Academic Minors

2020-21 Smith minors applications are now open!

Business Minor students at Maryland Smith learn to lead fearlessly through academic and real-world opportunities. This two-year program develops the skills you'll need to thrive in a global economy and to stand out in a fiercely competitive job market. Expand your network by connecting with current and former Smith minors students, and gain a new perspective by learning alongside students from every college on campus.

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Business Analytics

The availability of massive amounts of data has created the need for business analytics professionals who can analyze such data and obtain the insight needed for informed decision-making. This allows an organization to gain a competitive edge in today’s dynamic business environment. The minor integrates technology with statistical and quantitative modeling techniques to provide students with the foundation needed for data-driven decision-making, as well as for graduate study in the field of business analytics. Students with these skills are in high demand in a variety of industries and sectors including marketing, finance, information systems, operations, health care and energy.

Equipped with a solid technical foundation in data analysis and model-driven management decision-making, graduates of the minor will be prepared for successful careers in this growing field.

Important Dates

The Business Analytics minor application for the 2021-22 academic year is now open! 

Apply by February 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST

Information Session

Join us on February 1, 2021, at 6 p.m. for a virtual smith minor information session.

Student Qualifications

All University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate students with an interest in massive data, holding 45 credits or more are encouraged to apply to the business analytics minor.

Application Process

The business analytics minor at Smith opens applications each spring. Students who wish to add the minor should do so at least four semesters prior to graduation. Those applying to the program will provide general information, answer essay questions, and submit the contact information of a University of Maryland, College Park faculty member to provide a recommendation.

  1. To apply students must complete the minor online application form.
  2. Letter of recommendation: Applicants are required to provide one academic letter of recommendation from a faculty or graduate teaching assistant.
  3. Course plan: Upload a four-semester course plan into your online application.

The business analytics minor is a total of 15 credits including three required courses and two approved electives. A grade of C- or better is required in all minor courses. Consult Testudo for course restrictions.

Students may use a maximum of six credits (or two courses) to satisfy the requirements of any major listed on university records with any minor. Additionally, courses completed in one minor may not be used to satisfy the requirements of another minor.

Pre-requisite courses: BMGT110, BMGT230 (or equivalent), MATH120 (or equivalent). BMGT110 is not required prior to application but must be completed in order to graduate with the minor.

CURRICULUM CREDITS
Required Courses (9 credits)  
BMGT402 Database Systems
CMSC 424 (Database Design) can be used as a substitute
INST327 (Database Design and Modeling) can be used as a substitute
3
BMGT430 Data Modeling in Business
ECON 422 (Econometrics I) can be used as a substitute (ECON majors only)
ECON 424 (Applied Econometrics) can be used as a substitute (ECON majors only)
3
BMGT431 Data Analytics 3
Electives (6 credits)  
List A: Minimum 3-6 credits from this list  
BMGT404 Essential Data Skills for Business Analytics 3
BMGT434 Analytics Consulting: Cases and Projects 3
BMGT435 Business Process Simulation
ENCE402 Simulation and Design of Experiments can be used as a substitute
3
BMGT408V Data Visualization and Web Analytics  
List B: Maximum 3 credits from this list (*electives are major-specific)  
*BMGT484 Digital Marketing 3
*BMGT447 Computational Finance (formerly BMGT448E) 3
*BMGT438A Applied Quantitative Analysis (QUEST only) 3
*CMSC320 Introduction to Data Science 3
*CMSC422 Introduction to Machine Learning 3
*ECON414 Game Theory (ECON majors only) 3
*STAT430 Introduction to Statistical Computing with SAS 3
*BMGT408D Emerging Topics in Informations Systems: Google Challenge and Analytics
Students must apply and be selected to take this elective
3
*ENEE439M Introduction to Machine Learning 3
Total Credits 15

*Maximum 3 credits count towards the minor.

General Business

The general business minor provides the business savvy to complement the depth of knowledge acquired in the students’ chosen area of major, so they excel in their careers after graduation. Note: The general business minor is not open to declared business majors.

Important Dates

The Business Analytics minor application for the 2021-22 academic year is now open! 

Apply by February 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST

Information Session

Join us in February 2021 for a virtual smith minor information session. Date TBD.

Admission Process

The Smith general business minor program admits new students each spring. Online applications are available from December to February. Those applying to the program will provide general information, answer essay questions, and submit the contact information of a University of Maryland, College Park faculty member to provide a recommendation. Upon review of applications, students will be notified of their final status prior to the registration period for the fall semester. Admitted students begin courses in the following fall semester.

Student Qualifications

The Smith general business minor is a two-year academic minor program. Students interested in applying to the Smith minors must meet the following criteria:

  • Current UMD College Park undergraduate (all majors) with at least 4 remaining semesters once admitted
  • Taken a minimum of 45 credit hours at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Achieved a GPA of 2.0 or higher (applicant pool GPA varies)
  • Flexibility to complete 15 total credits in two minor categories (a) Core [required courses] (b) Electives [choice of one from list]

Application Requirements

  1. To apply students must complete the minor online application form.
  2. Letter of recommendation: Applicants are required to provide one academic letter of recommendation from a faculty or graduate TA.
  3. Course plan: Upload a four-semester course plan into your online application.

The Smith general business minor is a partially online blended learning program with a sequenced curriculum structure. Admitted students are expected to complete courses in three categories: (a) Foundations [year one] (b) Programs of Study (c) Experiential Learning to obtain the minor. Smith's minor foundation courses have a blended learning format. Blended learning is a combination of online and in-person instruction. The level of online learning varies for each course, expectations are outlined by each course instructor. Minor courses are only available to admitted minor students. No prerequisite courses are required to apply.

Students may fulfill the Smith minor BMGT210 requirement with successful completion of both BMGT220 and BMGT221. Accounting (BMGT210) is a pre-requisite for Finance (BMGT345). Smith minors require a total of 15 credit hours to complete in addition to your major program of study.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The innovation & entrepreneurship minor equips students with the knowledge and skills to ramp up their own businesses, as well as to innovate and think creatively about problem-solving and strategy.

Important Dates

The Business Analytics minor application for the 2021-22 academic year is now open! 

Apply by February 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST

Information Session

Join us in February 2021 for a virtual smith minor information session. Date TBD.

Admission Process

The innovation & entrepreneurship minor program admits new students each spring. Online applications are available from December to February. Those applying to the program will provide general information, answer essay questions, and submit the contact information of a University of Maryland, College Park faculty member to provide a recommendation. Upon review of applications, students will be notified of their final status prior to the registration period for the fall semester.

Student Qualifications

The innovation & entrepreneurship minor is an experiential academic minor program. Students interested in applying to the Smith minors must meet the following criteria:

  • Current UMD College Park undergraduate (all majors) with at least 4 remaining semesters once admitted
  • Taken a minimum of 15+ credit hours at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Achieved a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Flexibility to complete 15 total credits in required coursework

Application Requirements

  1. To apply students must complete the minor online application form.
  2. Letter of recommendation: Applicants are required to provide one academic letter of recommendation from a faculty or graduate TA. Faculty must complete the online form.
  3. Course plan: Upload a semester course plan into your online application.

Non-business students may apply for any of the three Smith minors. However, they will be admitted to only one, and can indicate their preferences during the application process. Students that do not enroll in at least one course a semester may be removed from the program.

Selection Criteria

Admission into the Smith School’s business minor program is competitive. To be selected into the program, students will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Overall/total cumulative GPA, information from previous institutions may be used in evaluating your application
  • Demonstrated commitment to growth and development through the study of business or innovation and entrepreneurship concepts.

The Smith innovation & entrepreneurship minor is a partially online blended learning program with a sequenced curriculum structure. Admitted students are expected to complete courses in three categories: (a) Foundations [year one] (b) Programs of Study (c) Experiential Learning to obtain the minor. Smith's minor foundation courses have a blended learning format. Blended learning is a combination of online and in-person instruction. The level of online learning varies for each course, expectations are outlined by each course instructor. Minor courses are only available to admitted minor students. No prerequisite courses are required to apply.

Download the curriculum plan [PDF]

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