Scott Metzger, 2015

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Previous Education: Geneva College, B.A. in Communications

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After working full-time in Downtown Pittsburgh for a few years after college graduation, I realized a graduate degree was an important value-add to one's resume. And, since I was making a career in the corporate business world, an MBA was the best choice for me. I researched all of the MBA programs available in the city of Pittsburgh and wound up choosing Duquesne for three primary reasons: 1) its AACSB accreditation (providing a necessary stamp of approval for the strength of the program), 2) its proximity to downtown (making it an ideal spot for downtown workers to further their education), and 3) the helpfulness of the faculty and staff (proving this was a school that took me and my education seriously). I chose the part-time option because I felt I could best further my career by pursuing business knowledge concurrently in a classroom and in a company.

I enjoy being the classroom and expanding my mind with knowledge of business practices and ideals. I did not have a business background in my undergraduate education-therefore, much of what we read and discuss provides new, valuable insights for me in to the business world. While it can definitely be difficult to work academic studies into your schedule on a part-time basis, I feel the benefits (increased knowledge) outweigh the costs (tighter life schedules).

I have been able to take a great amount of what I have learned in the classroom and immediately and directly apply it out in the real world (either at my job or at my volunteer experiences). I can definitely see the positive "classroom-to-cubicle" impact of my MBA studies when I perform at a higher level at my job through faster data analysis, increased understanding of database management, better recognition of human behavior patterns, and many other acquired skill sets. I have also been able to leverage a portion of my training to help improve the operation, management, and advertising of different organizations where I volunteer, including my church, a community English as a Second Language program, and a local theater studio.

I have been able to take a great amount of what I have learned in the classroom and immediately and directly apply it out in the real world (either at my job or at my volunteer experiences). I can definitely see the positive "classroom-to-cubicle" impact of my MBA studies when I perform at a higher level at my job through faster data analysis, increased understanding of database management, better recognition of human behavior patterns, and many other acquired skill sets. I have also been able to leverage a portion of my training to help improve the operation, management, and advertising of different organizations where I volunteer, including my church, a community English as a Second Language program, and a local theater studio.

I plan on continuing to use my MBA training in the corporate world. I hope I will set myself apart as an individual who practices business well in all aspects by performing at a high level ethically, socially, financially-to the best of my ability. I also hope to be able to pass along my acquired knowledge to others-either informally through association or perhaps formally with an adjunct teaching role at a higher-education institution.

I absolutely would, and have, recommended this program to others looking to return to school and advance their knowledge and career. Duquesne offers a highly accredited program with a reasonable price, convenient location for working professionals, knowledgeable faculty, flexible scheduling, and quality learning. I believe I made the right choice in Duquesne for my MBA experience and would strongly encourage others to seriously consider what Duquesne has to offer.

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