Not a stone’s throw from Auburn’s business building—literally—is Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the state’s most prestigious engineering college. Many students choose an Auburn MBA because of the dual MBA / Masters of Industrial and Systems Engineering option. The dual degree was the best of both worlds for Mark Stevenson, recent graduate from the program. But enough from us—we’ll let Mark tell you why a dual MBA/MISE was right for him.
My name is Mark Stevenson. I was raised in Savannah, GA and graduated with my Bachelor’s
of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2013 from Auburn University.
When graduation came around, I realized that I wanted to continue my education. Perhaps, secretly, I just wasn’t ready for the “real world” yet, but I started looking at graduate programs anyway. With an undergraduate degree in engineering, a Master’s in engineering certainly made sense, but I was also attracted to an MBA because Industrial Engineering has a definite business element. I also thought an MBA would help prepare me for an eventual management position. I had to decide if I was going to pursue a Master’s of Industrial and Systems Engineering or an MBA.
Thankfully, I learned that Auburn offers a dual Master’s program for a Master’s of Industrial and Systems Engineering and MBA. I could complete both Master’s degrees in two years, which is excellent given that the engineering Master’s would have required two years on its own and the MBA would have taken one-and-a-half years. I decided that this program was the one for me. I could pursue both graduate degrees I was considering at one time and be done in two years – just enough time for me to be ready for the “real world.”
Completing the dual Master’s program has already benefited me in helping to land my first job, and I anticipate the degrees will continue to help me as I progress through my career. When talking with people in industry, they are frequently impressed with the combination of a Master’s of Industrial Engineering and MBA. I have heard numerous times that employers are looking for candidates with the ability to understand details and technical aspects of a job while being able to work with management and oversee projects to completion. I think I am well prepared to meet these needs of future employers given the training and degrees I have from the dual program.
As part of the program, I was required to complete a summer internship. I secured an internship with KPMG, LLP in their Atlanta office as an IT Attestation intern. This was a great experience for me. I was treated like a full time staff member, so I really got to see what it was like to work in consulting including interfacing with clients and traveling weekly all over the country. This was a job that really utilized my experience of both the Industrial Engineering degrees (IT Attestation is heavily focused on processes and systems) and the MBA. Even better, the internship lead to my first job – I start with KPMG full time as an IT Risk Consulting Associate later this year.
I strongly recommend that engineering undergraduates consider graduate school. Better yet, and especially if your engineering background is Industrial Engineering or similar, consider the dual MISE/MBA program at Auburn. You’ll have a hard time finding a better graduate program to prepare you for future success in any number of career paths you might take.
We couldn’t have said it any better. In fact, we’ll just end by quoting Mark again: “You’ll have a hard time finding a better graduate program to prepare you for future success in any number of career paths you might take.”
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