Shady Grove

Since fall 2001 the University of Maryland, College Park's world-class Robert H. Smith School of Business has enrolled students at the Universities at Shady Grove. Shady Grove is an innovative partnership of nine University System of Maryland schools offering qualified transfer students, who have completed a two-year program, the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree at the Shady Grove campus in Montgomery County. Today, over 300 full-time undergraduate students are enrolled in one of three business majors offered in the Robert H. Smith School of Business program at Shady Grove. Each fall semester, admitted students enroll as part of a cohort group to major in accounting, marketing, and management with a specialization in entrepreneurship. Students complete their degree over four consecutive semesters as full-time students and graduate with a bachelor of science degree. The program follows a cohort course format with a pre-set class schedule to assure students complete their degree in four consecutive semesters.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Typically, successful applicants have completed a two-year associate of arts or associate of science degree in business or related area, and/or have completed 60 college credits including several required gateway courses to enroll in our program as first-semester college juniors.

Both the Shady Grove and College Park programs are Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP), with competitive admission requirements. Both the Shady Grove and College Park programs share the same outstanding faculty and offer state-of-the-art classrooms, customized academic support, career advisement, and student leadership/engagement opportunities. Smith School Shady Grove students earn the same degree that Smith School students earn at College Park.


Admission requirements to the Smith program at Shady Grove.

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Undergraduate students at Maryland Smith select from three major offerings.

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Academic Advising

Students enrolled at Shady Grove are assigned an academic advisor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following BMGT majors are offered: accounting, management, and marketing. Details on the curriculum in each major program are available online.

At maximum capacity, there will be 360 students majoring in BMGT at Shady Grove. Therefore, students studying at Shady Grove will enjoy small class sizes and easy access to academic advising and career counselors. Expedited registration will assure course availability. The Shady Grove Center is a beautiful corporate setting with state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs — located close to everything in the high-tech Montgomery County corridor.

The program at Shady Grove admits students only in the fall semester due to the MBA-cohort style of four semesters, sequential full-time degree program. There are no mid-year admissions into the Shady Grove program. All courses at Shady Grove will be taught by the same corps of faculty, will consist of the same required courses, and will have the same graduation requirements as those offered at UMCP. Students at the Shady Grove programs will complete all of their coursework at Shady Grove, and will declare a single major program of study. Students who complete the Smith BMGT program at Shady Grove graduate and receive a degree/diploma from the University of Maryland, College Park, Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Only upper-division business courses offered by the University of Maryland, College Park, at the Shady Grove Center or through the UMCP summer or winter program, or by another AACSB accredited institution, may be applied to these degree programs. Permission to enroll at another institution must be granted in advance.

Yes. All grades from all coursework taken anywhere are included. You are required to submit transcripts for all coursework previously taken.

Yes. There is no hard-and-fast number of credits that would limit your ability to be admitted to BMGT, although priority will be given to those who have not yet earned a degree. (NOTE: ESL credits are not included in the number of credits for purposes of meeting admission requirements. AP credits earned may be used towards the 60 credit hour requirement.)

Yes, you may be admitted; however, no 100-200-level courses will be provided at Shady Grove. Therefore, you will have to return to your community college, attend our main campus in College Park, or somewhere else to take the remaining general education courses in fulfillment of graduation requirements.

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