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ROBERT H. SMITH School of Business, University of Maryland, USA

Nature of the CollaborationDiscussions are in progress: for Dual Degree/MS/Student Exchange.


General Guidelines;

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate; full-time, part-time, online, and executive MBA; specialty masters; PhD; and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community.


English and other requirements:

Application Fee:

A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required. Please pay by credit card as you submit your application online. The application fee is not refundable under any circumstances. There are no fee waivers.

By the application deadline date, the Admissions Office must receive:

  • A transcript/mark sheets in the original language must be uploaded into the online application. If your transcript is not in English, please also upload a transcript/mark sheets translated into English.
  • Copy of diploma/degree received if this information is not listed on your transcript. If your diploma is not in English, please also submit a diploma translated into English. This documentation should be uploaded into the online application.
  • Only applicants who have completed the full sequence of preparatory studies and examinations equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an approved institution and who have demonstrated high academic achievement will be considered.

The GMAT or GRE is required of all MBA applicants, regardless of previous academic history or work experience.

The University of Maryland Graduate School requires all admitted students to have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.80/4.00. Applicants who have a grade point average below 2.80 are encouraged to use the optional essay to address this point.

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to successfully complete quantitative course work. Candidates without previous undergraduate or graduate quantitative course work, strong quantitative skills displayed on the GMAT or GRE test, or quantitative centered professional experience, may be asked to demonstrate their abilities by taking a class (such as calculus) at an accredited institution prior to beginning MBA coursework.

TOEFL: Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS official scores) is required for non-native English speakers. 

For the TOEFL, applicants must score at least 100. In addition, on the individual sections applicants must score at least:

  • Reading: 26
  • Listening: 24
  • Writing: 24
  • Speaking: 22

Applicants who take the IELTS must score a minimum of 7.0. In addition, on the individual sections, applicant must score at least:

  • Reading: 7.0
  • Listening: 7.0
  • Writing: 7.0
  • Speaking: 6.5

When requesting official TOEFL scores, please select the score recipient as 'UMD Smith School of Business, institutional code 5814'.


Important Dates & Deadlines:

Completed applications must be received by the dates indicated below. 

Application Deadline

Decision Notification Date

October 1, 2017

December 23, 2017

November 1, 2017

January 15, 2018

December 15, 2017*

March 15, 2018

January 15, 2018**

April 15, 2018

March 1, 2018

May 1, 2018


Visa related information:

 International applicants admitted to graduate study will be issued student visas where appropriate. Foreign students should not leave their home country before obtaining an official offer of admission from the Dean for Graduate Studies.

To enter the United States most foreign students will need a passport from their government and a visa from the U.S. Consulate. To apply for a visa, the student must provide evidence of a minimum of 48 graduate unit hours, or the equivalent of a full course of study. The accompanying spouse or child of an F-1 student enters the U.S. on an F-2 visa, which does not permit employment of any kind. Another commonly granted visa is the Exchange Visitor visa (J-1), generally for students sponsored by agencies, foundations, or their home governments. It is granted only with the presentation of a Certificate of Eligibility Form (IAP-66). The accompanying spouse or child enters the U.S. on a J-2 visa, which may in some circumstances permit employment with approval from the U.S.

It is important to note that, in many cases, an Exchange Visitor must leave the U.S. at the conclusion of the program, may not change visa status, and may not be eligible for any other visa until a two-year home country residency has been completed. For further information concerning visas, please consult with country.

Note: The Visitor’s Visa (B-2) is not appropriate for students intending to study in the U.S. Once an individual is in the U.S. on a B-2 visa, it is difficult to change to a Student or Exchange Visitor visa unless that individual has previously discussed study plans with the U.S. Consulate and has been issued a B-2 visa designated “prospective student.”


Housing/Residence and Food Info:

While there is no on-campus housing available to graduate students, Smith MBA and Specialty Masters students seeking housing should begin their search with Off-Campus Housing Services. They provide resources to help you locate off-campus housing options in and around College Park. Their resources include:

  • Search Off-Campus Housing Listings
  • Create & View Roommate Profiles
  • Post and Search Sublets

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Estimated Cost of Attendance:

Admitted international students who need an I-20 must show evidence of funding for the first year of their studies.  The funding amount includes: tuition, fees, housing, and miscellaneous expenses for one year. This financial documentation is not required until after a student is formally admitted.  Additional information will be provided to international students after they are admitted to the University of Maryland.

Tuition is billed per credit hour in the Full-Time MBA program and determined by your state of residence.


Tuition & Fees for one year (Fall 2017)




Credits per year












*Average credits completed in the first year

The MBA program at Smith is 54 credits. Students typically complete 26-34 credits during their first year and the remaining credits in their second year.

Tuition: Based on $1,658 per credit hour for in-state and $1,998 per credit hour for out-of-state.

Fees: Based on a one-time MBAA fee of $700 and university fee of $795 per semester.

The above tuition and fees are for the fall 2017 start. Fall 2018 tuition will be published in July 2018 after approval by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.