Internationally Recognized School of Business Partners with Pearson Embanet to Launch Rigorous Online MBA

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Increasingly, students who need a flexible path to earning a degree are looking to online learning programs to access quality higher education. In response, higher education institutions around the country are investing in comprehensive educational services that develop and scale online programs that are high quality, rigorous and drive student achievement.

Pearson Embanet, the leading provider of online program services, and the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business are announcing that they are partnering to launch an online MBA program. Classes are scheduled to begin in January 2014. The Smith School is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research and is one of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park. The online MBA will offer specializations in the areas of Finance, Accounting, Information Systems and Business Analytics, and Marketing. With a faculty that is consistently ranked in the top 10 by the Financial Times and Bloomberg Businessweek, this program will give students experiential learning opportunities through Action Learning Projects. These hands-on team projects give students experience working together with businesses and organizations in their local area and with partners around the world.

“The Smith School is a community of people who foster growth and advancement in the business world by empowering, challenging and nurturing each other,” said G. “Anand” Anandalingam, dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. “By offering this rigorous program online, we will give hard-working, driven, problem-solving students the knowledge and support to launch extraordinary careers.”

“We look forward to supporting the University of Maryland in their strategy to offer this high quality degree online,” said Dr. Gloria Pickar, Embanet’s Group President and Chief Academic Officer. “The services we offer in the areas of marketing, enrollment, student support and course design will support the Smith School’s vision of making this degree accessible to students no matter where they reside.”

The MBA program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.

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About the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in five learning locations in the United States and China. More information about the Robert H. Smith School of Business can be found at

About the University of Maryland
The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 19 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 32 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10 and 73 in the Top 25. The Institute of Higher Education (Jiao Tong University, Shanghai), which ranks the world's top universities based on research, puts Maryland at No. 38 in the world and No. 13 among U.S. public universities. The university has produced six Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, more than 40 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The university is recognized for its diversity, with underrepresented students comprising one-third of the student population. For more information about the University of Maryland, visit

About Pearson Embanet
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services. Pearson, through its acquisition of Embanet, is the largest provider of educational services for traditional non-profit, fully online degree programs. These comprehensive services that help institutions develop and scale their online programs include program strategy, design, academic services, marketing and student recruitment, program and student services, and technology services. For more information, visit

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