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

Innovation & Product Development

Focuses on the development of innovations - new products or new services - from the perspective of a marketer. For an innovation to be successful in the market, it has to be customer-centric: hence, in this course, we study how to develop and bring to market elegant and efficient solutions to strong customer needs. This is a fundamental business challenge, faced while working in a startup or in an established company; when developing a new product or a new service; and when serving customers who are individuals or large corporations.

Faculty: Mary Beth Furst, Lecturer

Class Date: Monday, January 28 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, February 4 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, February 11 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, February 18 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, February 25 – 6:25pm – Register Today!

Global Strategy

Focuses on the "strategic" and "organizational" questions that a company must address as it globalizes its footprint. Among the questions that will be addressed are: What are the potential benefits, costs, and risks associated with going abroad? What differentiates a "global" from a "multidomestic" industry? What are the sources of competitive advantage in a global context?

Faculty: Anil Gupta, Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Class Date: Monday, January 28 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, February 4 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, February 11 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, February 25 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, March 4 – 6:25pm – Register Today!

Business Law for Managers

Survey of United States legal institutions and processes as well as substantive areas of the law that affect business. Examination of tort and contract law, the legal forms of business organization and legal liability and major regulatory laws that affect business.

Faculty: Jennifer Gershberg, Lecturer

Class Date: Monday, April 1 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, April 8 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, April 15 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, April 22 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Monday, April 29 – 6:25pm – 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, March 28 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, April 4 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, April 11 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, April 18 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, April 25 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Thursday, May 2 – 6:25pm – 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, February 13 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Wednesday, February 20 – 6:25pm – Register Today!
Class Date: Wednesday, February 27 – 6:25pm – Register Today!