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Graduates Spotlight with Michael Barthman and Crystal Jackson

This is a comprehensive Q&A with graduates covering topics from enrollment decisions, workload and work/life balance, and the interactive nature of the technology platform used to deliver the Online MBA. If you’re still trying to decide if Northeastern University has the right Online MBA for you, watch this webinar.

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Evelyn Liougas: Thank you for joining us for Northeastern University’s student spotlight webinar. My name is Evelyn and I will be your moderator for today. Before we begin, I would like to go over the logistics of this presentation. To cut down on background noise, you are in listen only mode. So, you can hear the presenters, but they cannot hear you. If you have any questions during the presentation, just type your question in the chat box in the right window of your screen and hit enter. Please feel free to ask your questions as you think of them, but note that all answers will be held until the end of the presentation. As well, a recording of this session will be available on our website in the next few weeks.

The panelists for this webinar are Michael Barthman. Michael Barthman is the president and founder of MB Technology LLC, a manufacturer’s representative and consulting company focused in the electronics components industry. Prior to founding MB Technology, Mike focused several successful companies such as iparts.com and Eager Labs, Inc. Previously, Mike was director of accounts management in Central Europe for applied materials. From 1988 to 1999 he was European sales manager for chips and technologies. Mike has also held several senior sales positions including director of North American sales for Samsung semi-conductor, national distribution sales manager for Hitachi America and regional manager from Fairchild Semiconductor. Mike holds a BBA in accounting and finance and an MBA from Northeastern with a dual specialization in finance and international business management.

Crystal Jackson. Crystal is a logistics business systems professional with expertise in domestic and international supply chain components, including materials management, production planning and distribution, utilizing SAP R3 system to optimize business processes. Crystal earned a BS degree in chemical engineering from Hampton University in 1992. She then began her career as a production engineer for about seven years. In 1999, she changed careers from engineering to information systems and worked as a system analyst for another nine years. Crystal then moved to London, England with her family in 2007. She began the MBA program at Northeastern in 2010 and finished late in 2012.

Also we have enrollment advisors who work with prospective students for the Northeastern online MBA, the masters in finance, the masters in taxation and the graduate certificate and supply chain management program. The advisors are Tay Doan and Moumita Chakra. In addition to myself, Evelyn, who will be the moderator for the webinar.
Before we move into the student spotlight section, Tay would like to share some information with you about the online MBA and the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Tay Doan: Hello everyone. Thank you Evelyn. So, again my name is Tay, I’m the enrollment advisor for the online MBA program. So, we’re just going to jump right into it. In order to complete an MBA through Northeastern’s program, you are required to complete 50 credit hours which essentially breaks down to 13 core courses and five electives. Now, you have eight areas that you can specialize in which include finance, supply chain management, healthcare management, high technology management, innovation entrepreneurship, international management, marketing and sustainability. Now out of your five electives, you need to choose a minimum of three electives in one of these areas, two optional that you can choose, which would allow you to complete an MBA with a specialization in one of these areas.

Okay, so the program, it’s a part-time accelerated program. We only allow you to take one course at a time. IT moves along relatively quick, but you can complete the program is as little as 18 months. Now, we understand you may have career, family, very demanding lifestyle. So, if you need to take breaks, you can do so and in doing so, you have up to five years to complete the program. The program is 100% online. You’re never required to come to the campus. With that being said, the degree that you receive is exactly the same. So, it doesn’t state that it’s an online program. No one, your employers will not know that this is an online program for any company that you may be applying to. There’s no difference whatsoever. So, the professors and the instructor in the program are the same one that teach the on campus program and these are individuals that are, essentially, have real world international business experience.

So, you have an opportunity to dual specialize within this program. Now, this can be approached in two ways. So, essentially with your five electives, as I mentioned previously, you need to choose the minimum of three electives in a certain area. What you can actually do is complete an MBA with a dual specialization by completing six electives. So, let’s say you’re interested in operations in supply chain management as well as sustainability. So, you take three electives in operations in supply chain management and three electives in sustainability, so you’d graduate with a dual specialization which makes you a lot more marketable.

Now, what you’ll find here is that some of the elective courses that we offer do overlap. So, you do have the opportunity to complete an MBA with a dual specialization by taking the minimum five electives. So, you see a list here of the different specializations that you can complete with taking the minimum five electives. For example, you can complete a dual specialization in healthcare and finance by taking the one healthcare finance elective. So, that will meet the requirements for the dual specialization program or the MBA with the dual specialization.

So now we discussed the dual degree program, which is different. Don’t confuse this with a dual specialization. This dual degree program allows you to complete a full MBA as well as a full Master of Science in finance. Now the way this works is a little different. Essentially, you would need to complete an MBA with a focus in finance first. Once you near the end of this program, you will have the eligibility to apply into the dual degree program. This allows you to take an additional minimum four finance electives after your MBA to receive a full Master of Science in finance. So, you have the option to take between four and seven electives beyond your MBA. And then with this Master of Science in finance you can focus on investment finance or corporate finance. So, a lot of individuals in the finance industry will take advantage of this program because you will receive a full MBA with a specialization in finance and a full Master of Science in finance.

So essentially the school that you will be receiving your degree, or the department you’re looking at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. So, just to give you a bit of background information, the school was established in 1922 and it is internationally accredited through the AACSB, which stands for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This is the hallmark of excellence in business education.

The D’Amore-McKim School of Business was able to achieve this because of its scholarly research, excellence in teaching and innovative curriculum. You find that our professors and instructors will have PhDs, masters and real world experiences in the disciplines they teach. This provides teaching space on industry standards where you are able to apply what you learn in the program to what you are currently doing, or any industries that you’d like to move into. Being a part of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, students will have the opportunity to network over 200,000 Northeastern alumni, as well as the over 40,000 school of business alumni. Thank you Ev.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you Tay. And now we’d like to conduct our first online poll. The first question is what concerns you most about starting an online program: (a) unknowns about the online classroom environment and technology; (b) finding the time and balancing school with other obligations; (c) if I have what it takes to succeed; (d) whether I can afford it or qualify for financial aid; or (e) other, please specify? A poll should have popped up on the right side of your screen. Please take a moment to select your answer and I will share the results with you in a few minutes.

We will now move into the student spotlight part of the webinar. I would like to direct this first question to Michael. Michael, from your perspective, who is a good candidate for this program, and how has your career and educational background made you a good fit for this program?

Michael Barthman: Well that’s kind of a far reaching question, but the type of person that does best in this environment, in my opinion, is somebody who is accustomed to work as a self-starter, a person who is self-disciplined and somebody who has the focus on the end objective to graduate through the program. The program’s a very intense program. It takes a lot of personal commitment in order to get through it successfully.

And people who have families who have work commitments, who have other outside commitments, have to get a buy in from all of their associates that they’re going to be committed to this program and it’s gonna take a lot of time. I would say that particularly involves people’s spouse. So, if your wife or your husband is not behind you and supports you in this program, it’s doubtful you’ll make it because it takes a tremendous amount of work and focus.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you Michael. The next question is for Crystal. From your point of view, what makes this program different from other business programs and what made this program stand out for you when you were choosing a school to pursue your degree?

Crystal Jackson: Hi, everyone. I really can’t speak to what makes it different to other business programs. What I liked about the Northeastern program was that it was completely online and that I did not have to be online at a certain time, because I actually live outside of the country, I live in London, England. So, it really worked for my environment where even though I missed – I would not be able to do some of the chat sessions. I was able to always go back and review. So, it was the flexibility mostly that really attracted me to the program along with the reputation of the school. I’ve talked with quite a few people in looking for opportunities back in the U.S., and Northeastern stands out as a top business school.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. Michael, do you have anything to add to that?

Michael Barthman: No, not really. I think Crystal captured the essence of the school. I live on the West Coast, I live in California, so there’s a lot of opportunities to select different schools out here. There’s Stanford and Berkley and St. Mary’s and all kinds of schools out here that offer online programs, but when I went through my search of different schools, Northeastern was one that really caught my attention because of the quality of the school, the richness of the program and the technology that it uses to deliver the program. I was very impressed and that’s why I made that selection.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you Michael. The next question is for Michael. Michael, tell us about how you were able to balance school with all of your other obligations.

Michael Barthman: Well, I covered a little of that earlier. I think people have to come to grips with the fact that this is going to take at least 20 hours a week of work. Don’t forget these are programs that are normally taught in two and a half to three months in the ground school. And they’re condensed depending on the class in anywhere from five to seven weeks or eight weeks online. And understanding that that’s the case, you have to recognize that there’s a tremendous amount of work that comes at you with a lot of reading, tremendous amount of reading.

So, I think when I discussed this program with Evelyn earlier this webinar, I told her that when I finally graduated I had no idea what I was gonna do with my weekends anymore, because I spent all of them with the reading. So, it’s a lot of commitment, that’s all I can tell you. But it’s so worth it when you go through the program. You learn a lot. You get a lot of tools that you can apply to your business life and just looking back on it, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. Crystal, do you have anything more to add to that?

Crystal Jackson: I think he summed it up perfectly. It’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of time that you have to commit to the program. But it’s worth it. I found it to be such an enrichment to my education and I think that – it works. You’re able to find that time, although it sounds like it could be almost too much, you’re able to find the time. Sometimes I would wake up at, I don’t know five in the morning and do some reading before I would go to work or I’m doing schoolwork late in the evening hours after my kids have gone to bed and I kind of just – you just kind of get in a rhythm of getting it done. And so it works, it’s a lot of work, but you can do it.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. Next question is – we’ll start with Crystal. Crystal, how does student faculty interaction occur in the online courses, and what was it like to learn online?

Crystal Jackson: Okay, so for the student and faculty interaction, it’s mostly the service that uses the Blackboard to interface with the school and to set up the program. And it was mostly through emails that you would interact with your instructor or the actual professor if needed. And also, there were scheduled chat sessions that were held, usually in the evening hours for people who at that time worked as well.

So for me, when the chat sessions were happening I was actually asleep, but I was able to always go back and review the chat sessions. I think even now, one of the last classes that I took, the chat sessions weren’t just typing, they were actually verbal sessions that the professor was having or the instructor was having with the students. And it’s kind of held where it’s with your cohort, so that you may have 15-20 students in that actual section on the class that you’re taking with the instructor.

And I really like the learning online. As Mike mentioned, it really requires a lot of discipline, but it gives you so much more information. When you’re sitting there listening to lectures, you’re able to sometimes get some information out, but this program, I found it to always challenge me in that you were always required to write discussions and also respond to discussion questions with other classmates.

So, when I think about the brick and mortar, the traditional learning environment at school, I think that this one is a much more challenging environment, because as long as you kind of show up for a class, the instructor may or may not call on you. But you’re there and you’re kind of getting credit for being there. Whereas with this online program, you have to participate. There’s no question about it and your participation is key into your learning. And the participation that the other students are doing also helps to bring about a new learning experience.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. The final question is for Michael. Michael, how relevant is this program to your career path and goals?

Michael Barthman: Well, I’m in the consulting background and when somebody’s in the consulting business, it’s very important to, in your relationship with clients to be able to – first of all, be credentialed at a level that they respect. So, just from that alone, the credential of having the MBA in finance in international management was very helpful for me to gain new clients.

But beyond that, there’s a whole toolkit now of things that I have that I learned in the program that I can use in various assignments. When I consult on business development and I have to do some financial models or I have to look at proforma income statements. I have to look at forward looking analyses and backward looking analyses and make recommendations and so forth, I have a great depth of information to draw on. And of course I have my library of books from taking the course that I can always refer to get the information, most specifically when I need it.

So, I think there’s just – you’re way beyond self-enrichment. There’s the practical aspects and practical value of the program and its application to my business. And I think anybody who goes into finance to gain tremendous amount of benefit from this program, particularly if you’re going to take the MSF, which is the additional courses in finance. I decided to use my electives to take five finance electives. And I gained a tremendous amount out of it.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. Crystal, how ‘bout you? How is this relevant? How is the program relevant to your career path and goals?

Crystal Jackson: I would say very similar where I work more on the information system side of business, but what I’ve noticed in my career path is that it’s the one that – it had been the one limiting factor whereas when I’m comparing myself to my other colleagues, a lot of them at that point in my career, had advanced degrees. And so what I see – actually what I’m seeing now in the market is that you kind of have to even have an MBA to enter the game. So, it’s an expectation. It’s not gonna differentiate yourself a lot from the other folks that are there.

But I think one of the things that I liked about this program is that it takes a lot of real life situations so that I know that there were times when I wasn’t employed I found it actually a bit harder to do the program and completing some of the assignments because they really want you to use real life situations, real world scenarios to solving problems and applying some of the methods and tools that they’re giving you using it in real world scenarios. I know I went back and just kind of as information, we did 36 case studies in the whole program. So, it was like you were just reviewing not only the companies you were working with, but tons of other companies as well.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. Thank you Michael and Crystal. I would like to now turn it back over to Tay who will talk about the application requirements for the MBA.

Tay Doan: Okay, so in order to qualify for this type of program, we typically look for individuals with a bachelor’s from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and a minimum of five years of professional work experience. So, we’re looking at experience and participation and leadership of work teams, financial and/or budgetary responsibility and management of staff in a direct reporting relationship.

Now, these are just guidelines. If you find that maybe you don’t need these guidelines, if your GPA falls below a 3.0, maybe a 2.7, 2.8. Please don’t let this be a deterrent to you. The admissions committee will review all candidates or applicants on a case by case basis. So, they will look at other factors. So, I invite you to speak with your enrollment advisor to determine whether or not you are an eligible candidate. The application process you’re looking at $100 to apply into the program, three professional letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, updated resume and official transcripts from all institutions attended.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thanks Tay. We will now conduct our second, before we move into our Q&A session, I’d like to conduct one final poll. The question is what types of webinars would you be interested in attending in the future: program information, the application process, student or alumni spotlight, faculty spotlight or a particular industry topic, please specify, or other, please specify.
So the poll should have popped up on the right side of your screen. Please take a minute to select your answer and I will share the results with you in a few minutes. We would also like to let you know that in addition to the MBA, the D’Amore-McKim School of Business also offers the following online programs: a Master of Science in finance, a Master of Science in taxation and most recently a graduate certificate in supply chain management.

We would now like to begin the question and answer period. Just a quick reminder if you have any questions simply type in your question in the chat box on the right hand corner of your screen. So, the first question, I’m gonna direct this one to either Michael or Crystal, how many hours should I invest in coursework per week?

Michael Barthman: I’ll take that one. I mentioned earlier, I think it’s closer to 20. I think the school says it’s between 10 and 20. I think it’s on the higher end. There’s a lot of reading. Keep in mind, this is exactly the same course you get when you go on the ground school. The books are exactly the same and the curriculum is exactly the same. So, you really do have to put in about 20 hours a week. There’s no getting around it.

Evelyn Liougas: Okay. Next one is for – I’m gonna direct this one to Crystal. Are there group projects? If so, how do I communicate to others in my class?

Crystal Jackson: Definitely there are group projects and the group kind of decides how they want to communicate. Some may do it in conference calls, some may do it through emails. And it really depends on what the group project is. Whether or not it requires a conference call. It’s kind of like your real world scenario. If you’re doing something that you’re needing conversation. If you’re doing something where you need face to face or you need to talk then you’re gonna set up a conference call. But if it’s something that you can do by passing emails back and forth, then it works that way as well. It really just dependent on the class and the assignment.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thanks Crystal. The next question is for Tay. Do you need to take any entrance exams for this program?

Tay Doan: There are no entrance exams required as long as you qualify and you’re able to get your application in. Once we present the application to the admissions committee, if you’re accepted, you just start right into the program.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. The next one is for the graduates, Michael or Crystal. Do you find that employers treat the online degree the same as the conventional degree?

Michael Barthman: I’ll let Crystal handle that since I’m in my own business.

Crystal Jackson: Well, there’s really no way to actually distinguish that whether or not you’ve done an online program or a brick and mortar program actually from anything. So, I think it’s actually thought a bit higher. I remember speaking to a guy who’s actually a law professor at the University of Maryland and he was hesitant about the program, about teaching online until he actually did it and he was like wow it’s really intense. And I think as you go through the program you will see that it’s really an intense program and I think employers can actually – well, I mean I think they will respect the fact that you’re doing a program, you’re taking a class that’s normally a 12-week at least, 12-14 week class and you’re condensing it into seven weeks, five weeks sometimes.

So, it’s a lot of work. It’s seven days a week for five weeks where you’re really just pounding in the work. And I think that really requires a lot of discipline. Even as I’m looking at jobs, that type of discipline is the type of discipline that is required of the MBA online program are the same characteristics that they’re looking for when they’re looking for employees for some of the jobs I’m looking at.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. Tay, this one’s for you. Will I be able to use my military veteran tuition benefits?

Tay Doan: Yes, you may use that. We actually have the contact information for the on campus VA. So, I recommend that if you are going to apply to the program, reach out to your enrollment advisor. Your advisor will provide you that information to reach out to the on campus VA to determine which benefits you are entitled to.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. This is a great question for both our graduates since they are in different time zones. Did you find issues with coordinating time zones?

Michael Barthman: I’ll give that one to Crystal since she has the most severe difference.

Crystal Jackson: There were definitely some challenges with the different time zones. But we worked around it and it was also – again it fit the real world scenarios where if you’re working in a multi-national corporation you’re gonna have people –. Over here in London I was working at Apple Europe. So, we would have to meet with people in Cuppertino, California and we would have meetings at maybe 6:00 our time so it was 9:00 their time. And that kind of scenario was happening with the classroom assignments as well. So, a lot of times it may be that it would be late my time or it may be very early for someone else. It just really kind of depended on everyone’s schedule, but it was definitely something we worked around.

The one class I took, I think it was an economics class and there was a guy who was in Arizona and I was in London and we would have conference calls at 6:00 in the morning his time so it would be – it was very early for him. But that was an extreme case. It was usually just kind of a late night for me since it was – I was kind of the odd ball out.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. Next one’s for Tay. What are the costs associated with the program?

Tay Doan: Well, the current tuition is $1,345 per credit hour. That is going to increase to $1,385 in August. So at 50 credit hours, you’re looking at approximately $72,000 over the two years. And then add onto that about $3-$4,000 for course material.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. Another question for you Tay, how many courses do I take at a time?

Tay Doan: You’re only required to take one course at a time. We actually only allow you to take one course at a time, just because the duration of the courses that move along relatively quick. We understand individuals are working 40-60 hours a week, they have family. So, if you’re dedicating about 20 hours a week towards a course, we really want you to do well in this program. So, in doing so, we only allow you to take one course. They will range from 3-5 weeks and you typically have a one week break before you start the next course.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. This is, again, for the graduates. How do you receive course materials? Are they all online or physical books?

Michael Barthman: Both. The professors in the class produced online material that’s delivered through the Blackboard system. It’s largely interactive and it’s self-teaching. So, you get the opportunity to do that. And you get books that you can buy through the Northeastern bookstore or other commercial outlets that sell college books. The case studies come, pretty much from the bookstore, I think. Some of the ones from Harvard Business you can buy that from Harvard Business Review if you have a subscription, but it’s all through conventional sources.

Crystal Jackson: They also have a lot of books online as well.
So, if you’re one of those people who like to do a lot of online reading, you don’t actually have to buy the hard copy as well.

Evelyn Liougas: Perfect, thank you. The next one is for Tay. So, someone here is expressing concern about just doing the program online. Are there any opportunities for some face to face time?

Tay Doan: Face to face in what regard? I don’t quite understand.

Evelyn Liougas: I was thinking maybe you could talk a little bit about the optional residency and the international field study?

Tay Doan: Oh okay. We do offer on campus residencies. These are optional and this allows you to travel to the campus for five days. So, this gives you the opportunity to interact with your peers as well as your professor. So, that’s an option. Once you complete that five day on campus you will be awarded three credit hours, which is equivalent to a five-week course.
We also offer an international residency. This goes toward your international elective where you will travel to one of four locations including India, China, Russia and South America. You’ll be there for 10 days, and again after this you’ll be awarded three credit hours, which is equivalent to a five-week course.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. The next one is for either Crystal or Michael. What are the majority of assignments like? Projects, papers, tests, a mix?

Michael Barthman: Well, I’ll take that. It’s definitely a mix. I would say that probably the bulk of the work is in assignments that are posted to the discussion board. Don’t be fooled by the relaxed sounding name of discussion board because it’s really a place where assignments are posted and comments are made by other students. It’s where Crystal was talking about before as the alternative to general class participation. But it probably takes the most time.

The assignments are usually done in parallel. They are usually very structured in the – most of the classes, the school does like you to use a typical ATA or MLA format, which is sort of the typical accepted academic structure for producing papers. And the papers involve, depending on the course you’re taking, either research or other computational work and stuff like that. And they’re submitted through the dropbox on the Blackboard system and then they are graded and you receive your grades online.

There’s also exams. It’s not the same for every course, depending on the course you’re taking. The online exams are timed and they’re every bit as rigorous as an exam you would take in a ground school. And there’s homework assignments that you have to do independent of just the discussion boards and other things that you submit through the dropbox. It’s a mix of everything.

Evelyn Liougas: Okay, thank you. Tay the next one’s for you. How do students typically finance their education?

Tay Doan: Students will have a few options. There’s always financial aid available. Upon approval, you can receive up to $20,500 per year for the program. The requirement is that you are enrolled in at least six credits a term, which is equivalent to two courses a term and there are three terms in a year. You can also apply for private loans on top of that, grad plus loans. Some students will have employee reimbursement and let’s see we also have monthly payment plans. This is something that I would invite you to contact the student accounts, student billing to determine what options are available to you in terms of financing.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. Next one is for Crystal or Michael. How does the program facilitate gathering real world experience?

Michael Barthman: I’m not quite sure I understand the question.

Evelyn Liougas: I think this person’s interested in not just the theory of an MBA, but how they would actually apply it to their workplace or how they would gain real world experience that they can actually apply.

Crystal Jackson: So, I think one of the strong part of the program is how they use the case studies and using current companies or even past companies as well, but current companies and taking those current companies and doing an analysis on those case studies I think is a very strong real world application. In addition, it just depends on the class, but there was a class I took a strategy in innovation class and we had to develop a business strategy plan for the company I was working for. So, at the time I was working for Apple, so I had to actually come up with how to develop a strategy plan for enterprise growth plan for Apple, which was quite difficult considering their marketplace.

So the program definitely looks for opportunities for you, as a student, to apply these things to your real world environment and having permission from your company of course, but using your company as the base for how you evaluate the tools that you’re using in the program.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, thank you. Crystal or Michael, did you find the alumni network helpful after graduating with your online degree?

Michael Barthman: I’ll throw that one to Crystal.

Crystal Jackson: I’m actually just finding that there was an alumni network even here in this country. So, I did actually have a social tea with them about a week ago. But I’ve not really had the benefits of the alumni program as of yet.

Evelyn Liougas: Okay, thank you. Tay, what is the typical class size?

Tay Doan: The class sizes you’re looking at between 12-15 students, no more than 20. We try to keep the class sizes rather small so there is more time dedicated to the individual student, so we want to ensure that the professor and the instructor can really manage their time accordingly to provide the necessary tools and support for the students within the program.

Evelyn Liougas: Great, this one’s also for you Tay. What is the work experience required before starting the MBA program?

Tay Doan: Minimum five years. Again, that’s just the guideline. It is possible to apply with less than five years, let’s say three, three and a half years depending on the type of work experience. So, if you find that you’ve advanced within your career relatively quick, this is what Northeastern is looking for. We want leaders in the program, individuals that can come into the program and really show their experience and apply to some of the case studies, as well as teach others within the program.

Evelyn Liougas: Perfect, thank you. This is a good one for Michael. What level of mathematics pre-req skills are needed for the program?

Michael Barthman: Well, that depends on the specialization. I think if you’re going to go into finance, you should have a really good basis in statistics and probably some basic level calculus. I think being nimble with math is important, particularly when you’re working in finance, you have to understand the relationship between different numbers and different types of equations.

I don’t wanna minimize the importance of it and a lot of people kind of grimace when you say mathematics, but this is an advanced degree in a very rigorous discipline. And I think if you’re going to master it, you should come with the tools that you need to do it and I think a good basis in statistics and at least minimum of elementary calculus is probably needed.

Evelyn Liougas: Okay great. Next one is for Tay, if I don’t have the required work experience, could I take a test, for example like the GRE or the GMAT to be considered for the program?

Tay Doan: Unfortunately we don’t accept the GRE. The GMAT, we cannot use that to subsidize any type of work experience. If you’ve already taken the GMAT at Northeastern we may take that into consideration, but unfortunately not – they are strict insurance of the type of work experience that they would like a candidate to have, as well as their academic background.

Evelyn Liougas: We have time for a couple more questions. The next one is for Tay. What is the average time that a typical graduate takes to complete the program?

Tay Doan: Students will typically take about – if you consider their lifestyle they will take some breaks. The average student will complete the program between two and a half to three years.

Evelyn Liougas: Perfect, thank you. The next one is for the graduates. Do I ever have to come to campus?

Michael Barthman: No. If you wanna go to the commencement, I would recommend that. I’ve done a lot of things in my life and going to that commencement to get my MBA at my stage in life was – I always tell people it was the coolest thing I ever did, so I would recommend it.

Crystal Jackson: I actually didn’t make it because I was out of the country, but I can imagine it would have been really nice. I’ve never been on Northeastern’s campus.

Evelyn Liougas: Okay great, thanks everyone. So, just some closing remarks before we end this webinar. An enrollment advisor will be following up with you over the next few days to answer any questions we were not able to answer. If you would like to contact an advisor immediately you may reach them by calling the number on your screen. This concludes our webinar. Thank you all for your time.