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Ryan Collins

Degree: MBA/MIS
Class: 2012
Focus: Marketing
Undergraduate Institution: North Carolina State University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Business Administration
Hometown: Durham, NC, USA


I was very impressed with the faculty to student ratio. Having instructors that know me by name and face, remember the concepts that I struggle with, and can give me individualized attention helped to form an environment that was conducive to learning and information retention.

Given uncertain economic conditions and ever-increasing competition in the job market, an undergraduate degree alone promises very little in today’s work environment. Knowing this, I chose to earn my MBA to help me obtain a competitive edge and make my skills more marketable. While an MBA does not guarantee employment, it gives me greater bargaining power for a higher salary and provides me with the knowledge and capabilities to establish my own business.  Once I decided to pursue my MBA, I knew I needed a program that would afford me the individualized attention that I required to excel.  I found this in the NCCU MBA program.

I chose the program because it has a relatively smaller faculty to student ratio, as compared with neighboring universities.  When I arrived, I discovered that NCCU MBA has the dynamics of a great business school: a demanding academic workload that involves numerous hours of research and study.  While the workload is challenging, I have become acclimated to it.  This has been possible thanks to the individualized attention I receive from faculty: they continue to push and encourage me to master the business coursework.

My NCCU MBA experience is helping to propel me forward in my pursuit of higher education. The fundamental business principles and practices that I have developed will help me as I pursue a PhD in Marketing. My ultimate goal is to become a college professor and I am confident that the NCCU MBA experience will work in my favor when it comes time to navigate the doctoral curriculum.

I would tell anyone considering an MBA to apply to the NCCU MBA program.  The curriculum is rigorous, but it challenges you in ways that help prepare you for professional success in today’s economy. NCCU MBA faculty make themselves available to assist you whenever possible.  They are knowledgeable and dynamic teachers, who are dedicated to your success.

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