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Academic History

The online application allows you to upload a scanned official transcript(s) for each college or university attended. If the official transcript where you received your degree does not state the degree was conferred, please also upload an official diploma or official copy of your degree received (most schools already list the conferred degree on the transcript). If you are formally admitted to the University of Maryland, you will be required to submit an official transcript to the graduate school. If your transcript is not in English, please also submit an official transcript translated into English.

The University of Maryland Graduate School requires admitted students to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0/4.0. Applicants who have a grade point average below 3.0 may still be considered but are required to use the essay to address this.

Quantitative Preparation

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to successfully complete quantitative coursework. Candidates without previous undergraduate or graduate quantitative coursework, 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 coursework.

Graduate Admissions Test (GMAT/GRE)

GMAT/GRE waivers are available in the Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program. To learn if you qualify for a waiver based on your work experience and academic record, please complete the Maryland Advantage Form. You will be asked to upload a copy of your transcripts and resume in the form.

For questions about GMAT/GRE waivers through Maryland Advantage, schedule a consultation with our business master's recruiter. If you are eligible for Maryland Advantage, apply for it before submitting your OMSBA application.

For more information on the GMAT or GRE and to request an official score report, please visit To request an official score report, please visit When requesting a score report be sent to the University of Maryland, please use the following institutional codes for the Online MS in Business Analytics: GMAT code is SQT-N8-32; GRE code is 5814.

Professional History

Through your resume, we want to learn about your professional history from the time you graduated from your undergraduate degree up until you apply. Although we do not have a required format, we suggest using a resume akin to one you would use to apply for a job. Typical resumes we see are one page, although a second page can be used if your professional history is robust.

Letter of Recommendation

A recommendation should be solicited from an individual who can objectively comment on an applicant’s performance in a professional environment. Only one recommendation letter is required with your application.

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 waived for UMD Terp alumni and military service members and veterans.


The admissions committee looks for essays that clearly and concisely answer the assigned question. It is preferred that applicants keep their submission to approximately 500 words, or two pages double-spaced. Be clear about your career goals, qualifications, and why you want to earn your MSBA. Before submitting, be sure to check for spelling and grammatical errors.

Language Proficiency Exam

The University of Maryland, College Park, requires any applicant who has not completed a university degree in a country in which English is the primary language to take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. The admissions committee will not review your file without your English proficiency exam. For more information about our specific requirements, school codes, and exempt countries please visit the Graduate School's proficiency requirements page.

Spring 2022 Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

  • October 15, 2021 (priority deadline for scholarship consideration)
  • December 1, 2021

Start date: January 24, 2022

Fall 2022 Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

  • January 15, 2022
  • February 15, 2022 (priority deadline for scholarship consideration)
  • March 10, 2022
  • April 1, 2022

Start date: August 2022

Information Sessions

We invite you to join us for an online webinar where you will learn more about the admissions process, the Online MSBA program, and the Smith Community.



Previously recorded webinars are available to view online.

2021-22 Academic Year Tuition & Fees

Financing Your Education

There are a multitude of financial awards and financial aid options available to help eligible students in paying some or all of the cost of their online degree. Be sure to carefully review all financial aid resources to gain an understanding of what options may be available to you.

Smith Financial Awards

The Smith School of Business bestows financial awards to a select number of applicants based on scholastic merit, professional accomplishment and evidence of leadership. All applicants whose applications are complete by the application deadline receive automatic consideration. This merit-based scholarship award ranges from $5,000 to $15,000.

Double Terp Financial Award

A $10,000 Double Terp Financial Award is available to alumni of the University of Maryland, College Park who are newly admitted into the Smith Online MSBA program. Be sure to indicate that you are a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park on your application for admission.

Corporate Partnerships

The Smith School of Business has established corporate partnerships and is able to offer a 15% tuition reduction to candidates admitted to the Online MSBA program while employed by these organizations. These partnerships also avail applicants of an application fee waiver. Corporate partnerships have been established with Under Armour, Booz Allen, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, Blue Cross Blue Shield and AT&T. If you are employed by a corporate partner and would like to learn more about these benefits, please contact our admissions office.

FedGrant Program

FedGrant reduces graduate program tuition by 30%, as part of Smith’s alliance with the Federal Government. A candidate who is admitted to the Smith School's Online Master of Science in Business Analytics program and is a civil federal employee, or the spouse of a civil federal employee, at the time of enrollment, is eligible for Smith’s FedGrant.

FedGrant is for federal civil employees and their spouses and does not apply to members of the military or uniformed services. Military veterans who are currently federal civil employees are also eligible for the FedGrant benefit. The discounted tuition rate applies only to tuition; it does not apply to fees and associated costs such as housing, books, or global courses.

Online Military-Friendly MSBA

Our military-friendly MSBA program offers a number of benefits for veterans and active members of the military in recognition of their service. We are dedicated to providing military personnel with special opportunities to ease the transition to academics and make a first-rate education readily attainable. To help you navigate the enrollment process and the procedures for securing government funding, we offer a dedicated military advocate to act as a personal agent for military students. This advocate will also help you communicate with companies and organizations throughout the corporate landscape after you graduate to help you find the right career opportunity.

Other potential benefits for veterans and active military personnel include:

  • Yellow Ribbon Program participating institution benefits
  • Waived application fees
  • Veteran MBA alumni on staff to advise and advocate for military/veteran students
  • SmithVets student club & campus Student Veterans of America chapter
  • Veteran-centered programming
  • In-state tuition extended to veteran residents of Maryland and soldiers stationed in MD

To learn more about the many opportunities available to veterans and military personnel through the UMD Online MSBA, please contact an enrollment advisor.

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