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 Analtytics Minor Application for 2021-22 is now closed. Applications are in review and admissions decisions will be confirmed on April 2, 2021.

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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: A letter of recommendation is optional for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. Applicants can 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.

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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 General Business Minor Application for 2021-22 is now closed. Applications are in review and admissions decisions will be confirmed on April 2, 2021.

Join us in fall 2021 for information sessions!

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: A letter of recommendation is optional for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. Applicants can 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 general business 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.

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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 Innovation Entrepreneurship Minor Application for 2021-22 is now closed. Applications are in review and admissions decisions will be confirmed on April 2, 2021.

Join us in fall 2021 for information sessions! 

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: A letter of recommendation is optional for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. Applicants can provide one academic letter of recommendation from a faculty or graduate teaching assistant.
  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 Innovation Entrepreneurship minor is a total of 15 credits including five required courses from a prescribed list. 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.

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