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.

 

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.

 

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.

Michael Asmerom ’17, B.S. in Business Administration



Alumni

Hometown: Bronx, New York

I love who I have become at the University of Bridgeport. The endless opportunities I sought out and obtained has helped me grow both personally and professionally.

Becoming an R.A. as a freshman was an opportunity of a lifetime. As a Resident Assistant, I learned time management, professionalism, and a responsible work ethic, and discovered how rewarding it was to impact students in a positive way. In my junior year I was elected the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business Senator  and met with Dean Lloyd Gibson to implement changes that my peers wanted to see. I also designed the first Ernest C. Trefz School of Business t-shirts, which I handed out at my town hall meeting. We were all full of school pride when we wore the t-shirt for the first time! My junior year ended with my successful run to be the Vice President of the Student Government Association for 2016-2017. I am excited to do great things with my senators this upcoming school year.

Last year I also started noticing how much food was being wasted at our dining hall and responded by establishing the first Food Recovery Network http://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org/ chapter at the University of Bridgeport. We recovered over 500 pounds of food during Spring ’16 semester, and donated all to the greater Bridgeport community.

I have so many stories like this. I always tell students that college is what you make of it. I have found that many believe it’s up to the University to give us a memorable student experience, but it is really up to us to make the best UB experience for ourselves.

I hope people look at my story and realize “UBecome” who you sought out to be!

Rui Chen ’11, B.S. in Business Administration



“When the company was planning to open some show houses for a luxury development, I was appointed as the person responsible for that development.”

I graduated from the University of Bridgeport with my degree in Business Administration in 2011. After graduation, I went back to China to work for a local real estate development company. I was given a lot of opportunities to enable me to work in different parts of real estate development. I worked in the sales department as a sales person, and then I got promoted as the market manager in marketing office of sales department.

Shortly after my promotion, I was given a chance to work in the technical department. First, I worked as an engineer assistant to check the process schedule and the quality of site construction.

When the company was planning to open some show houses for a luxury development, I was appointed as the person responsible for that development. I did a good job using the skills I learned at UB.

I designed other show houses and a company club for the main development of the company. I successfully completed the show houses with a budget 30% lower than the company’s upper limit requirement, while ensuring that quality of the show houses remains good. The show houses helped to close 10 deals for luxury apartments and houses in one month, which is 3 times the speed of regular sales speed.

I applied to NYU, Columbia University, and Florida University for my master’s degree. Professor Neil Jacobs and Professor Matthew Maron wrote me the reference letters. I got a GPA of 3.915 in undergraduate studies and a GMAT score of 730. With 2 years work experience, I got an admission letter from all of the three universities. Finally, I chose Columbia University.

Phoebe Patterson, B.S. in International Business



Alumni

“I like that UB is a small school where everyone knows everyone else. The campus is a very peaceful atmosphere, being right on the water.”

I like that UB is a small school where everyone knows everyone else. The campus is a very peaceful atmosphere, being right on the water. But peaceful doesn’t mean boring. There’s always something to do. I’m involved in the ASA [African Studies Alliance] and I sing in the choir. If every experience is what you make of it, then I’ve made quite a lot out of mine.

Hometown: Queens, NY