Kevin Nguyen is currently completing the Eller’s Master’s in MIS Program and expected to graduate in 2019.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school? First, I believed it would help me stand out among other candidates. Second, I wanted to become a data scientist and I learned that the Master’s in MIS program had an excellent concentration in business intelligence and analytics.
What was the preparation and application process like? The hardest part was to complete my bachelor’s degree on time to move on to the Master’s program this Fall 2018. I worked closely with my academic advisor very early on to map out a feasible plan to incorporate AMP in my schedule. It’s pretty funny because my teammates of first-semester-of-Eller projects will graduate at the same time I get my Master’s degree (yes, it’s possible).
What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding? The work load of the master’s program is about twice as much as one of the undergrad program. However, the most challenging aspect is also the most rewarding: I’m learning so much every day, the professors are amazing, the topics are super interesting, so learning becomes a joyful experience.
What do you hope to do after you complete the program? I will join the Data and Analytics team of EY Advisory in San Francisco after my graduation. It will be amazing!
What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree? If you are an MIS student, the Master’s in MIS, especially the AMP, will be an investment with the best ROI you can hope for. Work closely with your academic advisor and the MIS Graduate Coordinator (Ms. Mona Lopez) to map out a plan for it asap. Talk with different professors in the department about your interest: business analytics, cybersecurity, healthcare, etc. and pick one to become the focus of your master’s program. Talk with current master’s students (me!) to see how it’s like, learn about former master’s students and their success. Finally, set a clear expectation about this investment, not only money but time. The master’s program will be one year of extensive training that will give you some amazing skills and knowledge to take off for a great career, but it demands dedication and commitment.