Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Think big.


Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, is an internationally recognised leader in the area of management education and research and is one of 12 schools at the University of Maryland.  Smith School of Business has a goal to provide knowledge and thought leadership that transforms students into proper business executives that understand the vast complexities of global economics and are able to provide thought leadership, innovative ideas to their company and make an impact by doing so. Smith School of Business places a strong emphasis on creating, understanding and leveraging today’s business models.

The business school also has a world-renowned faculty and a group of research centers that are fully integrated into classroom activities and help provide students with hands-on learning situations. The business school is committed to using business principles that will equip leaders with the skills to be successful in the business environment by providing social change and economically prosperous activity to their companies.  The Centers of Excellence and Research focuses on apply academic thinking in real-world situations in a variety of different business settings so students can have a hands-on experience while learning new methods.

Smith School of Business has a vision to be a leader in the world economy by generating new knowledge within emerging markets and new business paradigms.  The business school strives to provide thought leadership knowledge to students, executives and policy maker with the goal to transform them into active and socially responsible leaders.  They want to continue to be included in the group of top business schools in the country and be known for their excellence in education, students and operations amongst the top business schools in the world.  


The Full-time MBA Programme at Smith focuses on five different areas:

  • Consulting
  • Globalization
  • Social Value Creation
  • Investing
  • Entrepreneurship

The course curriculum aimed to help students gain an appreciation for globalization, develop an integrative systems understanding of organisational interactions, and learn strong quantitative, analytical and communication skills.  The students also develop an understanding of the role of businesses in today’s society and the ethical challenges businesses face each year. The goal of the MBA programme is to help students master the core concepts of business operations in the areas of information systems, accounting, operations management, finance and strategy.  Below is a diagram of the core courses of the full-time MBA programme, provided by Smith School of Business.

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The Executive MBA Programme is a 19-month executives development experience that broadens executives circle of connections and is based on four key concepts:

  • Foundation
  • Master
  • Leadership Development and Executive Coaching
  • Action Learning Projects

The programme uses a systems approach to help students “think big” by providing a wide breadth of knowledge across sever different business disciplines.  Throughout the programme, students are give complex business situation that cross multiple functional areas and test them in applying their newly learned skills. During the Leadership Development and Executive Coaching course, participants take part in three different activities:

  • An Executive Assessment Process
  • Executive Coaching
  • Multi-source Feedback

The course helps executives reflect upon their work ethics and standards and refine their skills and leadership style based on the detailed feedback. Participants also develop their own leadership plan that customises the actionable steps needed to make progress in their careers and lives. Action Learning Projects also help the executives develop their ability to think and lead across an organisation.  The courses are designed to address the areas of entrepreneurship, business process consulting and leading change.

The Leadership EMBA in China is an 18-month programme that focuses on leadership and executive development.  It is composed of 54 credits and focused on innovation and leadership.  Classes meet four days a month, Thursday through Sunday, on UIBE Beijing campus.  The programme has a particular emphasis on Chinese and Asian business methods with a foundation of core MBA courses.

Global MBA Rankings

Although Forbes and US News do not rank MBAs globally, they were included for their impact in the US

Job Integration Rate

According to Bloomberg Businessweek’s International Business School Ranking

  • High:  89% job offer three months post-graduation

Social Media Presence

  • https://www.facebook.com/SmithBusinessSchool
  • https://twitter.com/SmithSchool
  • http://www.linkedin.com/company/robert-h.-smith-school-of-business
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/SmithBusinessSchool

General Information

Robert H. Smith School of Business College Park, MD 20742 United States t: +1 301-405-2189 w: www.rhsmith.umd.edu