Online MSBA Information Session – Webinar

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In this recorded webinar for the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business online MS in Business Analytics program, we review the program structure, curriculum and learning outcomes students can expect in the program. A current student shares her experience in the program so far as well.  The webinar concludes with a Q&A session.

This session will cover:

  • Overview of the Smith Online MSBA
  • MSBA Learning Outcomes
  • Online Experience
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Admission Requirements and Helpful Tips

Presenters:

  • Matthew Brown, Enrollment Advisor
  • Katrina Crocker, Current Online MSBA Student

 

Originally presented on October 10, 2019.

Transcript

Christina Walsh:                Hello everyone and welcome to the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business Online Master of Science and Business Analytics Information Session. I’m Christina Walsh and I’ll be your host today. I’d like to thank you for joining us and taking time out of your busy schedule.

Christina Walsh:                Before we begin, I’d like to review a few housekeeping items. At the bottom of your audience console are multiple applications. If you have questions during the presentation, please submit your questions using the Q&A widget. Feel free to enter your questions as you think of them and we’ll answer as many as time allows at the end of the session.

Christina Walsh:                If you have any technical difficulties, the help widget provides answers to common technical issues. Also, an on-demand version of the webcast will be available tomorrow afternoon. A link to the recording will be sent via email tomorrow, should you like to view the presentation again or share with others.

Christina Walsh:                Joining us today are Matt Brown, Katrina Crocker … all right, so Matt has been in higher education for over 10 years. He has worked as a senior enrollment advisor for the past five years, working on various online master programs, most recently with University of Maryland’s online business degrees. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s in business management and also hose holds a master’s degree in finance.

Christina Walsh:                Katrina Crocker joins us from Maryland. She is originally from Russia and moved to the US in 2007. She works at Capital One as a principal finance associate on the stress strategy and analytics team. She has a bachelor’s degree from Maryland Smith in finance and is currently pursuing her master’s in business analytics online and is expected to graduate in fall of 2020.

Christina Walsh:                Today, Matt will begin talking about the Smith school and our ranking and then transition into an overview of the MSBA program. We will then review the program structure, curriculum and learning outcomes, and then we’ll kick it over to Katrina to share a bit about her experience in the program so far.

Christina Walsh:                Matt returns to cover more about the benefits of learning online, and then reviews the application process, tuition and available funding options. We will conclude the webinar with a Q&A session to answer any of your outstanding questions. All right, and now I’d like to turn things over to Matt.

Matt Brown:                      All right. Thank you, Christina. To begin, I’d like to talk about the Maryland Smith school and what stands out about us. First, we believe that we have a track record for excellence.

Matt Brown:                      In a moment, I’m going to show you our rankings and the rankings are important. What I really want you to know is that we work to produce students who are prepared to be successful in the business world. We do that through experiential reality-based learning.

Matt Brown:                      Throughout the program, we will weave into your courses the core theoretical knowledge needed to master that subject area, but we also provide you with the opportunity to apply that core knowledge, both from perhaps the problem that other companies have faced, but also problems that your company may be facing.

Matt Brown:                      I’d like to highlight that here at the department of decision operations and information technologies at Smith, which houses the online MSBA program, was one of three finalists for the 2019 INFORMS Smith Prize. INFORMS is a professional society to which many analytics professionals belong. This prize recognizes excellence and preparing students to become practitioners of operations, research and analytics.

Matt Brown:                      We also have a strong entrepreneurial spirit here at Smith. We have a very diverse group of individuals from our faculty to our staff, to our students and it’s that diversity that drives the innovation in our program.

Matt Brown:                      As mentioned earlier, our world-class faculty includes some of the best and brightest PhDs from all over the world and many of them teach in the online program. For example, Professor Kislaya Prasad is a research professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and director of the Center for Global Business. His research interests include digital trade and artificial intelligence.

Matt Brown:                      Professor Michel Wedell, who is a Distinguished University Professor and PepsiCo Chair in Computer Science. He was recently ranked number nine on the Premier American Marketing Association Journals’ author list. This is really quite an accomplishment. You may not know these names, but rest assured that it’s people like these who actually have our faculty ranked as some of the top research faculty with some of the most productive publication outputs of any school in the world.

Matt Brown:                      Finally, there’s a commitment to community within Maryland Smith. It’s something that we really take pride in and that we will install in all of our programs including our online programs.

Matt Brown:                      Okay, so let me now say a few points about rankings and call attention to a few. We do have experience in the online space and are ranked number eight in the online MBA programs in US News and World Report in 2019.

Matt Brown:                      We’re also number four in student engagement for online programs. The factors that go into student engagement include opportunities for allowing students to interact with their instructors and classmates. Student support is another. Let me assure you, the Smith School will always be there for you. Our faculty was also ranked number one in faculty quality by The Economist in 2017. This was the fourth consecutive year for that ranking.

Matt Brown:                      You’ll see our accreditations here. I’m going to focus on the AACSB accreditation. This is the longest-standing, most recognized form of specialized professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn. Less than 5% of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB accreditation.

Matt Brown:                      Okay, so if you have an interest in pursuing a Master of Science in Business Analytics, what characteristics do you need? Well, you certainly need a quantitative aptitude and an ability to communicate. You will also need a lifelong passion for learning because the field is changing so rapidly.

Matt Brown:                      But first let’s talk about the field and its importance. What is business analytics? In the definition that you see, there are several keywords. One is that business analytics is a process. The word process implies that a series of steps must be taken to achieve a specific end. Everything we do leaves a digital footprint resulting in an abundance of data.

Matt Brown:                      In business analytics, we analyze that data looking for patterns and building models, models that help us gain insight and then using that insight to drive decision making, resulting in a competitive advantage.

Matt Brown:                      I previously mentioned the professional society INFORMS, they use a very similar but slightly different definition of analytics, which is more succinct. It’s the scientific process of transforming data into insights for making better decisions. We need a framework for that process. CRISP-DM provides a specific framework for the process used in business analytics.

Matt Brown:                      All right, so CRISP-DM stands for Cross-Industry Standard Process for Data Mining. CRISP isn’t new, but it’s still relevant. It has six phases and it’s iterate. Although data-centric, the first phase requires the analyst to understand the business and its goals. You need to understand the data that’s been ingested and stored. Is the data aligned with the organization’s goals? Are there problems with the data? Inevitably, you will need to clean the data and possibly transform it, and these are the steps that are required in data preparation.

Matt Brown:                      Then you can model the data and answer which modeling techniques should you use. You need to evaluate the performance of the models. What are the findings you need to be able to tell the story? And then do you want to deploy it and develop a plan for deployment? This is why we say you need a quantitative aptitude and the ability to communicate.

Matt Brown:                      The iterative process provided by INFORMS is slightly different. Data to analysis, to insight, to decision. But this is very similar to CRISP-DM.

Matt Brown:                      Okay, so moving on to program structure. The online MSBA program is designed to provide our students with comprehensive training in statistical and quantitative modeling techniques and computational skills needed to become effective practitioners of business analytics in today’s data-driven decision-making environment.

Matt Brown:                      Our program is offered 100% online with no campus residency requirement. It is 30 credits, just like our face to face MSBA program. The thing that distinguishes online a little bit is there are three entry points for the program: spring, summer and fall.

Matt Brown:                      But what does a typical 14 week semester look like? At all times students are in two courses. On the right-hand side of this slide, you’ll see an illustration of our semester structure. Throughout your program, you will take two three-credit classes at a time within each 14 week semester. Your student support advisor will assist you, creating a course plan and selecting the application courses that align best with your career goals.

Matt Brown:                      Each week each course has an asynchronous work and a synchronous session. The synchronous or live session meets once a week in the evening and lasts 90 minutes. These live sessions are interactive and they are not lecture oriented. They are held using Adobe Connect and allow students to see and interact real-time with their cohort and professor. The sessions will ideally be offered from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Or 8:45 to 10:15 p.m. Eastern standard time, depending on cohort size.

Matt Brown:                      The asynchronous content is comprised of videos, readings, slides, et cetera, and the student is expected to use this material to prepare for the synchronous session. In between synchronous sessions, there could be independent work and/or teamwork, readings, discussion boards, homework, et cetera.

Matt Brown:                      It is a very demanding program and students are expected to work 10 to 15 hours per week, not including the live session. That is a ballpark estimate and of course, it depends on the individual. The good news is there are typically two weeks off between semesters.

Matt Brown:                      With respect to the program curriculum, there are four core courses. These core courses are the same as in a face to face program. The core courses are offered three times a year: spring, summer, and fall, with two courses per semester.

Matt Brown:                      In the first 14 weeks you will take Data Models and Decisions, and Database Management Systems. That’s followed by two more core courses over the next 14 weeks, which is Data Mining and Predictive Analytics and the Decision Analytics course.

Matt Brown:                      The Data Models and Decisions course provides comprehensive training in data analysis and database managerial decision making using R. We want you to start using R at the outset.

Matt Brown:                      Upon completion of this one course, you should be able to do the following: Analyze data using statistical methods to support decision making. Use statistical inference to gain insights into the characteristics of a given population. Build and assess database models to understand relationships within a business environment. And be able to tell the story of data analysis results to a general audience in order to support business decision making. You will primarily use R in the course, but there are also a few instances where you’ll use Excel.

Matt Brown:                      In the Database Management Systems course, you will get hands-on training in data handling and database management including the industry-standard query language, SQL. Which as well as an introduction to Python, Tableau — which is widely used for data visualization.

Matt Brown:                      The Decision Analytics course gives you a strong background on spreadsheet-based modeling including optimization fundamentals and techniques, such as linear and nonlinear program and network modeling and simulation. In the Data Mining and Predictive Analytics course, you will receive in-depth training on the methods and tools of contemporary statistics such as logistic regression, classification trees, K nearest neighbors, Naive Bayes, neural networks, cluster analysis and text mining. We call this your bread and butter course.

Matt Brown:                      Following these core foundation courses, you will move into the advanced and application courses. I don’t have time to go over all of them, so I’ll just touch on a couple.

Matt Brown:                      In the Big Data and Artificial Intelligence course, you will cover topics as the business value of big data and AI, internet of things, deep learning, an overview of the Hadoop Ecosystem, the MapReduce framework, YARN, View, SCOOP, Pig, Hi, an introduction to Amazon Web Services and Spark.

Matt Brown:                      The Advanced Marketing Analytics course uses R throughout, so that’s why we want you to have a thorough grounding in R. And we ask that you use that in your first course, Data Models and Decisions.

Matt Brown:                      In the Advanced Marketing Analytics course, we give students a familiarity with a number of cutting edge decision models and how to apply those models to improve managerial decision making.

Matt Brown:                      Upon completion, you should be able to translate strategic decision problems and do well-formulated statistical models. As with this course and the other courses, you will learn how to interpret the model results and drive insights and recommendations that are directly applicable to managerial decision making.

Matt Brown:                      A selection of business leadership application courses are available to choose from as well. These courses can provide a foundation in business for those students on an executive leadership path, or looking to develop more soft skills applicable across industries. But by looking at the application courses and choosing those that are of interest to you, students can customize their degree towards their career goals.

Matt Brown:                      Okay, here’s a summary of the learning outcomes for our MSBA program. The software skills shown are the ones you will learn in the program and the ones frequently mentioned in job ads. Graduates of the program will know how to collect and clean data and prepare the data for analysis, develop analytical models based on large amounts of data, derive a data-driven business strategy based on models and be able to tell the story and communicate this business strategy to drive smarter decision making.

Matt Brown:                      Job titles may vary depending on the company, but some titles graduates can pursue might be business systems analyst, market research analyst, management analyst, computer information systems analyst, operations research analyst, business insight manager, and even medical and health service managers.

Matt Brown:                      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these fields have faster than average projected job growth statistics. For example, projected job growth from market research analyst is over 20% through 2028, and 26% for operations research analysts. The median salaries for each of these range from $63,000 to $100,000. You can be confident that the skills you learn in this program will help you excel in your career, your chosen career path.

Matt Brown:                      Now I’d like to hand it over to Katrina Crocker who is currently in our online MSBA program to talk about her experience so far.

Katrina Crocker:                Hi everybody …

Christina Walsh:                Katrina, we can’t hear you. Are you on mute?

Christina Walsh:                Just a moment everybody as we get the audio figured out for Katrina.

Katrina Crocker:                Hi everybody, can you hear me now?

Christina Walsh:                Yes, sounds great. Thank you.

Katrina Crocker:                Oh my God. Okay, so hi everyone. My name is Katrina Crocker and I would like to share my experience with the program so far. So a couple of questions here that I would like to answer. And first and foremost, of course, why am I in the program?

Katrina Crocker:                And so, it’s already mentioned here, ability to make data-driven decisions effectively is what you find in the competitive advantage nowadays. And what’s interesting about it is it’s very much industry independent. And so this is why like one of the reasons why I enrolled in the program, you can see the data in almost any periodical you pick up nowadays. And so for myself, being a graduate from the finance degree, what I’m trying to gain here is the ability to identify data-driven problems and either run the analysis myself or work with experts to gain the insights.

Katrina Crocker:                Also for myself, graduating from the finance degree, I didn’t have much of a technical skill and I feel like already even being only one year in the program, I already gained some pretty solid foundation for further developing my technical skills. So whether it’s the SQL language, it’s Python and it’s definitely R.

Katrina Crocker:                What do I like best about the program? First and foremost, it’s a great combination of convenience combined with intellectual rigor. Being a full-time employee, it’s really nice to be able to attend classes via online and then close your computer and be pretty much home.

Katrina Crocker:                The other thing is, it’s like do not undermine the fact that it is online program. It’s still very much intellectually rigorous. And this is something that I enjoyed greatly about this particular program. Simultaneously, it’s pretty small groups, the size of the class is very manageable, so even though you are online, you get a very much individualized approach here.

Katrina Crocker:                And it’s also very much hands-on approach. The problems that we solve in class while being online, are the problems, like the problems that you would definitely see solving yourself in a workplace.

Katrina Crocker:                Availability of resources is absolutely fantastic. For example, if you are unable to attend class, all of the classes are being recorded for you. All of the materials are being posted, all of the technologies are available to you in any point in time.

Katrina Crocker:                And then, of course, the excellent faculty. Being a Smith graduate myself from the undergrad program, this is one of the reasons why I decided to pursue an MBA with Maryland, is because I had excellent experience with Smith faculty. You get the best of the best, you get practitioners and the great experience of the faculty that you’re working with and they are extremely approachable. This is something that I really appreciate being in the online program is you don’t feel disconnected from either your class or the faculty.

Katrina Crocker:                Now I would like to share a couple of tips for success here for the upcoming students. Prepare for the great learning experience. It is going to be challenging. It is a lot of information, but this is something that I enjoy greatly. Talk to your supervisor and any other stakeholders including your family, because as already been mentioned, it does require substantial time commitments, so do make sure that everybody that is involved in your everyday life, whether it’s work or at home, are aware about this time commitment. And so be prepared to allocate that time for yourself.

Katrina Crocker:                And then, of course, I feel like please do communicate with either your classmates or your faculty or student support center which are excellent. Ask questions and share your opinions. This is a very much individual-oriented program. Everybody is very approachable. Thank you.

Christina Walsh:                All right. Thank you, Katrina. Now we’re going to turn it back over to Matt to continue on.

Matt Brown:                      Okay. Thank you, Katrina. Now I’d just like to highlight a few things about the online experience. The best part about the online experience is that you get all of the same quality and rigor as our on-campus program, while still maintaining flexibility of your own schedule.

Matt Brown:                      You can build connections with your faculty and classmates through your interactions during the program. The professors here are top-ranked and very open with the online students. They are accessible to their students during their office hours and schedule one on one appointments when needed. We always encourage you to reach out to your professors.

Matt Brown:                      When it comes to convenience, you can complete your assignments, stay engaged with online discussions and view lectures on your schedule, whether that’s on your lunch hour or late at night, and whenever you have a good internet connection.

Matt Brown:                      Always know that support is just a phone call away. Your admissions team, student adviser, tech support and faculty are available to assist you during your graduate studies. We work with you especially during the first term to ensure you’re not falling behind and you’re able to cope and keep up because we realize for many of us online learning is new. We will be there for you every step of the way … excuse me.

Matt Brown:                      As an online student you will have full access to university resources to help ensure your success during your program and after you graduate. For example, you’re not at a disadvantage at all when it comes to our office of career services. Our coaches in the career service office are phenomenal with keeping up with our online students. They are well versed with working with students by phone, video conferencing or whatever you need.

Matt Brown:                      The OCS offers innovative career service practices and an individualized focused approach to talent management. OCS coaches are available to assist with every career-related need, from developing your personal brand and resume to career development strategies. Coaches can continue to be a resource post-graduation as well to help you with on the job issues or strategies to help you get that promotion you’re looking for.

Matt Brown:                      Hiresmith.net is an online recruiting system where you can schedule coaching appointments, view job listings, register for workshops and events, and access online resources. The UMD alumni advisor network is a networking tool and also provides access to hundreds of on-demand webinars. The graduate school writing center can be a helpful resource as you write papers for your various assignments.

Matt Brown:                      Then finally, we have a very active military and veterans support. We offer a dedicated military advocate who’s a former US Navy commander and a Maryland Smith graduate. He knows our programs well and he knows veteran centered programming very well. I think he’s a great resource for all of us.

Matt Brown:                      Okay, so now I want to talk to you about the application process. But first you may ask, what is our online class profile look like? Here’s our most recent fall, 2019 online MSBA class profile. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels, from recent graduates to career changers and analytics professionals looking to grow in their career.

Matt Brown:                      You’ll see we note the Springs cohort average GMAT was 590 and their average GRE score was 323. Acceptable scores are typically 550 or better for the GMAT and 300 or better for the GRE. The scores are taken into consideration with other components of your application profile, so the GMAT or GRE score is not the sole determinant of admittance into the program.

Matt Brown:                      Each one of you will work with an enrollment advisor to ensure that you’re able to complete the application process painlessly. There are a few requirements for applying to the online MSBA program.

Matt Brown:                      First, we use an online application portal called Apply Yourself. This is where you will select your program of interest, desired term and upload all of your documents. You would need to provide your official transcripts from the institutions you were in credit towards your bachelor’s degree and upload those to the application along with your resume.

Matt Brown:                      A GRE or GMAT score is required for admission. Most students start their application at the same time they begin studying for the GMAT or GRE. Your enrollment advisor has some study tools to help you get started with your GMAT or GMAT preparation as well. But waivers are available for qualified candidates. Please talk to your enrollment advisor to learn more about eligibility and what’s required to request a GMAT or GRE waiver.

Matt Brown:                      You would also note in the Apply Yourself website, the name and email address of the person you’re requesting, your letter of recommendation from this. This will send them an invitation to an online recommendation form to use. You would also provide a personal statement or essay. This is where you can outline your goals and what you expect to gain by completing the program.

Matt Brown:                      There is a nonrefundable application fee of $75 that is due with your application. Application fee waivers are offered to applicants who are active military or military veterans, UMD alumni, or employees of established corporate partnerships with UMD.

Matt Brown:                      TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students. If necessary, you may be asked to interview with the admissions committee, although your relationship with your enrollment advisor, that’s typically not required.

Matt Brown:                      Again, I do encourage that if you have any questions about completing your application, please connect with an enrollment advisor. You can continue to take those steps through the enrollment process and get off to a smooth start. General contact information is shown here if you’re not already assigned to an advisor.

Matt Brown:                      Important dates coming up. The spring 2020 term starts January 20th and the application deadline is November 18th.

Matt Brown:                      All right, so now let’s review tuition. The Smith online MSBA program is a 30 credit program at $1,644 per credit hour for a total of $49,320. Please note there is no difference between in-state and out of state tuition. The tuition covers curriculum, technology, platform, licensing and support. Of course, books and materials are not covered in the tuition or fees. There is a university mandated technology fee which is charged twice a year during the spring and fall semesters.

Matt Brown:                      Admitted applicants are required to submit a $1,000 nonrefundable enrollment deposit to reserve your space in class. Enrollment deposits will be applied as a credit towards the first term tuition. Corporate partnership students and military personnel using their post 9-11 benefits may request to have their enrollment deposit waived.

Matt Brown:                      The University of Maryland’s Smith School will offer a variety of financial awards to assist you in financing your education. The University of Maryland offers a merit-based award to our students who have been formally admitted into the online MSBA program. Our merit award is based on the applicant’s academic performance, certifications and professional experience.

Matt Brown:                      The Double Terp award. Smith offers a Double Terp award to alumni of the University of Maryland, College Park who are newly admitted into the Smith online MSBA program. Be sure to indicate that you are a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park on your application for admission.

Matt Brown:                      University of Maryland Veterans Award. This is a merit-based award available to US military veterans, active member service members and national guard reservists or their family members.

Matt Brown:                      We also have corporate partnerships. The Smith School has partnered with specific organizations to offer a 10 to 30% tuition reduction and no application fee or enrollment deposit for their full-time employees and their immediate family members who enroll in the online MSBA program. To learn if your employer is part of this program, please contact your enrollment advisor.

Matt Brown:                      Military benefits. For those students who are active military or veterans, Smith offers a number of services to help you on your path to success. UMD accepts the post 9-11 GI bill, tuition assistance and participates in the yellow ribbon program. We understand the challenges military students face in the university system, so we also offer a dedicated military advocate to help advise and answer questions or concerns military students may have.

Matt Brown:                      Financial aid is available to all eligible students. Graduate loans up to $20,500 per year are available if eligible. Students may use as little or as much as needed, especially if the student has employer tuition reimbursement benefits and scholarship funds to apply to their tuition.

Matt Brown:                      Many students have tuition reimbursement benefits through their employer to help fund their education. This is a fantastic benefit. Once you are formally accepted into our program, students may contact the office of student financial services and cashiering to discuss direct billing questions.

Matt Brown:                      Private loans or graduate loans are also options for our financial service center. And our financial service center would be happy to assist you with any questions that you may have there.

Christina Walsh:                Thank you, Matt. We will now move into our question and answers session of today’s webinar. If you haven’t already, go ahead and submit your questions through the Q&A widget on your console and we will do our best to get to all questions today. If we run out of time, any remaining questions will be handled via email for your advisor. The first question I’d like to cover is do we have any GPA requirements to be admitted into the program? Matt do you want to that one?

Matt Brown:                      Sure, good question. The only GPA requirement that we have is if your GPA is below a 2.80 we would require that you provide a GPA justification letter. It’s just basically an additional essay to your application, just kind of explaining the challenges that you had and just kind of what was happening at the current situation, and then, more importantly, transitioning to what’s changed and why you feel you’d be successful at the graduate level.

Christina Walsh:                Next question. Will my degree say that I earned the degree online?

Matt Brown:                      It does not, so it will not say that.

Christina Walsh:                Go ahead and spit some questions, that’s the initial questions that we received so far. So go ahead and we’ll take a few minutes here to give you some time to enter your questions.

Christina Walsh:                This next question is about the pace of the program. Is it correct that we have to take two courses at a time or can you stretch it out to one course at a time?

Matt Brown:                      Yeah, actually you have the option. You are allowed to take one course at a time per semester, per 14 week semester. We would just advise that you talk to your student support advisor, just to kind of see how that would affect your pattern of enrollment, because obviously it would stretch out the length of the program.

Christina Walsh:                Yeah. Is there a maximum amount of time to complete the program?

Matt Brown:                      I’m not sure. I know the MBA program is five years, so yeah, I do believe it is five years to complete the program.

Christina Walsh:                Do each of the two classes have a synchronous session each week or is it just one session each week?

Matt Brown:                      Each course has its own synchronous session, so if you are taking two courses every 14 weeks, you would have two synchronous sessions, one for each course.

Christina Walsh:                Good question … everyone another few minutes. If you have any additional questions, go ahead and enter them at this time.

Christina Walsh:                This question is about corporate partnerships. Is there a list of companies that you all partner with?

Matt Brown:                      We do have a list. We have two different lists, Smith corporate partners, which is a shorter list. I think we have maybe six or seven Smith corporate partners, but we also have business to university partners as well. We basically would just have to look you up in the system to see if your organization is one of the B2U partners.

Christina Walsh:                In order to do that, just reach out to your enrollment advisor and they can look that up for you.

Matt Brown:                      Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Christina Walsh:                OK, a couple more minutes here …

Christina Walsh:                All right, I think that’s about all the questions that we have for today, so thank you, everyone. We’re going to go ahead and close out the session. On the screen, you’ll find the contact information for our enrollment office, should you have any additional questions.

Christina Walsh:                If you are ready to apply to the online MSBA program or would like to schedule an appointment with your advisor, links to do so can be found within the resources widget on your screen. Additional program information, links are also available to you there.

Christina Walsh:                I’d like to thank our panelists for their time and willingness to share their expertise and thank you to everyone who participated. We’re glad you could join us and hope this session was helpful for you. And I’d like to open it up to the panel for any closing comments. Matt, do you want to start?

Matt Brown:                      Yeah, I just wanted to remind everybody that we’re working with students now to get in your application for the spring term again, which starts January 20th. The application deadline is November 18th, and I just want to point out that the application process is very streamlined. It’s very easy. Your enrollment advisor is here to help you with that process, so it’s not an overwhelming or stressful experience.

Matt Brown:                      Most of our students that we work with can get an application done in literally three to five days, so there’s still plenty of time to apply. And if you are interested, I would definitely encourage you to call in or set up an appointment with an enrollment advisor and we’d be happy to answer questions and work with you on anything that you need.

Christina Walsh:                Wonderful. Katrina, did you have anything you’d like to close with?

Katrina Crocker:                Yeah, I just would like to say that if you guys aren’t sure whether or not this is applicable to your industry, or it’s needed for your particular job family, the answer is, absolutely.

Katrina Crocker:                In my class, I have people from all kinds of industries and you definitely notice how it hits on all of them pretty shortly after you begin the program. This is definitely an excellent course, an excellent program to take.

Christina Walsh:                Wonderful. Thank you! All right, thank you, everyone, for your time. Enjoy the rest of your day.