Dennis Galinsky graduated in 2016 with a major in MIS and Finance. He is currently working towards his Master’s of Science in MIS at the Univerisity of Arizona.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I grew up in Germany and people there say that you need to get your Master’s to become successful. That’s why my mind was always set to go to grad school. A lot of people do not go to grad school right after finishing their Bachelor’s degree here, but I wanted to do that. Mainly because I knew it would give me an advantage in the job market. Now that, I have been looking for a full time job I experienced that it indeed helped me a lot. In my senior year of my Bachelor’s degree, I started looking for jobs as well, but it was very hard to even get an interview. Now that I am a Master’s student, I get an interview for basically every application I send out. I think having that competitive advantage in the job market and learning about everything in more detail, are really the most important reasons why I wanted to go to grad school.
What was the preparation and application process like? Some students do the Accelerated Master’s Program in MIS which means they have a direct admission and can already take classes in their senior year. I did not take that approach. I applied the normal way. Mainly because I didn’t know, if I wanted to continue my education here at Eller or somewhere else. I had to take the GMAT, which is very similar to the SAT or ACT’s when applying to college. The GMAT is required for basically every advanced business degree. On top of that, I had to write multiple essays, get letters of recommendations, and for some programs, I also had to do an interview. The application process is very similar to applying to college or Eller. It really isn’t that bad. The most important thing is that you have a good GPA and a lot of extracurricular actives from your Bachelor’s degree.
What do you hope to do after you complete the program? I wasn’t sure what field I wanted to go in after getting my Master’s in MIS. There are a lot of areas you can work in. I only knew I didn’t want anything very technical because I am not that person that likes to write programs and does coding all day long. When I attended the McKinsey information session early this semester, I knew what I wanted to do. McKinsey is one of the top consulting firms in the world and consulting work sounded very interesting. It is a lot of client meetings and problem solving. There are many different consulting fields: IT, finance, audit, business operations, marketing etc. Another advantage when working for a consulting firm is that they have high starting salaries and you get to travel a lot. I actually just accepted a job offer with a consulting firm starting next July.