MS in Organizational Leadership
How was your experience with the admissions staff?
I had been looking for a graduate program to increase my marketability after learning that my job of ten years was in jeopardy of being dissolved. I was overwhelmed at the thought of going to graduate school while working and didn't even know where to start looking for an appropriate program. With a background in sign language interpreting, I knew I wanted to take my career to the next step as a supervisor and coordinator but coming from such a specific field, I doubted any advanced degree would fit what I needed.
When I saw the brochure for the MS Organizational Leadership program, I made an appointment to talk to an admission counselor. The MSOL's focus on leadership could be applied to many professions and I felt it was applicable to my field and career goals. My counselor listened to my needs, and gave me a realistic picture of what I could expect from an online graduate program. It certainly helped that my counselor had enrolled in the same program! Taking the plunge, I applied and began my journey as a Quinnipiac University student.
Can you describe what your experience has been like in the online classroom?
Being in my 40s, I'm not a technology native, so understand I was nervous about doing an online program. I can't say enough good things about Quinnipiac's online technology support personnel. Many times, I felt ignorant how to use some of the required software programs but they were always friendly, helpful and never made me feel inadequate on my use of the computer. I went through the program with a Mac and although the MSOL program can tolerate it, I would recommend a PC, as there are fewer complications with software compatibility.
Did you learn anything in any of your classes that you were able to immediately apply to your job the next day?
Many of the classes provided information that could be applied to the workplace immediately. I learned how to handle my responsibilities better, built a better understanding of leadership styles, and most importantly, gathered advice and information from my fellow students on how to approach problems at work. The MSOL is designed for working adults to not only learn and grow from the material, but also from each other.
The wonderful thing about this leadership degree is working with a wide variety of people. I made friends with each group I worked with and for those of us who lived near each other, we made off line study dates, lunch dates and even celebrated our graduations together. The work was challenging, there is no doubt about that, but finishing my degree with a 4.0 is one of my proudest accomplishments. I worked very hard for it but I had support from my family, from Quinnipiac and my fellow students along the way.
Did you receive a promotion or new job offer as a result of what you learned in the program?
The best thing about the MSOL was landing a new job not even six months after graduation. I was awarded my degree in October 2013, and was offered a supervisory position with a substantial increase in salary in April 2014. My degree gave me the competitive edge I needed to take my career to the next level. I am not an anomaly, as several students from my class went onto better positions in their companies or found more satisfying employment elsewhere. Enrolling in the MSOL program from Quinnipiac University was a great decision for me. I encourage anyone who is interested to speak to a counselor and take the next step to a better and brighter future.