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When I was applying for colleges, my number one fear was the cost. I didn’t want to come out of college with debt and heaps of student loans to pay off. That’s why when Juniata offered me a spot in their 3+1 Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program, I jumped at the opportunity.
The accelerated dual degree program allows students to earn their bachelor’s in three years and their MBA in their fourth year. While it would normally take students five to six years to complete, I could finish my typical 4 years of college with both a bachelor’s and a master’s.
My degree is in Marketing within the Accounting, Business, and Economics department, but Juniata has plenty of programs to pick from if your concentration is not in business. Other programs where the 3+1 is offered include Environmental Studies, Spanish, and Communication. Other than financial benefits that come with an accelerated dual degree, the program has also posed many opportunities on and off campus.
Specifically, Juniata has a chapter of an honors business society called Tau Pi Phi, and you typically enter the program as a junior after being recommended by faculty. Since you are on an accelerated path in the 3+1 program, you get entered into the program a year earlier than most, allowing you the opportunity to go to Pittsburgh in the spring for a case study competition. As someone who went this past spring, trust me when I say it was an incredible experience that allowed me to make some of my closest friends and taught me about how I can further myself as a business student.
Other advantages of the 3+1 program are the opportunity to connect with alumni and faculty of Juniata. Networking is an incredibly important aspect of entering the workforce. When trying to get a job in the future, networking helps you build a better reputation, increase visibility, and strengthen your support network.
Overall, the 3+1 program offers many academic, financial, and experiential advantages. Whether it’s earning two degrees in four years, saving money on two years of education, or enhancing your network, it is an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, and I hope you don’t either!
Accounting remains a solid and sought-after career for so many. According to Forbes.com, “accounting has moved far beyond mere bookkeeping and payroll, and it’s taking an increasingly strategic role for forward-thinking businesses, snd technologies such as cloud-based data management, process automation, and advanced analytics are poised to further elevate accountants in new and empowering ways.”
At Juniata College, we agree and plan to be at the forefront of helping students prepare for their careers and passing the CPA exam.(more…)
Organizational Leadership continues to be both a buzzword and a solid career path. Leaders who have formal education and willingness to continue learning will find themselves at the heads of companies and organizations over the next decade. The last two years have shown us that work environments and work requirements are ever-evolving. New leaders will need to be able to evolve with those changes. Flexibility, fast-changing technology needs, diversity, conflict management, a need for collaboration across hybrid workplaces, and a constant focus on innovation to remain competitive are driving the requirements for future leaders. Those stepping into leadership must be able to handle all that and more.(more…)
The ultimate goal of the Juniata Masters of Business Program is to develop technical expertise in our graduates (in the functional areas of their focuses: accounting, finance, marketing, economics, human resource management, and operations). But, more importantly, to teach, mentor to, and inspire innovative leadership by providing meaningful international study, project management, and consulting experiences through executive mentors and hands-on business opportunities.
Bryce Walter is just one of our graduates putting this experience to work.(more…)
2022 is expected to remain a jobseeker’s market. That means many Americans are looking at entirely new and exciting career changes. They are willing to take a step back, look at market demand, and do the things required to enter that field – even exploring a master’s or graduate degree.(more…)