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What Our Students Say

Marlene O'Leary
Acting Administrator for St. Joseph House of Hospitality
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

"The M.S. in Leadership on-line program has proved to be very beneficial to me. I received my undergrad degree 35 years ago from Duquesne and, when I was making the decision to return to school at my age, with a full-time leadership role in my agency and personal commitments, this program seemed like the right choice. The convenience of being able to complete assignments according to my schedule is the biggest advantage to this program. While I never thought on-line schooling would be for me, I am pleasantly surprised to have been wrong.

After taking only two classes, I see myself growing in my confidence to lead and thinking differently about how and why I lead. My decisions are becoming more thoughtful. On a daily basis, I am amazed to be able to test and use the concepts I learn in class in my current leadership role. Hearing about the experiences of my classmates also helps me make better daily decisions as a leader. Learning about their real-life experiences, coupled with the texts and the professor's knowledge, provides a well-blended experience.

The one challenge I have faced is my struggle with the use of the computer as my main avenue of communication, mainly due to my age. However, between the support of the IT department and the professors, I have been able to overcome these struggles.

I am grateful for this program. The mixture of convenience and the high academic level of the program and university help make my journey to complete a Master's degree in my own time an achievable goal."