Traditional classroom learning, class discussion and case studies are tried-and-tested paths to success as your pursue your MBA. But they aren't the only way to get where you're going. The Smith School invests in enhancing your education through experiences that aren't exactly traditional, and it's what makes the MBA program so unique. Build a lasting relationship with our faculty, who are the highest ranked in the region (and in most of the country). Consult for an international company or travel to observe business in action. Manage an equity fund worth more than $1 million. Whatever your passions or goals for your career, nurture them at Smith.
Smith’s faculty is brilliant and unmatched. Our top researchers and educators collaborate to build you a classroom experience that will prepare you for your future, and the big-data demands of the current marketplace. The faculty’s passion for sharing their expertise extends beyond the classroom to regular publications in respected journals and media outlets around the world.
Accounting Scholar Pays It Forward
Life’s unexpected and often rewarding turns are manifested in Rebecca Hann’s path to becoming a professor. Growing up in Hong Kong, she wanted to be a teacher. “I admired my good teachers — they loved what they did and they had a way to change the way you think about things,” she says. That impression inspired her in high school. “I tutored students to earn my allowance, but I always enjoyed it. It was gratifying when the student I helped had a light bulb moment."
Cotton Games Spur Landmark Study
Wall Street traders play for higher stakes than Monopoly rivals collecting plastic houses and fake money. But finance professor Albert “Pete” Kyle, author of landmark research on market microstructure, sees both activities as examples of games.
Act of Defiance Leads to Academia
Teaching started as an act of defiance more than a career choice for Rajshree Agarwal, the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “I grew up in a traditional Indian family,” Agarwal says. “Along with the promise of an arranged marriage came the expectation that I would never work outside the home.”
MBA Consulting Practicum
This four-credit course consists of semester-long consulting engagements with clients who have contracted with Smith to receive management consulting services. Real-world experience pairs with classroom learning, covering a wide array of consulting skills to supplement the client engagement.
Global Equity Fund
With a goal to achieve long-term capital appreciation by capturing the superior returns that equity investments have historically provided, the fund is fully managed by a mix of MBA and Master of Finance students.
To prepare you to do business in today’s global economy, the Smith School’s international study programs provide a first-hand look at business operations around the world.
In 2006, the Smith School was awarded a four-year, $1.4 million U.S. Department of Education grant to fund a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). One of 17 CIBERs at U.S. business schools, the center’s mission is to encourage and facilitate international expertise among students, faculty and the business community. Center activities and research focus on global e-commerce, entrepreneurship and innovation, cybersecurity, global services, emerging markets, and enhancing international curriculum components.
Smith’s 10-day study abroad programs provide MBA candidates opportunities to meet with executives, visit multinational organizations, and enjoy cultural and social events while earning academic credit. Past courses have covered alternative fuels in Brazil, agricultural exports in Chile and the emerging stock exchanges in India and China. Smith students have also participated in courses in India, China, Dubai/Tunisia, France, the Czech Republic, Spain, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina.
The Smith School Global Consulting Practicum (GCP) is offered as a 4-credit independent study course to MBA students during their second year. Enrolled students will be assigned to teams based on their interests and skill sets, and each team will be assigned a Smith School faculty advisor.