“At the end of the day, the program is truly about
building your network and growing your community
so you and your classmates can be successful
in the industry.”
Online MBA, Class of 2020
Systems Administrator, Washington State University
William Culey is no stranger to the benefits of online education, especially as a Cougar graduate.
When he retired from the military, he used his GI Bill® to earn a bachelor’s degree in management information systems (MIS) online from WSU Global Campus while working full time as a records technician.
Culey’s ties to WSU have only grown stronger since then. After he graduated from the MIS program, one of his favorite professors encouraged him to apply for a job in WSU’s information technology department. He landed the job and spent three years learning and growing into his new role, but soon he realized he was ready for more responsibility. He decided a master’s degree was the key to taking the next step in his career and pursuing a management position.
“My primary goal is to be able to expedite promotions and responsibilities, either within a company or with additional opportunities that come with having a master’s or graduate degree,” he said. “So, instead of sitting at the grindstone for 10 years, maybe I can expedite it to half of that.”
Building on a Strong Foundation
Although he had considered other online programs, Culey’s familiarity with the faculty and staff at WSU, along with the flexibility of its online platform, made his decision to enroll with the Carson College of Business an easy one.
“I just felt more connected with WSU,” he explained. “I was looking forward to the comfort of the program—the ease of use, the flexibility. I knew I could tailor it to my life.”
Culey has found the same level of flexibility that was a hallmark of his undergraduate education reflected in his experiences as an online graduate student.