Academic Minors

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.

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.

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.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Smith minor programs open to students of other University of Maryland campuses?

No. Admission to the Smith Minor Programs is limited to undergraduate students, enrolled at the College Park campus.

Can students who are admitted to a Smith minor transfer to the Robert H. Smith School of Business major program?

The Smith Business minor programs are not considered preparation for transfer into the Robert H. Smith School of Business major program. Students seeking to transfer into the Smith School major must apply via the official transfer process.

Can I take Smith's minor courses without being enrolled in the minor?

No. Smith minor courses are restricted to fully admitted minor program students. 

As a minor student, can I take any Smith School course offering?

Smith minor students can only enroll in courses within the Smith minor curriculum.

Will I have access to the Smith career services and other related services as a Smith minor student?

No. Smith's career center services and associated career fairs are a dedicated resource for the Smith School's major students.

Who can I talk with to assess my chances of admission to the Smith minors?

Enrollment for the general business minor and the innovation & entrepreneurship are each capped at 180 students. Enrollment for the business analytics minor is capped at 40 students. If you have questions about admissions, please email us at smithminors@umd.edu. In addition, we recommend that you attend the information sessions offered prior to the application deadline.

Will I be admitted if I complete all the admission criteria and have at least a 2.0 overall grade point average?

Admission to Smith minors is a competitive holistic process for a limited number of spaces. Therefore a 2.0 overall grade point average does not guarantee admission to the minor programs.

How do I register for required business minor courses after I’m admitted?

Admitted students will be notified with enrollment instructions. Expect to enroll for coursework during the early registration period each semester.

What is the admissions timeline for business minors?

Applications are accepted until the set deadline in February of each spring. Students will be notified of admission decisions before spring early registration for fall classes.

The Smith School minor will be posted on a student's academic transcript, but not on the diploma. The following requirements must be met for the completion of the minor:

  • The minor requires no fewer than 15 academic credits, with at least nine credits at the upper level (300- or 400-level courses)
  • The student may use a maximum of six credits to satisfy the requirements of both a major and a minor
  • Courses completed in one minor may not be used to satisfy the requirements in another minor
  • No more than two of the required foundation courses (or six credits) may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland, College Park
  • At least six upper-division credits applied to the minor must be taken at this university
  • No course with an earned grade below "C-" may count towards a business minor
  • In some cases, departments requiring majors to have supporting courses may wish to allow students to substitute an appropriate minor course for the supporting course requirement

As a UMD transfer student, are my grades and credits from previous institutions considered for minor program admission?

Yes. Grades from transferable coursework to the University of Maryland will be considered in the application review process. The minor admission committee will obtain applicant transcripts through the UMD Registrar’s Office.  

Can I take any of the required Smith minor courses with the pass/fail or audit grading method?

No. All Smith minor program courses should be taken using the regular grading method.

Do I have to take all minor courses at the University of Maryland, College Park?

Yes. Students must earn all the minor’s program of study and experiential courses from the UMD campus. There will be no exceptions allowed for transfer courses to meet these requirements.

Can I take any required Smith minor courses at another college or university?

There is an allowance for transfer coursework of the foundation courses. A maximum of 6 credits will be allowed to transfer.

Foundation Courses Approved Alternative Smith Courses
BMGT 210 Accounting BMGT 220 & 221 Principles of Accounting I & II
BMGT 345 Finance BMGT 340 Business Finance
BMGT 355 Marketing BMGT 350 Marketing Principles and Organization
BMGT395 Management BMGT 364 Managing People and Organizations

Please refer to the UMD Transfer Credit Services database. If courses from your previous institution transfer to the University of Maryland College Park, and if they are equivalent to approved alternative courses then you will be waved from the foundation course(s).

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