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The MBA/MS Admissions Committee's decision to admit a full-time MBA, part-time MBA, or dual degree MBA applicant is based on an evaluation of the candidate's potential to be successful in the graduate business program, his or her ability to contribute to the perspective of the class, and Smith's ability to accommodate a limited number of students.

The Smith School admits applicants only for the Fall semester.

Information Sessions

Tuition & Financial Aid

Deadlines & Requirements

Completed applications must be submitted by the dates indicated below.

Application Deadline Deadline type Super Saturday Decision Notification Date
November 1, 2019 Priority deadline for scholarships November 9, 2019 November 15, 2019
February 1, 2020 Priority deadline for scholarships February 8, 2020 February 15, 2020
April 15, 2020 Standard deadline April 25, 2020 May 1, 2020
June 1, 2020 Final deadline with expedited processing Interview by request June 12, 2020

Smith Super Saturdays

Smith Super Saturdays are interview days specifically for the Part-Time MBA Program. Interviews are held in Van Munching Hall on select Saturdays throughout the admissions cycle corresponding to each application deadline.

Conducted during the first half of the day by current students and alumni, Smith Super Saturdays provide each and every applicant the opportunity to formally present her or himself as a candidate to our Part-Time MBA community. In addition, activities including networking sessions, workshops and panels round out the experience and provide a look into the professional network and culture that is unique to Maryland Smith. Details about Smith Super Saturdays are emailed directly to each applicant approximately ten days after each application deadline. While interviews are not required in order to gain formal admission, they are strongly encouraged.

GMAT/GRE Exam

The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants to the Part-Time MBA Program. A waiver may be considered if an applicant has demonstrated excellent quantitative, analytical and verbal skills through academic records and/or a successful career trajectory. Applicants must first submit a complete application (all required components except the official GMAT or GRE scores) for the Admissions Committee to consider a waiver. Please contact MBA Admissions with further questions.

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: Part-Time MBA code is SQT-N8-26

GRE: Institution code is 5814

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required. Please pay by credit card as you submit your application online. The application fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

Academic History

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.

The University of Maryland Graduate School requires all admitted students to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.80/4.00. Applicants who have a grade point average below 2.80 are encouraged to use the optional essay to address this.

TOEFL or IELTS

Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS official 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.

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, Institutional Code 5814. IELTS information can be found at www.ielts.org.

The University of Maryland downloads IELTS 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
2123 Lee Building
College Park, MD 20742

Please note: We cannot accept paper IELTS test report forms.

Requesting a Deferral

Admitted students begin their MBA program in the semester for which they have applied. If a student needs to request a deferral, the admissions committee will consider requests on a case-by-case basis. If the deferral request is approved, a student can only defer for one year before they will be required to reapply to the program.

Professional Work Experience

Our Part-Time MBA Program is built for working professionals. A solid background of several years of work experience can strengthen an applicant's profile and allow them to better engage in classroom discussions and collaborative work. An application is not complete unless it contains the applicant's résumé.

One Letter of Recommendation

Recommendation should be solicited from an individual who can objectively comment on an applicant's performance in an academic or professional environment.

Well-Written Essays

The admissions committee looks for essays that clearly and concisely answer the assigned question. It is preferred that applicants keep their submission to approximately 500 words, or two pages double-spaced. Be clear about your career goals and why you want to earn your MBA. Before submitting, be sure to check for spelling and grammatical errors.


International

Academic Credentials

By the application deadline date, the Admissions Office must receive:

  • A transcript/mark sheets (in the original language) uploaded to the online application. If your transcript is not in English, please also upload a transcript/mark sheets translated* into English.
  • A copy of the diploma/degree received (only 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 to 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 here.

English Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS)

All students at Maryland are expected to read, write, and speak English fluently. International students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS. View the list of countries exempt from taking the TOEFL exam. Applicants must achieve the following scores to qualify for full admission. Provisional admission is not an option for MBA students.

For the TOEFL, applicants must score at least 100. In addition, on the individual sections applicants must score at least:

  • Reading: 26
  • Listening: 24
  • Writing: 24
  • Speaking: 22

Applicants who take the IELTS must score a minimum of 7.0. In addition on the individual sections, the applicant must score at least:

  • Reading: 7.0
  • Listening: 7.0
  • Writing: 7.0
  • Speaking: 6.5

When requesting official TOEFL scores, please select the score recipient as 'UMD Smith School of Business, institutional code 5814'.

Test scores that cannot be sent electronically should be mailed directly to the University of Maryland. Please have the testing center mail your score sheet to:

University of Maryland
Enrollment Service Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
USA

Financial Resources

International applicants applying for an F-1 visa should complete the Certification of Finance Form. Proof of funding is not required at the time of application, however, financial documents must be submitted before a student can be formally admitted to the University of Maryland. Approximately $67,320 annually is required for educational and living expenses. If admitted, evidence of funding for the first year must be submitted with an indication of sources of financial support for subsequent years. Admitted students unable to demonstrate that they possess sufficient resources will not be issued an I-20.

Each prospective student should become familiar with current government regulations for exchanging and forwarding currency to the U.S. Arrangements must be made to have necessary funds on hand at the beginning of, and at regular intervals throughout, each semester. Some governments require that certificates of eligibility to enroll or certificates of attendance accompany applications for currency exchange. Students to whom this requirement applies should contact the Office of International Education Services, Mitchell Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-5215, USA, for assistance.

International Applicants Who Reside in the U.S.

International applicants who have U.S. addresses need to submit information about their visa status with their application packet.

  • Immigrants need to copy both sides of their Alien Registration cards while non-immigrants need to provide copies of both sides of their I-94 form and a copy of the most recent visa stamp in their passports.
  • F-1 visa holders are also required to copy both sides of their I-20 form.
  • J-1 visa holders are also required to copy both sides of the original and most recent IAP-66 form.

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 for 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’s 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.”