The University of Maryland at College Park began educating business leaders since 1921. The Robert H. Smith School of Business succeeds at living up to the potential that entrepreneur and alumnus, Robert H. Smith, saw in it. He provided his highly generous donation to the school in 1998. The AACSB-accredited curriculum and highly dedicated faculty inspire adaptability, competitiveness, leadership, determination, diversity, achievement, analytical and critical thinking, and an entrepreneurial mindset.
The Smith Effect refers to how the School of Business makes a transforming impact on the local and international business world. Professor Roland Rust’s award-winning research on productivity and customer satisfaction has helped countless companies like Microsoft, FedEx, Comcast, and Hershey. And Professor of Finance, Albert “Pete” Kyle, was a crucial player in the modernization of NASDAQ.
Undergraduate students can major in International Business, Accounting, Finance, Management, Information Systems, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, or Operations Management & Business Analytics. The Plus 1 Program allows students to earn both their bachelors and masters degrees in only five years. Graduate students can pursue a Masters in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Business Analytics, Quantitative Finance, Marketing Analytics, Information Systems, and Supply Chain Management. There is also an Executive MBA and an Executive MBA-China. Doctorate students can study for a Ph.D. in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting & Information Assurance, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Strategic Management, and Supply Chain Management.
The Fellows Program in areas such as Global Consulting, Banking & Private Wealth Management, and Social Innovation gives students the advantage of intensely studying a particular area of business outside the classroom through experiential, reality-based learning opportunities. To give students the experience to grow in their multicultural and international awareness, the Smith School of Business offers many study abroad opportunities in places like Spain, Singapore, South Africa, Panama, Thailand, Australia, Czech Republic, and Ireland.
Clubs and organizations including the Accounting & Business Association, Alpha Kappa Psi, International Economics & Finance Society, Business Management Association, the Association of Latino Professionals, Real Estate Club, Smith Finance Group, National Association of Black Accountants, and Women in Business Association, can provide, not only social and academic connections, but a supportive community and professional contacts. An excellent resource for students to tap into for professional networking is the 66,000+ alumni located all over the globe. Other excellent resources that give students hands-on experience, research opportunities, and ways to impact the community are the 12 Centers of Excellence provided by the Smith School. These centers include the Center for Complexity in Business; Center for Global Business; Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulations, and Crime; and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.
The AACSB-accredited online business programs offered at the Smith School of Business are the Masters in Business Administration and the Masters in Business Analytics. The online MBA specializations include Accounting, Finance, Information Systems & Business Analytics, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and the General Track.