Joe always planned to get his MBA, but attending classes on a traditional campus was not an option. As an officer in the army, Joe said, "I needed a program that I could do on my own time, and from any location."
When he was ready to pursue an online MBA, he looked for the best programs. "Oddly enough, I didn't find too many schools that had an online MBA," he said. "Penn State was already on my list of schools…that is where my undergrad degree is from. So, naturally in my online quest, I went to the Penn State website."
Joe chose the Penn State World Campus iMBA program because it allowed him to do his work anytime, day or night, and from anywhere with an Internet connection — especially important, since he was deployed twice during his studies. "Luckily, I had already moved from a combat position to a desk job, which still demanded 16- to 18-hour days, but otherwise, I would not have been able to complete the assignments. The professors I had during both of those times were very understanding."
One of the best aspects of Penn State's iMBA program, Joe added, is that "it provided me with the chance to meet and interact with other students from all over the country." And he was particularly impressed by the quality of his professors: "Each one brought a different skill set and approach to teaching the topics, which provides the students with a more well-rounded forum for learning." Joe emphasized that he would recommend the World Campus to anyone who is pursuing a degree and also working full-time.
After leaving the military in 2009, Joe was hired as a research associate for McQueen, Ball and Associates — largely, he feels — because he was pursuing his MBA. Now that he is a proud graduate, Joe said, "This degree has already started to open doors for me that otherwise would have been closed… it has opened my eyes to thoughts, concepts, and ideas that I never would have thought of, had I not pursued the iMBA."