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MBA Bobcat Q&A: Daniel Krajcik

Sunday, July 10 2016 12:00am

MBA Bobcat Dan Krajcik is using his dual-degree to pursue a career in healthcare administration leadership.

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Name: Daniel Krajcik

Program: MBA/DO

Class year: 2017

Undergraduate Degree: Biology and Spanish, John Carroll University

Why did you choose Ohio University’s MBA/DO dual-degree program?

In medical school, I was president of the student government and elected to the National Board of Medical Students. Early on I enjoyed the leadership side of healthcare, but I knew I would need to get an MBA if I wanted to pursue it as a career. The partnership between the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine DO program and the College of Business full-time MBA program has been ideal. I already knew I would be in graduate school for four years, so to be able to get my MBA degree in 12-months was a huge plus.

How would you describe your experience in the MBA program?

It was a great year in the MBA program. I appreciated the access to the professors outside of the classroom. All my professors were very engaged, willing to answer questions, and available during office hours. I also became close with my classmates. We spent a lot of time getting to know each other while working on class projects. I hope to stay in contact with the people in my cohort.

What was your favorite MBA course and why?

Organizational behavior with Dr. Stoner was the exact reason I wanted to get my MBA. I learned about managing teams, becoming an effective leader, and analyzing different work situations. This course tied everything we learned together and was the most applicable course for students in all professions.

Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education?

Dr. Stoner was very passionate, organized, and had a huge impact on my education. There was not a single day that I walked out of his class without thinking it was a purposeful lecture. Dr. Kirch was also an amazing professor. He went beyond teaching accounting and taught us life lessons. Everything about his course was well thought out.

What would you tell someone considering Ohio University’s Master of Business Administration degree?

If someone was considering the MBA program, I would confidently tell them to do it. Regardless of whether you are in business, healthcare, engineering, or even a science field, you need to understand business operations to some extent. This is the perfect program to get a holistic understanding of business, including a strong footing in finance, leadership strategy, and human resources.

What are your career goals, and how did you figure out what you wanted to do?

I wanted to get my MBA to pursue an administration leadership role within a healthcare system. I have a non-business background, so being able to combine the business knowledge I gained from the MBA program with my DO degree will completely change the way I think about my work. It’s going to be very valuable for the future of my career.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens?

My favorite place on campus is definitely Jackie-O’s patio!