Plus 1

Earn your bachelors and master’s degrees.
Save time and money. Elevate your career.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business Plus 1 program allows participating students to save time and money by taking graduate-level coursework at undergraduate-level tuition rates and finish both degrees in only one additional year or less.

Why Plus 1?

Make yourself more marketable in industry

Save time and money by taking graduate-level courses at undergraduate-level tuition

No GMAT or GRE is required

Priority consideration for merit financial aid


All Programs Must have a 3.0 GPA or above, minimum 60 credits, and at least 1 semester's worth of grades at UM
Finance Strong quantitative background including statistics, calculus, economics with B's or better
Quantitative Finance Strong quantitative background including statistics, calculus, economics with B's or better
Accounting Financial and Managerial Accounting with B's or better
Business Analytics Minimum of statistics and calculus with B's or better
Marketing Analytics Strong quantitative background including statistics
Information Systems Strong quantitative background including statistics
Supply Chain Management Statistics and/or operations background


  • Apply to Plus 1 at 60 or more credits.
  • Take up to 10 graduate credits as an undergraduate student and pay undergraduate tuition.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA is required. Some programs have prerequisites or quantitative background requirements. Work with an academic program manager for course advising.


  • During your last semester you must formally apply to your chosen MS program.
  • As a Plus 1 student, you are eligible to be waived from the application fee, recommendation, GMAT/GRE, and essay.
  • Please note that admission into the master's program is not guaranteed. Students must maintain good academic standing in their undergraduate studies and graduate coursework.


  • Finish your MS degree in one year or less, depending on how many graduate-level credits you have already taken and the availability of courses.

“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, Marketing/Finance ’19

Take the Next Steps

Submit your Plus 1 application at 60 credits or above and complete the prerequisites for your program. 

If accepted, meet with your new master’s adviser to discuss course options, while also consulting your undergraduate adviser.

Accelerate your career and save time and money while earning a master’s degree.

Finance, Quantitative Finance and Business Analytics are a fall start only. Please consult admissions with any questions about available entry times into Plus 1.

Information Sessions

April 14, 2020

Info Session: 11:30 a.m. - Noon

Drop in: Noon - 1 p.m. 


For Appointments

To set up a time to speak with an advisor, please email us at or call 301-405-2559.

Contact Us

MBA/MS Admissions
2303 Van Munching Hall

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