Full-time UST MBA
Meet Erin Liddy
I chose St. Thomas for my M.B.A. because I wanted to be seen as an individual and not just a face in a crowd. I was welcomed by both admissions staff and faculty even before I had finished my application – something which did not happen at other schools I looked into. It was obvious that the UST MBA wasn’t just focused on me as a number, but in me as a person and about how each of my strengths would be an asset to the program and how I could use the program to improve on my weaknesses through faculty, staff and interactive programs. Also, the faculty at St. Thomas is really focused on ensuring that the students actually learn, as opposed to other programs where you are simply pushed through the system.
The variety and quality of students that are enrolled in the UST MBA is exceptional. Diverse educational backgrounds, work experiences, cultures and nationalities really showcase the UST MBA emphasis on global knowledge and leadership. Our small groups are formed with the intention of bringing a variety of perspectives and experiences to the table. Through group work, there is invaluable interaction and learning. My classmates are an invaluable component in my learning and experience at St. Thomas. They have brought individual experiences and perspectives and used them to help teach other. In addition, a number of them have become closer friends than I could have ever imagined.
I have a B.A. in communication studies from the University of Minnesota, worked previously in marketing and promotions for Clear Channel Radio and interned as a product manager and market development specialist for Honeywell. My UST MBA education has helped raise my employability to the next level. I have been able to fill in the gaps between my undergraduate degree and my desired career. It was very helpful to be able to pick specific electives that I felt would be the most valuable. The Applied Business Research course provided me with the unique opportunity to consult and do research for an actual business. My role as project manager gave me a vast amount of experience not only with the client, but with leading a team. Our final presentation was directly to the executive officers of our company, and we were able to interact with them on a professional level. In other programs, students do not get the opportunity to work on a real-life project in a classroom setting.
Every course brings in elements of ethics through real-life cases and situations. The UST MBA provides an in-depth view of how ethics can be used as a competitive advantage in every industry and career – and how it can ultimately make a business successful. The Ethics Lab provides a forum for students to openly discuss ethical issues they have encountered and work with classmates and professors to work through different solutions and educate each other on proper courses of action.
|Expected graduation:||Full-time UST MBA ‘09|
|Position:||Product Market Intern|
|Undergraduate degree:||University of Minnesota, B.A. '04|