Our students come from all walks of life and a variety of backgrounds. Many students are traditional students who have recently started their careers. Many students are advanced professionals furthering their own knowledge and careers. Below is just a sampling of our diverse student body.
Our recently admitted Spring 2019 MBA students surveyed are both traditional learners and working adults. 36% are 30-50 years of age. Average professional work experience at the time of MBA admission is 7 years. Average undergraduate GPA of incoming students is 3.32. 59% of our incoming students surveyed have annual incomes over $60,000. 17% of those students earn annual incomes of $100,000 or more. Over 90% of new students surveyed reported they chose WCU’s MBA program because of its reputation, promising career outlook and top value.
Michael Blaustein is a current MBA student in his third semester. He was the managing director at DuPont Ventures for El DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc. until 2016. He is now working with entrepreneurial companies in the greater Philadelphia region as a consultant and business partner. He holds an A.B. in Chemistry from Columbia and an M.S. and Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry from Yale.
Bryan Shipley is a current MBA student in his first semester. Bryan received his Bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University in Management and Marketing. He currently works as a Client Services Treasury Specialist for the Bank of New York Mellon. With an MBA from West Chester University, Bryan looks forward to learning and performing as many management roles as possible.
Jeff Hennessy is a current MBA student in his final semester. He is currently the Director of U.S. Operational Risk for Barclaycard, in Wilmington, De. He has previously worked in Credit, Credit Risk and Operational Risk for Bank of America, MBNA and Corestates. Prior to enrolling at WCU, he received his BS in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. Jeff previously started MBA studies at the University of Delaware but stopped due to work and family obligations. After exploring West Chester's MBA program, he re-enrolled to take advantage of the convenience, quality teaching and value available from WCU.
Michael Konstantino is a current MBA student in his fourth semester. He graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a Foreign Service Officer with over 17 years of experience at the U.S. Department of State and is currently posted to the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia as the Chief of Management. Michael has served at U.S. embassies and consulates in many different parts of the globe including Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.
Natalie Oster is a current MBA student at West Chester University in her second year. She holds a bachelor degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Maryland. Natalie has more than 18 years' experience working for non-profit organizations in various roles. She is currently working on Community Health Initiatives for UPMC Pinnacle Memorial.
Apeayena Agbugui is a current MBA Student in her first semester. She recently graduated from West Chester University with a BS in Accounting. She is starting her career in public accounting at a Big Four Accounting Firm.
Ashlee Traynham '17 is a recent graduate of the MBA Program. She is Senior Living Specialist for CVS Health. Ashlee and her team cover the entire country to promote and educate LTC (long-term care) facilities with their pharmacy needs and to develop strategies in order to impact the assisted living and skilled sector.
Ebenezer Affainie '17 is a recent graduate of the MBA Program. He is the controller for Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd. He leads the company's grants/contracts management, finance and accounting functions and development efforts in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eurasia. He holds his M.A. in Industrial Management from Kwame Nkumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
Eric Barnes '17 is a recent Alumnus of the MBA Program. He has worked in both manager and director roles in the retail petroleum industry for several fortune 500 companies including Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco and Susser Holdings. Eric is currently the Information Technology Engineering Manager for Wawa, Inc. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a Mathematics minor from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, TX
Franciele Carraro '17 is a recent graduate of the MBA Program. She is an international student from Brazil, who previously worked as a graduate assistant for the MBA program. Her work experience goes from being an instructor of business at technical schools to a marketing manager at various wineries. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business and a graduate certificate in Marketing from the Faculdade Cenecista de Bento Goncalves in Brazil.
Verne Freeman '17 is a recent Graduate of the MBA Program. She is currently the controller for Benchmark Senior Living. She holds her M.S. in Human Services Administration from the University of Baltimore.
Jennifer Plebani '17 is a former student and Graduate of the MBA Program. She is the Director, Brand Research, Strategy and Innovation at BrandIQ. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Research Track, at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. She received an MA from West Chester University, with a research focus on exploratory behavior in laboratory and captive animals. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Vermont in 2004.
Jennifer Haus '18 is a recent graduate of the MBA Program. She received a BS in Sport and Exercise Science and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware. She is a healthcare professional with over 10 years of experience in orthopedic rehabilitation. Jennifer is a site director, physical therapist at ATI Physical Therapy.
Matthew Myers '18 is a recent graduate of the MBA Program. He obtained his BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at the University of Delaware. He has over 12 years of leasing experience. He is the Scorecard Leader in the United States for De Lage Landen (DLL).
Jessica Testa '18 has earned her MBA from West Chester over the last 18 months while simultaneously managing a portfolio of over 65 hotels for Hilton Worldwide in Latin America. She spent three years living and working in Colombia, where she helped to open the country's first Hampton hotels, and was Hilton's youngest General Manager globally. At a recent conference in Cartagena, Colombia, she was recognized by three Hilton Global Heads for the impact of her work in Latin America.
Jonathan Skursha '18 is a recent graduate from the MBA Program. He obtained his BS in Business Administration from California University of PA. He served eight years in the US Army. Jonathan currently manages a territory for Medtronic in Philadelphia, PA, a high-grade medical equipment company.
Sarah Busch '18 is a recent graduate from the MBA Program. She received her BS in Accounting from West Chester University. Sarah previously worked for 48th Force Support Squadron of the US Air Force at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom as a Non-Appropriated Funds Accountant. She, now, is the Accounting Officer For Exeter Township in Reading, PA.
Christopher Povorotne '18 is a recent graduate of the MBA Program. He received his BS of Accounting from West Chester University in May of 2010. He has 8 years of experience as an auditor. Christopher is currently a Senior Auditor at Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) whose mission is to protect America's defense investments. Utilizing the flexibility of the online MBA platform, Christopher was able to obtain his degree in less than two years while also working full-time.
Benjamin Carlson '18 is a recent graduate from the MBA Program. He holds a BS in Management & Marketing with a minor in MIS from the University of Delaware. He spent the first 10 years of his professional career at Accenture. Benjamin now works for Comcast as a Data Engineering Manager in their Enterprise Business Intelligence organization.
Olga Kurganova '18 is a recent graduate of the MBA Program. She obtained her Bachelor and Master of Art in English and Literature from Saratov Chernyshevsky State University in Russia. With four years of experience in various legal roles, she is currently a Labor and Employment Paralegal at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP.
Kyle Scheetz '18 is a recent graduate of the MBA Program with a Certificate in Business Analytics. He obtained his BS in Finance and Economics. He has over 6 years of experience in the financial services industry. Kyle is currently the Director of Sales Operations for eMoney Advisor, a financial software company based out of Radnor, PA.
Michael Breen '18 is a recent graduate from the MBA Program. He received his BS in Psychology from King's College with a concentration in Neuroscience. He has 20 years of professional experience in the vaccine industry within commercial operations. Michael currently works as a Senior Key Account Manager at Sanofi-Pasteur.
Charity Voland '18 is a recent graduate of the MBA Program. She received her BS in Health Science and also in Psychology from Saint Francis University. She also received her MS in Occupational Therapy from the same university. With over 10 years of professional experience, Charity is an Occupational Therapist and Associate Director of Clinical Services at Camco Physical and Occupational Therapy.
Daniel John Graper '18 is a recent graduate of the MBA Program with a certification in Business Analytics. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Delaware, has a programming certificate from the Chubb Institute of Technology, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Dan has 26 years of professional experience across various industries including music, retail, banking, and pharmaceuticals. Daniel is currently a senior manager in the SAP Integration and testing team supporting cloud integration systems and API development at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
Rasheed Ali '18 is a recent graduate from the MBA Program. He obtained his BS in Business Administration from California State University. With over 16 years of professional experience, Rasheed currently works for Marvell Semiconductor as a Legal & Compliance Administration Assistant. During prior years, he has spent some time internationally in Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Qatar working for other companies in various roles.
Desirae Ford '18 is a recent graduate from the MBA Program. She received a BS in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State. She has six years of experience in the medical industry and currently works as the Manager of Decision Support for the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.
Raymond Bonnett '18 is a recent graduate from the MBA Program. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Drexel University and has worked for large global firms such as SMS, Siemens and Cerner. He has 32 years of professional experience leading a variety of business operations within healthcare IT and is currently serving as the Vice President of Professional Services for Allscripts.
Luisa Varnay '18 is a recent graduate from the MBA Program. She received her BA in Economics from the University of the Philippines. While finishing her degree, she was working as an International Program Manager for American Bible Society in Philadelphia. In 2016, she opened her own consulting firm, Flourish Nexus LLC, offering project management services to nonprofit organizations.
Bubacarr Ndow '18 is a recent graduate of the MBA Program. He received a BS in Accounting from Saint Cloud State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Bubacarr is currently a Collateral Valuation Analyst for Annie-Mac Mortgage.
Greg Cordivari '18 is a recent graduate of the MBA program. He was a Senior Financial Analyst for Aramark's Sports and Entertainment group until June 2018. He has recently joined AmerisourceBergen, a Fortune 12 company, as a Corporate Finance Manager overseeing the Corporate Shared Services teams based out of ABC's headquarters in Conshohocken, PA. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from The Catholic University of America.
Our recent December 2018 Master of Business Administration graduates reported their career outlooks. 100% of respondents state that they are employed in a career-oriented job in the private and public sectors, and government and not-for-profit organizations. 70% of respondents report they earn annual salaries of $70,000 and higher, of which 36% earn more than $100,000 annually.
Overall, recent graduates are very satisfied with the quality of, and their experience in, West Chester’s MBA. Many graduates report improved proficiency and advancement in the intended programs’ goals and objectives. Specifically, 86% of respondents report they have increased their ability to communicate business information effectively; 86% say their capability to use business tools and processes to support problem analysis and decision-making has improved and 88% assert they have a greater capacity to integrate decision-making across all business functions to develop strategies; 94% state they have enhanced their knowledge of business terminology and concepts and 88% declare their critical thinking and identification of business problems and opportunities has improved.
MBA graduates continue to appreciate our online flexibility, real world application and top value offerings 6 months post graduation. Our responding August 2018 alumni report a 100% employment rate in career-oriented jobs in the private and public sectors, and government and not-for-profit organizations. 72% earn incomes over $60,000, of which 45% earn $90,000 or more. 90% report their job has long-term potential. Common industries include financial services, healthcare administration and production and manufacturing with job functions in general management, marketing and sales, finance and accounting, human resource management and more. 100% of our recent alumni respondents confirm they would choose West Chester’s MBA program again if they could start all over.