The world’s most pressing economic, social and environmental challenges present rewarding business opportunities to fearless leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. The Robert H. Smith School of Business seeks to have a lasting impact and create long-term value by equipping students to assess the world’s complex problems and deliver innovative solutions.
Scholarships and Faculty Support
50/50 by 2020 Initiative
The Smith School of Business is committed to attracting the most talented and diverse students to College Park, regardless of their ability to pay for a higher education. Of particular interest is the growth of MBA scholarships. Specifically, the new 50/50 by 2020 Initiative aims to achieve gender parity in our MBA programs within the next five years and sustain a vibrant, inclusive learning environment for female students.
Additionally, the Smith School is seeking scholarships for the +1 programs that encourage students to add an additional year onto their undergraduate career to secure a specialty masters. These specialty masters programs provide students with additional expertise in specific fields, making them more valuable to employers and more skilled in their chosen profession.
Endowed chairs and professorships
Endowed chairs and professorships allow Maryland to recruit and retain the very best faculty to guide the future of our institution. The Smith School of Business will endow at least five professorships and two chairs.
With the anticipated vacancy of the School of Public Policy in 2020, the Smith School will raise funds to renovate and upgrade this facility and other classrooms in Van Munching Hall. All classrooms need more collaborative, flexible working environments and upgraded technology.
Transformational Learning Programs
As student learning transforms, so should the way in which we deliver education. Thanks to the program and support offered by the Smith School Office of Transformational Learning, we are disrupting conventional teaching methods and creating a learning partnership between faculty and students. Funding for transformational learning initiatives will bolster the Innovo Scholars and other programs that improve the learning environment for all Smith students.
Programs and Initiatives
The Smith School of Business will continue to focus on several programmatic areas, including:
Expanding the number of Fellows Programs, which provide intense study into a specific area of business through out-of-the-classroom and reality-based learning experiences. It will also significantly bolster existing opportunities for fellows, particularly in sports business and hospitality.
Centers of Excellence
Enhancing opportunities for cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset through the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and other centers of excellence.
New Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Launching M-Quest for graduate students, in partnership with the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.