Class Observations

Join us at any of our three campuses to learn why the Smith Part Time MBA is recognized as a leader in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. region. A class observation provides you the opportunity to experience the academic richness and classroom dynamic that defines Smith.  Plus, you will have the opportunity to network with current  students and faculty.

Check each campus tab below for class availability and details.

General Information and Logistics

Space is limited. We prefer to reserve class observations for candidates who have at least started their application to the Smith Part-time MBA program. Also, we highly recommend that students attend an information session before registering for a classroom observation.

When schedules permit, we will connect you with our on-site Faculty Director as well as with one or more of our current students.  Please be sure to inquire through the registration process.

Classes begin promptly so please arrive 15 minutes prior to your assigned class start.

Transportation and parking is at the expense of the visiting candidate.

While you are welcome to stay for the entire class, it is perfectly acceptable to depart after the first break.

Part-Time MBA Class Observations

Special Topics in Business, Computer Simulation and Business Applications

This course covers the basic techniques for computer simulation modeling and analysis of discrete-event systems. Course emphasis is on using simulation to capture the key aspects of complex systems to gain insight into their behavior and to support decision making, especially in an uncertain environment. We will cover theoretical basics and will do hands-on exercises in simulation software. A basic understanding of probability, statistics, and decision analytics is recommended. Prior exposure to computer programming is beneficial, but not required.

Faculty: Robert Hoffman

Class Date: Tuesday, June 11 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Class Date: Tuesday, June 18 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Implementing Strategy: Organizing to Compete

Organizational dynamics of competitive advantage. Impact of alternative organizational structures, planning and control systems, human resource management practices, and executive leadership styles on the implementation of archetypically different strategies.

Faculty: Paulo Prochno, Clinical Professor, MBA Director, DC Evening Program

Class Date: Wednesday, May 1 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Competitive and Collaborative Negotiation

Organizational dynamics of competitive advantage. Impact of alternative organizational structures, planning and control systems, human resource management practices, and executive leadership styles on the implementation of archetypically different strategies.

Faculty: Gosia Langa-Basit, Lecturer

Class Date: Thursday, May 2 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Creativity for Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs

Examines the concept of creativity as it applies in today's and tomorrow's complex business environment. An overview of the cognitive foundations of creativity, examines many of the preconceived notions about creativity in business and discusses multiple ways in which creativity can help business leaders and entrepreneurs to succeed. Topics include creativity techniques for groups and individuals, creativity as a foundation to recognize business opportunities and develop innovative products and services, selecting ideas and making them stick, mental and organizational obstacles to creativity as well as an overview of electronic tools to increase creative capability.

Faculty: Oliver Schlake

Class Date: Wednesday, June 12 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today

Class Date: Wednesday, June 19 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Class Date: Wednesday, June 26 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Shaping the Corporate Future through Systems and Design Thinking

Adaptive and enduring organizational transformation requires an understanding and a general view of the organization as a system. Failure to do so leads at best to isolated pockets of success within an organization and to the sub-optimization of functions, which has proven to be insufficient to pursue world-class competitiveness. The approach in this course is aimed at enhancing the overall understanding and application of systems thinking and design thinking theory and frameworks to positively influence the future. This course will highlight the importance of leveraging design as the vehicle through which strategic choice is manifested. This course will offer real-life stories, applications, examples, and lessons extracted from many years of consulting, research, implementation, and teaching in corporations and government agencies. The course format is team-based, highly interactive, experiential and relatable to practitioners. The course is aimed at developing design thinkers and helping them explore business possibilities with confidence, exploit new opportunities with resolve, and make courageous choices that will help them win the future.

Faculty: Gerald Suarez

Class Date: Monday, June 3 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Class Date: Monday, June 10 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!

Marketing for Social Value

Explores marketing methods by for-profits and non-profits in the public interest. Topics include cause-related marketing, processes for social marketing including behavioral science perspectives on behavior change, marketing for non-profit organizations and other nonmarket sectors, public interest campaigns, green marketing, consumer protection, and public policy. The course will include lecture, discussion, and case analyses.

Faculty: Rebecca Ratner, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Dean's Professor of Marketing

Class Date: Thursday, May 2 – 6:25 p.m. – Register Today!