Paola Rengifo ’17, Global Development and Peace, M.A.

Global Development and Peace, M.A.
College of Public and International Affairs
Alumni

A strong and engaging all online programs exists in Bridgeport’s M.A. in Global Development and Peace. I started my online graduate studies in Sao Paulo, Brazil and finished in Washington, D.C.  I highly recommend this Master’s program. Classes are challenging and professors are committed to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in their future careers. Even though I was far from campus, I always felt part of the Bridgeport family and received all the support I needed.

 

Gladstone Thomas ’16, Business Administration, M.B.A.

Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.
Ernest C.Trefz School of Business
Alumni

What I liked best about the program was how it stretched me beyond where I thought I could go academically. My classes were challenging and they made me really think of solutions I would not of thought of before which facilitated a better learning experience for me. I loved the learning. I would highly and proudly recommend the University of Bridgeport’s MBA program. They understand what it takes to support the adult student who is a seasoned professional.

 

Collin Saint-Onge ’16, Business Administration, M.B.A.

Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.
Ernest C.Trefz School of Business
Alumni

My favorite part of UB’s online MBA program was the 8 week courses. The 8 week courses allowed me to learn everything I needed to know quicker than a traditional 16 week course. This allowed me to earn my degree faster. I would say don’t be scared. Just as soon as you started, it’s over in a flash. In the end, the program is excellent and it’s provided me the skills and knowledge needed to advance my career.

 

Kristin Rohrer ’19, D.H.Sc. in Health Sciences, M.S. in Human Nutrition

D. H. Sc. in Health Sciences, M.S. in Human Nutrition
Nutrition Institute

I had the pleasure of taking Dr. Grazia’s nutritional therapeutics course through UB’s online human nutrition program, and it was one of my favorite classes.  I really enjoyed his lectures and the information was very applicable to real life, so when I heard about the online D.H.Sc. program through UB, and that he was developing the curriculum, I jumped at the chance to apply.

 

Dianne O’Brien ’16, Business Administration, M.B.A.

Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.
Ernest C.Trefz School of Business
Alumni

I work as a Revenue Manager at a leading financial news and information firm in New York. The program has helped me to develop additional transferable skills in areas such as project management, International Issues and Entrepreneurship, while providing both national and global perspectives of the business world. I am happy to have closed out with a 3.8 GPA in December of 2016.

 

Kristin Rohrer ’19, D.H.Sc. in Health Sciences, M.S. in Human Nutrition

D. H. Sc. in Health Sciences, M.S. in Human Nutrition
Nutrition Institute

My name is Kristen Rohrer. M.Ed., M.S., and I currently work as an adjunct faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, a nutrition educator, and group aerobics instructor at Jazzercise Fitness Center in Glen Burnie, MD.  I just finished a clinical nutrition internship at a chiropractic office in Annapolis, MD, and recently fulfilled the requirements for CNS certification which will allow me to oversee the clinical nutrition program at Jazzercise Fitness Center.

I had the pleasure of taking Dr. Grazia’s nutritional therapeutics course through UB’s online human nutrition program, and it was one of my favorite classes.  I really enjoyed his lectures and the information was very applicable to real life, so when I heard about the online D.H.Sc. program through UB, and that he was developing the curriculum, I jumped at the chance to apply.

I am in my first semester of the program and I am loving it; the instructors are phenomenal; information is presented clearly and effectively, discussion boards are dynamic and engaging, and the pacing of the program is designed to fit the busy needs of a health professional, which is a perfect fit for me and my demanding schedule.

My estimated semester for graduation is May, 2019, and with this degree, I will be eligible to teach health and nutrition courses at the university level, anywhere!  After graduating from UB’s Graduate Program in Human Nutrition, I feel that UB graduates stand out because of the quality of education, the knowledge of the instructors, and the curriculum design, and the D.H.Sc. program is no exception!  With the tools this program provides, I feel that I can become a leading health professional in my field.

Collin Saint-Onge ’16, Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.
Ernest C.Trefz School of Business
Alumni

What was your biggest concern before starting the program? Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?

My biggest concern was if I would have enough time to complete all the course work while working full-time and maintaining my daily responsibilities. From the first day the professors were very helpful in terms of working with my personal schedule. The courses were laid out in a way which allowed me complete all of my responsibilities in my work and personal life on time and up to my standards.

What, specifically, was your favorite part of UB’s online MBA program and why?

My favorite part of UB’s online MBA program was the 8 week courses. The 8 week courses allowed me to learn everything I needed to know quicker than a traditional 16 week course. This allowed me to earn my degree faster.

If you were to recommend UB’s online MBA program to a friend or colleague, what would you say?

I would say don’t be scared. Just as soon as you started, it’s over in a flash. In the end, the program is excellent and it’s provided me the skills and knowledge needed to advance my career.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I’d like to thank all of my professors and classmates who were extremely helpful along the way. Everyone is constantly working together toward the common goal of earning their MBA. The environment for UB’s online MBA program encourages asking questions and learning from one another. It was perfect for me and I’m confident it will be for you as well.

Gladstone Thomas ’16, Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.
Ernest C.Trefz School of Business
Alumni

What was your biggest concern before starting the program? Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?

Before starting the program my biggest concern was more on the administrative side of getting in school, finding out classes I needed to take, and registering for classes.

I still have really bad memories of what I had to do when I was in undergrad and when I was in another grad school. It took so much time and I had to go through so much red tape and procedures only to find out I did something wrong and had to do it again. I dreaded having to go through this.

UB made sure I did not have a bad administrative experience. I could not believe how smooth they made the process for me. I did not have to worry about registering for class or anything else. I was able to stay clear of this stress and focus on my studies. What a relief.

What, specifically, was your favorite part of your online program and why?

What I liked best about the program was how it stretched me beyond where I thought I could go academically. My classes were challenging and they made me really think of solutions I would not of thought of before which facilitated a better learning experience for me. I loved the learning.

If you were to recommend the University of Bridgeport’s online MBA program to a friend or colleague, what would you say?

I would highly and proudly recommend the University of Bridgeport’s MBA program. They understand what it takes to support the adult student who is a seasoned professional.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Lauren, I want to thank you for your support. I know there is no way I could have done this without you. I really mean this. I had so much going on in my life the past year with leaving my job, relocating, and starting a new business. With your support all I had to do was to be ready for my class when it started. Thank you so much for doing a great job and providing the best customer service ever!

Dianne O’Brien ’16, Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.
Ernest C.Trefz School of Business
Alumni

My name is Dianne Cockburn O’Brien. I work as a Revenue Manager at a leading financial news and information firm in New York. Earning my MBA at UB, through the online program, has been a truly fulfilling and rewarding journey, which started in the fall of 2014.

While I was invited to participate in several other programs, the convenience of being able to pursue my MBA without the obligation to attend on campus classed attracted me to the UB program. I had researched and applied to hybrid programs, and full-time programs, but my work and personal schedules and obligations were not compatible with these programs. Working in the Finance field means being available to work extended hours at quarter-ends, some month-ends, and year-ends. As such, on campus studies would be adversely impacted as either work or class attendance would suffer. The clear choice was the online program, which I found to be very structured, and with even more deliverables than on-campus programs.

The UB MBA online program covered a broad spectrum of courses which have high real-world value and applicability, and provided excellent collaborative opportunities with other professionals. The course contents were intellectually stimulating, and designed to give the students broad exposure to their selected fields. We were provided with many opportunities for students and teachers to interact in a professional learning environment, to make presentations, receive and give feedback, and provide constructive criticism. I found the professors to be very responsive and engaged in most cases, which is a plus for the program. The program has helped me to develop additional transferable skills in areas such as project management, International Issues and Entrepreneurship, while providing both national and global perspectives of the business world. I am happy to have closed out with a 3.8 GPA in December of 2016, despite taking a semester off after a major surgery.

My advice to new or current students is that, the syllabus is read at the beginning of each course, so that course requirements and contents are clearly understood. Additionally, deadlines are important, and it helps to develop your assignment schedule and get into a pattern where you are deliberate in setting aside time for assignments, and making posts to the discussion board before, or by the deadline. This will not only ensure that you are on-time with your work, but it will also expand your opportunities to give and receive feedback to and from other professionals, which will prove very valuable.

Khrystian Pereira ’16, B.A. in International Political Economy & Diplomacy, B.A. in Religion & Politics



UB has given me the chance to travel to various parts of the world that I thought I never would. I have been able to represent the University of Bridgeport in Model United Nations conferences in major world capitals. I have been able to study abroad both in the Middle East and in East Asia and I’ve also traveled throughout the country as part of the UB Alternative Spring Break team to help various communities.

Despite being a commuter, I am always at UB—I love it here because there is never a dull moment. Because UB is a mixture of people from all over the world and all socio-cultural backgrounds, there is always an opportunity to learn about new cultures without ever having to leave campus.