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University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of Business - Executive MBA

University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of Business Executive MBA Program Structure

The UMD Smith Executive MBA program at the Smith School of Business begins in January and lasts for 17 months. The program begins and ends with one-week residencies at the University of Maryland in College Park at a conference center near or on campus. Classes meet on alternating Fridays and Saturdays with an overnight stay, included in the tuition, at a conference center near or on campus.


The UMD Smith Executive MBA curriculum focuses on giving students a strong foundational education across business subjects. Foundation courses include: Financial Accounting & Managerial Accounting; Data Analysis and Decisions; Financial Management; Leadership and Human Capital; Ethical Leadership; Managerial Economics; Global Economics; Strategic Management; Operations Management; Marketing Strategy; Corporate Strategy; Strategic Information Systems, and Integrative Business Simulation.

In addition to the main curriculum, students will focus extensively on developing their leadership skills. Through the Smith Leadership Development and Executive Coaching Program students are matched with an executive coach who they will meet with throughout their program, and who will help them create a plan to strengthen their leadership skills.

Another aspect of the curriculum that is particular to this school are the Mastery Sessions, which are seminars held throughout the course of the program that focus on specific leadership skills.

EMBA students can also take part in a global learning opportunity by participating in a 10-day trip lead by faculty to various international business organizations.

Executive MBA Rankings

• Financial Times: 46
• The Economist: 16

Class Profile

The typical UMD Smith Executive MBA class is approximately 54 percent male and 46 percent female, comprised of about 45-50 total students. Sixty-seven percent of matriculated students are U.S. citizens, while 33 percent are international. On average, students are 40-years old when they begin the program and have 17 years of professional experience and three years of managerial experience. Around 29 percent have advanced degrees.

Career Statistics

The average starting salary for UMD Smith EMBA graduates is $114,845.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

UMD Smith Executive MBA tuition is $129,900, including a $2,000 nonrefundable deposit. Tuition covers everything, including classes, books, accommodations and food on class days. There are EMBA scholarships which are awarded based on academic achievement, work experience and leadership experience. Applications received by June 20 get priority consideration. Loans, both through the government and through private organizations, are also available.


To apply to the UMD Smith Executive MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, all college transcripts from degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions, a current résumé, and two letters of recommendation as well as a sponsorship.

Most applicants possess an undergraduate degree (with a minimum GPA of 3.0), 8-to-10-plus years of progressive professional experience, and at least 3-5 years of management experience. The GMAT is not required but applicants will need to prove that they can handle quantitative class work, whether that is through their undergraduate work or GMAT scores. International applicants must submit TOEFL or equivalent tests scores with an application.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • March 15
  • May 15
  • July 16
  • September 17
  • October 15

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