What specialization did you pursue? What did the W. P. Carey MBA offer that other schools might not?
I decided to do a dual specialization in supply chain management and financial management. It was a pretty good decision because when you look at the corporate world, neither of these fields can stand alone. In supply chain you need to have a lot of financial knowledge.
Specifically what these specializations offered to me was the integration between them. I noticed that often professors in one course had pretty good knowledge of what professors in other courses were teaching and what case studies they were choosing. The professors were talking to each other and ensured we got a comprehensive picture. Even if I was taking a finance class, I would have case studies that related to supply chain and to marketing. I feel this is unique to this business school; I have talked to friends in other MBA schools, and while other schools try to achieve this integration, the W. P. Carey School has really achieved this.
What are some of the services offered to international students?
One of the good things that the CMC does is run a program specifically for international students. They have an accent-reduction program, which is really important if you want to work in the U.S.; you have to remove your international accent. The CMC runs cultural workshops so that everyone can understand each other. Each week they offer interaction classes where American and international students come together and have free pizza. I initially started to get the free pizza and later realized the value of it!
Now as a working professional, looking back, what kind of investment has the W. P. Carey MBA been?
Often as I am sitting at my desk, I think, "Did I make the right decision to join ASU?" The more I think about it, the more confident I am that I made the right decision... Since the program was such a comprehensive and integrated program, I am able to deliver value in the fields of supply chain, finance, strategy and marketing.
Looking at that investment, I paid a fraction of what you usually pay at other schools. I'm getting the same package, probably a lot better than a lot of other good schools, so the return on investment is really high for me. I've developed long-term relationships with my friends, with my class, with faculty and with the CMC – I know they will always be there in my long-term career whenever I need them. So I think I made the right choice.
Global Communications Leadership Rotation Program Manager, Avaya, Inc.
Profession before MBA:
IT Analyst, Tata Consultancy Services Limited
B.E., Electrical Engineering,
University of Delhi;
B.S.C.S. Computer Systems,
Indira Gandhi Nat'l Open Univ.
Master of Computer Aided Mgt.,
GGS Indraprastha University,
Advanced Diploma in Computer Applications & Master of Computer Applications,
Indira Gandhi Nat'l. Open Univ.