Plus 1

Accelerated Business Master's Degree

Earn an accelerated business master’s degree in as little as one year or less.
Save time and money. Elevate your career.


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The Maryland Smith Plus 1 program allows current UMD undergraduate students to earn a business master's degree for less time and money than a traditional graduate student. You’ll take graduate-level coursework at undergraduate-level tuition rates and finish both degrees in one additional year.

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
Get priority consideration for merit-based financial awards for your master’s program.


Average tuition money saved by pursuing a business master's degree through the Plus 1 program compared with a traditional graduate program path.


“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 a Plus 1 Advisor

Meeting one-on-one with an advisor to determine which program is right for you. They will also help you determine if and how you can make the required courses work within your future class schedule.

Start Taking Graduate Courses 

Once approved, take up to 10 graduate-level business credits as an undergraduate student.

Apply to your Graduate Program 

Formally apply to your business master’s degree program during your senior year.

Complete your Graduate Program 

Register to take your remaining courses during your final graduate year.

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Upcoming Events

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Plus 1 Virtual Information Session

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
12:00 PM EDT
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Wednesday, May 10, 2023
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