Online MBA Program Student Qualifications
MBA Graduate Student Acceptance Requirements
The MBA at Marist is ideal for working professionals looking to advance their virtual management skills and knowledge of business administration. Combined with seasoned, experienced faculty who are well-respected in the field, the Marist MBA provides students the opportunity to learn from one another, and work with outstanding professionals on projects that will prepare them to successfully take their career to the next level. As an MBA student, you'll increase your professional network to include your fellow classmates, accomplished faculty, mentors, and School of Management Alumni.
When you complete your MBA program you will become part of an extraordinary Marist College legacy that has produced leaders in virtually every field, and totals nearly 30,000 alumni around the globe. You also will have unparalleled access to more than 5,000 Marist School of Management Alumni who are noted for their responsiveness and commitment to the community. At Marist, everyone makes a difference, and it does not end after commencement. Your community of colleagues and friends remains strong--even decades later.
2014 Marist MBA New Student Profile
Male/Female: 54% / 46%
Average Age: 30
Average GMAT: 520
Average Undergrad GPA: 3.4
Undergraduate Institutions Represented:
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Delaware
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Learn more about our current students and alumni by reading the profiles below.
Name: Judy K. Roy
Year of Graduation: Anticipated Fall 2015
Previous Education (degree and institution): Indiana University at Fort Wayne - BS in Business with a Major in Accounting
Current Employer and Position: Indiana Tech – Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration
Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions: I have many years of experience. I spent five years at GE Motors right out of college, working in several finance and accounting positions, while completing the Financial Management Program. I then switched to Parkview Health and worked for fifteen years in healthcare finance in various positions. Nine years ago, I moved from not-for-profit healthcare to not-for-profit higher education and joined Indiana Tech as the VP for Finance & Administration.
What are your career goals? I am very happy in my current position, so have no plans to look for a new position. I’m pursuing my degree to open up possibilities for the future, which may include teaching at the college level.
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist: Marist offers me an MBA program that works with my busy life. I very much enjoy the online learning experience. I can work this program around my activities. It allows me to keep doing the important things in my life . . . work, volunteer, and spending time with my friends and family - all while earning my degree. The faculty of Marist generally do a great job of structuring the class to give us time to get the work done but still expecting good, high-quality work.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development: My official concentration is Ethical Leadership. However, with my background in healthcare, I am filling in my electives with healthcare administration classes. The class I am in now . . .. MBA683 - Critical Issues in Healthcare . . . has been very enjoyable. It is taking me back to my healthcare days, while bringing me up to speed with the changes that have occurred over the last nine years. Professor Zahradnik is an exemplary professor.
How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career: Getting an MBA is a personal goal. I always said that I’d go back to college when my children did. I now have two daughters through college and a son who is a junior in high school. It’s a good time in my life to finish my MBA. I think my son enjoys it when we are working on our homework together. There are many aspects of the coursework that heighten my thinking and help me see my “day job” through a new lens.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist: If you want a flexible program where the students challenge each other, this program is for you. The faculty take a genuine interest in students and work hard to make the online experience a good one.
If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students? I truly enjoy the online experience. I can work at my own pace. I never get bored because I can move faster through the parts I already know and slow down and take my time through the parts where I am learning new material. Online learning engages me fully.
Name: Brittany Gerig Campbell
Year of Graduation: Expected 2016
Previous Education (degree and institution): B.S. in Public Relations Minor: Political Science from Ball State University
Current Employer and Position: Marketing Manager for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions: I am currently a Marketing Manager at the National Academy of Sciences, where I have worked since May 2013. In this role I am responsible for global marketing strategy for the weekly nonprofit academic journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I conduct market research and advise staff on promoting new initiatives such as special content, podcasts, and mobile apps usage. I also manage creation of all marketing communications materials and handle relationships with sales agents, using a variety of tools to identify and analyze potential market opportunities. My previous experience includes four years as Director of Emergency Services and Marketing Specialist at Townsend Corporation and internships at both the Indiana Statehouse and Indiana State Fair. www.linkedin.com/in/blgerig/
What are your career goals? As I move through my career I expect my MBA to help me understand my job and employer holistically. With more experience and my MBA I hope to continue to advance in roles at nonprofits.
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist: When evaluating MBA programs I was impressed with Marist’s AACSB accreditation, low cost, and flexibility. As I wanted to pursue my MBA while working full-time, including traveling, the flexibility of online classes and the engagement of the professors in the program sold me that this was the right fit for me.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development: I am still very early in the program, but the course I have taken this semester on 21st Century Management (MBA 601) has been very enlightening. In this course we work with classmates and explore management, specifically how virtual distance, technology, and data are changing the workforce.
How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career: Only three classes into the Marist MBA program I am already seeing much applicable material in my day-to-day work. I am gaining a knowledge of the financial statements and data behind my organization, and reading some of the latest research on management trends and issues.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist: Evaluate what is important to you in a program and what your level of commitment is. Not every program is right for every person, but the flexibility of the Marist program helps make a graduate degree attainable.
If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students? Work to engage your professor and your classmates. Don’t be afraid to send an email of introduction or suggest your group meet on video chat. It takes a little more thought than in a traditional classroom setting, but you can still use this format to make connections with your professors and fellow students.
Name: Brendan Huddy
Year of Graduation: Expected 2016
Previous Education (degree and institution): Marist College
Current Employer and Position: Imagine Easy Solutions LLC. (EasyBib), position: Territory Manager
Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions: Previous to my current position, I worked as a recruiter for a little over 2 years. I have been in my current role for 2 years as well.
What are your career goals? Taking MBA courses has allowed to explore and define my career projection. Eventually I would like to manage a team and put some of the skills I’m learning into practice.
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist: My father was an alumni and introduced me to Marist. I fell in love with the campus, being on the Hudson River and the tight knit community you immediately feel.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development: My business capstone class really prepared me for research and writing needed in the business environment. Researching an actual company and industry, putting together a business and marketing strategy and presenting to my class gave me the confidence to succeed in a real world setting.
How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career: I find myself using knowledge I learned from courses at Marist on a daily basis. The business acumen I received from Marist has been invaluable.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist: Don’t hesitate! There will always be reasons to delay taking the GMATs, registering for courses or getting back into the ‘student midset’. The important thing is to get started- even if it’s taking one course a semester.
If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students? I took a few online courses as an undergraduate and am in the midst of getting my MBA online. Obviously time management is huge skill needed to be successful in a virtual environment. However, one suggestion I would pass on is to not be afraid to reach out to your fellow students.
Name: Rana Hajjaj
Year of Graduation: May 2016
Previous Education (degree and institution): BBA, American University of Beirut
Current Employer and Position: Delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at the United Nations – Finance and Administrative Assistant
Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions: I worked in finance for International NGOs for two years in Beirut, Lebanon. In addition, I worked for two more years at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Middle East North Africa Zone also in Beirut.
What are your career goals? My career goal is to manage the financial resources of international organizations in the most efficient and effective manner, so as to help communities achieve their sustainable development potential.
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist: Marist’s MBA program is competitive and convenient for full-time working professionals. I am almost halfway through the program and it has already improved my understanding of systems, businesses, and the economy of the US.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development: MBA 603 was particularly helpful for my professional and even personal development. It has given me very meaningful insights into important aspects of my life. For example, it provides a comprehensive understanding of the right framework of sustainable development. This is important for me as the United Nations HQ in NY is very focused on sustainable development in its Post-2015 Development Agenda. The course has also enhanced my ability to research, read, and write, especially in the area of intercultural communication. It helps me understand intercultural conflicts and accept other people’s perspectives on many subject matters.
How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career: It has broadened my vision and my understanding of business, management, communication, and cultures.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist: I would encourage an MBA degree because the curriculum is very interesting, real-time, modern, and up-to-date.
If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students? Online classes are very convenient for full-time working professionals. I would suggest being skilled at time management though.
Please feel free to provide additional comments: I am glad that the IFRC is in the process of developing an academic partnership with Marist to provide this opportunity to staff and volunteers working in Red Cross & Red Crescent National Societies. The course will no doubt be useful to humanitarian workers.
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