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Smith is a great all-around program. The curriculum is challenging and on the cutting-edge, presented by very capable faculty. I chose the program because it offered a cohort for the first year, which I thought would be important for networking and community-building. From there, I enjoyed the flexibility to accelerate my coursework at my own speed.
While my overall experience at the R.H. Smith School of Business was very good, it would be difficult for me to say that it was worth the money, time and effort yes, but money no. For the cost the program should be extraordinary, not just very good.
There was a very diverse group of students within the program. Specifically, many of my colleagues were from different countries and worked in a wide spectrum of fields. This led to some very good learning opportunities in regards to globalization and international business.
I think that more of an effort could be made to integrate the full-time and part-time programs; while the part-time program is well-run, we sometimes felt like second-class citizens compared to the full-timers.
While most business schools can offer the same curriculum, I believe we received a unique experience at the Smith School because of our location, and the ability of the school to bring in students and instructors from areas outside of normal industries; such as many government and international arenas.
Offering online classes as electives would be great. I really enjoyed that all my core classes were in class since it was great for forming relationships with professors and other students. The flexibility of online courses when taking core would be helpful for individuals that need to move for career opportunities.
The flexibility of coursework, location and class times are all unique aspects of the program. Additionally, the professors were a perfect mix and faculty, working professionals and there was an appropriate use of guest speakers. The small classroom sizes were also unique.
They need to be more open and transparent with the class and professor ratings. It was hard to get a clear picture of students opinions on classes.
The most unique aspect of my MBA program, I would say, is the ability to create your own path. There are no declared concentrations. With that said I am able to choose whatever course that I see will better position me in the market. I love the ability to specialize.
Since part-time students pay high tuition costs similar to full-timers, the career services staff should be equipped to consider all business school students and not just cater to full-time candidates.
UMD has classrooms in multiple locations, which allows the program to offer a wide array of class subjects and meeting times. The professors are also excellent. I felt like I received the same level of teaching as the full-time program. Many full-time students take classes are the part-time locations.
Each class goes so quickly and is like trying to drink from a fire hose. I don't know how one would improve that, but I would have liked a consistent thread regarding changing career strategies built into the entire process. There was one networking class in which I learned a great deal. In hindsight, it would have been very valuable to have taken that early in the program.
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