MBA Student Testimonials
Paul McElhenny, a Materials Manager at Gardner Denver, is a proud member of the graduating Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) class of 2014.
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PAUL MCELHENNY: Hello, my name is Paul McElhenny. My degree is an MBA with the specialization in enterprise resource planning.
The program at the University of Scranton had a very large impact on my life as a whole. Being able to apply my classes and the degree to my job right now has been pretty incredible.
I chose the University of Scranton for several reasons. It had to meet the company I was working for's criteria for educational accreditation. It had to have what I wanted to go to school for, and it had to be 100% online. And at the end of the day, the only school that met all those criteria was the University of Scranton.
When I initially decided to go online, I was scared to death. I tend to not be very organized. It ended up being so much better than I ever anticipated it would be.
S. KINGSLEY GNANENDRAN: I met Paul when he entered the program. He had a fairly unique background. He had an undergraduate bachelors in education, but he worked in industry for 21 years. And at some point he realized he had to go back to school because there were huge gaps in his knowledge and skills and the tools that he needed to get ahead.
REBECCA HAGGERTY: Paul stuck out right away in that he has a great sense of humor, which amazingly, that does come through online. His post subject lines always had something kind of funny, and I noticed he always responded back to the other students. He was very engaged.
PAUL MCELHENNY: Well, was a lot of interaction with professors and the classmates. Professors were always available to answer questions. They were there any time I needed them, whether it was related to maybe an issue at work or whether it was related to the class. A lot of discussions, both online and offline, with some classmates throughout the process. Probably become friends with quite a few of the classmates and a few of the professors also.
REBECCA HAGGERTY: Part of a Jesuit education is to have a transformational learning experience, which means to transform yourself both academically as well as personally. I think the program develops students by asking them to be self-reflective, to discern what they're learning and digest it.
S. KINGSLEY GNANENDRAN: Because we are a Jesuit institution, we try to instill in our students some of the values of corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and ethics.
PAUL MCELHENNY: Programs focused on ethics really had a big impact on the way that I think. It's impacted my personal life, and probably 9 out of 10 classes that I took online had a direct impact on what I do at work every day. My boss, he couldn't wait for me to come in like every week and say, OK, well, what do you got for me this week? Or I'd show him something, and he's like, well, where did you learn that? I'd be like, well, you know, I'm going to school.
S. KINGSLEY GNANENDRAN: I could see a tremendous growth in Paul's skills from the time he entered the program to the time he left.
REBECCA HAGGERTY: He's the perfect example of a person who has gone through an MBA program and has a transformational experience, and comes out on the other side a stronger, better person who will always be willing and interested in learning.
PAUL MCELHENNY: The University of Scranton has given me the opportunity to grow as an individual and to become successful and become really whatever it is I want to be in my life.
Advice From Graduates
"The advice I would give to incoming students is to not be intimidated by the course workload. Some courses will be very difficult and require a significant amount of work each week, this coupled with family and work obligations can seem intimidating. But do not become discouraged keep pushing forward there is a light at the end of the tunnel."
"I think many people think that an online program may be easier than a traditional program on campus, however, the opposite seemed to be true for me. My advice would be that you need to make the time to do the extensive reading and writing necessary to be successful. It is really rewarding when you finally meet all the requirements for the degree."
"I would highly recommend that students set or allot time Sunday for the week ahead to plan on how and when work time will be scheduled, especially if the student is a parent, working, or both. The stress level will be lowered knowing your time is currently used currently throughout the week so work is not overloaded on one specific day."
New Students Spotlights
Online MBA, Specialization in Enterprise Resource Planning
Began Studies May 2013
"Successfully completing the University of Scranton’s MBA program (ERP specialization) will enable me to update my skill sets and position me to pursue a career in ERP systems consulting – an option I had seriously considered earlier in my career."
"I love the faculty! They are very passionate and knowledgeable about the subject they teach. They are accessible and responsive."
"The online MBA at The University of Scranton was fun. It was very challenging but I learned a lot from it. The best part is that I used it immediately in everything I do and every area of my job."
“It was such a great experience to have so much interaction with faculty… Truly, they're there the whole time. For the whole program”
“The biggest thing for me was finding an AACSB accredited school. The academic level of education I experienced, online at The University of Scranton, was excellent.”
“The most beneficial part of the program was the ability to network with students across the United States. The program also offered the opportunity to work on time management and project management by working with students in different time zones and skill levels.”
“Management Science MBA 501B is by far the most valuable intro class I have taken. The tools I learned that helped me do my job better immediately.”
“My schedule does not allow me to physically attend college and the online program at The University of Scranton enabled me to obtain a master’s degree without ever having to be on campus. I concentrated in ERP systems where I received hands-on experience in using SAP, which was incredibly beneficial when my company recently converted its system to SAP.”
“My analytical thinking skills have improved tremendously in relationship to how sustainable operations are handled and managed. Furthermore, my writing skills presenting thoughts, theories, suggestions and conclusion to business tactics have been risen to a level where I am confident speaking and engaging in high-level work-related environments.”