Plus 1

Plus 1

Accelerated Business Master's Degree

Begin your master's degree as an undergraduate student, and complete your master's in just one additional year. 
Save time and money. Elevate your career.

The Smith Plus 1 program allows current UMD undergraduate students to get a head start on their business master's degree by taking up to 10 graduate-level credits at undergraduate-level tuition rates. They can then finish the master's degree in as little as one year after completing their undergraduate studies, by taking their remaining graduate-level credits at the Smith School's graduate credit tuition rate.

Apply to the Plus 1 Program

Plus 1 students completing their bachelor's and applying to their graduate program for full-time study will receive information in January (spring bachelor's graduates) or September (fall bachelor's graduates).

Why Plus 1?

In-Demand Degree Programs
Gain specialized skills, valuable connections and access to career resources from a highly ranked business school.

Save Money on Tuition
Save on tuition costs by paying undergraduate course tuition rates instead of graduate course rates while you’re still pursuing your bachelor’s degree.

Accelerated Degree Completion
Depending on the graduate program, the number of graduate-level credits you have taken during undergrad and the availability of courses, you can earn your business master’s degree in as little as one extra year or less.

Waived Test Scores and Fees
Complete your Plus 1 and business master’s program applications without submitting GMAT/ GRE test scores or paying any application fees.

Priority Award Consideration
Plus 1 students are not eligible for the Double Terp Scholarship, but you get priority consideration for other merit-based financial awards for your master’s program.

Download the Plus 1 Fact Sheet


Average savings when pursuing a business master's degree through the Plus 1 program. 
Contact us for a consultation and more information.

*Savings vary.


“The Plus 1 program allowed me to save time and money, and the competitive advantage of getting a master’s helped me secure an internship at my dream company, Google.”

Mia McIntyre

MS Marketing Analytics ’20, BS Marketing/Finance ’19
Music Publishing Operations Coordinator, TikTok

How Plus 1 Works

Meet With Plus 1 Admissions

Lian Kish

Lian Kish
Assistant Director, Plus 1 Admissions

MBA/MS Admissions Office
2303 Van Munching Hall

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