My name is Kathy, I am a proud 2005 Otterbein MBA graduate. When I decided to apply to colleges offering MBA programs, I was working full-time and raising a family. Most important to me when selecting a program was 1) a program that would prepare me for the next career level, 2) a program that was recognized for a quality education, and 3) an affordable program. I reviewed all of the local and online programs available at the time. For me, Otterbein fit the bill completely.
I believed that to reach the next career level, I needed the financial and general management knowledge the Otterbein MBA offered. It was also important to me to be able to arrange an independent study that allowed me to develop proficiency in a specific area.
I began the program in the autumn term 2002 and (even with 2 pre-requisites) finished my coursework in the autumn term 2004. Soon after completing the program, I earned a significant promotion and assumed new responsibilities at a growing Fortune 500 company. In early 2006, I joined a new company, at an officer level, to build a new department using the skills I learned during the independent study. Both these major career steps were the direct result of applying what I learned while at Otterbein. Most recently, I had an exciting opportunity to start my own business. Every day I use what I learned over the course of the program, and especially in the Entrepreneurship course.
If you are considering investing time and money in your career with an MBA graduate degree, give Otterbein a careful study. You will find the advantages a small school offers (access to professors, shorter distance across campus, small classes) along with the quality of program found at larger schools.