She has 5 years of experience in health technology at Epic Systems in Madison, Wisconsin, where she partnered with several hospital systems to optimize their electronic medical record software usage. Her hobbies include hiking, playing soccer, and practicing classical dance.
Tina received her bachelor's degree in finance from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon as well as her pastry diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France. She’s lived abroad most of her life and has worked about 10 years in the pastry industry. She had the opportunity to explore several functions and industries through summer internships at Sonic, UMD Consulting, and GettinLocal (a startup) during Smith's Full-Time MBA program. From that she has leveraged the program to transition her career into consulting and strategy. When she has free time, you’ll catch Tina with friends and family, enjoying life.
Smith Full-Time MBA Student Profile Averages
“I was a marketing analyst for a fitness company, and after meeting with executives and other members of the C-Suite, I realized I needed to learn how business worked holistically. Any MBA provides that insight, but what brought me to Smith was the ability to pair that with an MS in marketing analytics. And that experience just made Smith the total package for me. It’s what’s prepared me to step into my new role at Dell.”
Smith’s student clubs offer the chance to focus on your personal interests while sharpening your leadership skills. Participating in the many opportunities for learning and achieving that exist everywhere at Smith will change your perspective, your focus – even your life. Take advantage of this vast internal network.
The MBA Association (MBAA) serves the full-time student body of Maryland Smith. The MBAA is the primary interface between the student body and the administration in order to enhance the Smith MBA experience.
The MBA Association (MBAA) coordinates the 14 student-run groups below. Its focus is to build a sense of community by providing Smith MBA students opportunities to interact through social and career development activities held throughout the year. The MBAA relies on Smith MBA clubs as well as contact with professors and alumni to help students strengthen skills, define their career goals, and develop a solid network of professional peers.
- Asian MBA Association
- Black MBA Association
- Data Analytics Club
- Finance & Venture Capital Association
- Net Impact Coalition
- International MBA Association
- Jewish MBA Association
- Latin MBA Association
- Graduate Marketing Association
- Maryland Consulting Club
- Smith Association of Women MBAS
- Smith Pride Alliance
- Smith Vets Club
- Supply Chain Club
“Everyone says, ‘You need to be uncomfortable in your MBA, and leave your comfort zone and embrace leadership opportunities.’ So I stepped in and ran for president of our Latin MBA Student Association. It gave me leadership experience and that helped me realize I really am skilled in this type of role. Now I’m going to Seattle to be a product manager for Microsoft, and I wouldn’t be ready without my experiences at Smith.”
Life in the Nation's Capital
When you pursue your MBA at Maryland Smith, you’ll find the nation’s capital is only a 15-minute Metro ride away. And while the museums, cherry blossoms, restaurant scene and recognition as a top city for young professionals speak for themselves, there are other aspects of the region that make it the perfect choice for an MBA.
With national championship titles in nearly every sport Maryland offers, the Terrapin teams are a hot ticket. Students get free tickets to sporting events like basketball, football and soccer.
Check out the Clarice’s live musical, dance and theatrical performances, recitals and exhibits. See why the university’s art gallery has earned a national reputation for innovative exhibitions.
Finding off-campus housing for graduate students can be stressful, so contact Maryland’s Off-Campus Housing services for a quick and easy starting point.
Graduate, then Innovate in the D.C. Metro Region
The Washington, D.C., metro area has long been touted as a burgeoning tech hub, including companies like Northrop Grumman and Fisher BioServices. And with the impending arrival of Amazon’s HQ2, the job market will only continue to thrive across all facets of business. What better place to apply your finely honed leadership and analytical skills?
“From doing my undergrad in Washington, D.C., I knew that living in this area would be similar to living in New York City—but less congested and with a better work/life balance than I would get in most other places,” said Tida Jarjou, MBA ′20. “The culture, the museums and the pace were all in line with what I was looking for.”