I chose to pursue an Evening UST MBA first because of the practical, real world experience that the courses and professors provided to the students. I had an immediate connection with the culture of the university as demonstrated by the admissions office. Their team was always available to meet with me and answered all of my questions promptly.
The decision to pursue an Evening UST MBA has had immediate impacts on my personal and professional life. The first course I took was a Decision Sciences course and by the end, I was able to perform more in-depth statistical analysis of processes in my work at Target. I am able to take the tools I learn in class and immediately apply them to my projects at work.
In the two years I have been in the program, I have connected with a diverse and dynamic UST MBA student body. Not only have I made many friends, but I have also been able to network with students across numerous industries. My favorite part of the UST MBA is being able to interact with other business leaders during class. I learn a great deal by listening to their examples and working on group projects with them.
One of the most amazing experiences in my Evening UST MBA was a J-term study abroad trip to London, U.K. The course was Risk Management in Global Firms, and we enjoyed being taught by a different instructor each day. They ranged from the director of Enterprise Risk Management at KPMG London to a terrorologist who is also an independent security advisor to the U.S. and British governments. These instructors taught us cutting edge risk management theory and techniques. This was particularly relevant to me since I work in Target's Internal Audit group. I was able to generate new ideas and strategies around risk management and apply them immediately to my projects at work.
I have realized that a UST MBA will enhance my abilities in any professional environment. My peers at UST range from corporate executives to engineers to nonprofit directors. Whether I continue to work in my current role at Target or change positions down the road, my UST MBA has better prepared me to handle any situation that I will face.
|Evening UST MBA '11
|Lead Process Analyst, Merchandising Assurance
|Virginia Tech, B.S. '04