Plus 1

Combined Bachelor's & Master's Degree

Earn your bachelor's and master’s degrees.
Save time and money. Elevate your career.


Learn More About Our Plus 1 Program

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The Maryland Smith Plus 1 program allows current UMD undergraduate students to earn a business master's degree for less time and money than a traditional graduate student. You’ll take graduate-level coursework at undergraduate-level tuition rates and finish both degrees in one additional year.

Why Plus 1?

In-Demand Degree Programs
Gain specialized skills, valuable connections and access to career resources from a highly ranked business school.

Save Money on Tuition
Save thousands of dollars by paying undergraduate course tuition rates instead of graduate course rates while you’re still pursuing your bachelor’s degree.

Accelerated Degree Completion
Earn your combined bachelor's and master’s degree in five years or less, depending on how many graduate-level credits you have taken during undergrad and the availability of courses.

Waived Test Scores and Fees
Complete your Plus 1 and business master’s program applications without submitting GMAT/ GRE test scores or paying any application fees.

Priority Award Consideration
Get priority consideration for merit-based financial awards for your master’s program.


Average tuition money saved by pursuing a business master's degree through the Plus 1 program compared with a traditional graduate program path.


“The Plus 1 program allowed me to save time and money, and the competitive advantage of getting a master’s helped me secure an internship at my dream company, Google.”

Mia McIntyre

MS Marketing Analytics ’20, Marketing/Finance ’19

How Plus 1 Works

1. Complete the Plus 1 Application
Submit an application to the Plus 1 program. 

2. Start Taking Graduate Courses 
Once approved, take up to 10 graduate-level business credits as an undergraduate student. 

3. Apply to your Graduate Program 
Formally apply to your business master’s degree program during your senior year. 

4. Complete your Graduate Program 
Register to take your remaining courses during your final graduate year.

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Contact Us

MBA/MS Admissions
2303 Van Munching Hall

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Upcoming Events

Info Session

Plus 1 Information Session

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
6:00 PM EDT
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Info Session

Plus 1 Information Session

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6:00 PM EST
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Info Session

Plus 1 Information Session

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
6:00 PM EST
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