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MBA Bobcat Q&A: Christa Duffy

Monday, July 11 2016 12:00am

Christa Duffy was looking for an MBA program that fit her schedule, her needs, and her budget. She found it at Ohio University!

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Christaduffy 33Name: Christa Duffy

Program: Professional MBA

Class year: 2016

What is your current job?

Research Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute in the CBRNE Defense Group, serving as a technical resource and project manager

Why did you choose Ohio University’s Professional MBA program?

It fit my schedule, my needs, and my budget. I have two small children so it was very important for me to find a balance between my schoolwork and my family. Ohio University’s Professional MBA program is an AACSB accredited program that ended up being a great financial and time investment.

How have you been able to balance your career, your classwork, and your personal life?

The virtual classrooms and online learning modules have been very convenient. You can set the coursework to your own pace. Whether you prefer to get work done early in the week or spread it out is up to you. I do my coursework after my kids go bed or on the weekends. I’m also glad I didn’t have to sacrifice having face-to-face interactions with faculty and peers. We meet monthly on Saturday in Dublin, Ohio, which is very manageable.

Have you been able to apply what you’ve learned in the Professional MBA program to your current job and how?

The part-time MBA program has given me a holistic view of business and a greater understanding of project management. I can appreciate the decisions made by my colleagues in other departments. Understanding where they are coming from also allows me to highlight their strengths.

What was your favorite Professional MBA course and why?

All of the courses have been useful and interesting. I have a background in science, so I really enjoyed data analysis and business analytics. I’m also glad I took accounting. It was challenging, but I ended up really liking the class!

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

All of the professors were available to answer questions and were supportive throughout the program. Last semester was particularly challenging for me. I was traveling a lot for work and for the first time had to reach out to the professors. The professors understand that while we are students, we are also working professionals.

What would you tell a someone considering Ohio University’s Professional Masters of Business Administration degree?

You have to be committed to the program, and you have to want it. You’ll automatically have a support system within the program, but it is also important to have a support system at home. Having been through an MBA program, my husband was supportive and recognized we had to shift responsibilities at home when I had schoolwork to do. You also might have to adjust your expectations of what you can accomplish between school, work, family, and your community. Overall, I’ve been very satisfied with the program and would recommend it to anyone looking to continue their education in business.

About the Professional MBA Program

Ohio University's Professional Master of Business Administration program delivers curriculum in a flexible format to fit the lives of working professionals. Students are prepared to make an immediate impact in their organization by applying what they learn today in their jobs tomorrow. The part-time PMBA program blends virtual classrooms, online learning modules, and monthly Saturday classes in Dublin, Ohio. 

To learn more about Ohio Univeristy's Professional MBA program, visit