B.S. Textiles Management Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Alaska Communications Systems
My career goal is to develop my role in the Alaskan telecommunication industry as a strategic and decision making participant. The M.B.A in Telecommunications strengthens my regulatory background and positions me in the telecommunications industry to analyze and advocate for changes in public policy and regulations in the public utility regulatory environment.
I chose APU for its reputation and the availability of telecommunication coursework which I believed would assist me with my position at Alaska Communications Systems as well as fulfill the course requirements for my M.B.A. My original goal was to earn a M.B.A with an emphasis on technology related coursework. I envisioned that this would include Internet Marketing and E-Business but after taking telecommunication courses as electives, I decided that the more specialized master’s degree fit my career goals.
Favorite feature of the MBA Program
I have enjoyed the interaction with my fellow students as we observed changes in the business world. During my coursework at APU, there have been significant changes in the accountability of publicly held companies because of the accounting fiascos of Enron, Tyco, and WorldCom. Because of the flexibility of the instructors and the small classes, the syllabus of courses was easily changed and adapted to incorporate current business events in both the telecommunication classes as well as business coursework.
Advice for future MBA students
Because of Alaska Pacific University’s size and teaching philosophy, prospective students should recognize that one of the benefits of APU is its flexibility. For master’s seeking students with full time jobs, this is very important in choosing a school program.